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Sophia Electric Magik Box Tube Buffer

October 1, 2014
Sophia Electric Magik Box Tube Buffer

Terry London has posted a review of the Sophia Electric Magik Box tube buffer ($2500) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “Sophia Electric has come up with an add-on device in the Magik Box that can give the owner of any solid-state system, and to a somewhat lesser degree a tube-based system, the wonderful sonic virtues...
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Zanden Audio Systems 120 Phono Stage

October 1, 2014
Zanden Audio Systems 120 Phono Stage

Garrett Hongo has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems 120 phono stage ($7500) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “With its Model 120, Zanden Audio Systems has seriously increased the opportunities for listening pleasure among those of us who collect LPs on many labels from various periods. The 120 returns to circulation albums...
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NAD D 7050 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

October 1, 2014
NAD D 7050 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Colin Smith has posted a review of the NAD D 7050 integrated amplifier-DAC ($999) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “With the D 7050 Direct Digital network amplifier, NAD has done it again. To my ears, NAD is producing some of the finest amplifiers available at any price, and the D 7050’s wireless ability, imperfect...
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Eclipse TD510ZMK2 Loudspeakers

October 1, 2014
Eclipse TD510ZMK2 Loudspeakers

Wes Marshall has posted a review of the Eclipse TD510ZMK2 loudspeakers ($5990/pair) at SoundStage! Xperience: His conclusions: “”Auditioning the Eclipses will provide just such an experience. Some speakers I recommend for comparison are the Focal Twin 6 Be ($3990/pair), Genelec 8250a ($5990/pair), Neumann KH 310 ($4599/pair), and PMC TwoTwo.6 ($5000/pair). Each is small enough...
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Brainwavz S5 Earphones

October 1, 2014
Brainwavz S5 Earphones

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the Brainwavz S5 earphones ($129) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Often, headphones that have a bit of treble boost just annoy me. Many audiophiles prize them for their “detail,” but to my ears, they sound harsh and unnatural. But the Brainwavz S5 earphones really do deliver the...
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Simaudio Moon 180 MiND Music Streamer

October 1, 2014
Simaudio Moon 180 MiND Music Streamer

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon 180 MiND music streamer ($1300) at SoundStage Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s 180 MiND has opened my ears to the small but compelling market of austere streamers, and is proof that Simaudio is evolving with the times. The control app Simaudio has developed is ingenious...
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Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

September 30, 2014
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC (£4,250) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Antelope Zodiac Platinum DSD is an expensive converter but unlike many it’s also a preamplifier, and equally unlike most it’s both highly revealing and musically engaging when fed a good signal. It also...
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Sony UDA-1/SS-HA3 High Resolution Desktop System

September 30, 2014
Sony UDA-1/SS-HA3 High Resolution Desktop System

J. Loh has posted a review of the Sony UDA-1 integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) and /SS-HA3 desktop loudspeakers ($350/pair) ataudiofi.net. His conclusions: “The UDA-1’s star here shines brighter than the SS-HA3, and within its limitations, is a great piece of gear. Together, the combination makes a lot of sense as a desktop system, but may...
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Yamaha RX-A1040 7.2 A/V Receiver

September 29, 2014
Yamaha RX-A1040 7.2 A/V Receiver

Glenn Young has posted a review of the Yamaha RX-A1040 7.2 A/V receiver ($1199) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This is an amazing receiver; it has enough features to provide you months of entertainment while optimizing the sound quality of your music and movies. Did my brief acquaintance reveal...
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Cayin C5 Headphone Amplifier

September 29, 2014
Cayin C5 Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the Cayin C5 headphone amplifier ($170) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The Cayin C5 has the looks, revision 2 now out it the market has the build quality and accessories to back it up at no change in the price. I am really excited to see people try it...
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Oppo PM-2 Headphones

September 29, 2014
Oppo PM-2 Headphones

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Oppo PM-2 headphones ($699) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “The PM-2 ticks all the boxes for a luxury general purpose/portable headphone. Though open, they do provide a little more isolation of higher frequencies than most open cans. Build quality is top-notch, and styling is masculine and understated....
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Axis VoiceBoxS Loudspeaker

September 29, 2014
Axis VoiceBoxS Loudspeaker

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Axis VoiceBoxS loudspeakers ($2495/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Axis VoiceBoxS is easy to recommend for those looking for an affordable, neutral, and very satisfying two way stand mount monitor that will fit into any decor. If you are in the market, I highly suggest...
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Dynaudio Excite X14 Loudspeaker

September 28, 2014
Dynaudio Excite X14 Loudspeaker

Robert J Reina has posted a review of the Dynaudio Excite X14 loudspeakers ($1500/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “With the Excite X14, Dynaudio has taken all of the aspects of the Excite X12 that I liked and improved them across the board. At $1500/pair, this speaker is an extraordinary value. It has become my...
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Naim Audio NAIT 5si Integrated Amplifier

September 28, 2014
Naim Audio NAIT 5si Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Naim Audio NAIT 5si integrated amplifier ($1895) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “When my fantasy ended, I realized that, at a thousand quid, the Naim NAIT 5si is a world-class integrated amplifier that delivers more audio precision and musical enjoyment than any self-respecting anti-imperialist should ever need....
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Jasmine Audio Tiger Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

September 28, 2014
Jasmine Audio Tiger Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Gary Lea has posted a review of the Jasmine AudioTiger moving coil cartridge ($1295) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If you are in the market for a really lovely cartridge and you are not looking for the last word in ultra neutrality and analytics (think Lyra) then you owe it to yourself to take...
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Audience Au24 SE Phono Cable

September 28, 2014
Audience Au24 SE Phono Cable

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Audience Au24 SE phono cable ($1290) at Positive Feedback. “Audience has clearly broken the price/performance barrier with their newest Au24 SE phono cables. No matter which cartridge is mounted in the 3D arm—the Lyra, Transfiguration or Koetsu—the Audience brings out the best attributes of each. The...
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Fritz Hemp 6 Loudspeakers

September 27, 2014
Fritz Hemp 6 Loudspeakers

David Seislove has posted a review of the Fritz Hemp 6 loudspeakers ($1500/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Alternately, what’s nice about the tonal balance of the Hemp 6′s is that I never felt like any one area was predominant. I live in the midrange, but it seems as if the majority of new...
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Bryston Mini T Loudspeaker System

September 27, 2014
Bryston Mini T Loudspeaker System

Daniel Kumin has posted a review of the Bryston Mini T loudspeaker system ($8881) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “These are, in short, very, very well-executed loudspeakers, crafted and finished to Bryston’s long-established high standards, speakers that will fully reveal what is on a recording for better or for worse. They are also...
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Artisan Silver Calbles Ultimate Silver Dream Interconnects

September 27, 2014
Artisan Silver Calbles Ultimate Silver Dream Interconnects

CW has posted a review of the Artisan Silver Cables Ultimate Silver Dream interconnects (£259) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “These cables sound lightning fast and come across as having excellent timing and musicality. high-end cables can deliver new insight in a slightly forensic way, where you know you’ve been told more, but the...
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E.A.R. HP4 Headphone Amplifier

September 26, 2014
E.A.R. HP4 Headphone Amplifier

Scot Hull has posted a review of the E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier ($5695) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The HP4 made me want to touch it, to turn it on, to plug in and get lost. That’s about as much as you can ask for from any component, but the fact that this one...
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