HL tears the ES9038 DAC down to the bones for a full hardware upgrade! In stage 1 of upgrades, I worked on the analog side of the board, replacing nearly all the stock parts, including: resistors, DIP-8 sockets, and capacitors. The results have been impressive, giving a much more reference leaning tone. (ELNA SILMIC Super Gold included)
A short preview of the upcoming Sparkos Labs SS2590 review. This is part of Sparkos Labs “Pro Series” of discrete op-amps. I will be comparing them against Burson Audio’s V6-OPA and two of Orange Amplification discrete op-amps. Full review expected by July 4th.
I am pleased to announce that some of my picks for the 2nd round of capacitors, have been posted on Ebay and can be found right here. This includes more MiniWatt capacitors, including a glorious looking 0.47uF 400V plus a really nice 0.15uF 160V model. I have more MiniWatts to post, so just keep an […]
How to Video on Converting SMD components to Full-Size. Op-amp and capacitors upgrades are shown.
Edit: 7/26/19 I got these molded last night (myself, at home) and must say, I was shocked at the difference (a word I rarely use on this site, except in the literal sense). I was expecting bass to improve, but it improved way more elements than that! Expect a full review in about a week, […]
The first part of my Sansui AU-517/717 restore guide, from recapping to finding those pesky shorted diodes. Not to mention how daunting it is just to remove and then rewire all the PCB’s! Here I hope to help shed some light on the subject.
A look at the first MiniWatt capacitors that were put up for sale by HL. Now there are many more types available to purchase from us!
Preview into the head-to-head between Black Gate and SILMIC ARS Super Gold. XMOS module based on the SU-1 is being used. This is still a WIP.
I apologize about the delay in announcing the winner (from what I said on FB), I’ve been hard at work on the EP6 headphone review. I will be publishing the EP6 review tonight at some point. I did the drawing in exactly the same way as the last time, using the Pretty Random application from […]
In celebration of successfully launching the Vintage & Precision Electrical Components Store, I am giving away my review sample of the Burson Play v1.6 to 1 person from the Hallman Labs subscribers list! I only ask that you use this device instead of trying to profit from it. No purchase is necessary for one entry […]