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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...

Daily News and Reviews

EXOGAL Launches New Comet DAC

July 29, 2014
EXOGAL Launches New Comet DAC

The EXOGAL Comet is a high performance DAC. The base configuration includes balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, digital volume control, and asynchronous USB input. Just connect your computer, or other digital/analog source, and experience exceptional audiophile quality sound. Audio signals are processed using EXOGAL up-sampling and filtering technology. The USB input can accept up...
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Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC

July 29, 2014
Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC ($399) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “This USB DAC/amplifier perhaps offers more juice than is absolutely necessary for most listeners building a portable rig around an iPod Touch or iPhone…but if your headphones demand a kick in the seat of...
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AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
AURALiC TAURUS MKII Balanced Headphone Amplifier

Stephen Hornbrook has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS MKII balanced headphone amplifier ($1800) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, His conclusions: “The AURALiC TAURUS MKII is simply one of the finest headphone amps on the market and should not be missed. This is one of the few blind purchases you...
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Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

July 29, 2014
Lab12 HPA Headphone Amplifier

Tomasz Karasiński has posted a review of the Lab12 HPA headphone amplifier ($1200) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “Greek amplifier looks great and is able to engage the listener for long hours. I was wondering what is the reason of this. The key to success is probably the fine combination of all those features that...
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Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC

July 29, 2014
Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC ($3400) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “Any questions whether the Norma Audio HS-DA1 was a real diamond or a cubic zirconia Spectral look alike were put to rest after countless hours of listening through the DAC in my system.The impeccable internal design...
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RBH Sound SX-1212P/R Subwoofer

July 29, 2014
RBH Sound SX-1212P/R Subwoofer

Joshua Ricci has posted a review of the RBH Sound SX-1212P/R subwoofer ($5300) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “Most of the cost in the big RBH is in the drivers, the cabinet and the amplifier and that is exactly where they should be. One feature that the SX-1212P/R does have is the capability to shake...
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Artesania Exoteryc Audio Rack

July 29, 2014
Artesania Exoteryc Audio Rack

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Artesania Exoteryc audio rack (€5075) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “These racks are breathtakingly well-constructed, immacculately finished and manage to hide their technological principles in plain view, making them appear as ordinary metal racks. But make no mistake: a huge level of engineering has gone into...
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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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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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Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

July 28, 2014
Audio Research Reference 10 Preamplifier

Take a close-up tour of the Audio Research Reference 10 preamplifier.
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Zentara Reference Interconnects and Speaker Cables

July 28, 2014
Zentara Reference Interconnects and Speaker Cables

Greg Simmons has posted a review of the Zentara Reference interconnects ($950) and speaker cables ($1050) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I’m going back to the original conclusion I wrote for the TF-8 and IC-4 cables: “…what comes through is a little more detail, a little more resolution, a little more information at the...
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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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