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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Well, it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone, or rather a quiet weekend...

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...

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...

Daily News and Reviews

Roksan Oxygene CD Player and Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Roksan Oxygene CD Player and Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Roksan Oxygene CD player (£2500) and amplifier (£2800). Their conclusions: “These are components that make an instant visual impact, but on acquaintance the Oxygene amplifier proved sonically impressive too. It has a clean, neutral, detailed and yet unforced sound, essentially vice-free. The CD...
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Kronzilla SXI Integrated Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Kronzilla SXI Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Kronzilla SXI integrated amplifier (£16,190). Their conclusions: “If you don’t mind the cost of running a Class A SET amplifier and the heat it generates, you’re bound to be enthralled by the Kronzilla SXI’s fabulous high-end music-making ability.” You can read the full...
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Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

November 23, 2014
Simaudio Moon 380D Preamplifier-DAC and 330A Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 380D preamplifier-DAC (£4600) and 330A power amplifier (£2800). Their conclusions: “Such is this combo’s even-handed nature when reproducing any type of music it’s difficult to criticise it – unless, that is, you crave romantic euphony and/or specifically need a more powerful...
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Siltech SAGA Amplification System

November 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA Amplification System

Hi-Fi News and Record review has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA amplification system Siltech SAGA (£85,000). Their conclusions: “Intriguing and unique in its design concept, this is the sort of product that makes audio such an utterly fascinating hobby, proving there’s so much more to be discovered. The SAGA’s calm, unfussy sound...
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Oppo PM-2 Headphones

November 23, 2014
Oppo PM-2 Headphones

Kyle has posted a review of the Oppo PM-2 Planar magnetic headphones ($699) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “What OPPO has done in making a planar as efficient as some of my IEMs is nothing short of amazing, but OPPO seems to actually listen to people, so please, just fix these the treble and bass...
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Meridian Announces Meridian Explorer2 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 22, 2014
Meridian Announces Meridian Explorer2 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Meridian is pleased to announce our new Explorer2. Like the original Explorer, it is a portable USB DAC with enhanced features and performance making it the highest performance offering in its category. We are very proud of the fact that Explorer2, like the original, is still manufactured by hand, with pride, in Huntingdon, and...
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Dynavector 20X2-L Low Output Moving Cartridge

November 22, 2014
Dynavector 20X2-L Low Output Moving Cartridge

Todd Bromgard has posted a review of the Dynavector 20X2-L low output moving coil cartridge ($875) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “I lived with the Dynavector 20X2-L as my primary cartridge for one year. In that time it proved to be a reliable communicator of music which flawlessly performed its duties. It’s sound is...
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Essence Electrostatic Releases DPA-440 Power Amplifier

November 22, 2014
Essence Electrostatic Releases DPA-440 Power Amplifier

Just in time for the holidays, Essence has released a new power amp that some audiophiles are already calling the “killer app” of power amps. The Essence DPA-440 uses the latest Class D topology to provide a highly efficient and nearly ideal amplifier with distortion below measurement, ultra-high damping factor, and unconditional stability with...
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Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

November 22, 2014
Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Krell S-550i integrated amplifier (£4998). Their conclusions: “There have been massive integrated amplifiers in the past but without hesitation we nominate the S-550i as a perfect choice for those who want unbridled power yet will not (or cannot) house two components. It is...
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Marantz CD5004 SACD Player

November 22, 2014
Marantz CD5004 SACD Player

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Marantz CD5004 SACD player ($399) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The Marantz CD5004 is an excellent SACD player, capable of extracting all the fidelity encoded on your CDs, so you’ll hear them exactly as the performers intended. It’s so good that I’m amazed Marantz can deliver this...
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Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

November 22, 2014
Musical Fidelity M8PRE Preamplifier and M8700m Monoblock Amplifiers

Hi-Fi news and Record Review has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M8PRE preamplifier (£3500) and M8700m monoblock amplifiers(£8000/pair). Their conclusions: “This powerful and refined pre/power combo tracks dynamic swings in recordings with consummate ease. And given the eye-watering cost of today’s ultra-high-end amplifiers these M8 components can be counted a relative ‘bargain’.”...
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McIntosh MC275 MkVI Power Amplifier

November 22, 2014
McIntosh MC275 MkVI Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the McIntosh MC275 MkVI power amplifier (£5500). Their conclusions: “It does seem that the MkVI, steel or gold, is more refined and less ‘tubey’ than earlier iterations. Its stress-free presentation, liquid purity in the mid and intricate, believable stereo imaging make for absorbing listening....
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Exogal to Release Comet DAC to U.S. Audio Connoisseur Market

November 21, 2014
Exogal to Release Comet DAC to U.S. Audio	 Connoisseur Market

Exogal, manufacturer of leading-­‐edge digital audio components for the discerning audiophile, announced today that it has partnered with AXISS Audio as the exclusive North American distributor of its Comet digital-­‐to-­‐analog signal converter (DAC). Exogal expects the Comet to be available for sale to consumers immediately at a list price of $2,500 (USD). “We’re absolutely...
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BMC PureVOX Loudspeakers

November 21, 2014
BMC PureVOX Loudspeakers

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the BMC PureVOX loudspeakers ($/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The PureVOX is another fine effort in cost-no-object design in a cost-conscious component. It effectively straddles the performance-to-cost barrier pulling down sound quality associated with larger, more costly monitors and small to medium floor standers, while not soaring...
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Technics Launches ‘Technics Tracks’ Premium High-Resolution Download Site

November 21, 2014
Technics Launches ‘Technics Tracks’ Premium High-Resolution Download Site

The iconic and newly formed Technics is launching ‘Technics Tracks’ enabling music lovers to rediscover tracks and albums from an exceptional catalogue of 24-bit hi-resolution audio. Available in the UK and Germany from January 2015 the new download store will carry a comprehensive selection of 24-bit FLAC audio tracks including tens of thousands in...
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TIDAL Introduces New Service to Test Music Streaming Quality

November 21, 2014
TIDAL Introduces New Service to Test Music Streaming Quality

TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, launches test.tidalhifi.com, a website that allows visitors to compare the difference between compressed and uncompressed music. The test gives users a direct comparison, so that they can confirm that they are achieving the most out of their audio...
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Rega RP10 Turntable

November 21, 2014
Rega RP10 Turntable

Jerold O’Brien has posted a review of the Rega RP10 turntable ($6495 Apheta MC cartridge) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As hinted at the beginning of this review, the RP10 does reveal more music throughout the range. Transients are cleaner, the bass carries a bit more weight, and the high end is even crisper than...
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SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 21, 2014
SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the SOtM sHP-100 headphone amplifier-DAC ($700) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The SOtM sHP-100 DSD DAC headphone amp and, let’s add, preamplifier is a smartly designed, complete package. It is versatile and sonically accomplished enough to sit nicely in for a far more expensive reference, or...
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ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 Loudspeaker

November 21, 2014
ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 Loudspeaker

Dick Osher has posted a review of the ENIGMAcoustics Mythology M1 loudspeakers ($14,690/pair) at the Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “With that out of the way, let me emphasize that the M1 Mythology wields considerable emotional power, which combined with exceptional tonal balance and an almost magical sense of transparency make it an insanely attractive...
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Primary Control Tonearm

November 21, 2014
Primary Control Tonearm

Richard H. Mak has posted a review of the Primary Control tonearm ($5500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “There is always a downside to anything elegant and exclusive. Just like the bespoke suits of Savile Row, the Primary Control comes with an elegant price tag. The price ranges from around $5,500 to approximately $8,000, depending...
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