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Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus Interconnects

Christian Punter has posted a review of the Mad Scientist HAC and HAC Plus interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “With superbly transparent sounding cables, oftentimes the price to pay is a less forgiving nature and/or lack of substance or body. Not so with the Mad Scientist cables. Without sounding clinical or deprived of...
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Daniel Hertz 2-C Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Daniel Hertz 2-C Interconnects

Chrisiaan Punter has posted a review of the Daniël Hertz 2-C interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “These are highly revealing speakers that with the wrong cables can become unpleasant in the upper midrange and lower treble. These interlinks don’t detract from the horns’ inherent resolution yet will never provoke them.” You can read...
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Straight Wire Crescendo II Interconnects

May 5, 2016
Straight Wire Crescendo II Interconnects

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Straight Wire Crescendo II interconnects at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “Like the aforementioned Cardas, this Straight Wire sort of represents the sound as I came to like it in the 90’s, when Krell, Levinson, Wadia et all were popular and although the use of this cable...
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Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

May 5, 2016
Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Meridian 818v3 digital preamplifier, MC200 music server, and DSP5200 SE loudspeakers at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “he Meridian 818v3 is a superb machine. Even in plain DAC-guise it is up there with the best DACs I have heard. But add in its preamp facilities, Sooloos/Roon compatibility,...
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Excite X18 Loudspeaker

May 5, 2016
Excite X18 Loudspeaker

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Excite X18 loudspeakers (£1195/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “This may come as a shock to long time Dynaudio users, for the new standard has more emphasis on the midrange and less on the amount of bass energy, but the higher notes are still detailed...
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Fono Acustica Virtuoso Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords

May 5, 2016
Fono Acustica Virtuoso Interconnects, Speaker Cables, and Power Cords

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Fono Acustica Virtuoso interconnects (€14,000), speaker cables (€43,900), and power cords (€12,000) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “For those of a more artistic bent, who want to engage with music rather than analyze it, Fono Acustica’s Virtuoso cables’ combination of musical and emotional drama, weight,...
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Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

May 5, 2016
Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

Keith Howard has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones (£410) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Would Gok Wan be seen wearing the Pryma? I imagine he would because it is, undeniably, a fashion icon in the making – one which makes other ‘designer’ ’phones look crass or plain...
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Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

May 5, 2016
Audio Research Reference 6 Preamplifier

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference 6 preamplifier (£12,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: Audio Research has never put a foot wrong with its Reference models. I’ve played with most, and must admit that some stand out more than others. The REF 6, I believe, will...
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Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

May 5, 2016
Ortofon 2M Black Phono Cartridge

Graeme Budd has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Black phono cartridge (€600) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “At this price the direct MM competitors have to be the Reson Reca and Audio Note IQ2 (both Goldring 1000 series based and 600€). Having lived with and enjoyed the Reca for many years I’d...
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Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

May 4, 2016
Sonus Faber Pryma Headphones

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Sonus Faber Pryma headphones ($499-$599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The Pryma looks very posh and upper class and for the first time, I can recommend a flashy looking headphone to people interested in something that also sounds good too. This is an almost unheard of combination...
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KEF M400 Headphones

May 4, 2016
KEF M400 Headphones

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the KEF M400 headphones ($250) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “All in all, the M400 sounds refined and clear, with bass that is definitely goosed up just a tad. I’m not normally a fan of overemphasized bass, but it’s done tastefully here on the M400, and...
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Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

May 3, 2016
Aerial Acoustics 7T Loudspeaker

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Aerial Acoustics 7T loudspeakers ($9850/pair) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “The Aerials are great when they reproduce the low range, that results deep and exact and the stated frequency response is easily reached. The sound pressure is now very high but these T7s are not in...
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TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

May 3, 2016
TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501HR digital player ($850) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Great looks and a balanced sound output that’s fun to listen to make this DSD CD spinner a great player to invest in when building either a humble high end desktop rig or even a full blown...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Monoblock Amplifier

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Goldmund Telos 360 universal monoblock amplifier (€36,300) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “Final judgment falls into the domain of people in search of proper balance of performance, luxury and specific sonic virtues. The Goldmund Telos 360 Universal Mono Amplifiers sums up with the self contained...
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Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

May 2, 2016
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2 Headphone Amplifier

Jack Skowron has posted a review of the MicroZOTL 2 headphone amplifier ($1100) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So, while this is certainly not an inexpensive amp, I believe it does deliver good value, being a really fine sounding headphone amp in an attractive package. T If you’re in the market for an amp in...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

May 1, 2016
Verity Audio Sarastro IIS Loudspeaker

Dirk Sommer has posted a review of the Verity Audio Sarastro IIS loudspeakers ($48,000/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The Sarastro IIS sound notably bigger than they appear in the room, and yet they manage to completely disappear behind the music. Thanks to the rear-facing woofers, they are an almost perfect match for my...
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Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

May 1, 2016
Cardas A8 In-Ear Monitors

Lee Scoggins has posted a review of the Cardas A8 in-ear monitors ($300) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Ole Blue Eyes is singing “My Blue Heaven”. These blue cabled wonders really are offering up heavenly sound with the Mojo, a great partner for the A8s. The A8s serve a up lots of detail but...
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YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

May 1, 2016
YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the YBA Passion PRE550A preamplifier-DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very...
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Dynaudio Xeo 2 Powered Loudspeaker

May 1, 2016
Dynaudio Xeo 2 Powered Loudspeaker

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Dynaudio Xeo 2 powered loudspeakers ($1599/pair) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Dynaudio’s Xeo 2 is a little powerhouse, with spacious sound, bell-like midrange clarity, and genuinely taut, powerful bass. Also praiseworthy are its boundary-related tuning, clever adaptive bass technology, and tiny proportions. But what I find...
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Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers

May 1, 2016
Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Audioengine HD6 powered loudspeakers ($749) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “While Audioengine’s HD6 isn’t the last word in transparency or neutrality, the fact remains that, from top to bottom, it’s a complete product in a way that few other audio systems are. It’s pretty and stylish,...
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Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

May 1, 2016
Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh Stereo Amplifier

Roger Kanno has posted a review of the Blue Circle Audio BC2K4sh stereo amplifier ($5595) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: ” In 2005, in his review of the BC2K4sh’s predecessor, the BC204, Marc Mickelson said that it had “a natural presentation that’s never harsh or merciless in the way it conveys detail.” This perfectly...
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Devialet Phantom Wireless Speaker System

April 30, 2016
Devialet Phantom Wireless Speaker System

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Devialet Phantom wireless speaker system ($4309-$5109) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Devialet Phantom is an extraordinary speaker system that does, it seems to me, fill a need for a designer/wife friendly speaker system for contemporary, up-scale home owners. But difficulties configuring the network environment make...
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Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

April 30, 2016
Clones Audio 25iR Integrated Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Clones Audio 25iR integrated amplifier (HK$8,690 plus VAT) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “To be clear – I understand that such compromises are sometimes necessary and I accept them. I think that they allow listeners to enjoy music in a deeper, more refined way as compared...
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