John Grandberg

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John Grandberg  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  22 comments
Cayin's new N5iiS – a surprise release that hits the sweet spot. 
John Grandberg  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  13 comments
64 Audio has a special place in my heart.Perhaps that's an odd way of introducing a review, as it makes me sound totally biased, but allow me to explain.
John Grandberg  |  May 08, 2018  |  12 comments
It's been nearly 5 years since ToTL Madness—our attempt to survey the growing custom IEM landscape and identify the best of the best. It's still a good read if you want to learn more about the history of the industry, the major players, and the strengths/weaknesses of these colorful little ear gems.

Since then, we've seen the market continue to expand. New players have entered the field, and several firms have undergone "rebranding" of sorts; 1964 Ears became 64 Audio, while Heir Audio gave way to Noble. Some of the smaller brands are no longer with us for one reason or another (Frog Beats, Aurisonics). But for the most part the same companies from our shootout remain just as relevant if not more so.

John Grandberg  |  Feb 06, 2018  |  17 comments
Word on the street is that iRiver, parent company of the Astell&Kern brand, tapped a whole different design team to work on the KANN. I haven't been able to confirm this, but it certainly fits with the device being so different from prior AK designs. Is that a good thing? Let's find out.
Tyll Hertsens, Bob Katz, John Grandberg, Grover Neville  |  Nov 24, 2017  |  13 comments

'Tis the season!

Noodling around for some gift ideas for the audio lover in your life? InnerFidelity writers did a little noodling for you and are happy to present you our "2017 InnerFidelity Gift Guide."

Enjoy!

John Grandberg  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  8 comments
There's no shortage of choice for quality headphone amps. Whether your budget is $249 or $5,000, or somewhere in between, you should be able to find an amp that satisfies your requirements.

The same goes for D/A converters. The little Grace Design SDAC is killer at only $79 while high-end DACs routinely go for many thousands of dollars.

Preamps? Same story. As a more "traditional" hi-fi component, there's a seemingly endless supply of designs out there. A surprisingly large number of brands sport prices you might typically associate with a new luxury car. On the other end, Schiit's Saga does a bang-up job at $349.

Yes, there are more options than ever for building a system using separate components for each function. Yet things don't often go as well when using integrated devices.

John Grandberg  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  5 comments
One glance at the rather obvious speaker array on the XPS 27 tells us there's something special going on here. You'd be forgiven for thinking Dell slapped a generic "soundbar" on the system and called it a day. Not so. The XPS 27 is in fact built from the ground up with audio in mind. I was actually surprised at how much effort went into this thing.
John Grandberg  |  Apr 26, 2017  |  10 comments
It's kind of a long story, but here we are.
John Grandberg  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  11 comments
A reference-caliber headphone amp with a plethora of unique features, the iFi Pro iCan has you covered...no matter what your preferences might be.

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