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TONEAudio is in the process of making our complete back catalog of equipment reviews available for those of you wanting to just find a specific review without having to download the full issue that they first appeared. This will be an ongoing project for the next few months, so please stop back if you don’t see what you want immediately.


The Next Step To Excellence: GamuT’s new RS5 Speakers

The Next Step To Excellence: GamuT’s new RS5 Speakers Do You Really Need $100k Speakers? Part One

I’m confessing an honest bias when I mention that I fell in love with GamuT speakers about six years ago and have been using their top of the line S9 as a reference speaker for the last five. Read More


Dali’s Flagship – The Epicon 8 Speakers

Dali’s Flagship – The Epicon 8 Speakers Are $100k Speakers really necessary, Part two

If you happen to peruse any number of reviews concerning speakers in the twenty to thirty thousand dollar price range, which is still a massive amount of money for most people, the review conclusion (some of my own reviews included) goes something like this: “The only thing speaker X gives up to the mega speakers is that last bit of extension, dynamics and low frequency extension. Read More


Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblocks

Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblocks The Next Logical Step

It’s no secret our publisher is incredibly enthusiastic about Pass amplifiers.  While the company’s flagship Xs300 monoblocks have been serving dual duty as his reference amplifiers and the furnace for the TONEAudio studio for some time now, his relationship with Nelson Pass is more than a mere bromance. Read More


Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE

Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE King of Current

The only promise that BAT’s VK-655SE does not fulfill is the company’s claim that it has enough energy storage to “to lift most speakers over one meter off the ground. Read More


DALI Rubicon 2 Speakers

DALI Rubicon 2 Speakers Higher Fidelity

Toward the end of “Master Song,” the second track on Leonard Cohen’s breakout 1967 album, Cohen’s pursing lips sound eerily present through the 1. Read More


Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Aurender first teased their portable DAC / headphone amplifier at the 2014 Munich High End Show. Back then it was called the “V1000” – not exactly catchy. Read More


Simaudio MOON Nēo 260D CD Transport/DAC

Simaudio MOON Nēo 260D CD Transport/DAC Simply Stellar Sound

With more and more audiophiles getting into digital music these days, it is no wonder that many manufacturers are releasing CD players that are also high-quality DACs. Read More


Arcam irDAC

Arcam irDAC

There’s something about visual and operational simplicity that resonates with me, which is why I’m drawn to Arcam’s irDAC ($700), an understated unit about the size of a John Grisham paperback novel. Read More


EgglestonWorks Emma Loudspeakers

EgglestonWorks Emma Loudspeakers All You Need

Great things come from Memphis. It’s the BBQ capitol of the world. Elvis is from Memphis. My wife is from Memphis. And the Eggleston Emmas are from Memphis. Read More


Dali Epicon 8 Speakers – Preview

Dali Epicon 8 Speakers – Preview

A recent visit to the Dali factory in Denmark revealed a nearly 250,000 square foot facility full of highly skilled workers dedicated to every aspect of loudspeaker design and construction. Read More


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