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Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

I began my journey into computer audio in 2004 with the introduction of the...

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

I think it is fair to say that in the eighteen or so months...

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

Initial Impressions THE Show (Newport Beach) 2014 was a breath of fresh air (at...

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

AURALiC TAURUS Balanced Output Headphone Amplifier Review

Several months ago I reviewed the AURALiC VEGA DAC, and found it to be...

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience is perhaps best known for their interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords, and...

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Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

August 23, 2014
Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

John Darko has posted a review of the Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB converter (AU$1325/€699) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “Oversimplifying for the sake of argument it seems the more you spend on your D/A converter, the more likely it is to feature circuits that provide considerable immunity to jitter and electrical noise. That...
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Audio Research Reference CD9 CD Player-DAC

August 23, 2014
Audio Research Reference CD9 CD Player-DAC

A close-up tour of the Audio Research Reference CD9 CD player-DAC.
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Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

August 23, 2014
Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Apex Audio High-Fi Teton OTL headphone amplifier ($5000) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I do feel the Teton is deserving of being included in InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame”, with the understanding that not everyone is going to be in the market for a $5,000 headphone amp. For those...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

August 22, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

Art Dudley has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC ($6000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Time will tell if and when these levels of performance, flexibility, and luxury will become available for less than $6000. But today, for those who’ve waited for a computer-friendly DAC that offers, with every type...
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Triangle Signature Delta Loudspeaker

August 22, 2014
Triangle Signature Delta Loudspeaker

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Triangle Signature Delta loudspeakers ($/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “A great speaker? With my brain still flooded with endorphins from listening to the Smashing Pumpkins at 100dB, I am indeed tempted to use that word for this $8000/pair design. But there is strong competition in the...
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Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier

August 22, 2014
Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted his first impressions of the Burmester 101 integrated amplifier (£5088) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “At first listen, the Burmester 101 really didn’t do anything but confirm suspicions about Class D. Now, after many weeks playing in a corner somewhere, it’s come out of its Class D shell and is proving...
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Black Pearls Audio Aquarius Phono Stage

August 22, 2014
Black Pearls Audio Aquarius Phono Stage

Stephæn has posted a review of the Black Pearls Audio Aquarius phono stage (€1500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “I think it’s fair to say that with the Aquarius, Black Pearls Audio have added a solid performer to their line-up, so much so that I intend to make it my new reference. Building a phono...
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Constellation Audio Perseus Phono Preamplifier

August 22, 2014
Constellation Audio Perseus Phono Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Perseus phono preamplifier (£27,500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Half way through the review, a thought struck me about the Constellation Audio Perseus, the people behind the Constellation Audio Perseus, and the people who will buy the Constellation Audio Perseus. That thought was, ‘second best...
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Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

August 22, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE Stereo Amplifier

Vance Hiner has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF-2550 SE stereo amplifier ($7800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Conrad-Johnson’s MF-2550 SE is an outstanding solid-state amplifier. The Windex-clear window it offers into each piece of music, as well as its ability to deliver lightning-quick transients, are traits that I wish the Premier...
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SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeakers

August 21, 2014
SVS Ultra Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Gene DellaSala has posted a review of the SVS Ultra bookshelf loudspeakers ($999/pair) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “There is so much to like about these speakers and so little to complain about. They offer a very balanced sound, with great dynamic capabilities. They look as good as they sound. No cheap parts were used...
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Dynavector P75 Mk3 Phono Preamplifier

August 21, 2014
Dynavector P75 Mk3 Phono Preamplifier

Michael Wong has posted a review of the Dynavector P75 Mk3 phono preamplifier ($895) at AudioEnz. His conclusions: “A good music playback system is like a time machine, enabling the listener take a trip into the past through musical events. The P75 plays its part in achieving this with ease and greater grace than...
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High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th AES Convention

August 21, 2014
High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th AES Convention

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) will feature a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will...
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Phasemation EA-1 II Phono Preamplifier

August 21, 2014
Phasemation EA-1 II Phono Preamplifier

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Phasemation EA-1 II phono preamplifier (~€11,000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “The refinement and trademark ethereality of this phonostage showed, that High-End is very differentiated, and on the level presented by this device the differences between products are of purely esthetic value – those are defined...
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Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector

August 21, 2014
Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D Projector

Chris Eberle has posted a review of the Epson Home Cinema 5030UBe LCD 3D projector ($2899) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “LCD projectors used to be found solely in conference rooms and churches where quality cinema was far from a priority. Epson has worked the technology into something that...
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Q Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

August 21, 2014
Q Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the Q Up automatic tonearm lift ($60) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Provided you actually consult the compatibility chart on the Q Up Web site before you buy, read and follow the instructions, take the time to check setup before you use the adhesive tape to...
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Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Linn Akurate Exakt DSM player and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers (together, ($41,000) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Exakt Link protocol is a digital audiophile’s dream in that it keeps the audio data in the digital domain unit the final amplification step at the loudspeaker. This near...
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Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

August 20, 2014
Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

Joel Chevassus has posted a review of the Lumïn S1 music streamer ($14,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The S1 now competes directly with heavyweights like the Ayon S5 or TotalDAC Dual server + Dac whilst perhaps delivering a less romantic presentation. I am not fond of romance in audio playback. The small signs or...
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VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

August 20, 2014
VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 Monoblock Power Amplifier Kit

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the VC Audio Labs MB-45 KT120 monoblock power amplifier kit ($2190/pair) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “During the time I had here the Oddwatt VC-45 or the Oddblock High Output Series 1 or whatever it’s called, it performed reliably and flawlessly. It’s a remarkably quiet tube-based amplifier that...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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Fritz Accuton 6 Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Fritz Accuton 6 Loudspeaker

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Fritz Accuton 6 loudspeakers ($3300/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “With the Accuton 6 I feel that Fritz Heiler has done it again and brought us a truly musical speaker at a very reasonably price for what it delivers. Highly Recommended!” You can read the full review...
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