Welcome Subjective3: A Three-Band EQ

Normally this is where I explain our design ethos and motivation for an announcement. Not today. Don’t get me wrong–Jude and I are certainly excited about Subjective3. But this is an oddball release. A False Start It all began two years ago, when our mechanical engineer, Nick, needed an equalizer for a side project. Our […]

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Element vs Objective2

Recent discussions reminded me that misconceptions also surround Element, such as: ‘Element is an O2+ODAC in a nicer box / Element has an ODAC inside’ False: While both are designed for transparency, performance and features differ: 1.5W vs 0.6W output power is substantial. ‘Element clips’ False: Of course not! Like any good design, gain is […]

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ODAC vs OL DAC

“Hey, I was just wondering what the major differences were between the ODAC and the OL DAC.” This fine question continues to pop up in emails, on the phone, on reddit, on Head-Fi, etc. I was excited to push OL DAC into the wild last November for a number of reasons. I’ve always placed great […]

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Announcing EL DAC, EL Amp, OL DAC, and OL Switcher by JDS Labs

Today’s announcement of the Element Line and Objective Line makes most sense when viewed alongside our mission: JDS Labs enables exceptional listening experiences, with underlying objectivity in our designs and transparency in our interactions. JDS Labs is strongly associated with audio measurements these days–perhaps to an excessive degree. Still, the subjective experience certainly matters. Each […]

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Power is Volume

Announcement of The Element has reminded us that output power is widely misunderstood. Most confusion can be resolved by understanding that Volume sets Power. In the world of audio, Power is the amount of energy that an amplifier can deliver into a specific load (ohms), at a specific frequency (Hz), for a specific duration (seconds), with […]

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