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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...

CES 2014 Coverage

CES 2014 Coverage

High-end audio companies are apparently abandoning CES in droves. A few years ago, manufacturers...

Meridian Prime USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Meridian Prime USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

Meridian makes some very expensive state-of-the-art components, including the 808.5 CD player ($22,000), 818v2...

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

AURALiC VEGA DAC Review

Based in Vancouver, Washington and Beijing, China, AURALiC is a relative newcomer to the...

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Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

April 16, 2014
Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Mike Liang has posted a review of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier/DAC ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As good as the HDVD 800 performs with Sennheiser’s latest headphone creations, those with older models will not be disappointed. Revisiting the older HD 650 headphones, a workhorse for many enthusiasts, also turns in an exceptional...
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JVC DLA-X700R Projector

April 16, 2014
JVC DLA-X700R Projector

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the JVC DLA-X700R projector ($8000) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The JVC X700 produces a stunning image. I’ve become a black level addict since buying my VT60 plasma, and the X700 is the closest I’ve come to that in my home theater....
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Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier ($1295) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “At a hair under $1,300, the Rogue Sphinx sets new benchmarks at this price point. Its sonics, build and feature set are impressive. And while Rogue essentially takes a somewhat classic approach with the Sphinx—aside from...
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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

April 16, 2014
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre ($5999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found this DAC to be an excellent performer with speed and definition that rivals some of the most expensive designs I have heard. When combined with the Final Drive, the Overdrive SE is more...
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Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-headphone amplifier ($479) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Although other portable USB DAC-headphone amps work well with Apple devices, the ADL by Furutech X1 is a unique device that adds 24/192 capability via USB. It sounded splendid at all resolutions, and...
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Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

April 16, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-AMP integrated amplifier and DAC ($349) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The Musical Fidelity V90-AMP is an admirable little piece of gear and proof of the old adage: Good things come in small packages. It can be the perfect basis for a great computer-...
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Soulution Introduces Model 560 DAC

April 15, 2014
Soulution Introduces Model 560 DAC

At Highend 2014 in Munich we will launch the new soulution 560 D/A-Converter. Top class digital-to-analog converters followed by preamplifier grade output stages transform every detail of the digital source material in to the analog world. Five different digital inputs (AES/EBU, SPDIF, optical, USB and LAN) ensure a versatile use of the 560 D/A-Converter....
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Digital Projection Launches HIGHlite Laser WUXGA 3D Projector

April 15, 2014
Digital Projection Launches HIGHlite Laser WUXGA 3D Projector

Digital Projection (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announces the launch of the HIGHLite LASER WUXGA 3D, the world’s first production, high-brightness laser projector. Remarkably bright, the HIGHlite Laser delivers a stunning 10,000 lumens from a stable solid-state light source, capable of producing over 20,000 hours of illumination. Available in the...
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Lampizator DSD DAC

April 15, 2014
Lampizator DSD DAC

Bruce Brown has posted a review of the Lampizator DSD DAC (€3000) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “So what’s the verdict? The Lampi is the best DSD I’ve heard. Picking apart the music, it betters the Playback in the bass transient dept. and is better or equal to it in everything else. Will I...
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Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

April 15, 2014
Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Aesthetix Romulus CD player and DAC ($7000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Romulus is another home run for Aesthetix, combining innovative circuit design, premium-quality parts and construction, and first-rate sound. This player was never anything less than musically communicative and immensely enjoyable, even in...
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Acurus Readies New Aries Integrated Amplifier

April 15, 2014
Acurus Readies New Aries Integrated Amplifier

Aries is a the first ever 2.1 integrated amplifier in the Acurus lineup. Aries was designed to provide a powerful high-performance audio experience from stereo or 2.1 sources all in a cool-running compact package. The intuitive front-panel interface provides a set of immediately familiar controls that fine tune the system for best performance without...
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Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with FM Tuner

April 15, 2014
Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with  FM Tuner

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Magnum Dynalab MD807T music server with FM/DAB tuner (£3995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There’s an old saying – Jack of all trades, master of none. The accent should be on the ‘old’. Products like the MD807T ably show that it’s time to put this bon mot...
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ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 15, 2014
ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the ADL X1 Portable DAC and headphone amplifier (£395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “While £395 isn’t inexpensive, when you consider the X1’s capabilities, both sonic and ergonomic, it must be ranked as an excellent value that can serve a multiple of useful functions in a variety of...
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Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen Preamplifier

April 14, 2014
Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen Preamplifier

Paolo Di Marcoberardino has posted a review of the Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen preamplifier (€3600) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “In brief, the Aloia is a best buy upon which you can rely to set a good system. If then you want to increase its level you have to spent a lot of money. A charming...
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Magnepan 1.7 Loudspeaker

April 14, 2014
Magnepan 1.7 Loudspeaker

M. van Casteren has posted a review of the Magnepan 1.7 loudspeakers ($1999/pair) at TNT-Audio. His conclusions: “In the end, music simply sounds more natural through these panels, and going back to normal speakers proves it. Many traditional loudspeakers now sound quite boxy to me. The Maggies also have that wonderful consistency over the...
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PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

April 14, 2014
PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter ($1895) at 10Audio. His conclusions: “The NuWave Phono Converter has an interesting combination of features: a high quality phono preamplifier that is compatible with the vast majority of cartridges available today, and a similarly high quality AD converter for making digital...
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Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Isolators

April 14, 2014
Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Isolators

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Isolators (~€550) at SoundRebels. His conclusions: “The Ceramic Disc Classic do not smoothen and better the sound, as it might have seemed. They just prevent any degradation, any contamination from vibration come to the loudspeakers. They are a very effective barrier from...
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Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

April 14, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a preliminary review of the Oppo PM-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “We’re still in the early going, here, but my instinct is that Oppo has a runaway winner on its hands with its PM-1 headphone. Give a pair a listen and see what you think. One...
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AXPONA 2014 Audio Show Begins on Friday

April 14, 2014
AXPONA 2014 Audio Show Begins on Friday

AXPONA – Audio Expo North America, April 25-27, 2014 What: AXPONA – Audio Expo North America When: April 25-27, 2014 Where: Westin O’Hare, Chicago/Rosemont, IL How: www.axpona.com for more info and to purchase tickets Who should come to AXPONA AXPONA is an event for anyone who performs, produces or simply enjoys music. Music fans...
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Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller

April 13, 2014
Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller

John Marks has posted a review of the Grace m905 Stereo Monitor Controller ($3495) in his The Fifth Element column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I am totally knocked out by the Grace m905. It has made its way onto the short list of the most impressive pieces of audio gear I have ever evaluated...
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