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The SVS PC-4000 Subwoofer

The SVS PC-4000 Subwoofer When there's no space and you need bass

Sometimes, the toughest part of adding a subwoofer to your stereo or theater system can be where to put it. The SVS PC-4000 makes this easy; its 16-inch in diameter cylinder shape fittsin a corner perfectly. Read More


The Deep Core 1800 Power Conditioner

The Deep Core 1800 Power Conditioner Fine Tuning Your Power

One of the things we always battle as audio enthusiasts is the effect that power has on our systems. Whether you look at power as a giant pool that you tap into with your power cord or a stream that’s come a long way to get to you, there is still a fair amount of noise and audible grunge in the AC power that runs your audio system. Read More


The AVID Ingenium Plug&Play turntable

The AVID Ingenium Plug&Play turntable Plug and Play, Indeed!

Listening to Simon and Garfunkel’s classic, Bridge Over Troubled Water, on AVID’s Ingenium Plug&Play table is not only highly satisfying but clearly illustrates how much difference the turntable makes in the analog equation. Read More


The Rega Apollo CD player

The Rega Apollo CD player Who says the CD is dead?

Everything seems to come around. With all the excitement for streaming building at a feverish pace, some people still like the old-fashioned way of serving up digital; namely, spinning a silver (or maybe gold) disc. Read More


The Mytek Liberty DAC

The Mytek Liberty DAC Startling Revelations

It’s the week of Halloween here in the Midwest, which mean a few things – crisp air, beautiful colors, falling leaves, and warmer clothes, but it also means the usual plethora of haunted houses. Read More


Esoteric N-01 Network Player

Esoteric N-01 Network Player The perfect digital hub

Listening to a slew of Peter Gabriel favorites, via NAS drive and ROON, I ponder in earnest the thought of life without a turntable. Read More


Gold Note A3 EVO Speakers

Gold Note A3 EVO Speakers Mini Italian Miracle

Many of us think of “that other company” when we think Italian loudspeakers, but the team at Gold Note is a serious contender, making their way into North America, after achieving major success in the rest of the world. Read More


Totem Tribe Towers

Totem Tribe Towers Compact Excellence

Listening to the deep bass line in Lyle Lovett’s “She’s Already Made up her Mind,” I’m still amazed after nearly 20 years of reviewing speakers, at how Totem’s Vince Bruzzese gets so much bass out of such small cabinets. Read More


The AudioSolutions Figaro M Speakers

The AudioSolutions Figaro M Speakers Quite the Treat!

A relative newcomer on the HiFi scene, AudioSolutions comes out of the gate producing speakers that are top performers, offering tremendous value. Read More


The Boulder 1161 Power Amplifer

The Boulder 1161 Power Amplifer An affordable piece of the rock

August 31, 2019 I love wristwatches, but I’m kind of a lurker. I’d love one of those big, chunky, Rolex Submariners, but I can’t quite make the leap to almost $20k for a watch. Read More


The Wharfdale Linton Speakers

The Wharfdale Linton Speakers Go Big!

For some odd reason, paging through the album artwork in the Roon browser, trying to decide what record to play first on the Wharfdale Lintons in my system, Queen’s News of the World jumps out at me. Read More


The dCS Bartok DAC

The dCS Bartok DAC A Substantial helping of excellence

Listening to the delicacy of Allison Miller’s drumming in Boom Tic Boom, in my living room system, it’s easy to see how this DAC can be the end of your digital journey. Read More


The TUK speakers from Kanto Audio

The TUK speakers from Kanto Audio Almost all you need!

My apologies for the title. To be absolutely correct, the TUKs are all you need if you don’t want to listen to records. Music lovers sourcing their tunes digitally, have everything they need inside the small (but well packed) box that the TUKs arrive in. Read More


The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers

The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers Floorstanding Excellence

Rickie Lee Jones’ version of “Bad Company,” from her latest album puts the Paradigm Premier 700F speakers in perspective immediately. Read More


The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

Vitus Audio is well known around the world for fantastic sound and multiple box amplification chains that weight hundreds of pounds. Read More


The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400

The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400 Potent performance, popularly-priced

Audio By Van Alstine produces line stage preamplifiers, phono stages, DACs, and more, the marvelous AVA Vision 400 SET amplifier we review here represents a culmination of Van Alstine’s knowledge applied to music reproduction. Read More


ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+

ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+ Digital music delivered - effortlessly

We’ve been using ROON at TONE since the final alpha release, and it’s a powerful solution. None of the other music delivery platforms come close – if you love music and the discovery of more music, it’s the only way to go. Read More


Sugden A21SE Signature Edition

Sugden A21SE Signature Edition Class A in a BIG way...

Listening to Dexter Gordon’s classic, “GO” through the Sugden A21 (actually the A21SE Signature, but I don’t want to keep writing that) and my Quad 2812s is positively heavenly, with all the tone, texture, and dynamics I’d ever need. Read More


The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement

The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Out of this galaxy good.

The first time I drove an Aston Martin, it was an otherworldly experience. The sheer opulence of the car was equally matched by the performance, providing a feel in a sporting car like no other. Read More


The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier

The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier Go Get a Burrito First!

Stopping by Pat Hickman’s place to drop off a pair of vintage McIntosh amplifiers for his special level of detail and restoration is always a treat. Read More


Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier Main Course or Desert?

There used to be a restaurant nearby that offered small portions fantastic deserts. You could have a large shot glass full of whatever deserts were on the main menu for a couple of bucks. Read More


The world’s finest 300B tubes The only three letters you need to know

If you are a lover of single ended triode amplifiers, no doubt you are familiar with the mighty 300B. The mightiest of them all are the vintage Western Electric 300Bs, and then if you can find them, the reissued WE 300Bs that came out around 2005 or so. Read More


The Devialet Expert Pro 140

The Devialet Expert Pro 140 Still ahead of the curve, after nearly a decade

It’s been a long time since Devialet set the audio world on its axis, creating a product that sounds fantastic, yet looks as it should be on display at MOMA. Read More


The Krell K-300i

The Krell K-300i Return of a classic

It’s funny what you remember. My tenure with Krell goes way back, to the demo room I was scared to enter, where an early Krell KSA 150 was matched to a pair of Apogee Stage speakers. Read More


The GamuT Zodiac Speakers:

The GamuT Zodiac Speakers: Massive yet Subtle

Letting the audition of the GamuT Zodiac speakers begin with the Beastie Boys “Groove Holmes” is so much fun, I don’t even need the weed. Read More


The Octave HP 700 Preamplifier

The Octave HP 700 Preamplifier Reaching all the right notes

Based in Karlsbad, Germany, Octave Audio has produced meticulously designed audio components for over 30 years. Their HP-500 preamplifier, released in the late 80’s, has gained worldwide respect. Read More


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