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Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

October 30, 2014
Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pathos Acoustics Converto headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found that the Converto was very easy to listen to over longer sessions and enjoyed its relaxed and inviting sound. For those looking for a PCM-only DAC and headphone amp that can handle up to...
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Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

October 29, 2014
Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

Thomas J. Norton has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 loudspeaker system ($4300) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “It did take a little work to get the B&Ws to sing in my room, but when they did, I was very impressed by what I heard. The HTM61 S2 center...
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47 Labs Lens II Loudspeaker

October 28, 2014
47 Labs Lens II Loudspeaker

Adam LaBarge has posted a review of the 47 Labs Lens II loudspeakers ($3250/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “t would be wrong to talk about any little speaker and not talk about their soundstaging abilities. The Lens II are as good as it gets in this area. Set up right the soundstage extends way...
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iFi “iUSB” Conditioner

October 28, 2014
iFi “iUSB” Conditioner

Lee Scoggins has posted a review of the iFi “iUSB” Conditioner ($299) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “It makes sense if you think about it. Cleaning up USB level power has the same effect as a dedicated power line and a good line conditioner. All three provide the best possible foundation. As you lower...
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McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

October 28, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Bailey S. Barnard has posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($4500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I can’t stress enough how wonderful the headphone section is—but at $4,500, the MHA100 isn’t for everybody. Those who take the plunge will have a component that they can base a reasonably sized system around. Unless...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

October 28, 2014
Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE integrated amplifier ($7995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “High-performance integrated amps continue to be popular for the audio and music lover who wants world-class performance without buying a rack full of components. The VK-3000SE is an excellent choice, should that be your cup...
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Noble Custom In-Ear Monitors

October 28, 2014
Noble Custom In-Ear Monitors

John Granberg has posted a review of several models of Noble custom in-ear monitors ($950-$1299). His conclusions: “So there you have it—Noble Audio’s stunning Kaiser 10 most definitely deserves a spot on our Wall of Fame. It has a brilliant yet nonchalant character which keeps me coming back for more. Factor in the remarkable...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “There are other commercial electro-static amplifiers out there like the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition and Eddie Current Electra. But they are all vacuum tube based products and I’ve been living the...
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AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC ($3499) and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced headphone amplifier ($1699) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “AURALiC has certainly distinguished itself by entering these markets with products that shine with beauty, build quality, and the excellence of their sound. I have spent a...
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VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

October 27, 2014
VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock power amplifiers ($65,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In sum, VTL has produced an amplifier that comes about as close to doing it all as anything on the market. Its performance, particularly on large-scale works, is magnificently engrossing. When...
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Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

October 27, 2014
Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

Gene DellaSala has posted a review of the Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV receiver ($1999) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for a moderately priced networking A/V receiver that’s a jack of all trades and will accommodate all of your A/V processing needs for the foreseeable future including expansion into a Atmos or...
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Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Power Amplifier

October 26, 2014
Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Power Amplifier

Srajan Ebean has posted a review of the Pass Labs XA30.8 30wpc class A power amplifier () at 6moons. His conclusions: “Despite its 30-watt paper power rating—and unlike the FirstWatt F5 and F6 which nearly match that figure—the Pass Labs XA30.8 really is a bona fide muscle amp. It books the requisite hardware and...
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Viva Audio Egoista Headphone Amplifier

October 26, 2014
Viva Audio Egoista Headphone Amplifier

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the Viva Audio Egoista headphone amplifier ($10,000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The unfortunate fact that many of us cannot afford it does not make the Egoista anything less than a bargain. The joy provided by the yellow beast can be matched by very few classic two-channel...
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Sentec EQ11 Phono Preamplifier

October 26, 2014
Sentec EQ11 Phono Preamplifier

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Sentec EQ11 phono preamplifier ($2500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “When I switched from the Sentec’s RIAA curve to its Columbia LP curve, I smiled and nodded my thanks. The sound wasn’t radically different—just enough to make every note more relaxed, open, and distinctly colorful. Weight and...
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Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Media Player

October 25, 2014
Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Media Player

Dave Berriman has posted a review of the Sony HAP-Z1ES high resolution media player ($1999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rounding up, the HAP-Z1ES throws a curve ball on to the pitch, but may just turn out to be a game changer. At a price of £2000 it’s an audiophile bargain to boot. Though its...
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Woo Audio WA6 Headphone Amplifier

October 25, 2014
Woo Audio WA6 Headphone Amplifier

Mark Fleishmann has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA6 headphone amplifier ($699) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Woo Audio’s WA6 headphone amp is powerful medicine. Its sweet, euphonic sound gets the most out of headphones that have an emphatic treble, though it also gets along with headphones that have an uncompromising,...
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Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier and CD5005 CD Player

October 25, 2014
Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier and CD5005 CD Player

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz PM5005 integrated amplifier ($499) and CD5005 CD player ($399) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The PM5005 and CD5005 are a perfect pair. Both are extremely well made, attractive, feature packed, and amazing bargains. The PM5005 brings to the table far more than $500 worth...
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Acurus Aries Integrated Amplifier

October 25, 2014
Acurus Aries Integrated Amplifier

Foo Marn Hing has posted a review of the Acurus Aries integrated amplifier ($2799) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “At its reasonable price for its power output, I can highly recommend the Acurus Aries integrated amplifier to anyone building a moderately priced system and looking to high-definition as a sound signature of choice. This is...
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Devore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 Loudspeaker

October 24, 2014
Devore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 Loudspeaker

Ken Micallef has posted a review of the Devore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 loudspeakers ($8400/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I toss around a lot of adjectives in trying to adequately describe my listening experience with the DeVore Fidelity O/93s. A special speaker, one with richness, punch, finesse and clarity (there I go again); the...
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Vermouth Red Velvet Power Cable

October 24, 2014
Vermouth Red Velvet Power Cable

WL Low has posted a review of the Vermouth Red Velvet power cable (~$500) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “here’s hardly anything out there in hifi today that’ll put a smile back in to one’s face for the little pittance of asking price, nothing else comes close giving this kind of bang for buck pleasure....
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