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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Jonathan Valin articulates that there are three types of audiophiles: 1) those who are...

AXPONA 2015 Coverage

AXPONA 2015 Coverage

My overall impression of the show was excellent. AXPONA has made tremendous progress in...

DALI Rubicon 6 Loudspeaker Review

DALI Rubicon 6 Loudspeaker Review

Introduction I first ran across DALI loudspeakers at RMAF 2010, and was so impressed...

Exogal Audio Comet DAC Review

Exogal Audio Comet DAC Review

Introduction You can’t swing a dead cat at an audio show without hitting a...

Aluminous Audio Loudspeaker System Review

Aluminous Audio Loudspeaker System Review

In 2001, Krell introduced the LAT-1, a monitor loudspeaker in an all aluminum enclosure....

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Sumiko S.5 Subwoofer

February 14, 2016
Sumiko S.5 Subwoofer

Stephen Dawson has posted a review of the Sumiko S.5 subwoofer ($999) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The Sumiko S5 would seem to be an ideal choice for coupling with high-quality satellites or small bookshelf speakers, and should prove well worth the money for anyone in that market. And its sense of style, no doubt...
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Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

February 14, 2016
Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

Richard Barclay has posted a review of the Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC (£1000) and Mjolnir 2 headphone amplifier (£720) at The Ear. His conclusions: “Individually, these are laudable products with interesting USPs that set them apart from pricier peers. Together, the two units complement each other exceptionally well and offer a seductively revealing, immersive...
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T+A PA 2500 R Integrated Amplifier and G 2000 R Turntable

February 14, 2016
T+A PA 2500 R Integrated Amplifier and G 2000 R Turntable

Rene van Es has posted a review of the T+A PA 2500 R integrated amplifier (£5577) and G 2000 R turntable (£4719) at The Ear. His conclusions: “In the PA 2500 R integrated amplifier and the G 2000 R record player T+A has created two components that combine solid build, flawless operation and exceptional...
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Krix Volcanix Slim Subwoofer

February 14, 2016
Krix Volcanix Slim Subwoofer

Stephen Dawson has posted a review of the Krix Volcanix Slim subwoofer ($1995) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The Krix Volcanix Slim subwoofer offers a strong audio performance, but in a package that makes it the best fit for a certain range of installations, rather than regular room placement. If that’s your requirement, do check...
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DeVore Fidelity O/96 Loudspeaker

February 14, 2016
DeVore Fidelity O/96 Loudspeaker

Rafe Arnott has posted a review of the DeVore Fidelity O/96 loudspeakers ($12,000/pair) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “This is a loudspeaker for both music lovers, and imaging/detail fetishists. I cannot recommend it highly enough to those with room to do the design, and performance, justice. With careful amplification matching these are end-game speakers...
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Chord Electronics Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 14, 2016
Chord Electronics Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jason Kennnedy has posted a review of the Chord Electronics Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC (£399) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Mojo is a remarkable achievement for any company let alone one of Chord’s size, I suspect that it could change that aspect of things quite significantly once the non audiophile world comes to terms...
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Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC

February 14, 2016
Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC

Vance Hiner has posted a review of the Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC ($799) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “The HD-DAC1 is an excellent way for anyone to get a serious dose of audiophile thrills without breaking the bank. While setting the bar so high at a price so low is bound to make life...
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Benchmark’s AHB2 Stereo Amplifier

February 13, 2016
Benchmark’s AHB2 Stereo Amplifier

Hifiqc has posted a review of the Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo amplifier ($2995) at Hi Fidelity Quality Control. His conclusions: “The Benchmark amplifier allowed for dense music mixes to be fully appreciated. Micro-dynamic detail was never lost or distorted, even as complex passages competed. Orchestral and Popular music mixes equally excelled on the AHB2 with...
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Bryston BDP-2 Digital Audio Player

February 13, 2016
Bryston BDP-2 Digital Audio Player

Karl Schuster has posted a review of the Bryston BDP-2 digital audio player ($2695) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “It has been both reassuring and rewarding to follow Bryston’s evolutionary development of its Digital Player product family. With the latest iteration of the BDP-2, it has progressively built upon the revolutionary foundation of...
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EMM Labs DAC2X DAC

February 13, 2016
EMM Labs DAC2X DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the EMM Labs DAC2X DAC ($15,500) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The DAC2X is a very captivating music maker. If you like to listen to all manner of music in all manner of formats including streaming, and you want it all to sound stunning, muscular where called for,...
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Fezz Audio Silver Luna EL34 Valve Amplifier

February 13, 2016
Fezz Audio Silver Luna EL34 Valve Amplifier

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the Fezz Audio Silver Luna EL34 valve amplifier (£725) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “It is a sweet natured beast rather than a snorting bull of an amp, but it can kick like a mule when called to do so, provided you don’t pair it with inefficient...
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Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC and PS-5 Power Supply

February 13, 2016
Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC and PS-5 Power Supply

