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MIT Cables HTS1XLR Balanced Interconnect and HTS1S Speaker Cable

November 20, 2014
MIT Cables HTS1XLR Balanced Interconnect and HTS1S Speaker Cable

Constantine Soo has posted a review of the MIT Cables HTS1XLR balanced interconnect ($258/pair) and HTS1S speaker cable ($298/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “For the readers who have the upper-echelon MIT Cables in a mega system, you know I’m right. But for the rest of our budget-minded readers, the HTS1 series of cables with...
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Auris Audio Adagio 300B Integrated Amplifier

November 20, 2014
Auris Audio Adagio 300B Integrated Amplifier

Tomasz Karasinski has posted a review of the Auris Audio Adagio 300B integrated amplifier (€4590) at StereoLife. His conclusions: “At the beginning of this test I already felt that the Adagio 300B can be quite a nice amplifier. What I didn’t expect was that it would turn out to be such a refined and...
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Verrmouth Audio Black Pearl Speaker Cables

November 20, 2014
Verrmouth Audio Black Pearl Speaker Cables

Stuart Smith has posted a review of the Vermouth Audio Black Pearl speaker cables (£575) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “While the Vermouth Audio Black Pearls are not the absolute best at resolving every last drop of music from a recording, I don’t see that as a negative attribute, rather as a positive benefit...
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Epiphany Acoustics Atrius 3 Interconnects

November 20, 2014
Epiphany Acoustics Atrius 3 Interconnects

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the Epiphany Acoustics Atrius interconnects (£99) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “The amount of detail the Atratus III can muster up is really quite remarkable, I never once even considered the fact that I was missing information in any performance although the lower end conveyed it in...
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Denon AVR-X5200W Atmos A/V Receiver

November 20, 2014
Denon AVR-X5200W Atmos A/V Receiver

David Kumin has posted a review of the Denon AVR-X5200W Atmos A/V receiver ($1999) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “…I have little but praise for Denon’s AVR-X5200W. It sounded first-rate in every mode, and I should think it would prove amply powerful for even quite generously sized home theaters. Dolby Atmos may be...
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Astell&Kern AK120 II Digital Audio Player

November 20, 2014
Astell&Kern AK120 II Digital Audio Player

John Darko has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK120 II digital audio player ($1799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “In the safety of standalone space, the AK120 II sounds superior in sound quality (by a small margin) to its predecessor and (by a larger margin) to the Sony competitor. For this reviewer,...
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Venture Audio Ultimate Reference Loudspeaker

November 19, 2014
Venture Audio Ultimate Reference Loudspeaker

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Venture Audio Ultimate Reference loudspeakers ($150,000/pair) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “The Ultimate References really cast a spell. Listening to them was something I leaned into, instead of simply sitting back and observing. They were truly engaging speakers, not the kind for which you are...
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Bybee Crystal Series Power Cord

November 19, 2014
Bybee Crystal Series Power Cord

Russell Lichter has posted a review of the Bybee Crystal Series power cord ($1499) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “But, I’ll say it once again, this is by far the most amazing, realistic sound I have ever heard, the amount of spatial detail, tonal and harmonic complexity, rhythmic drive and melodic nuance are an...
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Arcam irDAC DAC

November 19, 2014
Arcam irDAC DAC

Andy Norman has posted a review of the Arcam irDAC DAC ($699) at TNT-Audio. His conclusions: “What’s not to like? It’s a very good DAC that just settles down and does the job. Given that the unit is remote controlled it would have been nice to see an attenuator added to the output to...
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Amphion One18 Loudspeaker

November 19, 2014
Amphion One18 Loudspeaker

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Amphion One18 loudspeakers (€2250/pair plus VAT) at 6moons. His conclusions: “If you’re a clean freak—someone who abhors bass resonances intruding into higher bands and who finds club bass unnaturally dialled up and counterproductive—the One18 will have your vote. From this follows that if you reference and...
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Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

November 19, 2014
Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Audio Research LS17 SE preamplifier ($5500) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The combination of huge dynamics and low distortion has a predictable effect: you turn up the volume. Your neighbors might complain and the indigenous wildlife scatter, but the LS17 SE offers a very entertaining presentation...
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FiiO E12a Mont Blanc Edition Headphone Amplifier

November 19, 2014
FiiO E12a Mont Blanc Edition Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the FiiO E12a headphone amplifier ($159) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The E12a also has a slightly more forward treble range over the stock E12 with a bit more extension and articulation without ever being peaky or bright. It not overly colored or rolled off but it’s still not...
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Meridian Reference 861V8 Surround Sound Processor

November 18, 2014
Meridian Reference 861V8 Surround Sound Processor

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Meridian 861v8 surround sound processor in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Overall, the Meridian Reference 861, especially in its V8 incarnation, is still my favorite audio preamplifier-processor to live with. With proper configuration and competent room equalization, it sounds marvelous with...
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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

November 18, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I believe the GEMINI will be all the headphone amp/DAC that many listeners—even very critical listeners—will ever need or want. The neat part is that, unlike many traditional audio components, the GEMINI exudes an elegant and...
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JBL Studio 2 Home Theater Speaker System

November 18, 2014
JBL Studio 2 Home Theater Speaker System

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the JBL Studio 2 Speaker System home theater speaker system ($1630) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The JBL Studio 2 isn’t a speaker series for all seasons, though it would please some listeners considerably. At the top of the list are those who need a loudspeaker...
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Unison Research Sinfonia Integrated Tube Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Unison Research Sinfonia Integrated Tube Amplifier

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the Unison Research Sinfonia integrated tube amplifier ($6200). Their conclusions: “The Unison Research Sinfonia is an integrated amplifier that provided me with my hours of listening pleasure, I could easily see myself living with it for a long time. Its seductive midrange and overall musicality makes it...
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Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

November 18, 2014
Aaron No. 22 Cineast Preamplifier and No. 3 Millennium Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Aaron No. 22 Cineast preamplifier (€2590) and No. 3 Millennium power amplifier (€2590) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “My concern here is people will miss out. Audiophiles will see the word ‘Cineast’, see those six channel inputs and outputs and jump to the wrong conclusion. Like the...
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Dynaudio Excite Home Theater Loudspeaker System

November 18, 2014
Dynaudio Excite Home Theater Loudspeaker System

Tyler Stripko has posted a review of the Dynaudio Excite X38 ($4500/pair), X24 ($1000 each), and X14 ($1500/pair) loudspeakers at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Excite X38s, X14s, and X24 made for an absolutely fantastic system and were blessed with the ability to portray all types of music and...
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Playback Designs MPS-5 SACD Player

November 17, 2014
Playback Designs MPS-5 SACD Player

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Playback Designs MPS-5 SACD player ($17,000) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The price needs no comment and no complaints on how much high fidelity costs. It is expensive but Kochs’ idea to put everything in the same chassis has made possible to have a price 3...
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Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Turntable

November 17, 2014
Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement turntable ($16,895-$17,895) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “If I had the space and money it would be a no brainer to own both the AMG and the Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement. Heck if I didn’t already own the AMG it would...
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