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AXPONA 2015 Coverage

AXPONA 2015 Coverage

My overall impression of the show was excellent. AXPONA has made tremendous progress in...

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...

Daily News and Reviews

T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2015 Starts Friday

May 25, 2015
T.H.E. Show (Newport Beach) 2015 Starts Friday

Returning to Southern California for the 5th year The Home Entertainment Show will showcase the finest in audio equipment. More than 350 manufacturers from across the globe will present LIVE Demos in private Sound Rooms – everything from the reasonable to the extravagant. Over 30 exclusive Headphone manufacturers will be represented in the 6,000...
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Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver

May 24, 2015
Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver

Sean Killebrew has posted a review of the Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV receiver ($2800) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “Let’s just forget about Atmos for a moment. Even if you remove this receiver’s most cutting-edge feature, the Integra is still a paragon of audio engineering, both in terms of sound quality and feature set. It’s...
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Astell&Kern AK380 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

May 24, 2015
Astell&Kern AK380 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK380 high resolution digital audio player ($) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Yet swap out the AK240 for the AK380 and the AK380 makes this an easy choice if you forget about costs, do not care about limited battery life per charge and...
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Essence of Music CD Treatment

May 24, 2015
Essence of Music CD Treatment

Giuseppe Trotto has posted a review of Essence of Music CD treatment ($149) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “I am not sure if I am getting closer to the essence of music. For sure, I am in the right direction. There is a contraindication, however. I reject the normal CDs. I cannot listen to them...
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Nordost to Display New Cables at Newport

May 23, 2015
Nordost to Display New Cables at Newport

T.H.E Show Newport is the perfect venue for Nordost to introduce their newly launched products to the US market. At High End 2015 Nordost debuted the highly anticipated Odin 2, the company’s first 4K UHD cables, as well as the new Purple Flare USB 2.0 Cable. Each of these exciting products can be seen...
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Accustic Arts Tube DAC II Mk2

May 23, 2015
Accustic Arts Tube DAC II Mk2

Ralph Werner has posted a review of the Accustic Arts Tube DAC II Mk2 (€7990) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Don’t expect sonic spectaculars but instead, a properly balanced, self-assured realistic and natural panorama of excellent long-term suitability. The Tube DacII Mk2 plays it on the sunny side of the street and excels at rendering...
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High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Power Cable

May 23, 2015
High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Power Cable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the High Fidelity Cables CT-1 power cables ($2000) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Both the High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Power Cables and the Audience Au24 SEs are very good, but I think with most systems though the CT-1 will be the best power cables you can get for...
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Pylon Audio Sapphire 25 Loudspeaker

May 23, 2015
Pylon Audio Sapphire 25 Loudspeaker

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pylon Audio Sapphire 25 loudspeakers (€750/pair) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Speakers from Pylon’s Pearl line might be more impressive during first listening session. They seem to offer denser, deeper, more distinct sound. It takes a while to realize that it is not as clear, as...
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REL S/5 Subwoofer

May 23, 2015
REL S/5 Subwoofer

Neil Gader has posted a review of the REL S/5 subwoofer ($2500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In both subtle and not so subtle ways the REL S/5 completed every speaker system it partnered with. Ultimately, it’s up to every audiophile to ask himself whether he wants the whole musical picture—the entirety of...
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PS Audio Debuts BHK Signature 300 Mono Amplifier

May 22, 2015
PS Audio Debuts BHK Signature 300 Mono Amplifier

PS Audio, maker of fine audio components since 1973, is pleased to announce the public debut of the BHK Signature 300 Amplifiers at THE Show-Newport, May 29-31, 2015. PS will be exhibiting with veteran loudspeaker manufacturer Legacy Audio at the fifth-annual Newport show, held for the first time at its new venue,the Hotel Irvine....
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Lambert Audio Announces “Small Wonder” Line

May 22, 2015
Lambert Audio Announces “Small Wonder” Line

The Lambert Company from New Zealand will be demonstrating the full “Small Wonder” line of compact high-performance audio components in room 1121 at The Home Entertainment Show (“THE Show”) in Newport Beach, California, May 29-31, 2015. The line includes the “Play It By Ear” class-A headphone amplifier which has been the subject of rave...
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Antipodes Audio to Debut New Music Servers

May 22, 2015
Antipodes Audio to Debut New Music Servers

Antipodes Audio (an TIP uh deez), New Zealand-based manufacturer of industry-leading audio servers, is pleased to be showing two new server variants in Room 1417 at The Home Entertainment Show (THE Show)/Newport Beach, May 29-31,2015. The new models offer increased storage capacity and new signal-output stages that enhance both performance and connectivity, improving upon...
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YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

