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Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11

December 21, 2014
Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11 DAC ($389) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “Over the past several years I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with several pieces of Grant Fidelity brand or marketed equipment. The TubeDAC-11 is hands-down my favorite. It embodies everything that Ian Grant believes...
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Audioengine D3 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 21, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable USB Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable USB headphone amplifier-DAC ($149) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “At just a single Washington under $150, there is so much to like about the D3; the solid construction, tight fit, and most of all, a comfortable musicality. I wish I could give...
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Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker

December 21, 2014
Benchmark SMS1 Loudspeaker

John Gatski has posted a review of the Benchmark SMS1 loudspeakers ($3195/pair) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “The compact Benchmark SMS1 is an impressive, two-way crossover speaker with Benchmark’s typical attention to quality. Its compact size makes it easy to place, and it is suitable for many kinds of listening environments. Standout characteristics...
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Audioengine D1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

December 21, 2014
Audioengine D1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Marcantonio has posted a review of the Audioengine D1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($169) at Small Spaces Audio. His conclusions: “The Audioengine D1 DAC continues the long line of excellent home audio products brought to market since 2002. By putting quality first both in parts and external design the D1 provides the listener with a...
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ZMF x Vibro Headphones

December 21, 2014
ZMF x Vibro Headphones

Brett Rudolf has posted a review of the ZMF x Vibro headphones ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Concisely, if you are looking for a distinctive and unique pair of headphones at a great price that perform extremely well, especially for their price, these are definitely worth putting on your short list for...
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Koss SP330 On-Ear Headphones

December 20, 2014
Koss SP330 On-Ear Headphones

Tyll Herstens has posted a review of the Koss SP330 on-ear headphones ($129) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “Yup, the SP330 is going up on the “Wall of Fame” based largely on its on its outstanding sonic performance. It does fall a little short on some peripheral issues (doesn’t fold, no mic/remote, case is large,...
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Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Monitor Audio Silver 10 Loudspeaker

Spencer Holbert has posted a review of the Monitor Audio Silver 10 loudspeakers ($2500/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Overall, the Silver 10s are a lot better than their “typical box” look would suggest: great voicing, solid bass when properly distanced from the rear walls, an engaging soundstage, and an ability to sound...
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Estelon Extreme Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Estelon Extreme Loudspeaker

Chris Thomas has posted a review of the Estelon Extreme loudspeakers (£140,000/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “But, for me, the Extremes are not really about bandwidth or the sheer imposing power of their sound. They are actually all about subtlety, musicianship and the art of recording. They are about communication, involvement, emotion, and about...
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DALI Rubicon 8 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
DALI Rubicon 8 Loudspeaker

Rene van Es has posted a review of the DALI Rubicon 8 loudspeakers (€4798/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “fter hearing the DALI Rubicon 8 at the factory I wanted a pair at home for a review and was not disappointed by the results. It produces sound effects from movies just as easily as...
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Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 Loudspeaker

December 20, 2014
Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 Loudspeaker

Greg Bowwerman has posted a review of the Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 loudspeakers ($/pair)at AVHub. His conclusions: “The original B&W 685 was such a high- quality loudspeaker—a design that picked up awards right around the world, including a prestigious EISA award—that whoever at B&W it was who was in charge of the team...
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Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

December 19, 2014
Aries Cerat Incito Preamplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Aries Cerat Incito preamplifier (€7500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Incito is a very versatile preamplifier. Every kind of music sounds professional on it. In modifies the sound to a small degree, leaving lots of room for auxiliary components. It is not ultra-transparent, but such...
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Primare NP30 Network Player

December 19, 2014
Primare NP30 Network Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Primare NP30 network player ($3750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I very much enjoyed my time with the Primare NP30 network player and found it be very natural sounding and very easy to listen to for as long as time allowed. Offering a nice variety of music...
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AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

December 19, 2014
AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the AURALiC ARIES Wireless Streaming Bridge (~€1575) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: ” Without direct comparison to high-end CD drive differences are almost unnoticeable. Simple multi-format drives used in Blu-ray players when playing a CD sound surely worse then Aries playing rip from same CD. There is...
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KBL Sound Red Eye Digital Cable

December 19, 2014
KBL Sound Red Eye Digital Cable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the KBL Sound Red Eye digital cable (~€1000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It always allows for amazingly pleasant contact with music and it never does anything wrong. It will save more then one expensive system that delivers a lot of sounds and but not music. When...
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Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

December 19, 2014
Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC

Andrew Harrison has posted a review of the Valve Audio Devices DAC-12 DSD DAC (£6995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “This DAC will not be for everyone. As a digital convertor it is much more of a musical performer than a device for providing a technical rundown on how a recording was put...
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Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

December 19, 2014
Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 turntable ($1250) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “There is something ingenious about the simplicity of this little turntable. The Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 is simple to set up and it has a simple, musical sound. So, where does the $1,300 Tri-Arts table fall...
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Marantz Releases Flagship AV8802 A/V Processor

December 18, 2014
Marantz Releases Flagship AV8802 A/V Processor

Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, just announced their AV8802 flagship A/V preamplifier which combines exclusive Marantz sound innovations with the latest video technologies and connectivity options. Most remarkably, the AV8802 features a complex build-quality with a toroidal transformer, a three piece top cover layout, all packed in a heavy copper plated...
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Kondo Kagura Power Amplifier

December 18, 2014
Kondo Kagura Power Amplifier

Marek Dyba has posted a review of the KondoKagura power amplifier (€160,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It seems that when it comes to Audio Note Japan, Kondo-san found worthy successors who carry Kondo’s legend on. They give a very rare opportunity to a very few (let’s be honest – rich one) lucky people...
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Trenner&Friedl Isis Loudspeaker

December 18, 2014
Trenner&Friedl Isis Loudspeaker

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Trenner&Friedl Isis loudspeakers (~€24,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This is one of the best speakers that I have heard at home. In terms of tonal quality and presentation they are reminiscent of the Hansen Audio Prince v2, which are still in my mind despite the...
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Kubala-Sosna XPander Power Distributor

December 18, 2014
Kubala-Sosna XPander Power Distributor

Jim Merod has posted a review of the Kubala-Sosna XPander power distributor ($4800) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “It, therefore, receives my “PFO Product of the Year” for 2014—symbolic of the BluePort Audio Transcendence award inaugurated here… conferred on Kubala-Sosna for the you must hear it to believe it transformative sonic achievement of their...
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