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Andover Audio PM-50: A Refined Open Back Planar Magnetic Headphone

Qobuz Testing Ground On April 28, 2020

The magic happened about halfway through Amon Tobin’s 2019 album Fear in a Handful of Dust. The beautifully damaged, burnt red and blue synth tones of “Pale Form Runs By” flew around the stereo field of Andover Audio’s PM-50 planar magnetic headphones, and we knew we had a winner on our hands. Why did this particular...

Cabasse the Pearl Akoya: testing a Qobuz Hi-Res-compatible connected high-fidelity mini-speaker April 3, 2020

The iconic French speaker manufacturer took a dive into high-end wireless models in 2018 with the Pearl, first of its name, a large speaker which...

Audiolab 6000N Play: testing a very accessible Hi-Fi network audio streamer March 30, 2020

For around forty years, English manufacturer Audiolab have offered electronic Hi-Fi devices that are simple in functionality but renowned for...

Naim Audio: introducing their range of streamers and a tutorial of how to use the Naim app March 5, 2020

Naim has been a major player in the Hi-Fi world for more than 45 years and has always been positioned at the forefront of audio innovation. Naim...

Apple AirPods Pro: testing today's hottest Bluetooth earphones March 2, 2020

Wireless Bluetooth earphones have spread quickly thanks to the comfort the offer. You just pop them in your ears and forget about them. Apple...

FiiO M11: bench test of a mid-range audio player February 16, 2020

Discover the Fiio mid-range digital audio player thank to the Qobuz bench test, carried out by our team of sound experts. Enjoy Hi-Res quality...

NAD System Review and Giveaway January 15, 2020

In partnership with Bluesound, NAD, and PSB, Qobuz USA is excited to announce a Hi-Fi giveaway valued at over $4,000! You have the chance to...

The Henry Audio USB DAC 128 Mk 3, An Open-source DAC for DIY Audiophiles January 8, 2020

Here at Qobuz, we like simplicity and transparency. Want to know the exact bit depth and sample rate of the file you’re streaming? Eager to...

The Cyrus ONE HD: A UK Amplifier Highlight Now Available in the US August 8, 2019

A serious choice for audiophiles who want to combine convenience with high quality sound.

Real Cable iPlug-BTR: Qobuzism for this small aptX Bluetooth receiver delivering very good sound performances! August 28, 2018

Despite having been on the market for quite a while now, this small Real Cable Bluetooth aptX iPlug-BTR receiver was completely unknown to us....

Modenaudio Lympha IT-HA-1: choose the finish of this great-sounding headphone amplifier awarded with a Qobuzism! August 17, 2018

Headsets dedicated to listening are riding high, and consequently the amplifiers dedicated to them are also on a roll, leading to the emergence of...

Onkyo VC-PX30: a small active speaker compatible with DTS Play-Fi—which integrates Qobuz in Hi-Res—and offering honorable sound performances! June 25, 2018

It can be said that digital music started a true golden age for small speakers that adopted wireless connections, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ones...

iFi Audio xDSD: Qobuzism for this DAC whose sound performances seemed to us even better than those, already excellent, of its predecessors! June 19, 2018

Latest of the nomadic DACs from the British manufacturer iFi Audio, the xDSD is quite different from its predecessors, and is indeed much more...

Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset: record and listen to the sound in binaural, with or without pictures! June 18, 2018

Sennheiser is not only specialized in headphones but also in recording microphones. Thus its Ambeo Smart Headset in-ear earphones model integrates...

Musical Fidelity M6 Encore Connect: a well-equipped music server possessing a control application without equal! June 11, 2018

Despite its name, the English brand Musical Fidelity did not benefit from the loyalty of its French distributors, or maybe it is the opposite....

BTI-031 Sky Wing: an aptX HD Bluetooth transceiver with a headphone amplifier at a bargain price! May 30, 2018

It is becoming more and more obvious that receivers with aptX and aptX HD codecs for Bluetooth connections are going to secure themselves a strong...

D-Stream WAMP 200: listen to Qobuz in CD-quality thanks to this amplifier. Powerful and shaped like a racing car! May 30, 2018

With this amplifier, equipped with a streamer integrating the Qobuz application in CD-quality, the new brand D-Stream offers a very modern device...

Meters M-EAR-BT: A Qobuzissime for these in-ear headphones with a fantastic aptX HD Bluetooth connection! April 13, 2018

At Qobuz, we have reviewed very few in-ear headphones. A few atypical models are the exception to the rule, and this is in this category. It’s the...

FX-Audio DAC-SQ5: User friendly and a rather sweet sound produced! April 12, 2018

Every dematerialized music enthusiast doesn’t necessarily look for a state-of-the-art DAC, with oversampling, filters, inputs and outputs...

Burmester Music Center 151: Does this music server, which integrates Qobuz in Hi-Res, live up to its promises? April 10, 2018

The Music Centers, or music servers, are rather rare Hi-Fi elements (is it why they are so expensive?) and this is one of those that we are going...