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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


The Brinkmann Audio Bardo Turntable

The Brinkmann Audio Bardo Turntable TONEAudio's Analog Product of the Year for 2016!

Closing the door on a Porsche 911, clicking the shutter on a titanium bodied Leica camera, that’s German engineering excellence, baby! If you love that level of precision to go along with whatever high-performance product that suits your fancy, you’ll freak out just watching the 10. Read More


The Okki Nokki Record Cleaner

The Okki Nokki Record Cleaner Shine on

Vinyl lovers spend a lot of money on tonearms, cartridges, and phono stages in the effort to pull the most sound from the record grooves. Read More


The Audio Research GS 150 Power Amplifier

The Audio Research GS 150 Power Amplifier Half of a Perfect Pair:

I probably should listen to more classical music at comfortable volume levels. Back in 1990, when I finally got my hands on an Audio Research D-79 after wearing down a good friend to part with it, he called to inform me that I should “let it warm up slowly with some nice string quartet music. Read More


The SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer

The SVS SB-2000 Subwoofer Best Budget Bass Ever!

If you haven’t considered adding a subwoofer (or a pair of subwoofers) to your hi-fi system, it might be time to reconsider your logic. Read More


The McIntosh C52 Preamplifier

The McIntosh C52 Preamplifier Big Deal!

McIntosh has been in the audio game since 1949. You read that right-1949. It would be fair to say they have forgotten more about running an audio manufacturing business than most companies will ever know, yet over the past few decades, McIntosh had seemed to fall out of favor with hardcore audiophiles, and for a while, they were no longer considered the darlings of the audio press that they were in the 1960s. Read More


The Pro Ac Tablette 10

The Pro Ac Tablette 10 A Subtle But Significant Change

Following the driving bass line in Robin Trower’s “Too Rolling Stoned,” it’s tough to believe this much bass is coming from such tiny cabinets. Read More


The Questyle CMA600i Headphone Amp/DAC

The Questyle CMA600i Headphone Amp/DAC Compact and Capable!

One of the most exciting things to come out of the headphone revolution is the plethora of desktop headphone amplifiers that either include a high-performance DAC, or a phonostage yet can also be used as a line level preamplifier. Read More


The Audio Research GSPre Preamplifier

The Audio Research GSPre Preamplifier Blending Old and New

Reinventing a classic usually fails miserably or succeeds brilliantly. Ford’s attempt at bringing back the Thunderbird, not so much, VW’s remake of the Beetle, fantastic. Read More


The Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable

The Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable A Worthy Contender From Serbia

There’s a lot of interesting hi-fi going on in Serbia these days, and we’ve had a number of review inquiries. However, nothing was more intriguing than the new Kubrick DCX from Soulines; currently imported by Jason Tavares at Adirondack Audio in New York. Read More


Woo Audio’s WA8 Headphone Amp/DAC

Woo Audio’s WA8 Headphone Amp/DAC How Do You Want To Play It?

For a minute, just forget about using the super cool Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse as a headphone amplifier. Sure you could plug some headphones in, and you’d experience some of the best personal audio going. Read More


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