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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Well, it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone, or rather a quiet weekend...

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...

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

I began my journey into computer audio in 2004 with the introduction of the...

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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McIntosh D100 Digital Preamplifier

November 27, 2014
McIntosh D100 Digital Preamplifier

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the McIntosh D100 digital preamplifier ($2,500) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “This appliance is dedicated to those that love McIntosh and want to have a DAC perfectly integrated as for the aesthetics and also 100% compatible with the other devices. It is suggested to all those that...
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LH Labs Geek Out 1000 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 27, 2014
LH Labs Geek Out 1000 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the LH Labs Geek Out 1000 headphone amplifier-DAC (£299) at The Ear. His conclusions: “Contrasting the Geek Out to a Metrum Octave MkII is a bit silly because the latter is a mains powered, non DSD DAC, but it’s one of the very best at its price...
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Mojo Audio Joule V Power Supply for Mac Mini

November 27, 2014
Mojo Audio Joule V Power Supply for Mac Mini

Karl Sigman has posted a review of the Mojo Audio Joule V power supply for Mac Mini ($999) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “In general, audiophiles talk about getting that last “5-10%” increase in sound quality from a given device–and usually at great expense; I think Mojo Audio has probably succeeded in closing the gap...
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Gato Audio CDD-1 CD Player and AMP-150 Integrated Amplifier

November 27, 2014
Gato Audio CDD-1 CD Player and AMP-150 Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Gato Audio CDD-1 CD player (£5290) and AMP-150 power amplifier (£5290). Their conclusions: “Although the attention-grabbing design is a big part of the Gato package, these luxurious products do offer a harmonious listening experience too, especially when used together. The user interface may...
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TEAC Introduces New UD-301 Dual Monaural DAC

November 27, 2014
TEAC Introduces New UD-301 Dual Monaural DAC

TEAC, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of high grade audio video electronics, is pleased to announce the debut of the UD-301 Dual Monaural Digital-To-Analog Converter. Designed as the perfect complement for the Hi-Res audio enthusiast in search of a superior means of converting the playback of digital music files for output to either...
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Linn Giving Away High Resolution Downloads During Linn’s 24-Bits of Christmas

November 27, 2014
Linn Giving Away High Resolution Downloads During Linn’s 24-Bits of Christmas

Every day in December we’ll be giving away a different, free Studio Master track – the highest quality available, anywhere. But we know no-one likes waiting, so in true festive spirit here’s a taster of what’s to come – enjoy Dougie MacLean’s classic, ‘Caledonia’, performed with the award-winning Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Check out...
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Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty Line Preamplifier

November 26, 2014
Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty Line Preamplifier

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics KX-R Twenty line preamplifier ($27,500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Reviewing superbly engineered solid-state preamplifiers can be time consuming. All of the first-order sonic attributes—frequency balance, linearity, lack of coloration, etc.—are beyond reproach, which means one needs to focus on such higher-order qualities as the...
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Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse DAC

November 26, 2014
Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse DAC

Gary Beard has posted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse DAC ($2549) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “It is a crowded market these days and there are a lot of excellent DACs for sale. I haven’t heard them all, nor is it likely I ever will. So how does the Wyred...
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Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

November 26, 2014
Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM phono cartridge ($650) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The standard 2M Mono with its conical tip is a very fine cartridge. At a little over half the price of the 2M Mono SE it makes a lot of sense for...
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Codia Acoustic Design Stage 3000 Duo Audio Rack

November 26, 2014
Codia Acoustic Design Stage 3000 Duo Audio Rack

Paul Candy has posted a review of the Codia Acoustic Design Stage 3000 Duo audio rack ($1400) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Once you’ve sorted out your system the Codia Stage 3000 would be a nice upgrade, visually and aurally over ordinary non-audiophile shelving. I’m not sure I’d call the Codia Stage 3000 a...
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Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Preamplifier

November 26, 2014
Backert Labs Rhythm 1.1 Preamplifier

Michael Wechsberg has posted a review of the ($7500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: ” I certainly haven’t heard all the competition but the Rhythm 1.1 holds its own among this breed with a wonderful clear and dynamic sound and awesome rhythmic drive, plus a look and mechanical design befitting its price. It’s hard...
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Pass Labs Xs Preamplifier and Xs 300 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

November 26, 2014
Pass Labs Xs Preamplifier and Xs 300 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Robert Youman has posted a review of the Pass Labs Xs preamplifier ($38,000) and Xs 300 monoblock power amplifiers ($85,000/pair) at Positive. His conclusions: ” For my specific taste and biases, in my specific listening room, and with these specific components, the Pass Labs Xs Preamp and Xs 300 Monoblock Amplifiers have provided the...
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Oppo HA-1 Desktop Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 25, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Desktop Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 desktop headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “he HA-1 offers a richly revealing, intensely multi-layered sonic presentation coupled with more than enough power to make Oppo’s PM-1 planar magnetic headphones sing.” You can read the full review here. You can find kinks to...
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Pass Labs XS-150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

November 25, 2014
Pass Labs XS-150 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

John Gatski has posted a review of the Pass Labs XS-150 monoblock power amplifiers ($65,000/pair) at Eyerything Audio Network. His conclusions: “In my opinion, the Xs series and other ultra priced audiophile products are purchased for the same reason. It was designed to give well-to-do Pass customers the finest Class A amp Pass has...
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Primare NP30 Network Player

November 25, 2014
Primare NP30 Network Player

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Primare NP30 network player (£2000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The second wave of network streaming players is here, and the unassuming-looking Primare NP30 is very likely the best of them. It has arguably the best app in the business, has a sound quality that stresses the...
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Triangle Antal Anniversary Loudspeaker

November 25, 2014
Triangle Antal Anniversary Loudspeaker

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Triangle Antal Anniversary loudspeakers (£1995/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Put simply, if you listen to most loudspeakers and think they lack a spring in their step, the Antal Anniversary could be your next loudspeaker.” You can read the full review here. You can finds links to...
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Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 Subwoofer

November 25, 2014
Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 Subwoofer

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 subwoofer (£5100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Eclipse TD TD725swMk2 turns the loudspeaker world on its head. In most cases, integrating a subwoofer into a two-channel system means hoping that the sub can keep up with the main speakers. But with the TD725swMk2...
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Legacy Aeris Loudspeaker

November 25, 2014
Legacy Aeris Loudspeaker

Jim Clements has posted a review of the Legacy Aeris loudspeakers ($18,500/pair) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “In conclusion, the Aeris speakers have a satisfying weight in the sound. They can move lots of air at all frequencies. But ironically I didn’t listen to them at high volumes very...
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Pass Labs XA60.8 Monoblock Amplifiers

November 24, 2014
Pass Labs XA60.8 Monoblock Amplifiers

Terry London has posted a review of the Pass Labs XA60.8 monoblock amplifiers ($12,800/pair) at Home THeater Review. His conclusions: “In all the important sonic categories — such as reduction of the noise floor, greater transparency, rich and gorgeous color/timbres, overall liquidity, size and accuracy of the soundstage, image density, macro-dynamics, and bass extension...
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Epson Readies Home Cinema 5025UB Full HD Projector

November 24, 2014
Epson Readies Home Cinema 5025UB Full HD Projector

Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1 today announced the PowerLite® Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers home entertainment enthusiasts extraordinary image quality and bright, vibrant colors with 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of...
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