May 22, 2015
YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 loudspeakers ($42,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “This speaker’s wide soundstage, its ability to present imaging that is as natural as the recording permits, and its reproduction of the mastertape’s original depth level are all truly outstanding. Each of these virtues...
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Yamaha AS-801 Integrated Amplifier

May 22, 2015
Yamaha AS-801 Integrated Amplifier

Glen Wagenknecht has posted a review of the Yamaha AS-801 integrated amplifier ($999) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Yamaha have created a product with wide appeal that acknowledges legacy support but moves boldly forward. This integrated not only gets the basics right, it manages points of performance generally reserved for the much higher spread. The...
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Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

May 22, 2015
Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Clearaudio Maestro V2 phono cartridge ($1200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the months I spent listening to Clearaudio’s Maestro V2, I never felt I was missing anything. Instead, I was given an entirely different perspective on some very familiar recordings. Can a greater compliment be paid...
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PMC Fact 12 Loudspeaker

May 22, 2015
PMC Fact 12 Loudspeaker

WL Low has posted a review of the PMC Fact 12 loudspeakers ($) at AV2DAY. His conclusions: “” You can read the full review here.
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Marantz AV8802 Surround Sound Processor

May 22, 2015
Marantz AV8802 Surround Sound Processor

David Vaughn has posted a review of the Marantz AV8802 surround sound processor ($3999) at Sound and Visions. His conclusions: “After experiencing Atmos in my home, I have to admit: There’s no way I can ever go back to a conventional five- or seven-channel system. Furthermore, when the considerable improvement in two-channel performance is...
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Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

May 22, 2015
Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

Jan Icogo has posted a review of the Audio Technica ATH MSR7 headphones ($249) at Headphonics. His conclusions: “While the Sony MDR-1 is the more comfortable can, the MSR7 is the slightly better sounding, better built with really good isolation. In this price range, this is clearly one of my top picks in the...
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TAD to Debut CE1 Loudspeakers with Zesto Audio

May 21, 2015
TAD to Debut CE1 Loudspeakers with Zesto Audio

Zesto Audio is proud to be the exclusive exhibitor for the new TAD-CE1 (Compact Evolution One) speakers at T.H.E. Show Newport held at the Hotel Irvine in Southern California on May 28-31, 2015 in Exhibit room #219. The TAD- CE1′s where launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and T.H.E.Show Newport will be the...
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PSB Introduces Innovative M4U 4 In-Ear Monitor

May 21, 2015
PSB Introduces Innovative M4U 4 In-Ear Monitor

PSB Speakers, long renowned for affordable excellence in acoustic design, announced their newest headphone, the In-Ear Monitor M4U 4. This unique, two-way hybrid design is the company’s first IEM and features a moving coil dynamic low frequency driver and a balanced armature high frequency driver controlled by a precision crossover network. The PSB M4U...
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MQA Support Continues to Grow at High End 2015

May 21, 2015
MQA Support Continues to Grow at High End 2015

MQA, the ground-breaking music technology originated by Meridian Audio, is now in active discussions with over 100 potential business partners. Speaking at the HIGH END MQA keynote, Bob Stuart – MQA inventor – announced this latest milestone in MQA’s development. The MQA ‘supporters’ list includes many prominent audio brands, including Arcam, Onkyo, and TIDAL,...
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Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

May 21, 2015
Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 power cord ($) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Overall the AnnaLyric is a no-brainer bargain and joins the Shunyata Venom HC as a personal fave. It’s a strong effort that I would place high on my list of worthy upgrades.” You...
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Flare Audio R2 Headphones

May 21, 2015
Flare Audio R2 Headphones

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Flare Audio R2 headphones () at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “I very rarely get excited about earphones, but these have become the exception. And, as a first attempt by a company, it makes it that much more exciting. I used it for all genres of music....
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Audio Technica ATH-W1000z Headphones

May 21, 2015
Audio Technica ATH-W1000z Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the headphones ($699) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Is it a good headphone? Absolutely. Is it worth that price tag? No. This headphone does not offer $700 quality. That, combined with the idea that it is in serious need of a redesign only make it that much more...
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Zesto Audio to Premier Leto 1.5 Preamplifier Upgrade

May 20, 2015
Zesto Audio to Premier Leto 1.5 Preamplifier Upgrade

Zesto Audio announces the debut of their newly upgraded Leto 1.5 Preamp at T.H.E. Show Newport held at the Hotel Irvine in Southern California on May 28-31, 2015 in exhibit room #219 & Headphonium. The Leto 1.5 Preamp upgrade includes 2 important features; a built-in headphone amp and a Unity Gain identifier on the...
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