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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....

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

I always know I’m in trouble when the freight truck pulls up in front...

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

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

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Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier

January 25, 2015
Sony UDA-1 Integrated Amplifier

Andrew Simpson has posted a review of the Sony UDA-1 integrated amplifier (£499) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “As an introduction to the world of hi-res replay, the UDA-1 is a great value integrated starter package, with a DAC section that’s ripe for feeding a grander system. Sound wise it’s not a particularly bold...
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Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

January 25, 2015
Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

Lee Dunkley has posted a review of the Cocktail Audio X30 music server (£999) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The X30 is a flexible one-box solution. There are some operational glitches and idiosyncrasies that will no doubt be tackled in later firmware updates, and a dedicated remote interface is planned for iDevices. It plays...
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Hart Audio EVO1 Loudspeaker

January 25, 2015
Hart Audio EVO1 Loudspeaker

Chris Ward has posted a review of the Hart Audio EVO1 loudspeakers (£7495/pair) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The combined effect of high sensitivity, low cabinet colouration, a tuned set of sympathetic drivers and near bottomless active amplifier grunt adds up to a more subtle whole than one might expect. It’s like a growling...
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Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

January 25, 2015
Parasound Halo P5 Preamplifier

David Price has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P5 preamplifier (£999) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “On its own, as a £1,000 preamplifier, the Parasound P5 is very good, but not great. It is a substantial step up from the preamp sections of your average £500 amplifier, but doesn’t offer a revelatory...
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Focal Aria 926 Loudspeaker

January 25, 2015
Focal Aria 926 Loudspeaker

David Price has posted a review of the Focal Aria 926 loudspeakers (£1798/pair) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “As a fan of Focal speakers, I have always been aware that they need a certain sort of source to partner them for best results; their upfront and engaging nature makes them lots of fun, but...
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Tannoy Precision 6.1 Loudspeaker

January 25, 2015
Tannoy Precision 6.1 Loudspeaker

David Price has posted a review of the Tannoy Precision 6.1 loudspeakers (£900/pair) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Overall, the Precision 6.1 is a charming little loudspeaker. Its imaging is class leading; it’s one of the few boxes at this price that is truly able to leave its cabinet behind and offer an ‘out...
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Inex Innovation 3D Creator Power Cord

January 24, 2015
Inex Innovation 3D Creator Power Cord

Roger Gordon has posted a review of the Inex Innovation 3D Creator power cord ($1200) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If you planning on spending significant dollars on power line conditioning you really need to listen to equipment from several different manufacturers. In this way you can determine which power line conditioner appeals to...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T Headphone Amplifier

January 24, 2015
Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2T headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Overall, I was impressed with the Liquid Lightning 2T and I think it is a wonderful new addition for Cavalli Audio to offer alongside the solid-state based Liquid Lightning 2. I do have a...
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Equilibrium Ether Ceramique Loudspeaker

January 24, 2015
Equilibrium Ether Ceramique Loudspeaker

Tomasz Karasiński has posted a review of the Equilibrium Ether Ceramique loudspeakers (€4699/pair) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “I’m not going to beat around the bush, Equlibrium Ether Ceramique is a great speaker. Their sound, performance, finish, or even such little things as how they are transported indicate that we are dealing with a hi-end,...
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Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancer

January 24, 2015
Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancer

David Caplin has posted a review of the Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancer ($119) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The beauty of the Bybee Quantum Signal Enhancers is that they work almost anywhere you put them in your system. And they’re affordable! The remarkable improvements they make can be used to enhance your system whether...
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Penaudio Charisma Loudspeaker

January 24, 2015
Penaudio Charisma Loudspeaker

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Penaudio Charisma loudspeakers (€2390/pair) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The Charisma are well refined and can be easily put in any environment. They have performances that can make them the definitive choice for many people that do not want big loudspeakers but want to listen in...
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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC

January 24, 2015
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC

Laurence A. Borden has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC ($6399) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Overdrive excels with both Redbook and hi-rez files. It should be noted that it does not do DSD. DSD is gaining a lot of buzz lately, though I believe the jury is out...
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AURALiC ARIES Music Streamer