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 preamplifier-DAC ($1995) and PS-5 power supply ($595) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “he DDP-1 and PS-5 combination is the perfect alignment of high quality components and astute engineering. The DDP-1 and PS-5 prove that given an equal playing field of parts, only brilliant...
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QAT MS6i Music Server

February 13, 2016
QAT MS6i Music Server

Tarkan Ceviker has posted a review of the QAT MS6i music server ($4449) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “To relive the feelings you feel when hearing a particular track for the first time, there has never been a better way of doing exactly that than through the MS6i. Time and again, regardless of the style...
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LampizatOr Euforia DSD DAC

February 13, 2016
LampizatOr Euforia DSD DAC

Larry Cox has posted a review of the LampizatOr Euforia DSD DAC ($2130) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I am surprised and pleased to have this unit in my system. Should you consider it? Yes. There might be DACs with deeper, fuller bass or with a bit richer rendition of timbre or for a...
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ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amplifier

February 13, 2016
ampsandsound Kenzie Headphone Amplifier

Dean Seislove has posted a review of the ampsandsound Kenzie headphone amplifier ($1500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Some people will want an amp with more bite and slam than you might find in the Kenzie, especially with electronic and aggressive rock music. I’m listening to Mogwai’s “San Pedro” right now, and couldn’t wish...
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AudioQuest Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System

February 12, 2016
AudioQuest Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the AudioQuest Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power Noise-Dissipation System ($7995) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The AudioQuest Niagara 7000 and Shunyata Research’s Hydra Triton v2 and Hydra Typhon are all outstanding power conditioners, well designed by people who know what they’re doing. Both brands substantially improved the sound of...
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Norway’s 2L Now Offers 130-plus MQA Recordings

February 12, 2016
Norway’s 2L Now Offers 130-plus MQA Recordings

With the recent release of MQA firmware updates for Meridian Audio products, and with other companies poised to release MQA-capable playback systems in the near future, the question you may well be asking is, “Where can I find MQA files to listen to?” The answer is: from Norway. First out of the gate with...
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Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

February 12, 2016
Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

Mattia Bellinzona has posted a review of the Cocktail Audio X30 music server (€1000) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “For me, we are way over an entry-level performance, both for the CDP and for the amplifier. The fact is that not everyone likes class-D amps. If you prefer a euphonic or even dull presentation,...
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Sonus Faber Venere Signature Loudspeaker

February 12, 2016
Sonus Faber Venere Signature Loudspeaker

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Venere Signature loudspeakers (£4000/pair) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Quite why I’ve fallen in love with the Venere Signature is hard for me to clarify. It’s almost too lush, too nice, too easy – like an old valve amplifier … or...
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Akiko Audio E-Tuning Gold Mk II Tuning Stick

February 12, 2016
Akiko Audio E-Tuning Gold Mk II Tuning Stick

Ed Van Winkle has posted a review of the Akiko Audio E-Tuning Gold Mk II Tuning Stick (€195) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I’ve played with more expensive toys and have gotten less bang for the buck! I can’t speak to their whole product line but if the rest of their accessories do these...
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC

February 12, 2016
Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC ($3999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If you are considering a DAC in the $4k price range, you’d be wise to give the Cary Audio DAC-200ts as long a listen as you can afford. You may not want to ever stop. ” You...
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Morrow Audio SP7 Grand Reference Speaker Cables, and MA4 Reference and MA7 Grand Reference Interconnects

February 12, 2016
Morrow Audio SP7 Grand Reference Speaker Cables, and MA4 Reference and MA7 Grand Reference Interconnects

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Morrow Audio SP7 Grand Reference speaker cables ($1499) and MA4 Reference ($329) and MA7 Grand Reference ($1399) interconnects at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “By any standard, Morrow Audio is an up-and-comer. Its products may not be head-turners to look at, but in the high end...
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GoldenEar Technology Triton Two+ Speaker System

February 12, 2016
GoldenEar Technology Triton Two+ Speaker System

Darryl Wilkenson has posted a review of the GoldenEar Technology Triton Two+ speaker system ($7550) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “hat I should have said then—and what I emphatically say now about the Triton Two+ speakers—is that the sound quality is so good that GoldenEar’s speakers would still be highly recommended even if...
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PS Audio PerfectWave Debuts DirectStream Junior DAC

February 11, 2016
PS Audio PerfectWave Debuts DirectStream Junior DAC

Pure DSD Done Right Introducing DirectStream Junior, a world class DAC based on the architecture of the Stereophile and Absolute Sound’s Product Of The Year, DirectStream. Hand-written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based...
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Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL 2.1

February 11, 2016
Sonic Studio Releases Amarra for TIDAL 2.1

And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for: we’re thrilled to announce the release of Amarra for TIDAL 2.1! This highly anticipated release offers some exceptional advantages, including: • iOS Remote • Updated UI • Support for upcoming MQA streaming Now you can control playback, EQ, and volume – all from the comfort of...
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