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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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ATC Launches SCM40A Active Loudspeaker

December 21, 2014
ATC Launches SCM40A Active Loudspeaker

“January 2015 will see the introduction of our new SCM40A floor standing loudspeaker. As the name suggests, the SCM40A is an active version of our highly successful SCM40. The 3-way design, employing all hand built ATC drive units is complimented with a built-in 235Watt class AB tri-amplifier. The MOSFET based amplifier is a modified...
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Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11

December 21, 2014
Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 DAC ($389) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “Over the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with several pieces of Grant Fidelity brand or marketed equipment. The TubeDAC-11 is hands-down my favorite. It embodies everything that Ian Grant believes...
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Audioengine D3 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 21, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable USB headphone amplifier-DAC ($149) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “At just a single Washington under $150, there is so much to like about the D3; the solid construction, tight fit, and most of all, a comfortable musicality. I wish I could give...
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Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker

December 21, 2014
Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker

John Gatski has posted a review of the Benchmark SMS1 loudspeakers ($3195/pair) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “The compact Benchmark SMS1 is an impressive, two-way crossover speaker with Benchmark’s typical attention to quality. Its compact size makes it easy to place, and it is suitable for many kinds of listening environments. Standout characteristics...
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Audioengine D1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 21, 2014
Audioengine D1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Audioengine D1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($169) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “The Audioengine D1 DAC continues the long line of excellent home audio products brought to market since 2002. By putting quality first both in parts and external design the D1 provides the listener with a...
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ZMF x Vibro Headphones

December 21, 2014
ZMF x Vibro Headphones

Brett Rudolf has posted a review of the ZMF x Vibro headphones ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Concisely, if you are looking for a distinctive and unique pair of headphones at a great price that perform extremely well, especially for their price, these are definitely worth putting on your short list for...
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7digital Partners with Meridian to Offer MQA Music Downloads and Streaming

December 20, 2014
7digital Partners with Meridian to Offer MQA Music Downloads and Streaming

Digital music and radio services company, 7digital, today announced a global strategic partnership with British audio pioneer, Meridian Audio based around the company’s recently launched revolutionary new sound experience MQA, or Master Quality Authenticated. The partnership means that 7digital will adopt MQA to become the first digital music platform provider to offer this high...
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Koss SP330 On-Ear Headphones

December 20, 2014
Koss SP330 On-Ear Headphones

Tyll Herstens has posted a review of the Koss SP330 on-ear headphones ($129) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “Yup, the SP330 is going up on the “Wall of Fame” based largely on its on its outstanding sonic performance. It does fall a little short on some peripheral issues (doesn’t fold, no mic/remote, case is large,...
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Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker

Spencer Holbert has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Silver 10 loudspeakers ($2500/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Overall, the Silver 10s are a lot better than their “typical box” look would suggest: great voicing, solid bass when properly distanced from the rear walls, an engaging soundstage, and an ability to sound...
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Estelon Extreme Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Estelon Extreme Loudspeaker

Chris Thomas has posted a review of the Estelon Extreme loudspeakers (£140,000/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “But, for me, the Extremes are not really about bandwidth or the sheer imposing power of their sound. They are actually all about subtlety, musicianship and the art of recording. They are about communication, involvement, emotion, and about...
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DALI Rubicon 8 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
DALI Rubicon 8 Loudspeaker

Rene van Es has posted a review of the DALI Rubicon 8 loudspeakers (€4798/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “fter hearing the DALI Rubicon 8 at the factory I wanted a pair at home for a review and was not disappointed by the results. It produces sound effects from movies just as easily as...
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Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 Loudspeaker

Greg Bowwerman has posted a review of the Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 loudspeakers ($/pair)at AVHub. His conclusions: “The original B&W 685 was such a high- quality loudspeaker—a design that picked up awards right around the world, including a prestigious EISA award—that whoever at B&W it was who was in charge of the team...
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TIDAL Now Streaming on Sonos Wireless Audio System

December 19, 2014
TIDAL Now Streaming on Sonos Wireless Audio System

TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, is delighted to announce its integration with Sonos – smart speakers and audio products that let you wirelessly stream all the music on earth to any room in the home. Starting today in the US and Canada with...
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Icon Audio Announces New Flagship Limited Edition MB81 Monoblocks Amplifiers

December 19, 2014
Icon Audio Announces New Flagship Limited Edition MB81 Monoblocks Amplifiers

Has Icon Audio founder David Shaw designed the ultimate triode amplifier? Previewed at September’s National Audio Show and lovingly created to fulfil a personal ambition, these gargantuan amps will be sold in limited numbers as a very special edition. “If I’m completely honest,” says Shaw, “for much of the past year I’ve been building...
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Densen Launches B-130XS Integrated Amplifier

December 19, 2014
Densen Launches B-130XS Integrated Amplifier

In the last years, the Densen B-130 has established it self as a formidable music performer, which has received recognition and awards all over the world. Latest it received the prestigious Diapason D`Or Now Densen upgrades the B-130 significantly, and rename it the B-130 XS. The qualities of the B-130 is intact, but Densen...
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Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

December 19, 2014
Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Aries Cerat Incito preamplifier (€7500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Incito is a very versatile preamplifier. Every kind of music sounds professional on it. In modifies the sound to a small degree, leaving lots of room for auxiliary components. It is not ultra-transparent, but such...
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Primare NP30 Network Player

December 19, 2014
Primare NP30 Network Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Primare NP30 network player ($3750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I very much enjoyed my time with the Primare NP30 network player and found it be very natural sounding and very easy to listen to for as long as time allowed. Offering a nice variety of music...
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AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

December 19, 2014
AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge (~€1575) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: ” Without direct comparison to high-end CD drive differences are almost unnoticeable. Simple multi-format drives used in Blu-ray players when playing a CD sound surely worse then Aries playing rip from same CD. There is...
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KBL Sound Red Eye Digital Cable

December 19, 2014
KBL Sound Red Eye Digital Cable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the KBL Sound Red Eye digital cable (~€1000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It always allows for amazingly pleasant contact with music and it never does anything wrong. It will save more then one expensive system that delivers a lot of sounds and but not music. When...
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Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

December 19, 2014
Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

Andrew Harrison has posted a review of the Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC (£6995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “This DAC will not be for everyone. As a digital convertor it is much more of a musical performer than a device for providing a technical rundown on how a recording was put...
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