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Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

  A year or so ago, Sam Tellig reviewed the Music Hall dac25.2, the...

Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

I first became aware of Living Sounds Audio (LSA Group) at Rocky Mountain Audio...

Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

By way of background, I use a custom music server fitted with an ESI...

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Wireworld Brings the Best Test of Cable Fidelity to T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

May 24, 2016
Wireworld Brings the Best Test of Cable Fidelity to T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

Wireworld Cable Technology—respected manufacturer of high-performance audio and video cables—will bring its acclaimed Audio Cable Polygraph presentation to T.H.E. Show Newport on June 3-5, 2016 at the Hotel Irvine, Irvine, CA.  Presentations will be at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm in Room 1016. Founder and Designer, David Salz, offers the best test of audio cable fidelity for attendees to hear exactly what cables to...
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Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

May 24, 2016
Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC (£1980) and Ragnarok headphone amplifier (£1580) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rarely have I been as favourably impressed by a DAC and headphone amplifier as I have been by the Yggdrasil and Ragnarok. Though neither component comes anywhere near being the most expensive...
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Wireworld Starlight 7 Digital Cables

May 24, 2016
Wireworld Starlight 7 Digital Cables

Marc Andre has posted a review of the Gold Starlight 7 balanced AES/EBU digital cable ($), the Starlight 7 USB ($90) USB cable, and the Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable ($550) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Gold Starlight 7 AES/EBU and Platinum Starlight 7 USB are not inexpensive by any means, but...
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Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 22, 2016
Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the Meridian Explorer2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Leave MQA out of the mix, and the Meridian Explorer2 is a fun, capable audio device at a cost that audiophiles—and anyone else who’s accustomed to audiophile prices—will likely find more than fair … But when you...
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Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Announces the Christine Reference Preamplifier

May 20, 2016
Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Announces the Christine Reference Preamplifier

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC is proud to announce the gold series Christine Reference Preamplifier. Finally, experience the illusion of space with detail, midrange and a solid holographic image. Hear the speed and bottom end grip with slam on the music. The Christine Reference Preamplifier from Merrill Audio is the finest preamplifier to...
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Campfire Audio Orion In-Ear Monitors

May 18, 2016
Campfire Audio Orion In-Ear Monitors

Marcusd has posted a review of the Campfire Audio Orion in-ear monitors ($349) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “It is still a midrange performer and the star of the show, but it really doesn’t negate the rest of the frequency response so you get just enough to make things sound relatively balanced. Vocals are strong,...
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Rotel Introduces the RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

May 17, 2016
Rotel Introduces the RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

Rotel Electronics, widely acknowledged for 50 years as a leader in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theater fans, has introduced the RA-1592 stereo integrated amplifier built upon the award-winning Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582mk2 power amplifier in a sleek, single chassis design. While home theater is still in high demand for...
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Audiomods Series Five Tonearm

May 17, 2016
Audiomods Series Five Tonearm

Geoff Husband has posted a review of the Audiomods Series Five tonearm (£625-£795) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “So if you are already an owner of a Classic should you feel dissatisfied and upgrade? In most circumstances I’d say a definite ‘no’ – you already have a high-end arm, go spend the money elsewhere....
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ASI Liveline Speaker Cables

May 17, 2016
ASI Liveline Speaker Cables

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the ASI Liveline speaker cables ($) at Hi-Fi Advices. His conclusions: “Of the setups I tried it in, the cable works best in the context of fuller sounding systems, such as my own main Jeff Rowland/Apogee Diva setup and a friend’s Ayon/AvantGarde setup (link not yet active...
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PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Power Amplifier

May 17, 2016
PS Audio BHK Signature 250 Power Amplifier

Dave Clark has posted a review of the PS Audio BHK Signature 250 power amplifier ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Vandersteen Quattro Carbon Wood loudspeakers with the PS Audio BHK 250 seeing the PS Audio DirectStream DAC as my digital feed, with either the Aurender N100H or the Aries from Auralic (HERE),...
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Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-Ray Player

May 16, 2016
Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-Ray Player

Dick Tan has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-ray player ($) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Even in its scaled down form the BDP-101CI still offers key features such as 4K scaling, bitstream output for important lossless surround sound codec such as Dolby Atmos and DTS-X, high resolution USB ports and legacy digital...
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Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9 Loudspeaker

May 16, 2016
Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9 Loudspeaker

Andre Jennings has posted a review of the Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9 loudspeakers ($175,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Loudspeakers are often described as being a window to the performance. The best of them remove the window (and walls) entirely in an effort to place you within the performance, capture you, and...
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iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player

