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Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

May 4, 2016
Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones ($499-$599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The Pryma looks very posh and upper class and for the first time, I can recommend a flashy looking headphone to people interested in something that also sounds good too. This is an almost unheard of combination...
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NAD Announces M32 Direct Digital Amplifier and M50.2 Digital Music Player

May 4, 2016
NAD Announces M32 Direct Digital Amplifier and M50.2 Digital Music Player

NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced two new additions to their prestigious Masters Series. The M32 Direct Digital Amplifier (€4000, $3499 U.S. MSRP) is an elegant, top-of-the-line, BluOSready integrated amplifier with a host of features that offer maximum flexibility and excellent efficiency with reduced noise and distortion. M32 also...
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KEF M400 Headphones

May 4, 2016
KEF M400 Headphones

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the KEF M400 headphones ($250) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “All in all, the M400 sounds refined and clear, with bass that is definitely goosed up just a tad. I’m not normally a fan of overemphasized bass, but it’s done tastefully here on the M400, and...
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MQA Announces New Partnerships at Munich High End 2016

May 3, 2016
MQA Announces New Partnerships  at Munich High End 2016

This year’s High End sees MQA, the innovative music technology, reveal further business updates, including new content and hardware partnerships. MQA Music Partners High Res Audio, the renowned international high-resolution music download service, joins the list of MQA content providers, meaning music lovers visiting www.highresaudio.com can download high-quality releases from renowned labels including 2L,...
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Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

May 3, 2016
Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Aerial Acoustics 7T loudspeakers ($9850/pair) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The Aerials are great when they reproduce the low range, that results deep and exact and the stated frequency response is easily reached. The sound pressure is now very high but these T7s are not in...
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Ayre Introduces the QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub

May 3, 2016
Ayre Introduces the QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub

Ayre’s latest entry in the world of digital audio combines a decades-long record of ground-breaking innovation in both digital and analog audio with revolutionary features to set a new benchmark in the field. Every conceivable digital input, including Ethernet, Streamlength asynchronous USB, S/PDIF (in three different formats), and even direct connection to thumb drives...
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TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

May 3, 2016
TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501HR digital player ($850) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Great looks and a balanced sound output that’s fun to listen to make this DSD CD spinner a great player to invest in when building either a humble high end desktop rig or even a full blown...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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PS Audio Introduces BHK Signature Preamplifier

May 2, 2016
PS Audio Introduces BHK Signature Preamplifier

In the past year, the BHK Signature Amplifiers designed for PS Audio by industry legend Bascom H. King have won just about every attainable audio award, worldwide. Finally, after over a year of design and development, the BHK Signature Preamplifier is available to pair with the BHK Stereo 250 and BHK Mono 300s. The...
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Mytek Introduces New Upscale Manhatten II MQA DAC

May 2, 2016
Mytek Introduces New Upscale Manhatten II MQA DAC

Mytek Digital, the second MQA licensee after Meridian to ship an Audiophile DAC with MQA™ technology, will be showcasing the MQA-capable Brooklyn DAC, and showing an advanced prototype of the more upscale MQA-capable Manhattan II DAC to be shipping in August 2016. MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality...
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Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Goldmund Telos 360 universal monoblock amplifier (€36,300) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Final judgment falls into the domain of people in search of proper balance of performance, luxury and specific sonic virtues. The Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Mono Amplifiers sums up with the self contained...
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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

Jack Skowron has posted a review of the MicroZOTL 2 headphone amplifier ($1100) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So, while this is certainly not an inexpensive amp, I believe it does deliver good value, being a really fine sounding headphone amp in an attractive package. T If you’re in the market for an amp in...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

May 1, 2016
Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

Dirk Sommer has posted a review of the Verity Audio Sarastro IIS loudspeakers ($48,000/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Sarastro IIS sound notably bigger than they appear in the room, and yet they manage to completely disappear behind the music. Thanks to the rear-facing woofers, they are an almost perfect match for my...
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Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

May 1, 2016
Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

Lee Scoggins has posted a review of the Cardas A8 in-ear monitors ($300) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Ole Blue Eyes is singing “My Blue Heaven”. These blue cabled wonders really are offering up heavenly sound with the Mojo, a great partner for the A8s. The A8s serve a up lots of detail but...
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YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

May 1, 2016
YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the YBA Passion PRE550A preamplifier-DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very...
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Dynaudio Xeo 2 Powered Loudspeaker

May 1, 2016
Dynaudio Xeo 2 Powered Loudspeaker

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Dynaudio Xeo 2 powered loudspeakers ($1599/pair) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Dynaudio’s Xeo 2 is a little powerhouse, with spacious sound, bell-like midrange clarity, and genuinely taut, powerful bass. Also praiseworthy are its boundary-related tuning, clever adaptive bass technology, and tiny proportions. But what I find...
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Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers

May 1, 2016
Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Audioengine HD6 powered loudspeakers ($749) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “While Audioengine’s HD6 isn’t the last word in transparency or neutrality, the fact remains that, from top to bottom, it’s a complete product in a way that few other audio systems are. It’s pretty and stylish,...
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Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

May 1, 2016
Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

Roger Kanno has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh stereo amplifier ($5595) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: ” In 2005, in his review of the BC2K4sh’s predecessor, the BC204, Marc Mickelson said that it had “a natural presentation that’s never harsh or merciless in the way it conveys detail.” This perfectly...
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Devialet Phantom Wireless Speaker System

April 30, 2016
Devialet Phantom Wireless Speaker System

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Devialet Phantom wireless speaker system ($4309-$5109) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Devialet Phantom is an extraordinary speaker system that does, it seems to me, fill a need for a designer/wife friendly speaker system for contemporary, up-scale home owners. But difficulties configuring the network environment make...
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Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25iR integrated amplifier (HK$8,690 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “To be clear – I understand that such compromises are sometimes necessary and I accept them. I think that they allow listeners to enjoy music in a deeper, more refined way as compared...
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KBL Sound Zodiac Cable Loom

April 30, 2016
KBL Sound Zodiac Cable Loom

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the KBL Sound Zodiac interconnects (~€750), speaker cables (~€1475), and power cord (~€925) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Zodiac line offers certain qualities, certain sonic character. What they have to offer is highly sought by experienced audiophiles who are not impressed by very fast and detailed cables...
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Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Audio Alto DMI 3H Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Audio Alto DMI 3H integrated amplifier (€4380 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Audio Alto delivers amazingly clear, pure sound which makes noticing all differences particularly easy. Spacing, especially considering the price range and solid-state design, is impressive. Just as the design itself is.” You...
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RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

April 30, 2016
RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the RT Audio Design Orpheus MkII (~€750) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This amplifier offers simply beautiful sound. But its bass doesn’t go very deep, is not particularly well controlled and it is rather warm. But it’s tonality, and spacing is wonderful – it creates an impression...
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Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon Turntable

April 30, 2016
Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon turntable ($) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “RPM5 Carbon stands out not only by its appeal but also with its performance. It offers, especially in the mid-band, a combination of highly resolving and vibrant sound. All records sound good with it, which makes...
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