Paweł Szachno

Paweł Szachno

Founder of Ear Fidelity. I've been into audio for many years, working in production, distribution, retail, and marketing throughout my career. Now trying to revolutionize the art of reviewing audio gear.

Burson Playmate 2

Burson Playmate is the most affordable all-in-one in this Australian manufacturer's lineup. It uses an ESS9038 DAC chip and it provides up to 3W of power via its Class-A, SE output. The price is set at $544.

Hifiman EF400

Hifiman EF400 ís the second all-in-one in Hifiman's history. It's fully balanced, built around an R2R DAC and a headphone amplifier that is told to be capable of running the Susvara. The price is set at $599.

Hifiman HE-R9

Hifiman HE-R9 ís the newest dynamic driver model by the leading headphone manufacturer in the world, Hifiman. It's a closed-back headphone with a Bluemini R2R Bluetooth module and it comes at $749.

Erua Audio Vidar Alter

The Vidar Alter is an aftermarket IEM cable by Erua Audio. Their flagship model, Tawa has won our "Best Cable Of The Year 2021", so they definitely know how to craft great cables. The Vidar Alter is made of OFC Copper, and it's priced at around $280.

Yulong Aurora

The Aurora is the newest DAC/Amp combo by a Chinese manufacturer Yulong. It's designed around the latest ESS ES9068AS chip, also offering a Class-A headphone amplifier. It's priced at $520.

SMSL DO100

The SMSL DO100 is the newest budget DAC from SMSL. It uses a dual ES9038Q2m chip and it's priced at $239.