BLOG: The Fav Album Of…. – Cypher Labs!

In this weekly series of articles you will discover what are the business insider’s favorite albums and tracks. We have contacted a broad selection of industry experts and each Wednesday you can discover one of those guy’s favorite albums and why this is so. Check out our previous “Favorite album of” articles here:

This week’s honor goes to David Maudlin of Cypher Labs (USA). We have reviewed his awesome gear on Headfonia multiple times already and I’m looking forward to upcoming Austru review.


Cypher Labs Duet: The Duet: Cypher Labs’ Fully Balanced Amp

Cypher Labs Picollo: Cypherlabs Picollo: Old School Analog

Cypher Labs PDAC: CypherLabs Picollo DAC: The Android DAC/AMP Combo

Cypher Labs C6IEM: CypherLabs C6IEM: A Home Run

Cypher Labs C6IEM V2: Review: Cypher Labs C6IEM V2: Push the Sky Away

Cypher Labs Trio: Review: CypherLabs Trio: The Tube Portable

Cypher Labs Theorem: Cypher Labs Theorem 720 DAC

Cypher Labs CLAS SOLO -db: CypherLabs Double: Solo -dB and Solo -R

Who am I:

My name is David Maudlin and I am CEO of Cypher Labs.

The Band :        

For me this is Carlos Santana. His personal life is a great example. He continually works for peace. His music transcends genres and he works with a vast range of artists.

The Album:    

That must be his album called: Abraxis. There are so many great tracks on Abraxis. Who doesn’t love it?

Abraxas is a bona fide classic and Santana III should be, but is simply overshadowed by its predecessor and its debut — this album is far better in terms of focus, songs, and sound than the debut album. All killer, no filler — if you don’t have ’em, snag ’em. ~ Thom Jurek

Abraxas is the second studio album by latin rock band Santana. Building upon the interest generated by their first album released in August 1969 entitled Santana and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, the band released Abraxas in September 1970. The album’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa, and other influences was very well received, showing a musical maturation from their first album and refining the band’s early sound. In 2016, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.” ~ Wikipedia

The Song:

Without doubt: Samba Pa Ti. I just like the pace of it, the control of the guitar is fluid.

Listening preference

I prefer going digital via Cypher Labs Theorem or Solo –dB with various Cypher Labs amps and earphones. Austru IEM (soon on HFN) is the preferred in ear monitor. When in the office I use a Mac as the source with a Solo –dB as the DAC driving the Prautes amplifier and I’ll use modified Fostex MK3 headphones or Audeze headphones.


If you want to check out David’s favorite album, you can do so here:






Thank you Davidfor being on the series and for giving us a little insight in what you like to listen to. If you have suggestions of who we should feature in this article series, let us know in the comments!

Up to next week…

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

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