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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.


Blumenstein Audio 2.2-Channel Speaker Package

Blumenstein Audio 2.2-Channel Speaker Package The Orca Mini speakers paired with Dual Dungeness Max subwoofers

The modest-looking speakers from Blumenstein Audio belie the capabilities contained therein. We’ve reviewed the Seattle company’s Read More


Microsoft Surface 3 Pro

Microsoft Surface 3 Pro

As a dyed in the wool group of Apple enthusiasts, it’s tough to ignore the new Surface 3 Pro from Microsoft.  We can argue the Windows vs. Mac interface until we become exhausted, so let’s leave that out of it, shall we – that’s a great way to waste hours of your life on an internet forum some evening. Read More


Bowers and Wilkins T7 Portable Speaker

Bowers and Wilkins T7 Portable Speaker

Listening to Bryan Ferry’s recent release through the T7, it hits me.  Bowers and Wilkins has finally outdone Apple.  The fit, finish, quality and packaging exceed everything I’ve come to know and love from the Cupertino giant. Read More


Dynaudio XEO 4 speakers

Dynaudio XEO 4 speakers

Dynaudio made a big splash with their wireless XEO speakers two years ago, but their engineering staff has not been sitting on their laurels.  The new second generation speakers feature more wireless bandwidth, better drivers and more extensive tuning. Read More


MartinLogan Motion 35XT Bookshelf Speakers

MartinLogan Motion 35XT Bookshelf Speakers Expanding the Range

Many people know MartinLogan for its svelte, even avant-garde-looking electrostatic floorstanding speakers, which have earned the company a large and dedicated fan base. But, like a good scientist at work, MartinLogan does not rest on their laurels, continuing to experiment with new designs, like the Motion 35XT, that give potential customers great sound for the dollar. Read More


iFi Audio iPhono Mini Phonostage

iFi Audio iPhono Mini Phonostage

When the little iFi iPhono box first landed on my desk, I thought it was my wife’s new iPhone. From its outer appearance to its packaging to its name, the iPhono could indeed be mistaken for an Apple product. Read More


Plinius Inspire 980 Integrated Amplifier

Plinius Inspire 980 Integrated Amplifier A Lot Under One Hood!

New Zealand’s Plinius Audio has a track record of delivering products that offer great sound for the dollar—and its Inspire 980 certainly offers a lot, especially for $4,450. In addition the power and preamp capabilities of a standard integrated, it also features an onboard MM phonostage and an internal DAC. Read More


Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier Tiny But Tough

The first thing you notice about the new Benchmark AHB2 is its diminutive size. Even with feet and binding posts, it’s only about 11 inches wide, 4 inches tall and 9 inches deep. Read More


Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Building on their momentum of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, Light Harmonic added to their Geek Out line of products: the remarkable Geek Out 1000, designed to drive larger headphones. Read More


Oppo HA-1

Oppo HA-1

Listening to the complex timbre of Joni Mitchell’s voice, it’s hard to believe that the $50,000 hifi system I’m listening to is utilizing the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier as its front end. Read More


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