Distilled


Welcome to Distilled!

Welcome to Distilled!

Hello and welcome to our new section – Distilled.

We are not abandoning our standard reviews, but for those of you that would like a little more than the canned press releases everyone else is posting, but not sure if you want to make the time investment in a full review, we present the distilled column. Read More >


The Naim CD5 Si CD Player

The Naim CD5 Si CD Player

What, a CD player in 2023? Shut up.

If, like us, you still enjoy the CD format, and why would you not? This modestly priced player from Naim, leverages a lot of tech from decades of producing some of the world’s finest digital players, with and without disc transports. Read More >


The Carver Black Magic 25

The Carver Black Magic 25

Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to vacuum tubes. There’s always something special about a low-powered tube amp and a pair of fairly sensitive speakers. Read More >


REL Raises The Bar

REL Raises The Bar

The new no.31 Reference Subwoofer is a substantial improvement.

If you aren’t paying close attention, you might easily mistake REL’s new no. Read More >


More Power From LSA!

More Power From LSA!

The New VT-150 rocks…

$2,499 Intro price: $1,999 (Black Friday – 3 days ONLY)

You know we had a great time with LSA’s VT-70, featuring EL-34 power. Read More >


Aqua Audio LaDiva CD transport and Formula xHD DAC

Aqua Audio LaDiva CD transport and Formula xHD DAC

If you are still committed to the compact disc, Aqua Audio’s LaDiva transport and Formula xHD DAC is the loveliest combination I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. Read More >


The Luxman L-507Z Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-507Z Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-507Z integrated amplifier marks the beginning of an entirely new “Z”series of amplifiers.

In typical Luxman fashion, they have borrowed heavily on tech from their flagship separates. Read More >


Totem Kin Play Towers - More of a GREAT thing

Totem Kin Play Towers – More of a GREAT thing

I’ve been living with a pair of Totem’s Kin Play monitor speakers for almost two years now. Needless to say I love em.

However, a recent dog related accident, had one of them toppling off the (what I thought was unmoveable) filled, Sound Anchors stands and dinging a corner. Read More >


The Audio Research LS-28SE

The Audio Research LS-28SE

Somehow, Audio Research is remembered too often only for their Reference series of components. (i.e. the most expensive), yet the LS series is still incredibly good, always incorporating the benefits of R&D from the REF series. Read More >


The LSA .5 Phono Preamplifier

The LSA .5 Phono Preamplifier

One of the best upgrades you can make to an entry level analog front end is a better phono stage.

The biggest problem you face is that nearly everything under a thousand dollars is less than stellar, and if you’ve just jumped in the pond, with a table/arm/cartridge in the $300-$700 range, dropping another G right now probably doesn’t make perfect sense. Read More >


LSA Signature 80 Reference Monitor

LSA Signature 80 Reference Monitor

It just took the first bass riff in The Art of Noise’s “Moments in Love” to convince me that the new LSA 80s deliver some major bass. Read More >


Manley Labs Chinook Special Edition mk.II Phono

Manley Labs Chinook Special Edition mk.II Phono

Many a vinyl enthusiast has envisioned owning a Manley Steelhead phono preamplifer.

It’s a killer phono stage, with tons of adjustments, and inputs for three turntables. Read More >


Lab 12 Mighty Power Amplifier

Lab 12 Mighty Power Amplifier

Don’t let the small footprint of this 10 Watt per channel fool you.

Even though it has a modest output, this single ended Class-A amplifier can be used in ultralinear or triode mode. Read More >


The Sendy Audio Peacock Headphones

The Sendy Audio Peacock Headphones

A few strums into Al DiMeola’s new live recording, Saturday Night in San Francisco is all it takes to reveal the delicacy these new phones from Sendy Audio possess. Read More >


The Core Power EQUI=CORE 1800 MKIII

The Core Power EQUI=CORE 1800 MKIII

No matter how clean you think your power is, it isn’t. And there’s still the lightening storm now and then to play havoc with your gear. Read More >


The Aqua Audio LaScala MKII Optologic DAC

The Aqua Audio LaScala MKII Optologic DAC

If you are a music lover wanting to upgrade your digital front end, but don’t necessarily want to spend $20k – $100k, consider the Aqua LaScala. Read More >


The Harbeth C7ES-3 XD

The Harbeth C7ES-3 XD

In years past, the “British sound,” especially in terms of loudspeakers, more often than not, was referring to the monitors from the BBC era. Read More >


The JBL L-100 Classic

The JBL L-100 Classic

There’s nothing in audiophile world that compares to the JBL L-100. They’ve probably sold more of these than every other speaker manufacturer combined. Read More >


The Naim SuperNait 3

The Naim SuperNait 3

Nearly every audio manufacturer make a few products that take advantage of all their core competencies, and offer so much value, they become legendary. Read More >


The LSA Signature 50 Speakers

The LSA Signature 50 Speakers

Think the words “great sound,” and affordable don’t belong in the same sentence?

Think again. The folks at LSA have just given you a great Scooby snack. Read More >