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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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Schiit Introduces Mani Phono Stage

October 20, 2014
Schiit Introduces Mani Phono Stage

Prepare to rewrite the value equation in phono preamplifiers. Schiit’s new Mani gives you the flexibility you need for both moving-magnet and moving-coil cartridges, together with exceptionally accurate, low-noise performance—for far less than you’d expect! Accepting All Cartridges! Many low-cost phono preamps are only good for typical moving-magnet (MM) cartridges. They don’t have the...
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HiFiMAN HE560 Planar Headphones

October 20, 2014
HiFiMAN HE560 Planar Headphones

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE560 planar headphones ($899) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “The HE560 is a well designed and thought out product and will keep many listeners happy, and for many may end the ride on the merry-go-round. This could be just the product that can deliver you...
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Pearl Audio Aries Preamplifier and Taurus Power Amplifier

October 20, 2014
Pearl Audio Aries Preamplifier and Taurus Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Pearl Audio Aries preamplifier (€3500) and Taurus power amplifier (€5500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “In closing, the Aries and Taurus from Athens weren’t massaged according to standards educated by audiophile recordings. They’ve been voiced in concert with live sound of the non-symphonic non-chamber music persuasion. If...
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North Star Design Supremo DAC

October 20, 2014
North Star Design Supremo DAC

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the North Star Design Supremo DAC (€3000) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “This North Star Supremo, for 3.000,00 euros is a real deal if compared to other DACs with the same performances.- It is updated with the most advanced technologies and is produced by a firm that...
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Tron Atlantic Power Amplifier

October 20, 2014
Tron Atlantic Power Amplifier

I am very pleased to announce the new Tron Atlantic power amplifier. This amplifier has already exceeded my original expectations in trying to produce an amplifier of exceptional quality but at a much more affordable price compared to Tron’s other high end models. The Atlantic is also one of the smallest 300B amps ever...
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Bryston Sneaks Peak at New BOT-1 Transport

October 19, 2014
Bryston Sneaks Peak at New BOT-1 Transport

Details to follow. Retail is expected to be $850.
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Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock

October 19, 2014
Auralic Gemini 2000 Headphone Dock

John Grandberg has posted a review of the AURALiC Gemini 2000 headphone dock ($1999) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “It’s possible to get slightly better overall sound (not to mention more inputs and outputs) from a more traditional device such as the BMC PureDAC. But it says a lot about the Gemini 2000 that...
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BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS Stereo Amplifier

October 19, 2014
BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS Stereo Amplifier

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the BorderPatrol P20 EXD EXS stereo amplifier ($) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Make no mistake, the P20 EXD EXS is a demanding, attention-grabbing, domineering presence in your system, but that’s ultimately what makes it so communicative and satisfying. Listen to a BorderPatrol amp and that...
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Audeze LCD-XC Headphones

October 19, 2014
Audeze LCD-XC Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Audeze LCD-XC headphones ($1799) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “In the case of the XC, after months of usage I’ve still not adjusted. This is a wonderful thing for me. The XC has sustained my interest for extended periods of time, unlike any other Planar to date....
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Suesskind Puls Loudspeaker

October 19, 2014
Suesskind Puls Loudspeaker

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Suesskind Puls loudspeakers (€6800/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “As astute readers will have gathered already, try as I might, I didn’t really hear ear to ear with my loaners. I felt like the wrong man for the job. Had I been pegged as an anachrophile going...
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Accustic Arts Mono II Monoblock Amplifiers

October 19, 2014
Accustic Arts Mono II Monoblock Amplifiers

Frank Hakopians has posted a review of the Accustic Arts Mono II monoblock amplifiers (€12,500/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Stable into 2 ohms with sufficient reserves to set fire under the arses of sensitivity midgets, the Accustic Arts Mono II are archetypal classic muscle amps – but thankfully without the often attendant physical excess....
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Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier and DAC

October 18, 2014
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier and DAC (£1300) at The Ear. His conclusions: “It must be clear to you that I really like the Hegel H80 in my smaller system. It distinguishes itself in its price range because of sound quality that reminds me of a...
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Darwin Ascension Plus Interconnects and Ascension Speaker Cables

October 18, 2014
Darwin Ascension Plus Interconnects and Ascension Speaker Cables

Greg Simmons has posted a review of the Darwin Ascension Plus interconnects ($795) and Ascension speaker cables ($1795) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I no longer believe that there is any such thing as the “best” or “perfect” cable because any product’s performance is always going to be so intertwined with external factors like...
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Panasonic Unleashes AX900 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV

October 17, 2014
Panasonic Unleashes AX900 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV

This autumn Panasonic will release its premium AX900 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV featuring the company’s best picture performance. The AX900 has been designed and engineered with the knowhow Panasonic has developed through its rich heritage in delivering the highest picture quality, and coupled with advanced features and functions it delivers the smartest...
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Krell Now Shipping Duo 125 Class A Power Amplifier

October 17, 2014
Krell Now Shipping Duo 125 Class A Power Amplifier

We are excited to announce the new Duo 125 stereo power amplifier to the iBias family. The Duo 125 includes all of the technology of its larger siblings, including the revolutionary high efficiency Class A iBias circuitry. Featuring 125 watts per channel power output, the Duo 125 is a perfect amplifier for many of...
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Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

October 17, 2014
Townshend Audio Allegri Autotransformer Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Townshend Audio Allegri auto-transformer preamplifier (£1895) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Highly recommended? Hell, things like the Townshend Allegri don’t come along that often. If you like music, you will like the Allegri. It’s that simple.” You can read the full review here.
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MartinLogan Montis Loudspeaker

October 17, 2014
MartinLogan Montis Loudspeaker

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the MartinLogan Montis loudspeakers ($10,000/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This turns the Montis into a kind of gateway for dynamic loudspeaker users. The pace and solidity of the Montis sound thanks to that bass driver will find favour with those weaned on box speakers, and they will...
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Chord Company Sarum Tuned ARAY Cable System

October 17, 2014
Chord Company Sarum Tuned ARAY Cable System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Chord Company Sarum Tuned ARAY cable system (£1100-£1650) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Chord Sarum Tuned ARAY is not a trivial investment if you think of it in whole-system terms, but that investment is in line with the kind of top-end equipment with which it works. In...
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Pure Audio Phono Preamplifier

October 17, 2014
Pure Audio Phono Preamplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Pure Audio phono preamplifier (£3295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This is the first Pure Audio product I’ve heard and I have to say I’m impressed. It offers a degree of transparency that is rare at any price and adds further fuel to the ‘vinyl rules’ fire....
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PSB Imagine XB Loudspeaker System

October 17, 2014
PSB Imagine XB Loudspeaker System

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the PSB Imagine XB loudspeaker system ($1846) at Sound and Visions. His conclusion: “The PSB Imagine X series is a characteristically masterful approach to budget speaker design from a brand with a great pedigree. The Imagine XB and XC would play reasonably loud with a budget receiver,...
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