Web Reviews

Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

July 26, 2014
Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

John Darko has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25i integrated amplifier (€629) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I like this amplifier a lot. It’s no powerhouse and perhaps that’s the reason why I found loudspeaker matching to be more crucial than usual during my three-month audition time. However, find the right dance partner...
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Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Loudspeakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

July 26, 2014
Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Loudspeakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Dali Fazon Mikro 2 loudspeakers ($650) and Sub 1 subwoofer ($595) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The Dali Mikro 2 system offers all three of these virtues in equal measure. There will always be the audiophile who wants a traditional floorstanding or stand-mounted speaker, but for those...
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Amare Musica Silver Power Station Passive Power Conditioner

July 26, 2014
Amare Musica Silver Power Station Passive Power Conditioner

Marja and Henk has posted a review of the Amare Musica Silver Power Station passive power power conditioner (€1500 ) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “In conclusion we think that the Amare Musica Silver Passive Power Station is a (rock)-solid offer that makes life with heavy stubborn power cables a lot easier. Its electrical qualities...
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Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

July 26, 2014
Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 tonearm cable ($325) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “This cable offers a big sound, meaning that it supports a huge soundstage, with both width and height. Vocals sound very upfront, both as part of the perceived stage and in terms of their relation to the...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

July 25, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

Frank Alles has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC ($6000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “After listening to the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC for the past few months it is my opinion that DirectStream represents a new benchmark in audio reproduction. Notice that I didn’t say “digital audio reproduction.”...
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German HighEnd LGS Speaker Cables

July 25, 2014
German HighEnd LGS Speaker Cables

Jorg Damus has posted a review of the German HighEnd LGS speaker cables (€2275) at 6moons. His conclusions: “In my system, German Highend’s LGS locked into sharp focus and to perfection. But—and depending on application this could be a small downer—daily use and mechanical stability are wedded at the hip. Aside from immunity to...
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m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

July 25, 2014
m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the m2Tech hiFace USB DAC ($) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “I’m calling out the hiface DAC as a better match (over the Cypher Labs gold brick) for two-channel rigs, particularly those in need of a bit of pep and pepper. It’s a natty, wallet-friendly way...
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Oppo PM-1 Headphones

July 25, 2014
Oppo PM-1 Headphones

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Oppo PM-1 headphones ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “If you are looking for the most revealing, highest resolution headphone regardless of fit or amplifier compatibility, the Oppo PM-1 will probably not make it on your short list. However, if you want easy-to-drive, ruggedly constructed headphones that...
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Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable

July 25, 2014
Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable ($250) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “The AT-LP120-USB is extremely well made, packaged and presented equally well, including excellent instructions for both vinyl playback and computer interface, and with its generous accessories should make casual vinyl spinners very happy with their purchase.” You...
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Focal Alpha 50 Active Monitor Loudspeakers

July 25, 2014
Focal Alpha 50 Active Monitor Loudspeakers

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Focal Alpha 50 active monitor loudspeakers ($599/pair) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Neither of the smaller speakers I mentioned can match the Alpha 50′s sheer brute force. If you are looking for a desktop speaker in the $600 range and you want them to fill your space...
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Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

July 24, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

John Atkinson and Sam Tellig have posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. Their conclusions: ST: “My head is spinning. I haven’t even opened the 23-CD Leon Fleisher box. Compared to the V-DAC II, the V90 DAC offers still greater low-level resolution, superior dynamics, and fatigue-free listening. It does space...
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Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil Cartridge

July 24, 2014
Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil Cartridge

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the Ikeda Sound Lab 9 TS Moving Coil cartridge ($2800) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Back in the days of vinyl glory Ikeda and Fidelity Research built reputations for low distortion, natural sounding cartridges. The humble PMC-1 did not make a bad impression playing...
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iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

July 24, 2014
iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/headphone amplifier (£165) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “n sum, when paired with appropriately revealing, accurate, and high-sensitivity transducers, the affordable Nano iDSD DAC/amp provides an amazingly versatile and sonically sophisticated high-end solution. The only caveat is that, for best results, you...
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HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

July 24, 2014
HiFiMAN HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones

Chris Martens has posted an initial review of the HiFiMAN HE-560 planar magnetic headphones ($899) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The HE-560 strikes me, even at this early stage, to offer excellent value for money. It really does combine some of the best sonic aspects of the critically acclaimed HE-500 and HE-6, but in a...
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Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

July 24, 2014
Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier

Piero Gabucci has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P 5 preamplifier ($1095) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “In one box you get all the analog and digital you need and there are very few preamps, DACs or combination(s) out there that the affordable P 5 stands out....
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Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3

July 24, 2014
Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Genesis Loudspeakers 5.3 ($30,000/pair) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Audiophiles wax poetic about neutrality, about transparency, about tactility. But this is the closest I’ve gotten. An incredible achievement. I only wish it was less expensive. Clearly, I’m going to have to sell the...
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Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart Phono Cartridge

July 24, 2014
Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart Phono Cartridge

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Kiseki N.O.S. Purpleheart phono cartridge at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “Some people may think that all the cartridges I have tested lately were fine. Well yes, it is very hard to express with words what ears hear. It is also true that all the prices are...
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Siltech SAGA System

July 23, 2014
Siltech SAGA System

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Siltech SAGA System ($112,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Siltech SAGA System is not only engineered like nothing else; it sounds like nothing else—or at least nothing else I’ve heard. With its unique blend of tube-like bloom, three-dimensionality, and naturalness of...
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CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

July 23, 2014
CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

Marshall Knack has posted a review of the CH Precision C1 preamplifier/DAC ($32,975), D1 SACD transport ($37,750), and X1 power supply ($14,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The D1/C1, especially with the X1 in line, did not behave like any digital I’ve encountered. Neutral, exciting, fast, tons of detail, yet musical in a way...
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Antipodes Reference Jumpers

July 23, 2014
Antipodes Reference Jumpers

Martin Appel has posted a review of the Antipodes Audio Reference jumpers at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “I could go on about the equal treatment to all frequencies or the wonderful presentation of voices and instruments, but I think you get the picture. I know I did. If you’re in need of jumpers for your...
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