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Exogal’s Comet Plus DAC

Exogal’s Comet Plus DAC Out of this world good!

The driving bass line in Paul Weller’s “Peacock Suit” instantly convinces me that the Comet Plus is an excellent DAC. It renders music with cohesion, with a groove that is unmistakable. Read More


The Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier

The Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier A Prince of Price-Performance

Sonneteer is a new name to many, admittedly including me. In the 1980s, college friends Haider Bahrani and Remo Casadei discovered their shared passion for live music and audio recording. Read More


The Audio Physic Step plus

The Audio Physic Step plus Step up to great sound!

Only because I’ve heard it three times today (in the airport, at Home Depot and lunch) listening to the Audio Physic Step plus speakers begins with the Squeeze classic “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell). Read More


The Dell XPS 27 Computer

The Dell XPS 27 Computer The World's First Audiophile Computer

Before we get started, I must confess a few biases. I love Apple products. Been using a Mac since the day after the Super Bowl ads ran in 1984. Read More


PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player and DAC

PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player and DAC Takin' On The Big Boys...

The second I pushed the play button on PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player, listening to my favorite Art of Noise SACD, it was instantly clear that this is an exciting product. Read More


Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated

Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated No Frills, Great Sound...

Watch this space, we’ll have a full review of the Sonneteer Integrated amplifier. This bit of British understatement delivers the goods; the sound quality is well beyond what you would expect from an $2,399 box. Read More


The German Physiks HRS-130 Speakers

The German Physiks HRS-130 Speakers Vanishing Act

It only seems fitting to play Lou Reed’s “Vanishing Act” while listening to these marvels of German Engineering. The difference in his haunting solo vocal on this track compared to listening to a more traditional cabinet speaker is astounding. Read More


Focal Sopra no.3

Focal Sopra no.3 A Sonic and Stylistic Triumph...

Many think of France as a center of art and culture, famous for their wine, cuisine, and style. Two hours from Paris, as the high-speed train goes, is the city of St-Etienne, where Focal is headquartered. Read More


The Equi=Core 1200 and 1800 Power Conditioners

The Equi=Core 1200 and 1800 Power Conditioners Balanced beauties!

After the initial success I experienced with the Equi=Core 300 from Core Power Technologies, it only made sense to request review samples of their big-boy 1200 and 1800 (watt capacity) models. Read More


The Audolici AVP-01

The Audolici AVP-01 Phono Excellence

Vinyl enthusiasts embracing analog well beyond the entry level is becoming more and more common, with many of our readers possessing or contemplating multiple turntables, or at least a turntable with two (or more) tonearms. Read More


McIntosh’s Flagship C1100 Tube Preamplifier

McIntosh’s Flagship C1100 Tube Preamplifier Sets more than one benchmark!

Ubiquitous as the silhouette of the V-Twin engine on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, McIntosh Labs’ top products all feature a pair of blue output level meters, joined by a bright green, backlit glow of the controls adorning the thick glass-front panel. Read More


The Audio Research REF 6 Linestage

The Audio Research REF 6 Linestage More than one step beyond!

With a lineage stretching back to 1970 Audio Research, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota has built their reputation on constant, engineering based improvements to their products. Read More


The Chartwell Audio LS3/5

The Chartwell Audio LS3/5 I Prefer the Sequel

How many movies have you seen where the sequel (or any of the subsequent sequels) were better or even equal to the original? While the legion of LS3/5 owners, with numerous variations on the theme, might grouse at the thought of this, I prefer the new Chartwell LS3/5 to any of the originals I’ve yet experienced. Read More


Affordable, High Performance Power Conditioning!

Affordable, High Performance Power Conditioning! The Core Power Technologies Equi=Core 300 is here

A lot of power products have come through the door here over the years, and most of them have been escorted right out the door quickly. Read More


The Technics SL-1200G

The Technics SL-1200G Turning the Clock Back and Forth

The older we get, the more difficult it is to remember some of life’s firsts. Once, while chatting with Jerry Seinfeld about his Porsche collection, a big smile came across his face recalling his first 911; a red, early 80s Carrera, and how hard he had to work to get that car. Read More


The Shinola Runwell Turntable

The Shinola Runwell Turntable Your Ship Has Arrived!

I can’t tell you how many times friends and readers have asked me the same question, “I just want a nice turntable. I’ve been getting back into vinyl a bit, and I’d like something better than an entry level deck. Read More


Syzygy SLF-850 Subwoofer

Syzygy SLF-850 Subwoofer Easier to set up than pronounce!

The dictionary says that Syzygy is pronounced siz-i-jee, with the emphasis on the first syllable. A syzygy is defined as an alignment of three or more celestial objects. Read More


The Modwright SWL 9.0 Anniversary Preamp

The Modwright SWL 9.0 Anniversary Preamp Time Flies!

Tracking through Radiohead’s newest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, the sonic landscape painted by ModWright’s entry preamplifier is impressive – even after I’ve just removed a big-bucks preamplifier from a system consisting of a CJ LP125sa+ power amplifier, the dCS Rossini DAC featured on our cover and my reference GamuT RS5i speakers, all cabled with Cardas Clear. Read More


The Eden Acoustics Tomei System

The Eden Acoustics Tomei System An all-inclusive audio concept

New experiences and overcoming past prejudices are always one of the most fun parts of my job evaluating hifi components. While I’ve never been a fan of open baffle speakers in the past, Eden Acoustics importer Larry Borden has convinced me that the Tomei system is not only compelling but exceptional in every way. Read More


The Naim Mu-So Qb

The Naim Mu-So Qb Naim's Grand Illusion

Firing up Kings of Leon’s “Walls,” it’s tough to believe that so much sound is coming out of this diminutive cube, barely bigger than a large stack of waffles. Read More


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