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Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC Phono Preamplifier

April 18, 2014
Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC Phono Preamplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Parasound Halo JC3+ MM/MC phono preamplifier ($2995) at Analogplanet. His conclusions: “Considering the price differentials, I again came away impressed by the JC3+. It does everything well and its minor acts of omission will not be noticed or missed on the kinds of systems in which...
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Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

April 18, 2014
Audeze LCD-XC Closed-Back Headphones

Audiohead has posted a review of the Audeze XC closed-back headphones ($1699) at audiohead.com. His conclusions: “The XC’s attention to detail is undeniable. While the technical restrictions of being a closed-back design may prevent it from overtaking the Audeze flagship in terms of air and openness, the level of quality, tonal balance and transparency...
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Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 18, 2014
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS portable DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at AudioStream. His conclusion: “If you’re looking for a highly resolving micro-detail champ of a portable PCM DAC/headphone amp, the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS may have your magic number. With the ability to play...
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Whatmough Signature P15-SE Loudspeaker

April 17, 2014
Whatmough Signature P15-SE Loudspeaker

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Whatmough Signature P15-SE loudspeakers ($4499/pair) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Whatmough’s Signature P15-SE loudspeakers are superb transducers. For their size there are few – if any – other loudspeakers that can even approach their level of performance, and if we’re talking midrange and treble, there are few...
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Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

April 17, 2014
Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

Doug Blackburn has posted a review of the Meridian Audio Explorer portable USB DAC ($299) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “It might sound as if the giant-killer AudioQuest DragonFly was handily bested by the Meridian Explorer — but keep in mind that the DragonFly is smaller and doesn’t have the stubby USB cable to...
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Aurender X100L Music Server

April 17, 2014
Aurender X100L Music Server

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Aurender X100L music server ($) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Aurender X100L is a welcome product, and I’m glad to say that all of my initial concerns about compromises of quality in a less-expensive model were unfounded. More important, my high hopes were met and...
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Rega RP8 Turntable

April 17, 2014
Rega RP8 Turntable

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Rega RP8 turntable (£1598) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “With the caveat that ultimate performance can only be achieved with decent AC, the Rega RP8 is the best sounding, sensibly priced turntable and arm I’ve ever heard.” You can read the full review here.
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Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

April 16, 2014
Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Mike Liang has posted a review of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier/DAC ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As good as the HDVD 800 performs with Sennheiser’s latest headphone creations, those with older models will not be disappointed. Revisiting the older HD 650 headphones, a workhorse for many enthusiasts, also turns in an exceptional...
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JVC DLA-X700R Projector

April 16, 2014
JVC DLA-X700R Projector

Chris Heinonen has posted a review of the JVC DLA-X700R projector ($8000) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The JVC X700 produces a stunning image. I’ve become a black level addict since buying my VT60 plasma, and the X700 is the closest I’ve come to that in my home theater....
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Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated amplifier ($1295) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “At a hair under $1,300, the Rogue Sphinx sets new benchmarks at this price point. Its sonics, build and feature set are impressive. And while Rogue essentially takes a somewhat classic approach with the Sphinx—aside from...
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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

April 16, 2014
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre ($5999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found this DAC to be an excellent performer with speed and definition that rivals some of the most expensive designs I have heard. When combined with the Final Drive, the Overdrive SE is more...
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Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-headphone amplifier ($479) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Although other portable USB DAC-headphone amps work well with Apple devices, the ADL by Furutech X1 is a unique device that adds 24/192 capability via USB. It sounded splendid at all resolutions, and...
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Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

April 16, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-AMP integrated amplifier and DAC ($349) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The Musical Fidelity V90-AMP is an admirable little piece of gear and proof of the old adage: Good things come in small packages. It can be the perfect basis for a great computer-...
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Lampizator DSD DAC

April 15, 2014
Lampizator DSD DAC

Bruce Brown has posted a review of the Lampizator DSD DAC (€3000) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “So what’s the verdict? The Lampi is the best DSD I’ve heard. Picking apart the music, it betters the Playback in the bass transient dept. and is better or equal to it in everything else. Will I...
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Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

April 15, 2014
Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Aesthetix Romulus CD player and DAC ($7000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Romulus is another home run for Aesthetix, combining innovative circuit design, premium-quality parts and construction, and first-rate sound. This player was never anything less than musically communicative and immensely enjoyable, even in...
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Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with FM Tuner

April 15, 2014
Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with  FM Tuner

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Magnum Dynalab MD807T music server with FM/DAB tuner (£3995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There’s an old saying – Jack of all trades, master of none. The accent should be on the ‘old’. Products like the MD807T ably show that it’s time to put this bon mot...
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ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 15, 2014
ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the ADL X1 Portable DAC and headphone amplifier (£395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “While £395 isn’t inexpensive, when you consider the X1’s capabilities, both sonic and ergonomic, it must be ranked as an excellent value that can serve a multiple of useful functions in a variety of...
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Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen Preamplifier

April 14, 2014
Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen Preamplifier

Paolo Di Marcoberardino has posted a review of the Bartolomeo Aloia Kueyen preamplifier (€3600) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “In brief, the Aloia is a best buy upon which you can rely to set a good system. If then you want to increase its level you have to spent a lot of money. A charming...
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Magnepan 1.7 Loudspeaker

April 14, 2014
Magnepan 1.7 Loudspeaker

M. van Casteren has posted a review of the Magnepan 1.7 loudspeakers ($1999/pair) at TNT-Audio. His conclusions: “In the end, music simply sounds more natural through these panels, and going back to normal speakers proves it. Many traditional loudspeakers now sound quite boxy to me. The Maggies also have that wonderful consistency over the...
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PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

April 14, 2014
PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter ($1895) at 10Audio. His conclusions: “The NuWave Phono Converter has an interesting combination of features: a high quality phono preamplifier that is compatible with the vast majority of cartridges available today, and a similarly high quality AD converter for making digital...
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