Matthew Philpot

State Of The System – Philharmonic Audio, REL, and Audial

It’s been an exciting last month or so. Some would think that an international pandemic (in the form of COVID) would slow down the release of new products, but instead it seems to have had the opposite effect. On the same front, I can easily say that the next few months will be incredibly exciting …

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Review | MHDT Orchid – TDA1541 for Tube Rollers

It should be no mystery by now that I’m an avid fan of the TDA1541 monolithic D/A Converter. Despite its inability to keep up with the latest and greatest in absolute resolution, it still manages to impress due to (what people describe as) its innate musicality. The manufacturer, MHDT, makes a variety of DAC’s. There’s …

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Let’s talk about Vacuum Tubes (and why I love them)

In recent years, it’s become ever apparent that vacuum tubes have become a topic of much contention in the audio world. The primary driver behind this, in my opinion, is the rising popularity of “data driven audiophiles” as I like to call them. I would, in fact, put myself in partially in this group as …

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Review | Arteluthe La Piccola – This isn’t your grandfather’s monitor

In recent years, I’ve found myself becoming more and more a fan of stand-mount monitors. Indeed, there’s something seductive about a well executed two-way. The only problem, as many will be quick to point out, is the need to supplement such speakers with a subwoofer. I won’t disagree – how would one expect something with …

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