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YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

May 22, 2015
YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 loudspeakers ($42,800/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “This speaker’s wide soundstage, its ability to present imaging that is as natural as the recording permits, and its reproduction of the mastertape’s original depth level are all truly outstanding. Each of these virtues...
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Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

May 22, 2015
Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Clearaudio Maestro V2 phono cartridge ($1200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the months I spent listening to Clearaudio’s Maestro V2, I never felt I was missing anything. Instead, I was given an entirely different perspective on some very familiar recordings. Can a greater compliment be paid...
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Yamaha AS-801 Integrated Amplifier

May 22, 2015
Yamaha AS-801 Integrated Amplifier

Glen Wagenknecht has posted a review of the Yamaha AS-801 integrated amplifier ($999) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Yamaha have created a product with wide appeal that acknowledges legacy support but moves boldly forward. This integrated not only gets the basics right, it manages points of performance generally reserved for the much higher spread. The...
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PMC Fact 12 Loudspeaker

May 22, 2015
PMC Fact 12 Loudspeaker

WL Low has posted a review of the PMC Fact 12 loudspeakers ($) at AV2DAY. His conclusions: “” You can read the full review here.
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Marantz AV8802 Surround Sound Processor

May 22, 2015
Marantz AV8802 Surround Sound Processor

David Vaughn has posted a review of the Marantz AV8802 surround sound processor ($3999) at Sound and Visions. His conclusions: “After experiencing Atmos in my home, I have to admit: There’s no way I can ever go back to a conventional five- or seven-channel system. Furthermore, when the considerable improvement in two-channel performance is...
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Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

May 22, 2015
Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones

Jan Icogo has posted a review of the Audio Technica ATH MSR7 headphones ($249) at Headphonics. His conclusions: “While the Sony MDR-1 is the more comfortable can, the MSR7 is the slightly better sounding, better built with really good isolation. In this price range, this is clearly one of my top picks in the...
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Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

May 21, 2015
Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 power cord ($) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Overall the AnnaLyric is a no-brainer bargain and joins the Shunyata Venom HC as a personal fave. It’s a strong effort that I would place high on my list of worthy upgrades.” You...
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Flare Audio R2 Headphones

May 21, 2015
Flare Audio R2 Headphones

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Flare Audio R2 headphones () at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “I very rarely get excited about earphones, but these have become the exception. And, as a first attempt by a company, it makes it that much more exciting. I used it for all genres of music....
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Audio Technica ATH-W1000z Headphones

May 21, 2015
Audio Technica ATH-W1000z Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the headphones ($699) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Is it a good headphone? Absolutely. Is it worth that price tag? No. This headphone does not offer $700 quality. That, combined with the idea that it is in serious need of a redesign only make it that much more...
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Audio Note Quest Silver Monoblock Amplifier

May 20, 2015
Audio Note Quest Silver Monoblock Amplifier

Chris Redmond has posted part two of his review of the Audio Note Quest Silver monoblock amplifiers ($8175/pair) at . His conclusions: “Reviews are useful for whetting the appetite, piquing an interest and drawing up shortlists, but if, as a result of reading a review, you are tempted to listen to a component/system you...
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Merlin Music Black Magic TSM Loudspeaker

May 20, 2015
Merlin Music Black Magic TSM Loudspeaker

Malcolm J. Gomes has posted a review of the Merlin Music Black Magic TSM loudspeakers ($3080/pair) at Positve Feedback. His conclusions: “The TSMs give you such a transparent window into your upstream components, it is important that they also be as neutral as possible because if they are not, the TSMs will tell on...
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Raven Audio Shadow Reference Stereo Amplifier

May 20, 2015
Raven Audio Shadow Reference Stereo Amplifier

Mark Pearson has posted a review of the Shadow Reference Raven Audio Shadow Reference stereo amplifier ($6995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “This is the sound that makes you want to melt back into your favorite listening chair and forget about the day’s troubles as the music washes over you and soothes your soul...
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Skogrand SC Beethoven Speaker Cables

May 20, 2015
Skogrand SC Beethoven Speaker Cables

Dave Clark has posted a review of the Skogrand SC Beethoven speaker cables ($22,000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The signature trait of the Beethoven cable model is its ability to convey musicality, to be silent and let the connected components sing only restricted by their own limitations. To let all other noise be...
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Dynamic Design Heritage Challenger AE15 Digital Power Cord

