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Sound on Sound review, November 2009
"As a D-A converter and headphone amp, the HeadMaster is simply in a class of its own at this Price"
Of course, this was very much a subjective test between the Benchmark and HeadMaster, purely to give a useful point of reference, and it can’t be considered a proper ‘shoot-out’ between the HeadMaster and the DAC1. To do that, I’d have had to set up conditions in my mastering room to test their abilities operating as monitor controller (D-A and gain-controlled analogue stage) and pure D-A converters feeding a separate preamp as well.But I can certainly say that I was not at all disappointed with the HeadMaster. To give an idea of the quality on offer, it didn’t better my current main mastering setup (a DCS D-A and Nagra preamp) in either configuration, or when fed by an analogue signal derived from the DCS, but then it comes in at almost a tenth of the price. If the current financial crisis began to hit harder and I had to start selling off equipment, while I’d hesitate to part with these much-beloved components, I’d have no hesitation in trusting the HeadMaster to provide the material for professional mastering judgements. It is, as you’d expect, at least as good on this score as the larger Crookwood controllers, which a number of studios already trust to route more complex setups to their monitors.As a D-A converter and headphone amp, the HeadMaster is simply in a class of its own at this price level — which, for me, makes it something of a bargain. I trust its deliverances on location, and I now intend to rely on it exclusively for headphone duties in my mastering room. Whereas other headphone amps have come and gone and not really been missed, the HeadMaster is here to stay.Read more of this review here
The Cutting Suite
"The Cutting Suite mastering studio has been established for 12 years, and in that
time has gone from strength to strength. Growing from a humble birth in Tooting,
where we specialised in Vinyl mastering, to our present abode in Clapham,
central London, where we now cover a wide range of
We had a major revamp in June, with the aim of accommodating the increase in digital media we were seeing in the industry. We remodelled the studio and added some new pieces of equipment, one of these being the DACS Clarity HeadMaster monitor controller.
With quality and accuracy being the essentials in a mastering studio, we worked endlessly to fine tune the studio and obtain the clearest and most accurate results. Their after sales technical support, and DACS MD, Douglas Doherty's expertise were invaluable in achieving this; DACS certainly went the extra mile.
The result was impeccable. The HeadMaster lived up to all expectations and delivers a dynamic and universally pristine result that has left most of our old customers gawping when they hear their new mastering results. For us it is an increase of a further percentage that pushed our performance levels to new boundaries.
The Cutting Suite can proudly announce that mastering these days comes at a price; in order to stay at the top of the game with clients such as SonyBMG, Zomba, Seamless, Southern Fried just to name a few, the demands are forever more stringent; we have made the necessary tactical decisions to ensure that the right set up and right components are used to deliver the right results.
For an experience we are happy to offer any customer that would like their tracks mastered digitally a special introductory price per track. Drop us a line or call for full details:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 720 9199"