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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....

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

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

Daily News and Reviews

Abis SA 12 Tonearm

September 3, 2015
Abis SA 12 Tonearm

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Abis SA 12 tonearm ($1775), Pyon Sound MC Master L step-up transformer ($1500), and TiGLON MGL-10P tonearm cable ($1400) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Of the three pieces, the Abis SA-1.2 tonearm is the one that I believe made the biggest impact on improving the sound...
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Lars & Ivan THA-8XP Portable Headphone Amplifier

September 3, 2015
Lars & Ivan THA-8XP Portable Headphone Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Lars & Ivan THA-8XP Portable headphone amplifier (€310) at 6moons. His conclusions: “This quality parlays not just the reediness and steeliness of a clarinet and guitar respectively but also their woodiness. Extrapolate from there. If that’s not the case—if you get the sizzle without the sauce—the...
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Einstein The Preamp and The Silver Bullet OTL Monoblock Amplifiers

September 3, 2015
Einstein The Preamp and The Silver Bullet OTL Monoblock Amplifiers

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Einstein The Preamp (€17,000) and The Silver Bullet OTL monoblock amplifiers (€40,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Einstein system belongs to the elite of devices that are outstanding in every respect. The combination of saturation with differentiation, consideration with entertainment, precision with fluidity and detail...
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Mogami NIII-2803 Interconnects and NIII-2804 Speaker Cables

September 3, 2015
Mogami NIII-2803 Interconnects and NIII-2804 Speaker Cables

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Mogami NIII-2803 interconnects (~€250) and NIII-2804 speaker cables (~€500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “These are reliable, solid cables that have been on the market for years and with their performance they confirm that solid engineering supported with lots of listening sessions result in products that...
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RHA T20 In-Ear Monitors

September 2, 2015
RHA T20 In-Ear Monitors

Steven Stone has posted a review of the RHA T20 in-ear monitors ($239) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “While Amazon currently lists over 140 results for earphones between $200 and $250, none offer a greater number of included fit options or harmonic choices. Although the cable is not interchangeable, RHA’s comprehensive three-year warranty should help...
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NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

September 2, 2015
NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the NAD Master Series M12 preamplifier-DAC ($6999) and M22 stereo amplifier ($5499) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The transparency, openness and sheer power of the combination is stunning. With well recorded music, the dynamics, soundstage and lack of coloration of the NAD combination makes a very good play...
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JE Audio Reference 1 Preamplifier

September 2, 2015
JE Audio Reference 1 Preamplifier

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the JE Audio Reference 1 preamplifier ($9000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “But if what you’re looking for, first and foremost, is great sound — specifically, great tube sound — give JE Audio’s Reference 1 a serious audition. It’s an incredibly good preamplifier for a reasonable price....
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Magico Q7 Mk II Loudspeaker

September 2, 2015
Magico Q7 Mk II Loudspeaker

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Magico Q7 Mk II loudspeakers ($229,000/pair) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “Here, finally, is a product that, in sound and build, delivers everything promised by its maker. Whether that makes it “the best” in some universal sense is infinitely debatable. What’s not debatable is that, in...
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Monitor Audio Gold 200 Loudspeaker

September 2, 2015
Monitor Audio Gold 200 Loudspeaker

Colin Smith has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Gold 200 loudspeakers ($4495/pair). His conclusions: “Monitor Audio continues the great British tradition of producing solid loudspeakers, and I’m satisfied that the positive impression Monitor left me with so long ago is as valid as ever.” You can read the full review here.
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AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones

September 2, 2015
AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the AudioQuest NightHawk headphones ($599) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “There’s no contesting that the AudioQuest NightHawks are an extraordinary design with best-in-the-business comfort, and sonic isolation that I didn’t think possible from semi-open-back headphones. They’re also the product of a huge amount of knowledge, research, experimentation,...
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Cembalo Audio Labs Spring 1 Headphone Amplifier

September 1, 2015
Cembalo Audio Labs Spring 1 Headphone Amplifier

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the Cembalo Audio Labs Spring 1 headphone amplifier ($1980) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Spring 1 does extremely well in delivering detail with soul. There’s a lovely touch of musical warmth, and a lilt to the sound that is quite fetching. Regardless of the type...
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Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier-DAC

September 1, 2015
Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier-DAC

Phil Gold has posted a review of the Parasound Halo integrated 2.1 channel amplifier-DAC ($2495) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “So as I said I wanted the Parasound Halo Integrated to shine, and I got what I wanted. It concentrates on sound quality while including home theatre passthrough, subwoofer output, bass management, high...
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Nordost Red Dawn Cables

