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Marten Coltrane Supreme 2 Loudspeaker

July 4, 2015
Marten Coltrane Supreme 2 Loudspeaker

Alan Sircom and Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Marten Coltrane Supreme 2 loudspeakers (€390,000/pair) at Hi-Fi+. Their conclusions: “Paying €390,000 for a pair of loudspeakers is no mean feat, and there are maybe only a few audiophiles with the finances (and room) to own a pair. But the Marten Coltrane Supreme...
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IsoTek EVO3 Sigmas AC Power Conditioner

July 4, 2015
IsoTek EVO3 Sigmas AC Power Conditioner

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the IsoTek EVO3 Sigmas AC power conditioner ($4500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Judging by the performance of the Sigmas, IsoTek is producing state-of-the-art power devices. If you’re looking for a conditioner to tackle the vexing issue of electricity quality and to improve the sound of...
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Emotiva XMC-1 Surround Sound Processor

July 4, 2015
Emotiva XMC-1 Surround Sound Processor

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Emotiva XMC-1 surround sound processor ($2499) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Despite the quibbles I’ve scattered throughout this column, the Emotiva XMC-1 is a powerful and flexible preamplifier-processor that is beyond any serious criticism, especially in view of its very competitive pricing and lack of bugs. Emotiva...
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Beyerdynamic T-1 Headphones

July 4, 2015
Beyerdynamic T-1 Headphones

John Grandberg has posted a review of the Beyerdynamic T-1 headphones ($1299) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Despite any misgivings I’ve had over the years, I do consider the T1, in current form, a propitious option. As always, it comes down to preferences. Those wanting a more relaxed presentation than the high-strung HD800, and...
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Creek Evolution 100A Integrated Amplifier

July 3, 2015
Creek Evolution 100A Integrated Amplifier

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Creek Evolution 100A integrated amplifier ($2195) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “t this point in my life, my audio beliefs and taste direct me toward simple, less expensive systems centered around my computer, a solid turntable, a quality integrated amp (like Creek’s Evolution 100A), and small, classic...
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AKG N60 Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones

July 3, 2015
AKG N60 Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AKG N60 noise cancelling on-ear headphones ($249) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The N60 is designed for commuter use, so it’s comfy with smartphone outputs; it is rated at 32 ohm impedance and a relatively high sensitivity of 123dB, but it’s worth noting that, like Sennheiser, AKG...
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Naim SuperUniti Network Integrated Amplifier

July 3, 2015
Naim SuperUniti Network Integrated Amplifier

Nicolas Ripley has posted a review of the Naim SuperUniti network integrated amplifier (£3,675) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I’m soon to be the proud owner of a Naim SuperUniti, and probably a UnitiServe, too. In fairness, irrespective the wifular intervention, I’m happy to make the change. It has some kind of core effect on...
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Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A Stereo Amplifier

July 2, 2015
Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A Stereo Amplifier

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the Moon by Simaudio Evolution 760A stereo amplifier ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “he finesse with which the 760A consistently balanced power, transparency, dynamics, tonal colors, and dimensionality, all against near-silent backgrounds, was spellbinding.” You can read the full review here.
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Oppo Digital PM-3 Headphones

July 2, 2015
Oppo Digital PM-3 Headphones

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the Oppo Digital PM-3 headphones ($399) at SoundStage Xperience. His conclusions: “The Oppo Digital PM-3s are a great alternative to ordinary closed-back headphones, with a more trebly and detailed sound than most, and without the big, somewhat booming bass produced by many, if not most, closed-back ’phones....
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Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker

July 2, 2015
Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker

Philip Beaudette has posted a review of the Bryston Mini A loudspeakers ($1200/pair) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “This solidly constructed, well-designed speaker not only sounds neutral and clean, it also can handle being played loudly without obvious dynamic compression or distortion.” You can read the full review here.
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Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 1, 2015
Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Grandberg has posted a review of the Parasound Zdac V.2 headphone amplifier-DAC at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “The Parasound Zdac was already a very enjoyable device. It offered a very “analog” sound in an attractive, relatively affordable package, from a well known and respected brand. The few complaints I had were all minor in...
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Hidizs AP100 Digital Audio Player

July 1, 2015
Hidizs AP100 Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Hidizs AP100 digital audio player (£230) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “he Hidizs AP100 is a solid release and given the incremental and rapid firmware updates are bringing out some really hardcore features such as DSD, 32BIT and gapless I can’t fault them for giving this a big...
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Merrill Audio Taranis Stereo Power Amplifier

