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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...

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Loudspeaker

Audience is perhaps best known for their interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords, and...

Daily News and Reviews

Robson Acoustics Announces Voltaire IV Reference Loudspeaker

July 24, 2014
Robson Acoustics Announces Voltaire IV Reference Loudspeaker

Robson Acoustics announce their new flagship model from the Voltaire range. Voltaire IV Reference is capable of producing a holographic soundstage, pin sharp imaging and bass control like no other loudspeaker. Designed around twin 10” bass/mid drivers from legendary British manufacturer Volt Loudspeakers and a massive precision Ribbon tweeter allowing a very low cross...
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Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

July 24, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

John Atkinson and Sam Tellig have posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. Their conclusions: ST: “My head is spinning. I haven’t even opened the 23-CD Leon Fleisher box. Compared to the V-DAC II, the V90 DAC offers still greater low-level resolution, superior dynamics, and fatigue-free listening. It does space...
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Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil Cartridge

July 24, 2014
Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil Cartridge

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil cartridge ($2800) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Back in the days of vinyl glory Ikeda and Fidelity Research built reputations for low distortion, natural sounding cartridges. The humble PMC-1 did not make a bad impression playing...
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iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

July 24, 2014
iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/headphone amplifier (£165) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “n sum, when paired with appropriately revealing, accurate, and high-sensitivity transducers, the affordable Nano iDSD DAC/amp provides an amazingly versatile and sonically sophisticated high-end solution. The only caveat is that, for best results, you...
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HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 24, 2014
HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted an initial review of the HiFiMAN HE-560 planar magnetic headphones ($899) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The HE-560 strikes me, even at this early stage, to offer excellent value for money. It really does combine some of the best sonic aspects of the critically acclaimed HE-500 and HE-6, but in a...
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Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

July 24, 2014
Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

Piero Gabucci has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P 5 preamplifier ($1095) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “In one box you get all the analog and digital you need and there are very few preamps, DACs or combination(s) out there that the affordable P 5 stands out....
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Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3

July 24, 2014
Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3 ($30,000/pair) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Audiophiles wax poetic about neutrality, about transparency, about tactility. But this is the closest I’ve gotten. An incredible achievement. I only wish it was less expensive. Clearly, I’m going to have to sell the...
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Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart Phono Cartridge

July 24, 2014
Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart Phono Cartridge

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart phono cartridge at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “Some people may think that all the cartridges I have tested lately were fine. Well yes, it is very hard to express with words what ears hear. It is also true that all the prices are...
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Siltech SAGA System

July 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA System

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA System ($112,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Siltech SAGA System is not only engineered like nothing else; it sounds like nothing else—or at least nothing else I’ve heard. With its unique blend of tube-like bloom, three-dimensionality, and naturalness of...
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Denon Debuts New Audio Video Receivers with Dolby Atmos

July 23, 2014
Denon Debuts New Audio Video Receivers with Dolby Atmos

Denon, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, is thrilled to announce two additions to its new line of X Series Network AV Receivers. Born from last year’s highly acclaimed series, the AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W delivers even more outstanding features and the finest in Denon audio quality for the most...
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CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

July 23, 2014
CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

Marshall Knack has posted a review of the CH Precision C1 preamplifier/DAC ($32,975), D1 SACD transport ($37,750), and X1 power supply ($14,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The D1/C1, especially with the X1 in line, did not behave like any digital I’ve encountered. Neutral, exciting, fast, tons of detail, yet musical in a way...
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Antipodes Reference Jumpers

July 23, 2014
Antipodes Reference Jumpers

Martin Appel has posted a review of the Antipodes Audio Reference jumpers at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “I could go on about the equal treatment to all frequencies or the wonderful presentation of voices and instruments, but I think you get the picture. I know I did. If you’re in need of jumpers for your...
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Bache Audio 001 Loudspeaker

July 23, 2014
Bache Audio 001 Loudspeaker

Laurence Borden has posted a review of the Bache Audio 001 loudspeakers ($10,000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “There are many speakers in the $10,000 range. However, only a handful (to the best of my knowledge) are based around a wideband driver, and offer the benefits of a powered woofer. Those who favor such a...
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Focal Grande Utopia EM Loudspeaker

July 23, 2014
Focal Grande Utopia EM Loudspeaker

John Bamford has posted a review of the Focal Grande Utopia EM loudspeakers ($180,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Any loudspeaker this expensive has to be compared with its peers – which is something any prospective purchaser would endeavour to do when about to spend as much as a house on...
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Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 23, 2014
Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

Roberto Rocchi has posted a review of the Manley Neo-Classic 500 monoblock amplifiers (€17,100/pair) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “Well, guys what a sound! Great listening experience. After years of passion and professionalism on the field I still get involved in trying to find the best configuration so to have the best outcome. This is...
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Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

July 23, 2014
Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

Lieven has posted a review of the Astel&Kern AK120II ($1699) and AK240 ($2499) digital audio players at Headfonia. His conclusions: ” It’s obvious I don’t like everything about the AKs but in the end I really love how they sound. Plug in your headphone, push play, close your eyes and dream away. Yes, they...
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Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

July 23, 2014
Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

Marc Michelson has posted a review of the Ayre DX-5 DSD universal Blu-ray player ($10,950). His conclusions: “As Tampa Red put it, “You can’t get that stuff no more” — the DX-5 DSD has been discontinued. You can buy Ayre’s QB-9 DSD DAC or the rare used DX-5 and have Ayre update it, the...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

July 22, 2014
Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Red Dragon Audio M500 ($1598/pair) and M1000 MkII ($2198/pair) power amplifiers at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In a commercial world where too many glitzy audio products are hyper-designed cosmetically to suck big spenders into thrall, not for the outcome of sonic accuracy or musical glory, I...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

July 22, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable high resolution digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, does $2,500 bucks sound like a boatload of money now? I’m not saying it’s cheap, or, even, what many would call affordable! It’s a lot of loot. But, and believe me...
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