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Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO Monoblock Power Amplifier

July 27, 2015
Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO Monoblock Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Ayon Audio Crossfire EVO monoblock power amplifier (€22,500/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Crossfire EVO delivers an amazingly rich, tuneful sound with tonal balance set lower then usual. It is highly resolving and wonderfully defined while it impresses with a leading edge and explosive...
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TC Loudspeakers TC-Towers 1 Loudspeakers

July 26, 2015
TC Loudspeakers TC-Towers 1 Loudspeakers

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the TC Loudspeakers TC-Towers 1 loudspeakers (AU$5800/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The Towers 1 loudspeakers are a contemporary representation of what the high-end industry was like many years ago in its nascent days. They are the product of a singular vision and the result of one man’s...
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Oyaide Tunami Mid-Level Cable Loom

July 26, 2015
Oyaide Tunami Mid-Level Cable Loom

Marja and Henk have posted a review of the Oyaide Tunami mid-level cable loom (€176-€995) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Part of the fun was that all cables came from Oyaide’s mid-price range except for the M1E/F1 terminated power cord which nearly hits the €1’000 threshold. This combined with the wide range of cables all...
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Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

July 26, 2015
Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Arcam FMJ A19 integrated amplifier ($999) and CDS27 SACD player ($1499) at Stereo Tomes. His conclusions: “If you know of a music lover with a limited budget, or hell, even one with a massive budget but who also happens to be level-headed and practical, you’d be...
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Mamba Audio Powerblast Power Cable

July 25, 2015
Mamba Audio Powerblast Power Cable

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Mamba Audio Powerblast power cable (€3125) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “In fact I would call this a highly natural sounding cable and it made for the most beautiful renditions of human voices, piano and strings ever. It does tend to polarise things though, as for...
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Music First Audio Baby Reference V2 Passive Preamplifier

July 25, 2015
Music First Audio Baby Reference V2 Passive Preamplifier

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Music First Audio Baby Reference V2 passive preamplifier (£6120) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “As you might surmise I’m rather impressed with the Music First Baby Reference V2, it’s one of those products that I dare not use too much because it’ll make living without it unbearable....
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

July 25, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable (£28,898) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The TechDAS Air Force Two is one of those turntables that takes ‘Awesome’ in its stride. It always sounds awesome, even when it’s resolving something straightforward like Tom Waits voice. But when faced with an orchestra,...
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“Booplinth” Bamboo Replacement Plinth for Linn LP12 Turntable

July 25, 2015
“Booplinth” Bamboo Replacement Plinth for Linn LP12 Turntable

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the “Booplinth” bamboo replacement plinth for Linn LP12 turntable (£1650) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The booplinth represents the biggest and most musically fundamental upgrade I’ve yet heard to the LP12 – and that includes all the various Linn parts. For anybody who has played with bamboo in...
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ATC SCM19 Loudspeaker

July 24, 2015
ATC SCM19 Loudspeaker

Dan Worth has posted a review of the ATC SCM19 loudspeakers (£2000) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “It all comes down to taste, system synergy and the room and that’s why these tests are important and why successful musical happiness comes from perseverance and patience. What the SCM9s from ATC offer the listener is...
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ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 24, 2015
ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian has posted a review of the ALO Audio Continental headphone amplifier – DAC ($1495) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “At $1,495 the Continental Dual Mono is the most expensive portable amp/dac combo I have ever reviewed. But with portable players beginning to hit the $3.5 mark the move seemed almost inevitable. It adds...
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Audioquest Ethernet Cables: Diamond, Vodka and Cinnamon

July 24, 2015
Audioquest Ethernet Cables: Diamond, Vodka and Cinnamon

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Audioquest Diamond ($25/foot), Vodka ($85/foot) and Cinnamon ($235/foot) Ethernet cables. His conclusions: “With all of these improvements, across all of these cable changes, I want to emphasize that the improvements were never egregious. Yes, I believe that sound quality improved. Yes, I felt that the improvements...
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Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2 Loudspeaker

July 24, 2015
Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2 Loudspeaker

Greg Dawson has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2 loudspeakers ($2849/pair) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The Bowers & Wilkins CM6 S2 loudspeakers fit firmly into that tradition of high quality compacts, delivering a startlingly realistic performance, one so convincing that occasionally we shivered with the sheer excitement of it all!”...
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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

