John Darko’s audio system/s

Every good reviewer needs a ‘toolbox’ of reference gear from which comparisons can be drawn and conclusions triangulated. Here’s an exhaustive list of the associated equipment currently being used in the review process. Some of it is owned outright, some on long-term loan from the manufacturer.

Last updated 2nd January 2017.

Loudspeakers

  • ELAC Uni-Fi UF5
  • KEF LS50 Wireless
  • Genelec G Two

Amplifiers

DACs

  • Chord Electronics Mojo
  • Resonessence Labs Herus
  • AQUA La Scala MKII – Optologic

Digital sources

USB-S/PDIF converters and S/PDIF re-clockers

USB signal regenerators

Turntables

  • Pioneer PLX-500

Phono pre-amplifiers

Headphone amplifiers

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Headphones

In-ear monitors

  • JH Audio Rosie
  • Campfire Audio Nova, Lyra, Orion, Jupiter, Andromeda
  • FitEar Air Custom
  • Noble Audio Savant Custom
  • Audeze iSine 20

Portable DAPs, DACs & amplifiers

Cables