Web Reviews

Blumenstein Audio 2.2-Channel Loudspeaker System

March 28, 2015
Blumenstein Audio 2.2-Channel Loudspeaker System

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Blumenstein Audio 2.2-channel loudspeaker system ($1800) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “But with the right recording, these speakers will not only shine but also make you appreciate the journey more than you ever thought possible, especially for the price. If you’ve never had the single-driver experience, I...
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Sadurni Acoustics Staccato Loudspeakers

March 28, 2015
Sadurni Acoustics Staccato Loudspeakers

Laurence A. Borden has posted the first part of his review of the Sadurni Acoustics Staccato loudspeakers ($40,000) at Dagogo. His comments: “The horn itself is a wonder to behold; it is made entirely by hand in Jorge’s shop, and is constructed from a series of concentric MDF rings which are first cut, then...
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Merrill Audio Thor Monoblock Amplifier

March 28, 2015
Merrill Audio Thor Monoblock Amplifier

Todd Bromgard has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Thor monoblock amplifier ($4500/pair) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “Merrill Audio Thor Monoblock Power Ampliers are an easy recommendation. Modern aesthetics combined with powerful yet cool running Class D technology provides a musically satisfying experience with vast soundstage capabilities, wide dynamics, detail and neutral...
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Kharma Elegance S7 Loudspeaker

March 27, 2015
Kharma Elegance S7 Loudspeaker

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Kharma Elegance S7 loudspeakers (€12,500/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “In the case of the S7, all these criteria are manifested to an extended level of distinction, from the excellent performance in all the important audio aspects via advanced drivers and meticulous crossover and enclosure design, to...
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Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amplifier

March 27, 2015
Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Denon PMA-50 integrated amplifier ($599) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Denon PMA-50, is a true high fidelity amplifier that decodes every legitimate flavor of digital, including double DSD, and has enough digital inputs to satisfy. The fact that it offers flexibility in setup, looks...
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Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Turntable

March 27, 2015
Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Turntable

David Robinson has posted a review of the Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond turntable ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The combination of the Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Level V, the Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amp, and the Soundsmith Hyperion OCL MI phono cartridge is simply the very best turntable system that...
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Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC Module

March 27, 2015
Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC Module

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC module ($19,500) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The harmonic correctness and spectacular soundstage properties of this DAC are the finest I have yet heard from a digital product. The resolution and transparency of this DAC, especially with the Silver...
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Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2 Loudspeakers

March 27, 2015
Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2 Loudspeakers

Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2 loudspeakers ($13,000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Everywhere we read hyperbolic advertising and empty catch phrases that really do not explain anything. However, with the Alta Audio $13,000 FRM-2 speakers, this is one of the few occasions where the performance was equal to the promise. If you were blindfolded,...
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SiebeNCore DIY Stereo Amplifier

March 27, 2015
SiebeNCore DIY Stereo Amplifier

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the SiebeNCore DIY stereo amplifier (€325) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “In short, yep, it’s a rave. I try not to do that, as am always tempering my judgment and look for shortcomings. I am thrilled to have SiebeNCore’s spectacular amps. They happen to match my...
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Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference Phono Stage

March 26, 2015
Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference Phono Stage

Mark Pearson has posted a review of the Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference phono stage ($7200) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “There is something very ‘right’ about the Hagerman Trumpet Reference and I hope that those who are interested in a top level tube phono section will have an opportunity to hear Jim Hagerman’s best...
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Ortofon Quintet Bronze Phono Cartridge

March 26, 2015
Ortofon Quintet Bronze Phono Cartridge

John Hoffman has posted a review of the Ortofon Quintet Bronze phono cartridge ($839) at Positive Feddback. His conclusions: “The ability to make a direct connection to the music is what defines the Quintet Bronze, and is what justifies spending several hundred dollars on this cartridge. I can certainly recommend searching out the Quintet...
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Naim Audio Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Monoblocks

March 26, 2015
Naim Audio Statement NAC S1 Preamplifier and NAP S1 Monoblocks

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Naim Audio Statement NAC S1 preamplifier ($76,000) NAP S1 monoblocks ($133,666/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusion: “One could, for example, bring to the Studio Focal-JMLab Grande Utopia EM loudspeakers and Naim Statement NAP S1 amplifier. Would any other amplifier do justice to such music? Today,...
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Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior and MiniMax DAC Supreme

March 26, 2015
Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior and MiniMax DAC Supreme