September 1, 2015
Nordost Red Dawn Cables

Brett Rudolph has posted a review of the Nordost Red Dawn cables at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “My experience with the Nordost cables leaves me speechless, if that is even possible. Overall, the difference is nothing short of spectacular. In fact, during the review several friends and colleagues remarked that the reference system...
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Linum Balanced Two-Pin 2.5mm TRRS Custom IEM Cable

September 1, 2015
Linum Balanced Two-Pin 2.5mm TRRS Custom IEM Cable

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Estron Linum balanced two-pin 2.5mm TRRS custom IEM cable ($160) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Love the reasonably-priced €145 Estron Linum Balanced two-pin 2.5mm TRRS IEM cable with the Ultimate Ears UE18 Pro and JH Audio 13 as they have breathed new life and...
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DanaCable USB Cable

September 1, 2015
DanaCable USB Cable

Wayne Donnelly has posted a review of the DanaCable USB cable ($895). His conclusions: “It makes music in any genre sound relaxed, harmonically full and rich, and effortlessly musical. For anyone who wants to hear the best from computer audio, this cable is at the least a must-audition. Mine is here for the long...
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

September 1, 2015
Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts stereo DAC with preamplifier ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Would hang on to the Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC within my audio system if it was possible. The sonics are superb plus I love the sample rate conversion and tube output options....
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YG Acoustics Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

August 31, 2015
YG Acoustics Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the YG Acoustics Carmel 2 loudspeakers ($24,300/pair) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The Carmel 2 is equally at home in all types of music, even hard rock, but it isn’t an impressive sounding animal. It just gets out of the way of the music, gets your feet...
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Tellurium Q USB Cables

August 31, 2015
Tellurium Q USB Cables

Lam Seng Fatt has posted a review of the Tellurium Q USB cables (£636) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “But with acoustic instruments, the Tellurium rendered the harmonics and decay of notes in a more believable way and there was certainly more shades of colour in the music. The Tellurium Silver Diamond is definitely one...
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Nordost Valhalla 2 Reference Interconnect, Speaker Cable, and Power Cord

August 31, 2015
Nordost Valhalla 2 Reference Interconnect, Speaker Cable, and Power Cord

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the Nordost Valhalla 2 Reference interconnect ($7599), speaker cable ($11,849), and power cable ($4999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “It delivers the whole package: speed, detail, resolution, and musicality. There are other cables that will provide a fuller presentation, others still that will sound zippier, and...
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GoldenEar Triton Five Loudspeaker

August 30, 2015
GoldenEar Triton Five Loudspeaker

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the GoldenEar Triton Five loudspeakers ($1998/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “With its knack for playing a wide gamut of music convincingly, the Fives offer a tremendous amount of performance for the dough. After my foray into Led Zep territory, Sandy Gross was worried that I...
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Robert Koda K-10 Preamplifier

August 30, 2015
Robert Koda K-10 Preamplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Robert Koda K-10 preamplifier ($) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “This one is a bit off the beaten path, but if you are looking for the ultimate audio Zen experience, in a preamplifier that makes a major statement by not making a statement, this is your final...
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Nagaoka MP-500 Phono Cartridge

August 29, 2015
Nagaoka MP-500 Phono Cartridge

Noam Bronstein has posted a review of the Nagaoka MP-500 phono cartridge ($699) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “In fact, if you’re primarily keen on acoustic music – jazz, folk, classical, etc. – this is a cartridge that I think will have few, if any peers in its price range. It gets the...
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Antipodes Audio ‘Reference’ Interconnects and Speaker Cables

August 29, 2015
Antipodes Audio ‘Reference’ Interconnects and Speaker Cables

Anthony Kershaw has posted a review of the Antipodes Audio ‘Reference’ interconnects ($2500) and speaker cable ($2500) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “His cables are nothing short of remarkable in their musicality and refinement. Superb bass and wonderful ability to portray accurate dynamics. Like all his products I’ve heard and reviewed, Jenkins’ Reference Cables are...
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Naim NAP 300 DR Power Amplifier

August 29, 2015
Naim NAP 300 DR Power Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Naim NAP 300 DR power amplifier (£7295) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Once you’ve heard the DR upgrades in action, it’s not hard to understand why Naim made so much of this aspect of the Statement’s technology story. It’s also not hard to understand just...
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Harbeth Super HL5+ Loudspeaker

August 29, 2015
Harbeth Super HL5+ Loudspeaker

Tim Smith has posted a review of the Harbeth Super HL5+ loudspeakers ($6300-$7300/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “There is no such thing as a perfect speaker, only good matches for one’s room and tastes. With the Super HL5 Plus, we have a loudspeaker that will please most people most of the time. It commits...
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