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AURALiC TAURUS MK.II Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
AURALiC TAURUS MK.II Headphone Amplifier

Brent Uptain has posted a review of the AURALiC TAURUS MK.II headphone amplifier ($1899) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “If the Taurus is on your short list of amplifiers to audition, please don’t let me scare you off the product. After all, I think I have made it pretty clear that my quibbles with the...
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Burson Conductor Virtuoso Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
Burson Conductor Virtuoso Headphone Amplifier

Donunus has posted a review of the Burson Conductor Virtuoso headphone amplifier ($1995) at Headphonics. His conclusions: “All in all, I like the Conductor Virtuoso. The cool solid look, the beautiful remote control, the simplicity/ease of use, the extra inputs and outputs, and most of all the solid sound quality make it a home...
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Trilogy 933 Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2015
Trilogy 933 Headphone Amplifier

Dawid Grzyb has posted a review of the Trilogy 933 headphone amplifier (£1995) at . His conclusions: “I can’t know for sure but a duel against the HPA-21 should leave the 933 standing. For sure it doesn’t need charging and it’s noticeably cheaper than the Korean/Japanese deck. At...
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AVM CS2.2 Streaming CD A/V Receiver

April 15, 2015
AVM CS2.2 Streaming CD A/V Receiver

Jutta Dziwnik has posted a review of the AVM CS2.2 streaming CD A/V receiver (£3900) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The AVM Inspiration CS2.2 will be absolutely perfect for everyone who wants a component that will do everything (well, pretty much everything…) to an extremely high level of performance, but who does not want one...
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GoldenEar Technology Triton Five Loudspeaker

April 15, 2015
GoldenEar Technology Triton Five Loudspeaker

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the GoldenEar Technology Triton Five loudspeakers ($/pair) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “My reference Zu Audio Druid V speakers ($5,400/pair) are in some ways more exciting performers—they have superior dynamic slam and more top-end sparkle—but the Triton Fives, at less than half their cost, make more...
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NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 15, 2015
NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the NAD D1050 headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I was highly impressed with the NAD D1050. Throw in the $500 price tag and for me it’s a no brainer to recommend for those on a budget looking for a very natural and balanced sounding DAC....
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Noontec Zoro II HD Headphones

April 15, 2015
Noontec Zoro II HD Headphones

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Noontec Zoro II HD headphones ($99) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “To my ears, they lead the pack under $100. The sound of these cans is marvelously neutral with a slight tendency towards a polite, mid-forward character. While it bests most headphones of this type in terms...
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Furutech NanoFlux Power Cord

April 15, 2015
Furutech NanoFlux Power Cord

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Furutech NanoFlux power cord (~€3750) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “It is real dynamite, which not only releases the whole energy hidden in the reproduced material, but allows also the electronics work with 100% efficiency. This cable does not enhance anything, does not favor anything or...
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Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference Monoblock Amplifiers

April 14, 2015
Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference Monoblock Amplifiers

Tim Aucremann has posted a review of the Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference monoblock amplifiers ($27,190/pair) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “The Lamm amps are limbic-driving joy machines — miracle makers that kept me up all night begging for just one more record. These are amps for musicians, not analyticians. The M1.2 Reference is...
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

April 14, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC and digital audio player ($1295) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “At $1295 it is a solid value wrapped in a high class brushed aluminum body. It’s versatility and performance makes it a go to product that could serve as a primary DAC/Amp for...
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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

April 14, 2015
VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature Preamplifier and ST-150 Power Amplifier

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamplifier ($8000) and ST-150 power amplifier ($6000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As is obvious, for these ears (and this heart) VTL’s TL-5.5 Series II Signature preamp and ST-150 power amp are remarkably successful at delivering on all fronts—thrilling in...
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Aedle Valkyrie VK-1 Headphones

April 14, 2015
Aedle Valkyrie VK-1 Headphones

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Aedle Valkyrie VK-1 headphones (£300). Its conclusions: “The Aedle is an even handed and very capable partner with a wide variety of music and if you can live without the last few percent of drive and excitement, it is likely to be a very capable hybrid...
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Sony VPL-VW350ES Projector

April 13, 2015
Sony VPL-VW350ES Projector

Al Griffin has posted a review of the Sony VPL-VW350ES 4K SXRD projector ($10,000) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Properly set up, it delivers a stunning picture, with accurate color, good contrast (despite its lack of a dynamic or manual iris control), and brightness to spare. Plus it comes with most of the...
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PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC

