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Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

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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...

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Bowers & Wilkins Introduces New CM Series Loudspeakers

August 27, 2014
Bowers & Wilkins Introduces New CM Series Loudspeakers

The new Bowers & Wilkins CM Series dramatically improves on the audiophile-quality performance and luxurious design for which the series is renowned. Combining the latest Bowers & Wilkins technologies – including Decoupled Double Dome tweeters – plus refined new styling and an entirely new addition to the range, the result is truly beautiful sound....
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Audience Introduces High-Performance In-Wall Power Cable

August 27, 2014
Audience Introduces High-Performance In-Wall Power Cable

Audience today announced the introduction of its Conductor in-wall power cable, designed to provide the highest level of AC power delivery in custom-installation home theater, multiroom audio, architectural and other in-wall applications. “Our new Conductor power cable combines optimized AC power delivery with exceptional durability and ease of installation,” said John McDonald, president of...
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Boulder 1008 Phono Preamplifier

August 27, 2014
Boulder 1008 Phono Preamplifier

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Boulder 1008 phono preamplifier (€14,000) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “What else can I say? Well, while I was listening to music with the 1008 I was trying to imagine its positioning on my rack and how to connect it at best with my system and...
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Primare Now Shipping Pre60 Preamplifier

August 27, 2014
Primare Now Shipping Pre60 Preamplifier

Introduction The PRE60 is a reference audiophile pre-amplifier designed to complement all high- end power amplifiers but chiefly as a companion to its matching A60 UFPD power amp. With these new components Primare reclaims its presence in the high-end music system market, reprising the iconic designs of previous decades with ravishing new separates, complete...
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Goldmund Launches Metis Tower Wireless Loudspeakers

August 27, 2014
Goldmund Launches Metis Tower Wireless Loudspeakers

Slim and extremely elegant with its engraved gold plated top, the Metis Tower answers the increasing demand for active wireless speakers. It completes the large range of Goldmund speakers as a lifestyle model and can fit any interior. It is the first “tower style” speaker by Goldmund but it maintains the company’s look thanks...
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Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblock Amplifier

August 27, 2014
Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblock Amplifier

Andre Marc hs posted a review of the Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino monoblock amplifiers ($4000/pair) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “If your system needs a kick in the pants, the Maraschinos will deliver. They make our reference system come alive. It is like cleaning a dirty windshield to get a better view of the...
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47 Laboratory’s Model 4730 Midnight Blue Stereo FM Tuner

August 27, 2014
47 Laboratory’s Model 4730 Midnight Blue Stereo FM Tuner

Art Dudley has posted a review of the 47 Laboratory’s Model 4730 Midnight Blue stereo FM tuner ($1500) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Yes, everything distorts, and different things present different kinds of distortion. To accept or even embrace distortion is not to love it, but rather to understand that the...
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Tabula Rasa High-End Hi-Fi Furniture Now Available Direct

August 26, 2014
Tabula Rasa High-End Hi-Fi Furniture Now Available Direct

German hi-fi furniture brand Tabula Rasa is now available for direct purchase in the UK as well as across the EU. Already reputed in its native Germany for combining technical excellence with timeless beauty, Tabula Rasa hi-fi furniture is stunningly beautiful to the ear, to the eye and to the touch. Every item in...
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Goldman Intoduces Prologos Plus Loudspeakers

August 26, 2014
Goldman Intoduces Prologos Plus Loudspeakers

In order to push performance above the Prologos, Goldmund created the Prologos Plus, using the same frame and general construction, but slightly higher in size. To achieve an even more extended response in the low frequencies, a third way has been added to the Prologos 2-way topology, using a 7” Woofer of extreme linearity....
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

August 26, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC ($6000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Whether you’re a rabid DSD fan, or have strong convictions that PCM is the only way to go, PS Audio’s goal for the DirectStream DAC was to make both types of recordings sound as...
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Procella Audio Expands Offerings to P5 Speaker and P12 Active Subwoofer

August 26, 2014
Procella Audio Expands Offerings to  P5 Speaker and P12 Active Subwoofer

Procella Audio, manufacturer of high-performance high-definition speaker systems for home and professional cinema and music applications, announced today that initial shipments of two new loudspeakers will take place in September 2014. The P5 is a compact, high-output two-way design that brings Procella performance to a new price level. The speaker features a pro audio...
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Primare Now Shipping A60 Reference Power Amplifier

August 26, 2014
Primare Now Shipping A60 Reference Power Amplifier

Introduction The A60 is a reference audiophile, fully balanced 2 x 250W UFPD stereo power amplifier designed to complement all high-end pre-amplifiers but chiefly as a companion to its matching PRE60 pre-amplifier. With the 60 series components, Primare reclaims its presence in the high-end music system market, reprising the iconic designs of previous decades...
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X-LS Encore Loudspeaker

August 26, 2014
X-LS Encore Loudspeaker

Sujesh Pavithran has posted a review of the X-LS Encore loudspeakers (RM1290/pair) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “It didn’t take me too many hours of listening to be convinced that the X-LS Encore was capable of competing well ahead of its price category. If you’re putting together a mid-level system, these are speakers you can...
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Zu Cartridges Back in Stock

August 25, 2014
Zu Cartridges Back in Stock

Finally, get your hands on one. Sure we think this is (one of) the best phono pickups ever; but so what, do you? We offer a 60-day satisfaction-or-money-back guarantee complete with free return shipping. “But this is a phono cartridge, no one does that.” Zu does, on everything we make and sell, and while...
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USB Cable Shootout

August 25, 2014
USB Cable Shootout

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a shootout of USB cables. The ultimate winner was the Chord Signature Tuned Aray. You can read the full review here.
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Vibex Alhambra AC Power Conditioner

August 25, 2014
Vibex Alhambra AC Power Conditioner

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Vibex Alhambra AC power conditioner (€1600) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Regardless where in this picture you come down, it’s undeniable that power delivery has a profound effect on the feel and gestalt of our playback once the signal-path hardware has been addressed to our ability and...
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Vermouth Audio Launches Black Pearl Loudspeaker Cable

August 24, 2014
Vermouth Audio Launches Black Pearl Loudspeaker Cable

State of perfection knows no compensation and will never settle for less. Out of such dedication and passion we are proud to announce the New Black Pearl Loudspeaker Cable. We perfectly combined and harmonized our cables diameter with its geometry of the conductors by utilizing High Purity OCC. Then we decided to advance the...
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JCAT USB Cable

August 24, 2014
JCAT USB Cable

Eric Teh has posted a review of the JCAT USB cable (€349) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The JCAT impressed me throughout my extended auditioning period with its transparency and truthfulness. Its tonal balance on individual albums very much depended on the recording. Great recordings sounded great while bad recordings came through in all...
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Heir Audio 8.0 Universal In-Ear Headphone

August 24, 2014
Heir Audio 8.0 Universal In-Ear Headphone

Marcusd has posted a review of the Heir Audio 8.0 universal in-ear headphone ($1099) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Its funny that for all the tech being stuffed into headphones and earphones these days less and less are stopping to think is their latest and greatest creation actually an enjoyable listen or striving to be...
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Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

August 24, 2014
Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 receiver-streamer-DAC (£3000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Lyric is a tour de force for Cyrus. The sound quality combined with the feature count and sheer ease of use puts it in the premier league. The amplifier is a major upgrade on virtually all...
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