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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...

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...

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JL Audio Introduces New Dominion Series Subwoofers

September 15, 2014
JL Audio Introduces New Dominion Series Subwoofers

JL Audio introducced its new Dominion series of low cost 8″ and 10″ subwoofers at CEDIA 2014.
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Legacy Unveils V Loudspeaker

September 15, 2014
Legacy Unveils V Loudspeaker

LEGACY V (includes Wavelet Processor) • System Type: Frequency and time domain optimized four-way directivity controlled array • Tweeter: Dual 4″ AMT Ribbons configured in post convergent array • Upper midrange: Dual 6″ curvilinear with phase plug configured in dipolar array • Midrange/Midbass: Dual 14″ Carbon/pulp, neodymium motor, cast frame, dipolar pattern • Bass:...
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Longdog Audio XLCR Naim Unitiserve Power Supply

September 15, 2014
Longdog Audio XLCR Naim Unitiserve Power Supply

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Longdog Audio XLCR Naim Unitiserve power supply (£995) at The Ear. His conclusions: “It’s disconcerting that a PSU upgrade to a music file server should have so much effect, but we are still discovering what counts in computer audio and this is certainly an important area....
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Roksan Oxygene Integrated Amplifier

September 15, 2014
Roksan Oxygene Integrated Amplifier

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the Roksan Oxygene integrated amplifier ($4800). Its conclusions: “There is definitely a section of the audio enthusiast market that cares as much for the product aesthetics and the convenience of wireless, as it does for the sound quality and that is the segment that should gravitate to...
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HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones

September 15, 2014
HiFiMAN HE-400i Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HE-400i planar magnetic headphones ($499) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “One point I probably cannot overstress is that the $499 HE-400i is good enough that one might instinctively seek to compare it to models costing $700, $800, $900, or more. The HE-400i might win some and...
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NAD D3020 Integrated Amplifier

September 15, 2014
NAD D3020 Integrated Amplifier

Dean Shopes has posted a review of the NAD D3020 integrated amplifier ($499) at AVHub. His conclusions: “If you’re after a small form-factor, vertically-oriented amplifier that’s absolutely ideal for computer-based/streaming applications, NAD’s new D3020 is a little cracker. ” You can read the full review here.
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Auris Audio Forte 6550 Monoblock Amplifiers

September 15, 2014
Auris Audio Forte 6550 Monoblock Amplifiers

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Auris Audio Forte 6550 monoblock amplifiers (€14,000/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “WIth my solid-wood speakers from soundkaos and Boenicke, the Auris monos took the sound from clear broth to chunky stew. It was all about substance, richly delivered colours and an insistent robust here, not there....
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Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 15, 2014
Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Malcolm Steward has posted a review of the Chord Hugo portable headphone amplifier-DAC (£1400) at TopAudioGear. His conclusions: “In short then one can summarise the Chord Hugo as a component that can be viewed as vital to complete any streaming source, not to mention its truly fantastic, outstanding capabilities as a headphone amplifier. In...
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Peachtree Audio Nova 220SE integrated Amplifier-DAC

September 15, 2014
Peachtree Audio Nova 220SE integrated Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Peachtree Audio amplifier-DAC ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Finally, if you marry up the GoldenEar Triton Ones with the Peachtree Nova 220SE, you wind up with a smashingly good high-end audio system that costs a tick under £6,500 (cabling not included). If you stop to think...
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VPI Unveils Scout Prime Turntable

September 14, 2014
VPI Unveils Scout Prime Turntable

VPI will be unveiling the all new Scout Prime turntable at RMAF 2014. Projected price: $3000. Details to follow.
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StraightWire Reveals Crescendo 3 Speaker Cables

September 14, 2014
StraightWire Reveals Crescendo 3 Speaker Cables

Straight Wire has introduced the latest version of their highly acclaimed “Crescendo” Speaker Cable with notable advancements. The CDA 101 conductors are now “compacted” with 6% compression instead of 3-4%. Composed of 12 conductors groups at 15awg – the Crescendo 3 can effortlessly bridge premium amplifiers (regardless of power or format). Dual insulation thicknesses...
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RHA Introduce T10i In-Ear Headphone