January 23, 2015
AURALiC ARIES Music Streamer

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the AURALiC ARIES music streamer ($1599) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “No matter what I listened to during the review I believe I heard what I was supposed to hear through the Aries. I couldn’t identify a sonic signature of noise even when the WiFi was enabled....
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Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC

January 23, 2015
Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC ($3500) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The expansive sound stage has me amazed at just how much more detail there was in my recordings that my other DACs missed. Not to mention that the naturalness of the sound has left me completely satisfied....
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Tara Labs Air Evolution Interconnects

January 23, 2015
Tara Labs Air Evolution Interconnects

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Tara Labs Air Evolution interconnects ($1895) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The TARA Labs Air Evolution Interconnect with EVO Floating Ground Station is advertised as “completely neutral and absolutely revealing with high frequency and airy detail that is not found in comparable audio cables.” It is...
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Belles 150A Reference V2 Power Amplifier

January 23, 2015
Belles 150A Reference V2 Power Amplifier

John Hoffman has posted a review of the Belles 150A Reference V2 power amplifier ($2749) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “What I find is amazing is that the pricing structure of the Belles products have held constant over the years, and this amplifier costs no more in real dollars than than its ancestor did...
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Russ Andrews Balanced Mains Unit 1000 Power Conditioner

January 23, 2015
Russ Andrews Balanced Mains Unit 1000 Power Conditioner

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Russ Andrews Balanced Mains Unit 1000 power conditioner (£1599) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “This might seem like an awful amount to pay for a mains double adaptor, but once you get past the fact that this is much, much more, and feed this to your...
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Rega RP10 Turntable and Apheta Moving-Coil Cartridge

January 23, 2015
Rega RP10 Turntable and Apheta Moving-Coil Cartridge

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the Rega RP10 turntable and Apheta moving-coil cartridge (together, $6495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “I’m sorry to say that I mostly failed to add much to my sonic vocabulary here. And yet the hope is that I did succeed in conveying how, once again, Rega...
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Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

January 22, 2015
Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pono high resolution digital audio player ($399) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Would I buy, or recommend, the Pono Player knowing what I now know? Yup. If you are looking for a portable high res player that can do double duty in your hi-fi and deliver a...
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TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches in Five New European Markets

January 22, 2015
TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service Launches in Five New European Markets

TIDAL, the first High Fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and Curated Editorial, today announced the launch and availability of its service in five new European countries, namely Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The ideal music service for those who care about quality, TIDAL welcomes new users to enjoy...
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Aesthetix Romulus Signature CD Player

January 22, 2015
Aesthetix Romulus Signature CD Player

Don Shaulis has posted a review of the Aesthetix Romulus CD player ($10,000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The versatility of configuration as a DAC, CD player with DAC inputs, or a preamplifier for an all-digital system makes it a rare if not unique audio component. Certainly the vacuum tube analog stage adds to...
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Schiit BiFrost DAC

January 22, 2015
Schiit BiFrost DAC

Chris has posted a review of the Schiit BiFrost DAC ($249) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “This DAC might be fine in a smaller more intimate system and depending on the music, provide much pleasure as it is inherently sweet. Detail is very good with what wazz I listened to, as well as softly...
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Boulder 2110 Preamplifier and 2150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

January 22, 2015
Boulder 2110 Preamplifier and 2150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the Boulder 2110 preamplifier ($54,000) and 2150 monoblock power amplifiers ($98,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As I said at the start of this review, it is hard to described colorations you cannot actually hear. Yet I would much rather have gear that disappears into the...
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Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

January 22, 2015
Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

John Richardson has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier ($1295) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Rogue Sphinx probably won’t satisfy the needs of the most demanding audiophile, but that’s OK. Rogue Audio has higher-level offerings to fill that niche. I see that Sphinx appealing most to someone on a...
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Grado Reference Series RS1e Headphones

January 22, 2015
Grado Reference Series RS1e Headphones

Jez Ford posted a review of the Grado Reference Series RS1e headphones ($695) at AVHub. His conclusions: “We were aware that these are headphones expected to run in over time, and Grado specifically warns against doing this in one long process. We kept them around for several months, but their forward nature didn’t temper...
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