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Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus Interconnects

Christian Punter has posted a review of the Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “With superbly transparent sounding cables, oftentimes the price to pay is a less forgiving nature and/or lack of substance or body. Not so with the Mad Scientist cables. Without sounding clinical or deprived of...
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Daniel Hertz 2-C Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Daniel Hertz 2-C Interconnects

Chrisiaan Punter has posted a review of the Daniël Hertz 2-C interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “These are highly revealing speakers that with the wrong cables can become unpleasant in the upper midrange and lower treble. These interlinks don’t detract from the horns’ inherent resolution yet will never provoke them.” You can read...
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Straight Wire Crescendo II Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Straight Wire Crescendo II Interconnects

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Straight Wire Crescendo II interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “Like the aforementioned Cardas, this Straight Wire sort of represents the sound as I came to like it in the 90’s, when Krell, Levinson, Wadia et all were popular and although the use of this cable...
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Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

May 5, 2016
Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Meridian 818v3 digital preamplifier, MC200 music server, and DSP5200 SE loudspeakers at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “he Meridian 818v3 is a superb machine. Even in plain DAC-guise it is up there with the best DACs I have heard. But add in its preamp facilities, Sooloos/Roon compatibility,...
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Excite X18 Loudspeaker

May 5, 2016
Excite X18 Loudspeaker

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Excite X18 loudspeakers (£1195/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “This may come as a shock to long time Dynaudio users, for the new standard has more emphasis on the midrange and less on the amount of bass energy, but the higher notes are still detailed...
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Fono Acustica Virtuoso Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords

May 5, 2016
Fono Acustica Virtuoso Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Fono Acustica Virtuoso interconnects (€14,000), speaker cables (€43,900), and power cords (€12,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “For those of a more artistic bent, who want to engage with music rather than analyze it, Fono Acustica’s Virtuoso cables’ combination of musical and emotional drama, weight,...
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Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

May 5, 2016
Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

Keith Howard has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones (£410) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Would Gok Wan be seen wearing the Pryma? I imagine he would because it is, undeniably, a fashion icon in the making – one which makes other ‘designer’ ’phones look crass or plain...
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Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond Loudspeaker

May 5, 2016
Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond Loudspeaker

Nick Tate has posted a review of the Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond loudspeakers (£17,000/pair) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “I have never heard ‘the best small speaker’, and don’t ever expect to. Yet this is certainly one of the most interesting and appealing in its own special way. It’s exceptionally...
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Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

May 5, 2016
Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 6 preamplifier (£12,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: Audio Research has never put a foot wrong with its Reference models. I’ve played with most, and must admit that some stand out more than others. The REF 6, I believe, will...
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Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

May 5, 2016
Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

Graeme Budd has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Black phono cartridge (€600) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “At this price the direct MM competitors have to be the Reson Reca and Audio Note IQ2 (both Goldring 1000 series based and 600€). Having lived with and enjoyed the Reca for many years I’d...
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Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

May 4, 2016
Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones ($499-$599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The Pryma looks very posh and upper class and for the first time, I can recommend a flashy looking headphone to people interested in something that also sounds good too. This is an almost unheard of combination...
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NAD Announces M32 Direct Digital Amplifier and M50.2 Digital Music Player

May 4, 2016
NAD Announces M32 Direct Digital Amplifier and M50.2 Digital Music Player

NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced two new additions to their prestigious Masters Series. The M32 Direct Digital Amplifier (€4000, $3499 U.S. MSRP) is an elegant, top-of-the-line, BluOSready integrated amplifier with a host of features that offer maximum flexibility and excellent efficiency with reduced noise and distortion. M32 also...
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KEF M400 Headphones

May 4, 2016
KEF M400 Headphones

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the KEF M400 headphones ($250) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “All in all, the M400 sounds refined and clear, with bass that is definitely goosed up just a tad. I’m not normally a fan of overemphasized bass, but it’s done tastefully here on the M400, and...
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MQA Announces New Partnerships at Munich High End 2016

May 3, 2016
MQA Announces New Partnerships  at Munich High End 2016

This year’s High End sees MQA, the innovative music technology, reveal further business updates, including new content and hardware partnerships. MQA Music Partners High Res Audio, the renowned international high-resolution music download service, joins the list of MQA content providers, meaning music lovers visiting www.highresaudio.com can download high-quality releases from renowned labels including 2L,...
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Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

May 3, 2016
Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Aerial Acoustics 7T loudspeakers ($9850/pair) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The Aerials are great when they reproduce the low range, that results deep and exact and the stated frequency response is easily reached. The sound pressure is now very high but these T7s are not in...
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Ayre Introduces the QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub

May 3, 2016
Ayre Introduces the QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub

Ayre’s latest entry in the world of digital audio combines a decades-long record of ground-breaking innovation in both digital and analog audio with revolutionary features to set a new benchmark in the field. Every conceivable digital input, including Ethernet, Streamlength asynchronous USB, S/PDIF (in three different formats), and even direct connection to thumb drives...
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TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

May 3, 2016
TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501HR digital player ($850) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Great looks and a balanced sound output that’s fun to listen to make this DSD CD spinner a great player to invest in when building either a humble high end desktop rig or even a full blown...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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PS Audio Introduces BHK Signature Preamplifier

May 2, 2016
PS Audio Introduces BHK Signature Preamplifier

In the past year, the BHK Signature Amplifiers designed for PS Audio by industry legend Bascom H. King have won just about every attainable audio award, worldwide. Finally, after over a year of design and development, the BHK Signature Preamplifier is available to pair with the BHK Stereo 250 and BHK Mono 300s. The...
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Mytek Introduces New Upscale Manhatten II MQA DAC

May 2, 2016
Mytek Introduces New Upscale Manhatten II MQA DAC

Mytek Digital, the second MQA licensee after Meridian to ship an Audiophile DAC with MQA™ technology, will be showcasing the MQA-capable Brooklyn DAC, and showing an advanced prototype of the more upscale MQA-capable Manhattan II DAC to be shipping in August 2016. MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality...
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Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Goldmund Telos 360 universal monoblock amplifier (€36,300) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Final judgment falls into the domain of people in search of proper balance of performance, luxury and specific sonic virtues. The Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Mono Amplifiers sums up with the self contained...
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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

Jack Skowron has posted a review of the MicroZOTL 2 headphone amplifier ($1100) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So, while this is certainly not an inexpensive amp, I believe it does deliver good value, being a really fine sounding headphone amp in an attractive package. T If you’re in the market for an amp in...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

May 1, 2016
Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

Dirk Sommer has posted a review of the Verity Audio Sarastro IIS loudspeakers ($48,000/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Sarastro IIS sound notably bigger than they appear in the room, and yet they manage to completely disappear behind the music. Thanks to the rear-facing woofers, they are an almost perfect match for my...
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Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

May 1, 2016
Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

Lee Scoggins has posted a review of the Cardas A8 in-ear monitors ($300) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Ole Blue Eyes is singing “My Blue Heaven”. These blue cabled wonders really are offering up heavenly sound with the Mojo, a great partner for the A8s. The A8s serve a up lots of detail but...
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