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REVIEW: Totem Skylight

REVIEW: Totem Skylight Mini Marvels

Ironically, this review starts out with the title track from the Kinks classic Low Budget. However, low budget doesn’t mean low quality. Read More


REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson CAV-45S2

REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson CAV-45S2 The Ultimate in Simplicity

As Ella Fitzgerald’s voice coos out of the Dynaudio Confidence 20s/Rel T-510 six-pack combo, I’m back home again. Not with Ella, mind you, but the sound of a smaller CJ amplifier. Read More


The Klipsch Cornwall IV Speakers

The Klipsch Cornwall IV Speakers A Dynamic Experience, Indeed

The sun still burns hot, a U.S. dollar still equals four quarters, and Klipsch still makes Cornwall loudspeakers. Refreshingly, some things never change. Read More


The Naim Supernait 3

The Naim Supernait 3 Keeping the names straight...

Tracking through the silky, smooth harmonies of Shikao Suga’s “Kiseki,” I’m instantly reminded why I’ve always been so fond of the Naim Supernait. Read More


The Backert Labs Rhumba Preamplifier

The Backert Labs Rhumba Preamplifier Good as it gets!

In a world where many audio companies try to be all things to all people (or customers), it’s refreshing to stumble upon someone doing one awesome thing. Read More


The Sonus faber Minima Amator II

The Sonus faber Minima Amator II Small, but potent.

Breathtaking as they are, not everyone has the room (or the disposable cash) for a pair of Sonus faber Aidas in their environment. Read More


The Focal Stella Utopia EM

The Focal Stella Utopia EM One Step From the Top is Still Grand

If you’ve experienced Focals’ Grande Utopia Ems in a large room, set up to perfection, it’s easy to see why many consider them one of the (if not the) world’s finest loudspeakers. Read More


Tubulus XS Umbilical Cables

Tubulus XS Umbilical Cables A Major Update to Your Pass XS System

Damn, the Bee Gees never sounded this good. If you don’t like reading cable reviews, and you have a Pass Labs XS component (or a few) just buy the Tubulus Argentus XS Umbilical Cables for your system right now. Read More


Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Loudspeakers

Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Loudspeakers Diamond or Not, Still a Gem

Rocking out with some Slayer, it’s clear that Bowers & Wilkins has produced a winner here. To be honest, I’ve been punishing these speakers for about a solid week now, and it’s clear they have major dynamic ability. Read More


LSA DPH-1 Headphone Amplifier

LSA DPH-1 Headphone Amplifier A Great Discovery: DAC, Preamp, and Headphone Amplifier - all in one box.

I love discovering reasonably priced products, squarely aimed at bringing great sound to more people, and new people to our wacky world of audio. Read More


The LSA-10 Signature Speakers

The LSA-10 Signature Speakers Big Voice, Small Speakers

Serious listening with the LSA-10 Signature speakers begins with a quick dial back on the way back machine, all the way to 1965 and some Gabor Szabo. Read More


Andover Audio Songbird Hi-Res Music Streamer – First Look

Andover Audio Songbird Hi-Res Music Streamer – First Look Best Budget Streamer Going!

Life is good. I’ve got my head under the hood of my car, changing radiator hoses, and I’m streaming my favorite tunes (in this case about 4 hours of XTC, spanning the entire catalog) on my old Marantz 2220B receiver on top of my tool box. Read More


Esoteric’s N-01XD DAC/Streamer

Esoteric’s N-01XD DAC/Streamer Perfection Improved!

Two years ago, we awarded Esoteric’s N-01 network player our product of the year in the digital category. Now, they return with the XD version of this highly capable network player and world-class DAC. Read More


Flagship Focal Utopia Phones

Flagship Focal Utopia Phones Grande Utopias for your head

Having lived with a number of Focal speakers over the last five years, the family resemblance between the Utopia headphones and their floorstanding speakers is unmistakable. Read More


The LSA T-3 turntable from Underwood HiFi

The LSA T-3 turntable from Underwood HiFi It's All About the Bundle...

One of the toughest parts of putting together an analog player is determining what bits play well together. When buying a budget analog deck in the $500 – $1,000 range, it’s pretty tough to go wrong – nothing resolves enough detail to screw it up too much. Read More


Rega io integrated amplifier

Rega io integrated amplifier A Future Classic in the Making

It might strike some of you to start a Rega review talking about Naim, but the comparison begs to be made. Rega’s io is destined for legendary status. Read More


REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic

REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic Change for the better!

In the 70s and throughout the 80s, the JBL L-100 was a very successful loudspeaker. Having a production run from 1970 to the mid-80s, the L-100 sold in more significant numbers than any other model, and perhaps one of the greatest selling speakers in audio history. Read More


The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier More than one way to rock...

Sammy Hagar once said in a song, “There’s only one way to rock,” but after listening to the new Luxman L-509x, I beg to differ. Read More


The Core Power Diamond Power Cord

The Core Power Diamond Power Cord Come on, try one...

Do any of you remember the famous Dr. Seuss story Green Eggs and Ham? It’s about a guy who doesn’t want to eat green eggs and ham, no matter what. Read More


The Clarus Duet Power Conditioner

The Clarus Duet Power Conditioner

Power conditioning products can be deceptive. With most, you hear a modest to dramatic reduction in background noise initially and the excitement builds. Read More


The Nagra Classic Preamplifier

The Nagra Classic Preamplifier Classic Indeed!

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Nagra products. I can’t hide that from you and keep a straight face. But the admiration is for a good reason – they make fantastic products. Read More


Gold Note CD1000 MkII CD player/DAC

Gold Note CD1000 MkII CD player/DAC The Best of Both Worlds...

Even though there is a wealth of streaming options available to music lovers, the CD is quietly making a bit of a comeback. Not everyone wants to be an IT person, and some really enjoy the simplicity of putting a disc in and pushing play. Read More


The McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver

The McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver 99.99% Perfect

In today’s world, and its accelerated pace, so few things are constant anymore. For this audio enthusiast, there is something soothing, about the big, blue meters that adorn nearly every component from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. Read More


Bryston’s 28B Cubed Power Amplifiers

Bryston’s 28B Cubed Power Amplifiers BIG, BIG power!

Not wanting to waste the first half of the review with a history lesson, we’ll keep it short and to the point. It’s important to tell you why a product is worth the asking price, rather than leaving it to an unanswered question at the end of the review. Read More


REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson Classic 62SE Power Amplifier

REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson Classic 62SE Power Amplifier A Golden Child

Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson have worked together for over 40 years, consistently producing products which represent a high level of sonic performance for the dollar. Read More


The Luxman P-750u

The Luxman P-750u Head Trip

Breezing through George Benson’s “This Masquerade,” via the Focal Utopia, Read More


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