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Sugden A21SE Signature Edition

Sugden A21SE Signature Edition Class A in a BIG way...

Listening to Dexter Gordon’s classic, “GO” through the Sugden A21 (actually the A21SE Signature, but I don’t want to keep writing that) and my Quad 2812s is positively heavenly, with all the tone, texture, and dynamics I’d ever need. Read More


The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement

The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Out of this galaxy good.

The first time I drove an Aston Martin, it was an otherworldly experience. The sheer opulence of the car was equally matched by the performance, providing a feel in a sporting car like no other. Read More


The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier

The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier Go Get a Burrito First!

Stopping by Pat Hickman’s place to drop off a pair of vintage McIntosh amplifiers for his special level of detail and restoration is always a treat. Read More


Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier Main Course or Desert?

There used to be a restaurant nearby that offered small portions fantastic deserts. You could have a large shot glass full of whatever deserts were on the main menu for a couple of bucks. Read More


The world’s finest 300B tubes The only three letters you need to know

If you are a lover of single ended triode amplifiers, no doubt you are familiar with the mighty 300B. The mightiest of them all are the vintage Western Electric 300Bs, and then if you can find them, the reissued WE 300Bs that came out around 2005 or so. Read More


The Devialet Expert Pro 140

The Devialet Expert Pro 140 Still ahead of the curve, after nearly a decade

It’s been a long time since Devialet set the audio world on its axis, creating a product that sounds fantastic, yet looks as it should be on display at MOMA. Read More


The Krell K-300i

The Krell K-300i Return of a classic

It’s funny what you remember. My tenure with Krell goes way back, to the demo room I was scared to enter, where an early Krell KSA 150 was matched to a pair of Apogee Stage speakers. Read More


The GamuT Zodiac Speakers:

The GamuT Zodiac Speakers: Massive yet Subtle

Letting the audition of the GamuT Zodiac speakers begin with the Beastie Boys “Groove Holmes” is so much fun, I don’t even need the weed. Read More


The Octave HP 700 Preamplifier

The Octave HP 700 Preamplifier Reaching all the right notes

Based in Karlsbad, Germany, Octave Audio has produced meticulously designed audio components for over 30 years. Their HP-500 preamplifier, released in the late 80’s, has gained worldwide respect. Read More


The PS Audio DirectStream P15 Power Plant

The PS Audio DirectStream P15 Power Plant As clean as AC can get

Last year, we published a very enthusiastic review of PS Audio’s top P20 DirectStream Power Plant. It’s awesome, and every audiophile cliché you can think of applies. Read More


The Raidho D1.1

The Raidho D1.1 One big step for a small speaker

The opening organ riff in the Who’s “Eminence Front” permeates my listening room. Diffuse, yet locked down slightly off the center of the soundstage as Pete Townshends guitar comes up out of nowhere and the track builds in intensity before his lead vocal enters the mix. Read More


VPI Ditches the belt:

VPI Ditches the belt: The HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable

A few years ago, we put VPIs direct drive turntable on our cover, giving it a product of the year award. It was a brilliant design exercise, offering incredible sound, but VPI had some supply issues with the direct drive motor, and had to discontinue production. Read More


Pure Audio’s Latest DAC

Pure Audio’s Latest DAC Top Shelf Digital

Listening to the twinkly introduction of The Claypool/Lennon Delierium’s South of Reality, it’s instantly clear just how much music the $1,995 Lotus 5 DAC from Pure Audio offers. Read More


The Sonus Faber SE Speakers

The Sonus Faber SE Speakers Top of The Mountain

Even at a relatively low background level the massive Sonus faber SE speakers are immersive. The top to bottom tonal balance is so engaging, it’s tough to write, or even have a conversation while they are playing. Read More


JERN 14EH Speakers

JERN 14EH Speakers Miniature Miracles

With so many manufacturers of small speakers skating around the subwoofer issue, JERN (Danish for Iron, but more about that later) comes right out and tells you that their speakers are “meant for use with a high quality subwoofer. Read More


The REL Carbon Limited Subwoofer

The REL Carbon Limited Subwoofer Practically Perfect

Tracking through Jaco Pastorius’ debut album via a pair of RELs new Carbon Limited subwoofers, there’s definitely something different from the way the low frequencies are rendered compared to what I’m used to on my REL 212SEs. Read More


The conrad-johnson ET7s2

The conrad-johnson ET7s2 Smooth as Silk

The conrad-johnson team knows tube preamplifiers, with over 40 years of experience under their belts, building coveted products which improve with each new generation. Read More


The Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier

The Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier All In One Perfection

The thought of an integrated amplifier in the context of a high-end system is no longer the “less than” proposition it might have been a decade ago. Read More


Paradigm’s Persona B

Paradigm’s Persona B Bigger than you expect...

Listening to the intricate fretboard work of Bill Frisell on his Good Dog, Happy Man album, I’m reminded of three things: Frisell’s remarkable performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years ago, how much the Persona B captures the essence of their top Persona 9H, and how incredible these little speakers are. Read More


Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

I often get criticized for only being interested in the mega gear, but nothing could be more wrong. As much fun as the big bucks stuff is, no one starts there, and for me, hifi is a journey. Read More


Amphion Helium 510 Speakers

Amphion Helium 510 Speakers A Sonic Treasure

Listening to Eric Clapton float between these quietly elegant, white speakers from Amphion, it’s easy to see why they named this speaker range “helium. Read More


Neat Acoustics Iota Speakers

Neat Acoustics Iota Speakers Small Speakers on The Thrill Side

Based in Teesdale, north England, the Neat team has spent twenty years designing and refining speakers of all sizes. Here we review the smallest of their current lineup – the aptly-named Iota. Read More


The MartinLogan Motion 4i

The MartinLogan Motion 4i Take em Outside!

I’ve got a great music system everywhere else in the house and office, so what’s left? That’s right the garage. As a car guy, I spend a fair amount of time in the garage, and now that I’ve added a semi vintage 83 BMW 320i and a 2000 323 touring (for speaker hauling, car parts runs, and of course Mrs. Read More


Klipsch “The Sixes” Powered Speakers

Klipsch “The Sixes” Powered Speakers A Sonic Solution With a Heritage

With 40 years of production under their belt, Klipsch has a long legacy of building high-qualityspeakers. While most fans of the company’s offerings are familiar with Klipsch’s classic passive designs, their aptly-named “Heritage” series ups the ante with built-in amplifiers. Read More


The Devialet Phantom Gold

The Devialet Phantom Gold Performance From Coast to Coast

Devialet Is a French audio company that began making waves very soon after its introduction in 2007. Taking a fresh approach utilizing state of the art design and implementation of digital technology, there wasn’t anything like them at the time, or now for that matter. Read More


Anthem’s STR Integrated Amplifier

Anthem’s STR Integrated Amplifier When You Just Want Everything

It’s tough to get everything, but it’s a great feeling when you do. Over the last few years, high performance integrated amplifiers keep increasing in popularity – and for good reason. Read More


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