10 Audiophile Gifts That Will Bring Music To Their Ears!

Head over to Apartment Therapy for a round-up of audiophile gift ideas.

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Late Night Listening

Pupshaw and Pushpaw agree! Musical and very resolving!

The Hegel HD20 DAC meets the CI Audio VHP•2 headphone amp. Listening to Bill Frisell’s My Buffalo Girl on a Macbook pro running iTunes/Pure Music with 64 bit math and power-of -two (88.2 Khz) upsampling. The CI Audio Transient MK II is providing the asynchronous USB-to-S/PDIF conversion, and the Hegel HD20 is doing the Digital-to-analog converting. The headphones in use are the classic Sennheiser HD-600 open ear cans. Stereo guitars, big bottom double bass, and the lovely B-3 organ carry you away – off to dream land…

The Norse Gods Awake – The Hegel HD20 DAC

Hegel HD20 DAC with 2 Coaxial S/PDIF inputs, 1 USB, and 1 Optical input

I am currently listening/evaluating the Hegel HD20 DAC. This DAC from Norway provides a preamp for directly driving power amps, or line level out to a separate input stage. Note: A specially designed coaxial input  claims to corrects impedance issues normally found on digital RCA connectors. Stay tuned for a full review.