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Aurender W20 Music Server

February 7, 2016
Aurender W20 Music Server

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Aurender W20 music server ($17,600) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Although many listeners will be drawn to the Aurender W20 by its capabilities and outstanding iPad control app, it’s really the sound quality that makes the W20 special. The Aurender W20 is not just a...
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Ultrasonic Edition 5 Unlimited In-Ear Monitors

February 7, 2016
Ultrasonic Edition 5 Unlimited In-Ear Monitors

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Ultrasonic Edition 5 Unlimited in-ear monitors ($2750) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “The price to performance of this headphone is very uneven there is no getting around it. It is a $2750 headphone that is bested in some ways by a $400 Fostex with regard to bass...
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Wireworld Cable Technology Platinum Starlight 7 USB Cable

February 7, 2016
Wireworld Cable Technology Platinum Starlight 7 USB Cable

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Wireworld Cable Technology Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable ($700) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “David Salz and his associates have developed a superior USB cable that not only competes with the best USB cables I have heard, but can do some things better than all of the...
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Morel Octave 6 Limited Edition Loudspeaker

February 7, 2016
Morel Octave 6 Limited Edition Loudspeaker

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Morel Octave 6 Limited Edition loudspeakers ($2799/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “When I asked to review the Morel Octave 6 Limited Edition, I already knew I could bask in their musical intensity. I already knew they would favor the kinds of music I most often listen...
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Sennheiser HD 598 Headphone

February 7, 2016
Sennheiser HD 598 Headphone

Mark Fleishmann has posted a review of the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones ($250) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Sennheiser HD 598 is the best choice I’ve found for a home headphone user looking to maximize bang for the buck. This music-maker has a knack for telling the truth and making you like...
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Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered In-Ear Monitors

February 7, 2016
Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered In-Ear Monitors

Audiohead has posted a review of the Ultimate Ears Pro Reference Remastered in-ear monitors ($999). His conclusions: “The new Reference Remastered from UE offers up several adept changes to the three driver IEM. To my ears it is one of the very few CIEM’s that get balanced bass right, straight out of the box....
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D.A.C. King 60V Maraschino Class D Monoblock Amplifiers

February 6, 2016
D.A.C. King 60V Maraschino Class D Monoblock Amplifiers

Marja and Henk has posted a review of the D.A.C. King 60V Maraschino Class D monoblock amplifiers ($3300/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “We played a wide variety of music and tried to put our fingers on the pulse behind the phenomenon of the more analog open presentation. After many discs and still more discs,...
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Thrax Audio Teres Hybrid Monoblock Amplifier

February 6, 2016
Thrax Audio Teres Hybrid Monoblock Amplifier

Key Kim has posted a review of the Thrax Audio Teres Hybrid monoblock amplifiers ($30,000/pair) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “At $30k, It’s not inexpensive but the Teres hybrid mono amplifier brings so much to the table that, relative to other reference amplifiers in today’s market, it’s a bargain. They produced magic with every...
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Synergistic Research Black Box

February 6, 2016
Synergistic Research Black Box

Mike Girardi has posted a review of the Synergistic Research Black Box ($1995). His conclusions: “There is no other room acoustic enhancement device that I know of that can transform your listening room in the way that the SR Black Box can deliver. Once you hear The Black Box and how it can affect...
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RHA S500i In-Ear Monitors

February 6, 2016
RHA S500i In-Ear Monitors

Brian Murphy has posted a review of the RHA S500i in-ear monitors ($50) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Budget friendly price, availability at Apple stores, and an enjoyable sound make the RHA S500i one hell of an enticing IEM. ” You can read the full review here.
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KR Audio P-130 Preamplifier

February 6, 2016
KR Audio P-130 Preamplifier

Greg Simmons has posted a review of the KR Audio P-130 preamplifier ($5600) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “It’s simple to set up, simple to use, and it’s built to a very high quality standard. It was an excellent match for my amplifier and – while it emphasized slightly different qualities than my own...
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Tellurium Q Black Diamond Cables

February 6, 2016
Tellurium Q Black Diamond Cables

Frank Hakopians has posted a review of the Tellurium Q Black Diamond cables (€1160-€4900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Detail fetishism and extreme resolution fanatism are less catered to when Tellurium Q’s Black Diamond don’t exaggerate focus or dial up the bright spot lights. The finest of nuances are elegantly enfolded into the total picture...
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PS Audio BHK Signature 300 Monoblock Power Amplifier