July 24, 2015
Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

The Poor Audiophile has posted a review of the Benchmark AHB2 power amplifier ($2995). His conclusions: “The Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier is one of the finest sonic experiences to ever come through my system. The AHB2 belongs on every audiophile’s short list. Yes, it’s that good.” You can read the full review here. You...
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Finite Elemente Resonator Reference Tuning Device

July 24, 2015
Finite Elemente Resonator Reference Tuning Device

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Finite Elemente Resonator Reference Tuning Device ($540) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “There’s an entire industry of audio tweaks that promise gains in resolution and focus. Many of the Finite Elemente Resonator effects can be obtained with other products. I’ve tried a lot. The Resonator is...
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Bybee Room Neutralizers

July 23, 2015
Bybee Room Neutralizers

Russell Lichter has posted a review of the Bybee Room Neutralizers ($1899/set of 8) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: ” The improvement in sound and imaging you’ll get for your money is worth many times that asking price. The cost/benefit ratio when compared with a new transport or amplifier or power cord makes Bybee...
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Metronome Technologie C8+ CD Player

July 23, 2015
Metronome Technologie C8+ CD Player

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Metronome Technologie C8+ CD player (£15,900) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Nothing has dropped in price like separate high-end DACs, so costly units like the Metronome C8+ CD player are almost anachronistic. One has to ask: who spends this much on digitilia? There’s...
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Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty Monoblock Power Amplifier

July 23, 2015
Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty Monoblock Power Amplifier

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics MX-R Twenty monoblock power amplifiers ($28,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “All I can say is that if fortune has smiled sufficiently kindly on you that you can write a check for a pair of MX-R Twenty amplifiers without breaking a sweat, you should do...
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Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a Loudspeaker

July 23, 2015
Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a Loudspeaker

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a loudspeakers ($2195/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I never experienced the original red-tape BBC prototypes. I can only imagine what they may have sounded like. But I’ve used and enjoyed many different variations of the LS3/5a, and can say, with relative Herbcertainty, that the...
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First Watt SIT 2 Stereo Amplifier

July 22, 2015
First Watt SIT 2 Stereo Amplifier

Terry London has posted a review of the First Watt SIT 2 stereo amplifier ($5000) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If you do not need or want a very high current/watt amplifier and have the right type of speakers that were discussed in the body of the review–and if you are a listener who values...
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JOB 225 Power Amplifier

July 22, 2015
JOB 225 Power Amplifier

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the JOB 225 power amplifier ($1699) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “This small JOB plays everything with its own personality without any difficulty – the soundstage is very good. Not as deep as I am used to have – but it is surely ample and high enough....
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Coin Audio Mansion Compact Loudspeaker

July 22, 2015
Coin Audio Mansion Compact Loudspeaker

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Coin Audio Mansion compact loudspeaker (€2250/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Adding up the evidence, one starts with the most obvious: stellar cosmetics. If one thought that speaker styling had covered all conceivable wrinkles already, this newcomer wrinkles us all a new one. Except for two small...
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Audiopax Maggiore L50 Preamplifier and M50 Power Amplifier

July 22, 2015
Audiopax Maggiore L50 Preamplifier and M50 Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Audiopax Maggiore L50 preamplifier (€18’000) and M50 power amplifier (€31’000/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The L50 is a text-book moving target. Whatever I write about it is a mere freeze frame of many possible others. Change the TimbreLock and with it your opinion. If it operated...
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Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary Stereo Amplifier

July 22, 2015
Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary Stereo Amplifier

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Margules Audio U280-SC 25th Anniversary stereo amplifier ($4599) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “As I have already said, one of the best things about this amp is it does not scream tube or solid-state. It just plays music in a wonderful way. This amp from Margules isn’t...
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Forza Audio Works Noir Headphone Cable

July 22, 2015
Forza Audio Works Noir Headphone Cable

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Forza Audio Works Noir headphone cable (€209) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Dropping 15% of a headphone’s tag on an aftermarket loom for it is perfectly sensible once one considers the demonstrable improvements our Polish wires make.” You can read the full review here. Note: It is...
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S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

July 21, 2015
S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

Artjom Avantinjan has posted a review of the S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius phono stage ($11,000) and Amati integrated amplifier ($11,000) at 6mmons. His conclusions: “Whilst appraising components, it is customary to talk of levels of construction and musicianship. For the S.A. Lab Luthier Series pair, it’s sufficient to say these two devices...
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