May 16, 2016
iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player

Brando Peter has posted a review of the iBasso DX80 digital audio player ($348) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “If you’re willing to overlook its cosmetic shortcomings, the iBasso DX80 is a solid portable digital audio player for serious audiophiles. Just remember to factor in the price of a decently sized micro SD card.” You...
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Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

May 16, 2016
Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM phono cartridge (€499/$650) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The standard 2M Mono with its conical tip is a very fine cartridge. At a little over half the price of the 2M Mono SE it makes a lot of sense for...
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JL Audio Dominion d110 Subwoofer

May 15, 2016
JL Audio Dominion d110 Subwoofer

Howard Kneller has posted a review of the JL Audio Dominion d110 subwoofer ($999) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Like the crazy puppy who lives in my building, the d110 might not be fully grown, but it sure doesn’t act that way. And surprisingly, unlike the puppy, the d110 has bark and bite, providing...
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Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 Preamplifier

May 15, 2016
Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 Preamplifier

Garrett Hongo has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems Model 3100 preamplifier ($17,250) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “With the 3100, the many subtle and formidable elements of listening simply disappeared as isolated, enumerable things; when apparent at all, they seemed ephemeral events — otherwise, this preamp’s sound didn’t expressly feature any...
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Aurender N100H Music Server

May 15, 2016
Aurender N100H Music Server

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Aurender N100H music server ($2699) at SoundStage Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Aurender’s N100H, like their S10 server I reviewed several years ago, sounds terrific. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a music server that sounds better, and maybe none as good. It stood out for its bass...
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darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier

May 14, 2016
darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier

Rafe Arnott has posted a review of the darTZeel CTH-8550 integrated amplifier (~$25,000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “hile it didn’t necessarily present the deep, blossoming bass that I typically gravitate towards (as from EL84, 300B in particular, and some 6L6 tube-based amplifiers), this racy-red Swiss powerhouse sounded far closer to the type of...
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Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

May 13, 2016
Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

Paul Seydor has posted a review of the Benchmark AHB2 amplifier ($2995) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Because accuracy allied to absolutely reliable performance is the goal of all the Benchmarks, they are not products that tend to attract cults or other sorts of starry-eyed enthusiasts, wholly lacking any of the quirks, foibles,...
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German Physiks Limited 11 Loudspeaker

May 13, 2016
German Physiks Limited 11 Loudspeaker

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the German Physiks Limited 11 loudspeakers ($/pair) at Hi-Fi Seneses. His conclusions: “The Limited 11 is an omnidirectional speaker that you must try. Don’t judge by its size and you will be surprised that it can play loud without distortion as it fills up your bigger room...
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Bryston 4B SST3 Power Amplifier

May 13, 2016
Bryston 4B SST3 Power Amplifier

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the Bryston 4B SST3 at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the Bryston 4B Cubed in its own right and when paired with its own family members it absolutely shines. Its ravenous power, expert control and amazing delivery makes this an amplifier which is far more...
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Totem Wind Loudspeaker

May 12, 2016
Totem Wind Loudspeaker

Michael Yap has posted a review of the Totem Wind loudspeakers ($13,995/pair) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “With it, the Wind isn’t laidback or in-your-face, but rather it is there at the sweet spot, just right where you want it, making the sound neither too far or too close to you. Vocals and synthesizers...
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AURALiC VEGA DAC

May 12, 2016
AURALiC VEGA DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DAC ($3495) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “I had tried several DAC in the past and Auralic Vega is considerably one of the most value for money (VFM) choice with respect to its various features. From filters, clocks settings, upsampling and many more that...
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AURALiC Aries Mini Wireless Streaming Node

May 12, 2016
AURALiC Aries Mini Wireless Streaming Node

Jez Ford has posted a review of the AURALiC Aries Mini wireless streaming node ($699) at AVHub. His conclusions: “We were astounded by the Auralic Aries Mini. From one simple box it played almost everything quickly, smoothly and glitch-free. It handles NAS drives, high-res files, Tidal, AirPlay, Bluetooth. You can add a hard drive...
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NAD C 546BEE CD Player

May 12, 2016
NAD C 546BEE CD Player

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the NAD C 546BEE CD player (769) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The NAD C 546BEE is a fabulous CD player. It’s well-built, well-designed, sounds great using either filter setting (but for me, sounds better in the ‘Slow’ setting) and has a decent swathe of features including the...
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