May 20, 2015
Dynamic Design Heritage Challenger AE15 Digital Power Cord

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Dynamic Design Heritage Challenger AE15 Digital power cord ($3500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Dynamic Design Heritage Challenger AE15 Digital Power Cord is a unique and exciting design enabling audiophiles to maximize your digital front-end. Its switchable in/out active shielding gave me choices that...
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Perla Audio Signature 50 Integrated Amplifier

May 20, 2015
Perla Audio Signature 50 Integrated Amplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the Perla Audio Signature 50 integrated amplifier ($) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Perla Audio Signature 50 has many superlative qualities to offer the music lover searching for an integrated amplifier. These would be its overall build quality, selection of internal components, materials used for its chassis,...
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Dared Audio LP-100

May 19, 2015
Dared Audio LP-100

Marc Rushton has posted a revew of the Dared Audio LP-100 ($1799) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “Certainly, better results can be achieved climbing a few more rungs of the ladder, but with the law of diminishing returns in mind, the LP-100 is a great investment that allows future cartridge upgrades without the need to...
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Audio Note AN-K/SPe Loudspeaker

May 19, 2015
Audio Note AN-K/SPe Loudspeaker

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Audio Note AN-K/SPe loudspeakers ($3700) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Like I said the Audio Note AN-K speakers are the speaker that almost no one talks about in the Audio Note speaker line and it shouldn’t be. It is a highly versatile speaker. It can play with...
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Focal Spirit One S Headphones

May 19, 2015
Focal Spirit One S Headphones

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the Focal Spirit One S headphones ($249) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “A quick switch-over to the newly revised Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 on-ear headphones put the One S’s accomplishments in perspective. The P5 S2 is super easy to listen to, but Frederiksen’s vocals...
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Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 18, 2015
Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marcusd has posted a review of the Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Picollo headphone amplifier-DAC ($399) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “I can see the Picollo being something more for the soulful, the vocal and with that better bass body a superior buy for EDM. It can also reach out to more powerful headphones than the RX...
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Pink Faun 4.32se DAC

May 18, 2015
Pink Faun 4.32se DAC

Mike Cox has posted a review of the Pink Faun 4.32se DAC (€890) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “If you are in the market for a DAC that supports the majority of input formats then the Pink Faun 4.32se should be on your short list. The DAC is very well made, inside and out,...
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Stein Music Blue Sun Harmonic Enhancer

May 18, 2015
Stein Music Blue Sun Harmonic Enhancer

Dave Kaplan has posted a review of the Stein Music Blue Sun Harmonic Enhancer ($750) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “This combination was quite powerful at turbo charging my Harmonizer’s performance and taking my system to a stunning new level of musical enjoyment with richer harmonics, greater dimensionality and better dynamics. I can’t recommend...
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AER LP Energizer

May 17, 2015
AER LP Energizer

Stephen Yan has posted a review of the AER LP Energizer ($1950) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “So do I like the LP Energizer? Let’s put it this way: if it was not for the fact that I am in the process of purchasing a new amplifier, the LP energizer will not be returning...
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Pristine Vinyl Vivac RCS1 Record Cleaning Machine

May 17, 2015
Pristine Vinyl Vivac RCS1 Record Cleaning Machine

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Pristine Vinyl Vivac RCS1 record cleaning machine (£1795) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Pristine RCS1 achieves what its makers and many vinyl lovers desire, a cleaner that can be left out and used without waking the neighbours. Combine this with straightforward operation and a sensible...
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Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 SE Loudspeaker

May 17, 2015
Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 SE Loudspeaker

John Richardson has posted a review of the Fritz Speakers Carbon 7 SE loudspeakers ($2500/pair) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Well, it looks like Fritz Heiler has done it again. Another day, another great monitor speaker. This one, though, is really special in that it strikes a superb balance between musicality and resolution, as...
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Bob’s Devices CineMag Sky 20 Step-Up Transformer

May 17, 2015
Bob’s Devices CineMag Sky 20 Step-Up Transformer

Lewis Dardick has posted a review of the Bob’s Devices CineMag Sky 20 step-up transformer ($1250) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I subjectively found the SKY 20 a bit tighter/more focused and I was able to hear many details I never heard before, albeit in a very natural/organic presentation (i.e., more information that sounded...
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