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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...

CES 2014 Coverage

CES 2014 Coverage

High-end audio companies are apparently abandoning CES in droves. A few years ago, manufacturers...

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...

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

Based in Vancouver, Washington and Beijing, China, AURALiC is a relative newcomer to the...

Daily News and Reviews

Channel D Releases Pure Vinyl 4 Audio Software

April 18, 2014
Channel D Releases Pure Vinyl 4 Audio Software

Channel D, developers of the innovative and award-winning Pure Vinyl™ and Pure Music® audio software for Apple Macintosh computers and the creator of the Seta® Ultra Wide Bandwidth Balanced Flat Phono Preamplifier has released a major update to its Pure Vinyl software. The new Pure Vinyl 4 includes more than three dozen significant new...
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Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC Phono Preamplifier

April 18, 2014
Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC Phono Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC phono preamplifier ($2995) at Analogplanet. His conclusions: “Considering the price differentials, I again came away impressed by the JC3+. It does everything well and its minor acts of omission will not be noticed or missed on the kinds of systems in which...
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Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

April 18, 2014
Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

Audiohead has posted a review of the Audeze XC closed-back headphones ($1699) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “The XC’s attention to detail is undeniable. While the technical restrictions of being a closed-back design may prevent it from overtaking the Audeze flagship in terms of air and openness, the level of quality, tonal balance and transparency...
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Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 18, 2014
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS portable DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at AudioStream. His conclusion: “If you’re looking for a highly resolving micro-detail champ of a portable PCM DAC/headphone amp, the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS may have your magic number. With the ability to play...
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NuForce MCP-18 Multichannel Analog Preamplifier

April 18, 2014
NuForce MCP-18 Multichannel Analog Preamplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the NuForce MCP-18 multi-channel analog preamplifier ($999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “If you are in the market for a multichannel analog preamp, you should consider the MCP-18, regardless of how much more money you were prepared to spend. It looks good, sounds virtually invisible, and...
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NHT Absolute Tower Loudspeaker

April 18, 2014
NHT Absolute Tower Loudspeaker

Joel Houst has posted a review of the NHT Absolute Tower loudspeakers ($1100/pair) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “The NHT Absolute Tower is really a well engineered speaker system at a reasonable price. Audiophile sound, superb measurements and awesome finish and build make this a high value speaker at $1100 per pair. A subwoofer is...
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Wilson Benesch Debuts New Endeavour Loudspeaker

April 17, 2014
Wilson Benesch Debuts New Endeavour Loudspeaker

In every way, the Geometry Series and its flagship Cardinal have set a new benchmark for the company. Wilson Benesch don’t do convention and the Cardinal is the boldest statement of intent that the company could have made to this effect. Unique its execution, material design, crossover design and aesthetics; The Cardinal defines state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art....
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Oppo BDP-105 Univerdal Blu-Ray Player

April 17, 2014
Oppo BDP-105 Univerdal Blu-Ray Player

Toby Tingskog has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-105 universal Blu-Ray player ($1199) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “So is the Oppo BDP-105 a real audiophile device? It certainly is a great sounding player and a good entry to high rez audio. If you need a Blu-Ray player and want to stream TV, the...
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Whatmough Signature P15-SE Loudspeaker

April 17, 2014
Whatmough Signature P15-SE Loudspeaker

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Whatmough Signature P15-SE loudspeakers ($4499/pair) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Whatmough’s Signature P15-SE loudspeakers are superb transducers. For their size there are few – if any – other loudspeakers that can even approach their level of performance, and if we’re talking midrange and treble, there are few...
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Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

April 17, 2014
Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

Doug Blackburn has posted a review of the Meridian Audio Explorer portable USB DAC ($299) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “It might sound as if the giant-killer AudioQuest DragonFly was handily bested by the Meridian Explorer — but keep in mind that the DragonFly is smaller and doesn’t have the stubby USB cable to...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier Under Development

April 17, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier Under Development

The OPPO HA-1 Headphone Amplifier builds upon the success of our BDP-95 and BPD-105 audiophile universal Blu-ray Disc players. The BDP-95 and 105 have been selected as “Recommended Components” by prestigious publications such as Stereophile and The Absolute Sound. Discerning listeners describe the players’ DAC and analog output stage as very detailed, transparent and...
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Aurender X100L Music Server

April 17, 2014
Aurender X100L Music Server

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Aurender X100L music server ($) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Aurender X100L is a welcome product, and I’m glad to say that all of my initial concerns about compromises of quality in a less-expensive model were unfounded. More important, my high hopes were met and...
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Rega RP8 Turntable

April 17, 2014
Rega RP8 Turntable

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Rega RP8 turntable (£1598) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “With the caveat that ultimate performance can only be achieved with decent AC, the Rega RP8 is the best sounding, sensibly priced turntable and arm I’ve ever heard.” You can read the full review here.
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Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

April 16, 2014
Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Mike Liang has posted a review of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier/DAC ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As good as the HDVD 800 performs with Sennheiser’s latest headphone creations, those with older models will not be disappointed. Revisiting the older HD 650 headphones, a workhorse for many enthusiasts, also turns in an exceptional...
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JVC DLA-X700R Projector

April 16, 2014
JVC DLA-X700R Projector

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the JVC DLA-X700R projector ($8000) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The JVC X700 produces a stunning image. I’ve become a black level addict since buying my VT60 plasma, and the X700 is the closest I’ve come to that in my home theater....
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Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier ($1295) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “At a hair under $1,300, the Rogue Sphinx sets new benchmarks at this price point. Its sonics, build and feature set are impressive. And while Rogue essentially takes a somewhat classic approach with the Sphinx—aside from...
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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

April 16, 2014
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre ($5999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found this DAC to be an excellent performer with speed and definition that rivals some of the most expensive designs I have heard. When combined with the Final Drive, the Overdrive SE is more...
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Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-headphone amplifier ($479) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Although other portable USB DAC-headphone amps work well with Apple devices, the ADL by Furutech X1 is a unique device that adds 24/192 capability via USB. It sounded splendid at all resolutions, and...
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Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

April 16, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-AMP integrated amplifier and DAC ($349) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The Musical Fidelity V90-AMP is an admirable little piece of gear and proof of the old adage: Good things come in small packages. It can be the perfect basis for a great computer-...
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Soulution Introduces Model 560 DAC

April 15, 2014
Soulution Introduces Model 560 DAC

At Highend 2014 in Munich we will launch the new soulution 560 D/A-Converter. Top class digital-to-analog converters followed by preamplifier grade output stages transform every detail of the digital source material in to the analog world. Five different digital inputs (AES/EBU, SPDIF, optical, USB and LAN) ensure a versatile use of the 560 D/A-Converter....
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