February 6, 2016
PS Audio BHK Signature 300 Monoblock Power Amplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the PS Audio BHK Signature 300 monoblock power amplifiers ($14,998/pair) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “It may not be fair to compare a $14,998 pair of amps with a $135,000 pair, but the PS Audios asked for it. I wasn’t surprised by what I heard from the darTZeels:...
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V-Moda Crossfade M100 Headphones

February 6, 2016
V-Moda Crossfade M100 Headphones

Smit Patel has posted a review of the V-Moda Crossfade M100 headphones ($270) at Headphonics. His conclusions: “While the sound isn’t the best in its price range, it is a bass lover’s delight with its punchy and ample bottom-end. The forgiving treble in addition to its bass make the M-100s versatile in the genres...
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Naim Mu-so Qb Cube Music Center

February 5, 2016
Naim Mu-so Qb Cube Music Center

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Naim Mu-so Qb cube music center (£595) at Words and Music. His conclusions: “At £595 this is no less than a steal: as befits more than 40 years of Naim tradition, the Mu-so Qb is quite simply the little box that rocks.” You can read the...
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Benchmark DAC2 DX DAC

February 5, 2016
Benchmark DAC2 DX DAC

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the Benchmark DAC2 DAC DX ($1895) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It makes sense to put aside that, “Got to have the latest and greatest,” attitude that most of us have, and consider a DAC that has had several years...
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Astell & Kearn AK380 Digital Audio Player and AK T1p Headphones

February 5, 2016
Astell & Kearn AK380 Digital Audio Player and AK T1p Headphones

Bob Katz has posted a review of the Astell & Kearn AK380 digital audio player ($3499) and AK T1p headphones ($1199) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I regret to say given this issue and the frequent crashes I cannot recommend this player at this time. If you are interested in this great-sounding player, make certain...
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Verictum Demiurg Power Cord

February 5, 2016
Verictum Demiurg Power Cord

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Verictum Demiurg poswer cord (~€8500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “No doubt it is a representative of the top-high-end level and it matches the performance of my reference cables in many respects. Everything about it, including its packaging tells user that it is a luxury, top...
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Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

February 5, 2016
Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Cary DMC-600SE digital music center ($7995) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “All audiophiles crave a complete digital hub that can play any format from every available digital input type and storage device. The Cary DMC-600SE comes close to achieving that ideal. MP3s and Bluetooth streams sound excellent...
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Tannoy TS2.12 Powered Subwoofer

February 5, 2016
Tannoy TS2.12 Powered Subwoofer

Larry Greenhill has posted a review of the Tannoy TS2.12 powered subwoofer ($921) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Tannoy’s TS2.12 did a restrained and subtle job of providing low-bass reinforcement for my Quad ESL-989s. Its combination of pitch-perfect output, a weight and size that make it easy to move around the listening room, rugged construction,...
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Marantz SR7010 Audio Video Receiver

February 5, 2016
Marantz SR7010 Audio Video Receiver

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Marantz SR7010 audio video receiver ($2199) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “I’m giving the Marantz a value rating of five stars because it was surprisingly versatile and always satisfying.” You can read the full review here.
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Muraudio PX1 Omnidirectional Electrostatic Hybrid Loudspeaker

February 5, 2016
Muraudio PX1 Omnidirectional Electrostatic Hybrid Loudspeaker

Robert E. Greene has posted a review of the Muraudio PX1 omnidirectional electrostatic hybrid loudspeakers ($63,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In that context, the PX1 is the only speaker system I’ve heard that costs more than my Quad 2805s that I would consider buying if I had the money.” You can read...
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Rega RP8 Turntable

February 4, 2016
Rega RP8 Turntable

Anthony Kershaw has posted a review of the Rega RP8 turntable ($2995) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “The RP8 is a fantastic piece of kit, decked out with appropriate accessories, all for a very reasonable price. Very highly recommended.” You can read the full review here.
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SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Amplifier

February 4, 2016
SPL Phonitor 2 Headphone Amplifier

Dirk Sommer has posted a review of the SPL Phonitor 2 headphone amplifier (€1650) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “As of this day, I don’t know of any other headphone amplifier that is as convincing as the Phonitor 2. It can drive low impedance headphones and reproduces soft music with such detail and liveliness...
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Rotel RB-1590 Power Amplifier

February 4, 2016
Rotel RB-1590 Power Amplifier

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Rotel RB-1590 power amplifier ($) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Rotel RB-1590 is a beautifully made, sonically outstanding power amplifier. It offers effortless power, and near perfect tonal balance, with both XLR and RCA inputs, dual mono design, and no fuss operation.” You can...
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