September 14, 2014
RHA Introduce T10i In-Ear Headphone

RHA today announced the introduction of the T10i noise isolating, in-ear headphone featuring high fidelity dynamic drivers with interchangeable tuning filters. The T10i will debut at the Berlin consumer electronics trade show, IFA, from the 5th of September. At the core of the T10i is a handmade dynamic driver (model 770.1), engineered to reproduce...
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OBravo Debuts HMAT-1 Air Motion Transformer Headphones

September 14, 2014
OBravo Debuts HMAT-1 Air Motion Transformer Headphones

In the history and evolution of audio, Air-Motion Transformer (AMT) audio speaker technology was an industry influencing breakthrough by Dr. Oskar Heil. His original speaker design took a conventional seven-inch cone type mid-range driver and reduced it in size into an accordion-folded down design resulting in a more compact, incredibly small speaker of only...
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Angel City Audio Unveils Seraphim Loudspeaker

September 14, 2014
Angel City Audio Unveils Seraphim Loudspeaker

We at ACA are extremely pleased to debut our brand new speaker, the Seraphim, at RMAF 2014. The Seraphim is a 3-­‐way, floorstanding loudspeaker that raises the bar for performance at its price point. Picking up where our popular Trinity LCR leaves off, the Seraphim digs deeper and features a smoother, more refined top...
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Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones

September 14, 2014
Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ultrasone Edition 5 headphones (~€3725) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Listening to transducers like the Edition 5 is an eye opening experience and proves that headphones are capable of recreating the sound in an unusual way. The closest to what this design offers are the electrostatic...
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Kaiser Acoustics Kawero! Chiara Loudspeakers

September 14, 2014
Kaiser Acoustics Kawero! Chiara Loudspeakers

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Kaiser Acoustics Kawero! Chiara loudspeakers (€16,000/pair) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “I am not sure if it came out that way, but the Chiara is one of those speakers that make a great impression. Its ability to differentiate while maintaining a dense and smooth sound is...
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Phasemation HD-7A192 DAC

September 14, 2014
Phasemation HD-7A192 DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Phasemation HD-7A192 DAC (~€4000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Using it Phasemation designed a D/A Converter that offers a higher quality sound based on 16/44 signal from a CD than on HD signal delivered via USB input. The latter offers very good quality, sound...
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OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier and PM-1 Headphones

September 14, 2014
OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier and PM-1 Headphones

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier (~€1649) and PM-1 planar magnetic headphones (~€1539) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “That leads us to a simple statement – the OPPO’s first headphones and DAC/headphone amplifiers set the bar really high. PM-1, in my opinion, do not offer the highest sound...
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Amare Musica Unveils Diamond Music Server

September 13, 2014
Amare Musica Unveils Diamond Music Server

DIAMOND MUSIC SERVER Specifications • Multiple control options (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android OS, and PC) • Aluminium remote control. Streaming Services • Music libraries on Samba, Dlna ,NFS USB FLASH DRIVE, USB HARDDISK (FAT32, NTFS and EXT2/3 only) INPUTS • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) 2xUsb 2.0 Audio Formats • Gapless playback • wav, ac,...
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Tortuga Audio Introduces LDRx Passive Preamplifier

September 13, 2014
Tortuga Audio Introduces LDRx Passive Preamplifier

Today, Tortuga Audio released its new lineup of LDR based passive preamps including the LDRx (singled-ended) and LDRxB (balanced). The LDRx/LDRxB build on the success of Tortuga Audio’s earlier LDR1, LDR3 and LDR6 Passive Preamps that have garnered genuine praise from customers and reviewers alike. Tortuga Audio’s LDRx Passive Preamplifier features software driven digitally...
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