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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.


GamuT Audio’s RS3i

GamuT Audio’s RS3i Superior Sound Indeed

At TONEAudio, we’ve had the chance to review several GamuT products, including the marvelous RS5 floorstanding speakers. Read More


Reimyo DAP 999EX DAC and CDT 777 transport

Reimyo DAP 999EX DAC and CDT 777 transport Straight Ahead Red(book)

If you think digital audio is merely bits being decoded and there isn’t any difference between players, you haven’t been listening. Read More


Pass HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

Pass HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier Run, Don’t Walk (to your nearest Pass dealer!)

Listening to Thomas Dolby’s “Ability to Swing,” the Acoustats in my living room have dramatically increased their ability to swing in every way: these vintage ESLs known for their somewhat loose and flabby bass now stand up and deliver Dolby’s snappy synth bass lines with authority. Read More


Rega’s Planar 3 Turntable

Rega’s Planar 3 Turntable A Long, Fun Journey

When you see the new Rega Planar 3, take a close look. It’s changed. The journey has become a destination. Nearly 40 years of constant refinement makes the Planar 3 the best in its class; no one does it better. Read More


Tellurium Q Silver Diamond Speaker Cables!

Tellurium Q Silver Diamond Speaker Cables! These Diamonds Are an Audiophile’s Best Friend

Not having made changes to my system in a long time proves a double-edged sword; I know it intimately to the point where a minute change will be easily spotted and I was ripe to draw the cable review card. Read More


The Melco N-1a

The Melco N-1a No Mere Music Server

We’ve been toying with the Melco N-1a for a few months now and it is superb. For $1,999 you can use it as a music server, renderer, as well as a few other things. Read More


Why MQA?

Why MQA? The latest advance in high res audio offers quite a lot...

I gave Meridian’s co-founder Bob Stuart a difficult time a little over two years ago as he first told me about MQA, making it clear that I wasn’t going to tell you, my readers to buy Kind of Blue, again, no matter how compelling the demo he was about to show me would be. Read More


The Truth According to Whammerdyne

The Truth According to Whammerdyne The top of the SET mountain!

Walking past Pat Hickman’s pristine vintage 600SL on the way to his listening room, I already know I’m going to be in for something special. Read More


GamuT RS5i Speakers

GamuT RS5i Speakers Our speaker of the year for 2015!

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


GamuT D3i Dual Mono Preamplifier

GamuT D3i Dual Mono Preamplifier

Denmark’s GamuT has a reputation for incorporating the best parts into beautiful chassis. But as with many of its products, it is the details of the company’s new D3i preamplifier that make it a standout. Read More


ARCAM’s MusicBOOST

ARCAM’s MusicBOOST Mighty Midget Marvel

Today’s iPhones offer so much technology and functionality packed into a tiny space, it’s getting harder to imagine how the built-in capability can wow us further. Read More


Prima Luna ProLogue Premium CD Player

Prima Luna ProLogue Premium CD Player A Different Approach

Whenever I’m asked to suggest a CD player that’s warm, romantic, and “anti-digital,” I always recommend a player with a vacuum-tube output stage. Read More


Stirling Broadcast SB-88 Speakers

Stirling Broadcast SB-88 Speakers

The Black Keys’ new record Turn Blue reminds me of some of the finest psychedelic tunes from the 1960s. The opening track “Weight of Love” has a very Clapton/Cream vibe. Read More


AVID Acutus Reference SP – UPDATE

AVID Acutus Reference SP – UPDATE Still A Favorite

I’ve been using the AVID Acutus Reference SP for about four years now and that’s a mighty long time in the world of hifi reviewing, where things can be a revolving door. Read More


AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones

AudioQuest NightHawk Headphones

Staring at all the crappy headphones lined up next to the PlayStation games, I knew I had something cool waiting at home. The AudioQuest NightHawk headphones just arrived and yeah, I could listen to Kind of Blue and tell you how well they capture the texture of Miles Davis’s horn, or to Dark Side of the Moon and tell you that the stereo image they throw is psychedelic. Read More


MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA

MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA

Switching from the subtle harmonies embedded in Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin’,” to John Bonham’s massive drum sound via the recent HD remasters of the first two Led Zeppelin albums, I am stunned by how much musical depth, detail and sheer dynamic energy the MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA reveals, especially in light of its $4,300 price tag. Read More


Woo Audio 234 SET Monoblocks

Woo Audio 234 SET Monoblocks

You can look at the Woo Audio SET monoblocks one of two ways:  a dreadfully overpriced $16,000 headphone amplifier, or a $16,000 pair of SET monoblocks that give you output tube flexibility (45, 2A3 or 300B output tubes are accommodated) that eclipse a pair of $125,000 Wavac SET amps with a free headphone amp thrown in. Read More


AudioQuest SLiP 14/2 Speaker Cable

AudioQuest SLiP 14/2 Speaker Cable Preview

There are precious few more inflammatory subjects in the world of audio than cables. Reviewing the expensive stuff is the quickest way to a fiery death, at least figuratively and the biggest dilemma is that some of the premium cable is brilliant, while some of it is truly snake oil. Read More


Benchmark DAC2 DX

Benchmark DAC2 DX Delivering Delightful Digital

Building upon the successes of their DAC1, Benchmark is not resting on their laurels. The release of the DAC2 series of products extends the capability and sonic performance of the product line with several different versions, offering a wide range of functionality to suit different owners’ needs. Read More


Naim Mu-so Tabletop System

Naim Mu-so Tabletop System Naim’s affordable statement

The hifi press was abuzz last year over Naim Audio’s massive Statement stack: an amplifier and preamplifier capable of over 700 watts per channel with an equally huge price tag that is in Aston Martin territory. Read More


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