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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...

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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

July 28, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amp/DAC/stand ($1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you want a big—and I mean really big—taste of what top-tier headphone electronics can be like, yet at a price that must be considered a bargain, then look no further.” You can read the...
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DAudio W1 Dipole Loudspeaker

July 28, 2014
DAudio W1 Dipole Loudspeaker

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the DAudio W1 Dipole loudspeaker (€19,950/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Still, we retain some concerns over the target market. Who will volunteer a very substantial amount on a new product from a new player whose success in the market 5 years down the road is hard...
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Octave Audio V40 SE Integrated Amplifier

July 28, 2014
Octave Audio V40 SE Integrated Amplifier

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Octave Audio V40 SE integrated amplifier ($5300) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In use and sound alike, I came to regard Octave Audio’s V 40 SE as a tube amp for people who don’t like tube amps, in the same sense that an appletini is an alcoholic...
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D’Agostino Momentum Line Preamplifier

July 28, 2014
D’Agostino Momentum Line Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the D’Agostino Momentum line preamplifier ($32,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “How has Dan D’Agostino done it? I can’t answer the question in technical terms, and as I write this I haven’t yet seen John Atkinson’s measurements, but here’s the recipe for what I heard: Take an ultraquiet...
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OPPO PM-1 Headphones

July 27, 2014
OPPO PM-1 Headphones

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the OPPO PM-1 headphones ($1099) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Considerable time with the OPPO PM-1s reveals no shortcomings. While the hardcore headphone enthusiast will no doubt want to add the PM-1 to their stable, more monogamous headphone lovers will find simple sonic bliss. I know I did....
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NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
NuForce HA-200 Headphone Amplifier

John Grandberg has posted a review of the NuForce HA-200 headphone amplifier ($349) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “NuForce has the right idea here—start with a really nice amp, price it very aggressively, and add in the monoblock option as a twist. I hazard to guess relatively few HAP-100 users take full advantage of...
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Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X Headphones

July 27, 2014
Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X Headphones

Michael Liang has posted a review of the Audio-Technica ATH-W1000X headphones ($699) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Audio-Technica has done a phenomenal job building an elegant, versatile headphone that is not limited to any specific genre of music. A modest, benign load makes them easy to drive and easy to integrate into whatever your system...
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Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

July 27, 2014
Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 Headphone Amplifier

Skylab has posted a review of the Tisbury Audio Challenge Amp 1 headphone amplifier ($600) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I have a VERY expensive tube amp sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed next. I haven’t turned it on yet, or even plugged it in. Typically I wouldn’t have been able to dispense...
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Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

July 27, 2014
Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity MF-100 headphones ($199) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “It’s safe to say that Musical Fidelity’s first attempt at a closed-back, over-ear headphone is a massive success—enough that we happily award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2014 and purchase the review sample for...
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Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker System

July 26, 2014
Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker System

Thomas J. Norton has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Silver 10 loudspeaker system ($5925) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “I can’t recommend using just one Silver W-12 subwoofer unless your room is much smaller than mine, or your taste in movies is relatively subdued. Perhaps multiples might work. Alternatively, Monitor does...
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Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

July 26, 2014
Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

John Darko has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25i integrated amplifier (€629) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I like this amplifier a lot. It’s no powerhouse and perhaps that’s the reason why I found loudspeaker matching to be more crucial than usual during my three-month audition time. However, find the right dance partner...
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Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Loudspeakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

July 26, 2014
Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Loudspeakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Dali Fazon Mikro 2 loudspeakers ($650) and Sub 1 subwoofer ($595) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The Dali Mikro 2 system offers all three of these virtues in equal measure. There will always be the audiophile who wants a traditional floorstanding or stand-mounted speaker, but for those...
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Amare Musica Silver Power Station Passive Power Conditioner

July 26, 2014
Amare Musica Silver Power Station Passive Power Conditioner

Marja and Henk has posted a review of the Amare Musica Silver Power Station passive power power conditioner (€1500 ) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “In conclusion we think that the Amare Musica Silver Passive Power Station is a (rock)-solid offer that makes life with heavy stubborn power cables a lot easier. Its electrical qualities...
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Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

July 26, 2014
Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 tonearm cable ($325) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “This cable offers a big sound, meaning that it supports a huge soundstage, with both width and height. Vocals sound very upfront, both as part of the perceived stage and in terms of their relation to the...
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Klipsch Launches New Reference Series Loudspeakers

July 26, 2014
Klipsch Launches New Reference Series Loudspeakers

Klipsch, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, announces today the launch of a new Reference Series that includes six passive home theater speakers and two subwoofers. The Klipsch Reference line joins the renowned Reference II Series that is currently in the market and offers similar advanced acoustic engineering and industrial design. These products...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

July 25, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

Frank Alles has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC ($6000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “After listening to the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC for the past few months it is my opinion that DirectStream represents a new benchmark in audio reproduction. Notice that I didn’t say “digital audio reproduction.”...
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German HighEnd LGS Speaker Cables

July 25, 2014
German HighEnd LGS Speaker Cables

Jorg Damus has posted a review of the German HighEnd LGS speaker cables (€2275) at 6moons. His conclusions: “In my system, German Highend’s LGS locked into sharp focus and to perfection. But—and depending on application this could be a small downer—daily use and mechanical stability are wedded at the hip. Aside from immunity to...
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m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

July 25, 2014
m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the m2Tech hiFace USB DAC ($) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “I’m calling out the hiface DAC as a better match (over the Cypher Labs gold brick) for two-channel rigs, particularly those in need of a bit of pep and pepper. It’s a natty, wallet-friendly way...
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Oppo PM-1 Headphones

July 25, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Headphones

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Oppo PM-1 headphones ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If you are looking for the most revealing, highest resolution headphone regardless of fit or amplifier compatibility, the Oppo PM-1 will probably not make it on your short list. However, if you want easy-to-drive, ruggedly constructed headphones that...
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Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable

July 25, 2014
Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable ($250) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “The AT-LP120-USB is extremely well made, packaged and presented equally well, including excellent instructions for both vinyl playback and computer interface, and with its generous accessories should make casual vinyl spinners very happy with their purchase.” You...
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