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dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

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

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2014 Coverage

Initial Impressions THE Show (Newport Beach) 2014 was a breath of fresh air (at...

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...

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...

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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

July 22, 2014
Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Red Dragon Audio M500 ($1598/pair) and M1000 MkII ($2198/pair) power amplifiers at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In a commercial world where too many glitzy audio products are hyper-designed cosmetically to suck big spenders into thrall, not for the outcome of sonic accuracy or musical glory, I...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

July 22, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable high resolution digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, does $2,500 bucks sound like a boatload of money now? I’m not saying it’s cheap, or, even, what many would call affordable! It’s a lot of loot. But, and believe me...
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Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 22, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Everything Audio. His conclusions: “All in all, Oppo did a great job with its inaugural headphone, the PM-1. It is not cheap, but in the high-end audiophile world, its price is reasonable, given its quality build and top-notch sonic...
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Bricasti Design M1 DAC

July 22, 2014
Bricasti Design M1 DAC

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Bricasti Design M1 DAC ($8995) at AVHub. His conclusions: “But make no mistake; the bull has been taken firmly by the horns. The Bricasti M1 is an outstanding DAC that offers generous connecting options, flawless build quality and exceptional technology. When it comes to its sound...
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Audience The ONE Personal Reference Loudspeaker

July 22, 2014
Audience The ONE Personal Reference Loudspeaker

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Audience The ONE personal reference loudspeakers ($999/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “For that reason alone it may be incumbent upon us to create a great personal sound system that delivers music’s magic and lets us store cash for a fractious day ahead. I do not...
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Capital Audiofest 2104 Begins Friday

July 21, 2014
Capital Audiofest 2104 Begins Friday

Welcome to the 2014 Capital Audiofest! The CAF is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD walking distance from Washington DC and the Metro Rail. Our 2014 event will have more of everything and will include a ballroom filled with headphone gear! CanMania is a must see! The CAF always includes quality audio ranging from...
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Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 21, 2014
Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “For the vast majority of headphones, the sound quality from iPod Touch + Cypher Labs brick aces the iPod Touch: better separation, better frequency extension, less nervy/twitchy dynamics. All the audiophile-centric touchstones are...
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HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

July 21, 2014
HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-802 portable high resolution music player ($679) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The HiFiMAN HM-802 is a great little player. It is a wonderful alternative to other more ubiquitous players out there, because you can use a full...
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Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

July 21, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE power amplifier ($7800) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As with the Premier 350, Conrad-Johnson’s MF2550 SE’s simple, elegant, and understated design delivers breathtaking musical performance in a compact package. And, as someone who has owned quite a few CJ products over the last 35...
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TechDAS Titanium Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

July 21, 2014
TechDAS Titanium Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the TechDAS Titanium moving coil phono cartridge (£8750) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “If a division exists between classic moving-coils such as Koetsus and Denons versus the 21st century school, TechDAS’s TDC01 Ti decisively falls under the later heading. It is super-precise, ear-opening detaiiled...
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Dynaudio Focus 160 Loudspeaker

July 21, 2014
Dynaudio Focus 160 Loudspeaker

Sam Tellig has posted a review of the Dynaudio Focus 160 loudspeakers ($3000/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I think this is what Dynaudio’s driver technology can achieve: a finely detailed, very dynamic, and, at the same time, nonfatiguing sound. I’ve visited enough factories and spoken with enough loudspeaker designers to know how they sweat...
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Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

July 21, 2014
Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

Chris Beeching has posted a review of the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (£2495 including cartridge) at The Ear. His conclusions: “So, after a couple of months in my system, does this Clearaudio combo have any failings? Well, setting up, to get the very best out of it can take some time and care, but...
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Quad ESL 2812 Electrostatic Loudspeaker

July 20, 2014
Quad ESL 2812 Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Chris Thomas has posted a review of the QUAD ESL 2812 electrostatic loudspeakers (£6499/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Quad electrostatics have always been so different and so musically intriguing that they must be experienced – a tradition that continues with the 2812. Given their upsides and build quality, I must say these speakers are...
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Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

July 20, 2014
Questyle CMA 800R Headphone Amplifier

Audiohead has posted a review of the Questyle CMA 800R headphone amplifier ($1500) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “While the monoblock configuration on the Questyle CMA 800R may be a bit quirky, its singled ended output is one of the best in its price range. Dual SE ¼ headphone jacks are a nice perk to...
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MartinLogan Debuts Three New Loudspeakers

July 20, 2014
MartinLogan Debuts Three New Loudspeakers

MartinLogan, the world’s leader in electrostatic & Folded Motion™ loudspeaker technology, proudly announces the addition of three new powerful speaker models in their award-winning Motion® Series; Motion 60XT floorstanding, Motion 50XT center channel, and Motion 35XT bookshelf speaker. XT stands for extreme, and for good reason. The new Motion XT speakers play louder, lower,...
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MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones

July 20, 2014
MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney has posted a review of the MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones ($299) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “I’ll likely stick to earbuds for public transit or overnights that require everything to fit neatly into one bag. For sheer comfort and isolation, the Alpha Dog are now my new reference for in-home listening....
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Cardas Introduces New Parsec Cables

July 20, 2014
Cardas Introduces New Parsec Cables

Introducing Parsec Speaker and Parsec Digital. We are pleased to announce two new cable products: Parsec Speaker and Parsec Digital. These are an excellent complement to the already popular Parsec Interconnect, with each offering performance that exceeds their mid-level price point. The long anticipated Parsec Speaker features a star-quad geometry, air-tube suspension, and Kevlar-core...
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Norodst Valhalla 2 Cable System

July 19, 2014
Norodst Valhalla 2 Cable System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Norodst Valhalla 2 interconnects (£7599), speaker cables (£10,799), and power cords (£599) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I’ve shied away from the term ‘coherent cable loom’ here, but Nordost Valhalla 2 is the very model of coherence. It ties systems together in an holistic manner often sought,...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable DSD Digital Audio Player

July 19, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable DSD Digital Audio Player

David Robinson has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable DSD digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Being blunt: The AK240 is the best portable audio player that I’ve ever heard. Not just by light years… by parsecs! For PCM it’s excellent, but more important to me (and to you),...
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