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior ($850) and MiniMax DAC Supreme ($1350) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “This is precisely what an outstanding product is supposed to do, perform at a level that makes us think it would be absurd to spend more. It should make us so...
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Portaphile Micro Portable Headphone Amplifier

March 26, 2015
Portaphile Micro Portable Headphone Amplifier

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Portaphile Micro portable headphone amplifier ($499) at Headfonics. His conclusions: ” I would absolutely recommend it at this price point if you want that middle ground, can do anything type of a portable amplifier. Good job, Portaphile! This one is a keeper and is easily one...
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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones

March 26, 2015
Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones

Jerry Del Colliano has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones ($499) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “Bowers & Wilkins has found the sweet spot with the P7 headphones. They are comfortable, detailed, dynamic, and musically engaging. They have the ability to resolve music in ways that I’ve never heard before on...
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Audionet MAX Monoblock Amplifiers

March 25, 2015
Audionet MAX Monoblock Amplifiers

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers ($30,500/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Beyond a dynamic range and thrust power that is the envy of the competition—dynamic prowess doesn’t get any better than this—the MAX amps plumb the hidden depths of your favorite CDs and LPs. With the MAX...
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Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Preamplifier

March 25, 2015
Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Preamplifier

Francisco Duran has posted a review of the Mrgules Audio Magenta FZ47DB phono preamplifier ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “This is not a bargain basement product by any means, but in the grand scheme of pricing in the ever increasing scale of high end audio, this unit is very affordable. And its performance...
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Morel SoundSpot MT-3 Speaker System

March 25, 2015
Morel SoundSpot MT-3 Speaker System

Herb Fleischmann has posted a review of the Morel SoundSpot MT-3 speaker system ($3000) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Morel MT-3 is a superlative sub/sat set, with most of its special qualities residing in the satellites. It is not cheap, but if you’re looking for speakers that not only are visually unintrusive...
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Tekton Design Enzo XL Loudspeaker

March 25, 2015
Tekton Design Enzo XL Loudspeaker

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Tekton Design Enzo XL loudspeakers ($2100/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Today, the average price of the speakers listed in “Class A–Full Range” of Stereophile’s “Recommended Components” is over $56,000/pair. In that world, the $2100/pair Tekton Enzo XLs are practically free. Based on my reviewing experience, these...
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Emotiva Audio Pro Airmotiv 4s Active Loudspeaker

March 25, 2015
Emotiva Audio Pro Airmotiv 4s Active Loudspeaker

Robert Reina has posted a review of the Emotiva Audio Pro Airmotiv 4s active loudspeakers ($299/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Emotiva Audio’s Pro Airmotiv 4s is a superb performer for the price, with strengths unheard of for $299/pair, and with negligible shortcomings. In fact, I was sufficiently impressed that I’m buying the review samples...
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Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier

March 25, 2015
Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, preamplifier, and headphone amplifier ($1995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “And I was prepared to go on with more track-by-track sonic impressions, yet after these listening seshs and others with the Virtuoso I feel confident giving it an enthusiastic thumbs...
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SPEC RSA-M3 EX Integrated Amplifier

March 24, 2015
SPEC RSA-M3 EX Integrated Amplifier

Jeff Day has posted a review of the SPEC RSA-M3 EX integrated amplifier ($1000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “With my Harbeth Super HL5s and the Leben CS-600 / SPEC RSA-M3 EX Real Sound Amplifier the overall sound became warmer & richer, the images gained additional body & size and moved forward in the...
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Westone W60 In-Ear Headphones

March 24, 2015
Westone W60 In-Ear Headphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Westone W60 in-ear headphones ($999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “unless I miss my guess, the W60 will likely prove to be the calibre of earphone that only fully comes alive when pushed by high-quality, high-performance ancillary electronics. This isn’t to say the W60 can’t be used...
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Aurender Flow Digital Audio Player

March 24, 2015
Aurender Flow Digital Audio Player

J Loh has posted a review of the Aurender Flow digital audio player ($1295) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “The Aurender Flow may not be as portable as made out to be, but its solid built and cutting-edge file compatibility make it a worthy of an extended audition. Those who want their music clean and...
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K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out Phono Preamplifier

March 24, 2015
K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out Phono Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out phono preamplifier ($4449) aat Positive Feedback. His conclusion: “It is not the sound of modern analog, which tries to incorporate the best aspects of digital playback. (And has come increasingly to resemble it.) It recalls the analog we grew up...
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