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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...

CES 2014 Coverage

CES 2014 Coverage

High-end audio companies are apparently abandoning CES in droves. A few years ago, manufacturers...

Meridian Prime USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Meridian Prime USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Meridian makes some very expensive state-of-the-art components, including the 808.5 CD player ($22,000), 818v2...

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

Based in Vancouver, Washington and Beijing, China, AURALiC is a relative newcomer to the...

Daily News and Reviews

Pass Labs Moves to New, Larger, More Efficient Factory

April 23, 2014
Pass Labs Moves to New, Larger, More Efficient Factory

Pass Laboratories, Inc. has centralized all its operations in a brand new factory offering significantly increased space and productivity. Located just a few miles from their long-time Foresthill, CA facilities, the new building is almost three times the amount of their former space. Among the many benefits of the location are: A more efficient...
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Amphion Argon 3 Loudspeaker

April 23, 2014
Amphion Argon 3 Loudspeaker

Tomasz Karasinski has posted a review of the Amphion Argon 3 loudspeakers ($2795/pair) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “If you like warm and romantic speakers, Amphion Argon 3 will probably not appeal to your taste. But I am looking for speed, transparency and experience of being close to the music. Finnish monitors offer exactly that,...
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OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

April 23, 2014
OPPO PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the OPPO PM-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “There are many phones in the hundreds of dollars category. Once you go above $1,000 ($999.95 is included :=>), the consumer has what I would call “Ultra-Phones” available....
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Musical Fidelity M1PWR Power Amplifier

April 23, 2014
Musical Fidelity M1PWR Power Amplifier

Myron Ho has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M1PWR power amplifier ($499) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If your speakers are relatively easy to drive and power requirement is not critical, the M1PWR has a great sound and is a superb value, especially at the current street price of about $499. I loved...
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Krolo Enhanser Isolation Footers

April 23, 2014
Krolo Enhanser Isolation Footers

Anthony Kershaw has posted a review of the Krolo Enhanser isolation footers ($260/set of 3) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “With that in mind, why not try a set under your favourite device. The Enhanser, like all of Mirko Krolo’s gear, is beautifully made and looks great. And, this simple decoupling device does make a...
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Nola Updates Its Statement Grand Reference Gold to Version VI Status

April 23, 2014
Nola Updates Its Statement Grand Reference Gold to Version VI Status

The Grand Reference VI Gold represents a major upgrade to our flagship loudspeaker system. All elements of the system that affect sound quality have been upgraded. Drivers now number 54 of the highest quality transducers for the system. The true ribbon tweeters have been fitted with twice as powerful neodymium magnets, which double the...
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Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

April 23, 2014
Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Abyss AB-1266 planar-magnetic headphones ($5495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Is the Abyss AB-1266 the finest headphone in the world? The Abyss is without a doubt the finest headphone I’ve yet heard—one that sets a standard against which fine top-tier headphones from the U.S., Europe,...
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EMMESpeakers Da Vinci Loudspeaker

April 23, 2014
EMMESpeakers Da Vinci Loudspeaker

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the EMMESpeakers Da Vinci loudspeakers (€12,200/pair) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The orchestra has the right dimension considering the speakers we are using. The brass instruments, that are maybe a bit too metallic than the average in this recording, do not annoy and the whole orchestra breathes...
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Silent Source Interconnects, Power, Digital and Speaker Cables

April 22, 2014
Silent Source Interconnects, Power, Digital and Speaker Cables

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Silent Source interconnects, power cables, digital cables, and speaker cables ($) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “By this point in my reviewing career I have handled dozens of sets of cables, some memorable, some not so much. The Silent Source set is unforgettable not just for its...
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Eminent Technology LFT-8b Loudspeaker

April 22, 2014
Eminent Technology LFT-8b Loudspeaker

Robert E. Greene has posted a review of the Eminent Technology LFT-8b loudspeakers ($2499) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The promise of this type of two-sided planar magnetic driver seems to me almost unlimited. The midrange driver behaves so perfectly over so much of its operating band as to be almost uncanny. And...
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Adam Audio F5 Monitor Loudspeaker

April 22, 2014
Adam Audio F5 Monitor Loudspeaker

John Grandberg has posted a review of the Adam Audio F5 monitor loudspeakers ($550/pair) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “Having said that, I see no other option but to place the ADAM Audio F5 active monitors on the Wall of Fame. As desktop audio solutions go, it really doesn’t get much better than this without...
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Thales Turntable TTT-C Battery Drive

April 22, 2014
Thales Turntable TTT-C Battery Drive

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the Thales Turntable TTT-C Battery Drive (€11,000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “The Swiss Thales Turntable TTT Battery Drive was the most expensive and at the same time best sounding turntable I hosted in my listening room. It placed the threshold for others very high, although in...
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Gauder Akustik Berlina RC7 Loudspeaker

April 22, 2014
Gauder Akustik Berlina RC7 Loudspeaker

Dave Clark has posted a review of the Gauder Akustik Berlina RC7 loudspeakers ($35,000/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Vocals, and all that lies within midrange, came across with a purity and presence that brought my music to a quite nice place (music here would be Calexico, Massive Attack, Low, Lambchop, Beach House, and...
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Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

April 21, 2014
Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-Channel Preamplifier

Dennis Burger has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P 5 2.1-channel preamplifier ($1095) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “Overall, I adore the ergonomics of the P 5, I love its twist knob input selector, I love its volume knob … I just adore touching the thing, to be quite frank about it. And...
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AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

April 21, 2014
AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

John Darko has posted a review of the AURALiC Taurus MKII headphone amplifier ($1899) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “The Taurus MKII is so darn dandy with inner-illumination and rhythmic timing that I was still able to enjoy the sound of artists I don’t dig so much e.g. Untold, The Eagles, Wilco. Tough...
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AXPONA 2014 Audio Show Begins on Friday

April 21, 2014
AXPONA 2014 Audio Show Begins on Friday

AXPONA – Audio Expo North America, April 25-27, 2014 What: AXPONA – Audio Expo North America When: April 25-27, 2014 Where: Westin O’Hare, Chicago/Rosemont, IL How: www.axpona.com for more info and to purchase tickets Who should come to AXPONA AXPONA is an event for anyone who performs, produces or simply enjoys music. Music fans...
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Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

April 21, 2014
Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Hifiman HM-901 portable digital audio player ($999) t Headfonics. His conclusions: “Wow – what a journey I have had with the HM-901 and thank you if you managed to get to the end of this review without an overnight sleep! It is probably one of the most...
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New Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker Shipping Soon

April 21, 2014
New Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker Shipping Soon

When Benchmark decided to add a speaker to our line, the goal was simple in concept, but would require careful implementation. We would build on the attributes of our favorite speakers. Then take the art and engineering a step further. We needed to combine enjoyable voicing, great imaging, powerful dynamics, and solid bass response...
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MSHD NBX-22 Power Stage Parallel Power Conditioner

April 21, 2014
MSHD NBX-22 Power Stage Parallel Power Conditioner

WL Low has posted a review of the MSHD NBX-22 Power Stage parallel power conditioner (RM$3299) at AV2Day. His conclusions: “The MSHD NBX-22 Power Stage will likely work on most system, most of the time, however should your system show no respond to it’s charms, then my advise is that you probably don’t need...
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Tellurium Q Ultra Black Interconnects

April 20, 2014
Tellurium Q Ultra Black Interconnects

Danny Worth has posted a review of the Tellurium Q Ultra Black interconnects (£380) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “Im not going to add a conclusion to this review, I will just add that the UB is a cable of very different characteristics to any I’ve ever heard and it took me a little...
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