July 1, 2015
Merrill Audio Taranis Stereo Power Amplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Taranis stereo power amplifier ($2500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Merrill Audio Taranis stereo power amplifier is a fine example of modern audio engineering. President and founder Merrill Wettasing has managed to design a power amplifier that not only sounds great, but...
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Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105

July 1, 2015
Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105

Lewis Dardick has posted a review of the Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105 ($1800 modification only) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I would say the MT modded Oppo is definitely a no-brainer! It is certainly a mod you may want consider, since, from my perspective, at its $1800 price tag, it may be the...
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Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p Preamplifier

July 1, 2015
Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p Preamplifier

Greg Voth has posted a review of the Elliott Studio Arts Model 66-001p preamplifier ($3990) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “There’s much to love about music played thru the Elliott Studio Arts Series Sixty-Six Model 66-001p stereo preamp. It’s quite transparent and neutral, something that can’t be said about my Conrad Johnson PV-5 preamp....
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Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

July 1, 2015
Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Wilson Audio Sabrina loudspeakers ($15,900) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Sometimes, you really don’t have to look a gift horse in the mouth: the Sabrina is the best value Wilson speaker ever – and I’ve heard all of them since the first WATT....
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Sunshine S50 Under-Boards and S4 Bases

June 30, 2015
Sunshine S50 Under-Boards and S4 Bases

Anthony Nicosia has posted a review of the Sunshine S50 Under-Boards ($150) and S4 Bases ($160) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The nice thing about the Sunshine S50 under-board platforms and S4 bases is they are not complicated to use nor do they require hundreds of hours to determine if they are for...
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GamuT Limited Edition Di150 Integrated Amplifier

June 30, 2015
GamuT Limited Edition Di150 Integrated Amplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the GamuT Limited Edition Di150 iIntegrated amplifier ($11,990) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I see the Di150LE as a bed rock starting point for building a system from scratch. Its very natural neutrality dictates that you must proceed carefully to match every source component. At 700...
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YG Acoustics Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

June 30, 2015
YG Acoustics Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

Phil Gold has posted a review of the YG Acoustics Carmel 2 loudspeakers ($24,300/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Carmel 2 sounds like a bigger brother to the Carmel, but actually it’s slightly slimmer (41″ x 9″ x 13″ versus 41″ x 11″ x 15″). The Carmel 2 is a thorough revision...
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Shure V15 V Phono Cartridge with Gyger Stylus

June 29, 2015
Shure V15 V Phono Cartridge with Gyger Stylus

Chris Templer has posted a review of the Shure V15 V phono cartridge with Gyger stylus at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “In all honesty apart from the likes of some very expensive high end cartridges I’m not convinced this can easily be beaten. Only one other cartridge I have heard or owned has sounded...
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Langer Audio No.7 Turntable

June 29, 2015
Langer Audio No.7 Turntable

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Langer Audio No.7 turntable (€5980) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “But most of all I love the direct, uncomplicated and uncompromising clarity of its musical performance, the expressive range and temporal anchor with which it underpins the performance of your ‘arm and cartridge. Like any...
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MrSpeakers ETHER Headphone

June 29, 2015
MrSpeakers ETHER Headphone

Audiohead has posted a review of th MrSpeakers ETHER headphones ($1499). His conclusions: “At the end of the day, the ETHER hits all the check boxes for me. A neutral headphone is a different experience than most of the headphones that I’ve owned. It also happens to be the most enjoyable headphone that I’ve...
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Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors

June 29, 2015
Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors ($1999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The PRM is a superb high-fidelity transducer that, thanks to its perfect fit and unique voicing (designed for and by me—and me alone), pleases my ears more completely and enjoyably than any other in-ear...
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AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

June 28, 2015
AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AVM Evolution SD 5.2 streaming DAC-preamplifier (£5100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The AVM Evolution SD 5.2 is the perfect example of audio done right for 2015. It’s a fine replacement to about three or four separate devices in one simple box. It’s a joy to use,...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE Power Amplifier

June 28, 2015
Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE Power Amplifier

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE amplifier ($16,500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “There was nothing that the VK-655SE couldn’t handle effortlessly during this review. In the realm of the reference speakers at my disposal—all with sensitivity ratings of 87 to 90 dB—I can’t imagine ever needing more power...
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