April 13, 2015
PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC

Scot Hull has posted a review of the PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC ($6000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The DirectStream DAC is the hottest thing to come of PS Audio since forever. This unconventional design, even as it does all manner of violence to the heart of the purist with all of his...
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Triode TRV-88SER Integrated Amplifier

April 13, 2015
Triode TRV-88SER Integrated Amplifier

Marc Rushton has posted a review of the Triode TRV-88SER integrated amplifier ($3200) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “After quite a cross-section of musical genres, the Triode TRV-88SER is a real musical performer. If there were a weakness it may be in the upper frequency ranges, lacking a little detail and ‘sparkle’ for want of...
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Tripoint Thor SE Grounding Cable

April 13, 2015
Tripoint Thor SE Grounding Cable

Norm Luttbeg has posted a review of the Tripoint Thor SE Grounding Cable ($5500) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I must say that I have had probably eight people visit me to hear my system. With some I removed the connections to the components and disconnected the Troy Signature from the wall outlet, in...
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S.A. Lab Lilt Preamplifier

April 13, 2015
S.A. Lab Lilt Preamplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the S.A. Lab Lilt preamplifier (€6000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “With finer valve virtues built in, a transistor amp will get virtually transformed into a tube hybrid. That’s one of the established ways to arrive at the simultaneity of often mutually exclusive snap and curves, impact and...
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Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

April 12, 2015
Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

Dave Berriman has posted a review of the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (£2495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Summing up, the Performance DC turntable may not have the vibration isolation of some (often rather more expensive) suspended sub‑chassis turntables, but it offers a high standard of vinyl record reproduction, is beautifully made, looks great, and...
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AudioQuest Earth, Castle Rock, and NRG‑4 Cables

April 12, 2015
AudioQuest Earth, Castle Rock, and NRG‑4 Cables

Nicholas Ripley has posted a review of the AudioQuest Earth, Castle Rock, and NRG‑4 cables at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I’m extremely taken with this AudioQuest cable system. Both as individual cables and as a loom, they have a common aim of producing an impressive sound, but without the brightness and etched qualities commonly associated...
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iFi Audio Retro Music System

April 12, 2015
iFi Audio Retro Music System

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Audio Retro music system ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you get a chance, do try to give this system a listen. It’s full of promise plus a touch of out-and-out sonic enchantment.” You can read the full review here.
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Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

April 12, 2015
Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 phono stage (£7495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” It preserves the timing, flow and phrasing, emotional and expressive qualities, the colour and weight that explain top‑end vinyl replay’s benchmark status, reminding you just how musically addictive records can be. Facilities and...
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NAD D 3020 Integrated Amplifier

April 11, 2015
NAD D 3020 Integrated Amplifier

Stephen Meijas has posted a review of the NAD D 3020 integrated amplifier ($499) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Looked at from every angle, the D 3020 intelligently reflects today’s musical landscape. Will it be the component that introduces a new generation of music lovers to true high-fidelity sound? I don’t know, but it has...
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Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

April 11, 2015
Vincent Solidline SA-94 Preamplifier and SP-995 Monoblock Amplifiers

Kevin Fiske has posted a review of the Vincent Solidline SA-94 preamplifier (£2109) and SP-995 monoblock amplifiers (£1659) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “Look, I’m not saying the Vincents are the last word in sonic sophistication. But take a look at the ticket Joe. I fancy that like me, at that price, you’ll find it...
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Blue Circle Audio PLC Thingee FX2 with X0e Power Conditioner

April 11, 2015
Blue Circle Audio PLC Thingee FX2 with X0e Power Conditioner

Eric Hetherington has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio PLC Thingee FX2 with X0e power conditioner ($495) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “How good a value the Thingee FX2 is, then, will vary along three lines that are not easily generalized: location, application and value. My experience did convince me that...
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La Rosita Maverick Integrated Amplifier

April 11, 2015
La Rosita Maverick Integrated Amplifier

Martin Mertens has posted a review of the La Rosita Maverick integrated amplifier (€6290) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Not only technically but sonically La Rosita’s Maverick Mk2 is different and clearly enriches its price range of amplifier options. In the outer bands the amp is very disciplined and avoids any excess. Consequently it seems...
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