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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

Siltech SAGA System

July 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA System

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA System ($112,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Siltech SAGA System is not only engineered like nothing else; it sounds like nothing else—or at least nothing else I’ve heard. With its unique blend of tube-like bloom, three-dimensionality, and naturalness of...
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Denon Debuts New Audio Video Receivers with Dolby Atmos

July 23, 2014
Denon Debuts New Audio Video Receivers with Dolby Atmos

Denon, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, is thrilled to announce two additions to its new line of X Series Network AV Receivers. Born from last year’s highly acclaimed series, the AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W delivers even more outstanding features and the finest in Denon audio quality for the most...
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CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

July 23, 2014
CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

Marshall Knack has posted a review of the CH Precision C1 preamplifier/DAC ($32,975), D1 SACD transport ($37,750), and X1 power supply ($14,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The D1/C1, especially with the X1 in line, did not behave like any digital I’ve encountered. Neutral, exciting, fast, tons of detail, yet musical in a way...
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Antipodes Reference Jumpers

July 23, 2014
Antipodes Reference Jumpers

Martin Appel has posted a review of the Antipodes Audio Reference jumpers at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “I could go on about the equal treatment to all frequencies or the wonderful presentation of voices and instruments, but I think you get the picture. I know I did. If you’re in need of jumpers for your...
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Bache Audio 001 Loudspeaker

July 23, 2014
Bache Audio 001 Loudspeaker

Laurence Borden has posted a review of the Bache Audio 001 loudspeakers ($10,000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “There are many speakers in the $10,000 range. However, only a handful (to the best of my knowledge) are based around a wideband driver, and offer the benefits of a powered woofer. Those who favor such a...
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Focal Grande Utopia EM Loudspeaker

July 23, 2014
Focal Grande Utopia EM Loudspeaker

John Bamford has posted a review of the Focal Grande Utopia EM loudspeakers ($180,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Any loudspeaker this expensive has to be compared with its peers – which is something any prospective purchaser would endeavour to do when about to spend as much as a house on...
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Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

July 23, 2014
Manley Neo-Classic 500 Monoblock Amplifiers

Roberto Rocchi has posted a review of the Manley Neo-Classic 500 monoblock amplifiers (€17,100/pair) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “Well, guys what a sound! Great listening experience. After years of passion and professionalism on the field I still get involved in trying to find the best configuration so to have the best outcome. This is...
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Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

July 23, 2014
Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

Lieven has posted a review of the Astel&Kern AK120II ($1699) and AK240 ($2499) digital audio players at Headfonia. His conclusions: ” It’s obvious I don’t like everything about the AKs but in the end I really love how they sound. Plug in your headphone, push play, close your eyes and dream away. Yes, they...
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Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

July 23, 2014
Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

Marc Michelson has posted a review of the Ayre DX-5 DSD universal Blu-ray player ($10,950). His conclusions: “As Tampa Red put it, “You can’t get that stuff no more” — the DX-5 DSD has been discontinued. You can buy Ayre’s QB-9 DSD DAC or the rare used DX-5 and have Ayre update it, the...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

July 22, 2014
Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Power Amplifiers

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Red Dragon Audio M500 ($1598/pair) and M1000 MkII ($2198/pair) power amplifiers at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In a commercial world where too many glitzy audio products are hyper-designed cosmetically to suck big spenders into thrall, not for the outcome of sonic accuracy or musical glory, I...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

July 22, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable high resolution digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, does $2,500 bucks sound like a boatload of money now? I’m not saying it’s cheap, or, even, what many would call affordable! It’s a lot of loot. But, and believe me...
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Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 22, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 planar magnetic headphones ($1099) at Everything Audio. His conclusions: “All in all, Oppo did a great job with its inaugural headphone, the PM-1. It is not cheap, but in the high-end audiophile world, its price is reasonable, given its quality build and top-notch sonic...
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Bricasti Design M1 DAC

July 22, 2014
Bricasti Design M1 DAC

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Bricasti Design M1 DAC ($8995) at AVHub. His conclusions: “But make no mistake; the bull has been taken firmly by the horns. The Bricasti M1 is an outstanding DAC that offers generous connecting options, flawless build quality and exceptional technology. When it comes to its sound...
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Audience The ONE Personal Reference Loudspeaker

July 22, 2014
Audience The ONE Personal Reference Loudspeaker

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Audience The ONE personal reference loudspeakers ($999/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “For that reason alone it may be incumbent upon us to create a great personal sound system that delivers music’s magic and lets us store cash for a fractious day ahead. I do not...
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Capital Audiofest 2104 Begins Friday

July 21, 2014
Capital Audiofest 2104 Begins Friday

Welcome to the 2014 Capital Audiofest! The CAF is located in downtown Silver Spring, MD walking distance from Washington DC and the Metro Rail. Our 2014 event will have more of everything and will include a ballroom filled with headphone gear! CanMania is a must see! The CAF always includes quality audio ranging from...
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Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 21, 2014
Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “For the vast majority of headphones, the sound quality from iPod Touch + Cypher Labs brick aces the iPod Touch: better separation, better frequency extension, less nervy/twitchy dynamics. All the audiophile-centric touchstones are...
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HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

July 21, 2014
HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-802 portable high resolution music player ($679) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The HiFiMAN HM-802 is a great little player. It is a wonderful alternative to other more ubiquitous players out there, because you can use a full...
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Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

July 21, 2014
Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE Power Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Conrad-Johnson MF2550 SE power amplifier ($7800) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As with the Premier 350, Conrad-Johnson’s MF2550 SE’s simple, elegant, and understated design delivers breathtaking musical performance in a compact package. And, as someone who has owned quite a few CJ products over the last 35...
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TechDAS Titanium Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

July 21, 2014
TechDAS Titanium Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the TechDAS Titanium moving coil phono cartridge (£8750) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “If a division exists between classic moving-coils such as Koetsus and Denons versus the 21st century school, TechDAS’s TDC01 Ti decisively falls under the later heading. It is super-precise, ear-opening detaiiled...
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