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Anthem’s STR Integrated Amplifier

Anthem’s STR Integrated Amplifier When You Just Want Everything

It’s tough to get everything, but it’s a great feeling when you do. Over the last few years, high performance integrated amplifiers keep increasing in popularity – and for good reason. Read More


The Cardas Clear Beyond XL Power Cable

The Cardas Clear Beyond XL Power Cable Perfecting Form and Function

Never resting on their laurels, the Cardas team in Bandon, Oregon continues their quest to build the perfect power cord. The effort has resulted in their new flagship, the Clear Beyond XL. Read More


The PrimaLuna HP Integrated Amplifier

The PrimaLuna HP Integrated Amplifier Beyond Bitchin'

Do any of you know someone that knows what you want, even before you know you want it? Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio and PrimaLuna US is that kind of guy. Read More


The Pass Labs XA200.8 Monoblocks

The Pass Labs XA200.8 Monoblocks Closer to The Top

Over the past 20 years, it remains exciting to review such a range of products from so many unique audio manufacturers. Each new component provides a narrative of where the designer is in their creative process. Read More


The PS Audio P20 Power Plant

The PS Audio P20 Power Plant Yeah, You Need One

-Photos courtesy of PS Audio What’s a power conditioner review doing in discussion about analog? Considering how faint the signal coming from your phono cartridge is, anything you can do to keep that precious signal intact is a good thing. Read More


ARC REF 75SE Power Amplifier

ARC REF 75SE Power Amplifier Small But Potent

Switching from the delicate, quirky vocals in Bjork’s latest, to Keith Jarrett’s classic The Koln Concert, to the pounding beats in High Contrast’s Night Gallery, through the new Magnepan . Read More


The REL T7i Subwoofer

The REL T7i Subwoofer Compact and Powerful

Usually, subwoofer discussions start with tales of thunderous, booming bass that rocks the house. I’ve been using REL subwoofers for about 10 years now and that’s not what this is about. Read More


Bowers and Wilkins 705S2

Bowers and Wilkins 705S2 Blurring the lines

After a few months of constant listening, I want to say “Bowers & Wilkins new 705s2’s kick major ass,” but that would be so un-British. Read More


Bowers and Wilkins 707S2

Bowers and Wilkins 707S2 Magnificent Minis

After hearing Jeff’s praises of the D705 s2, I appreciated the chance to put some ear time on their smallest bookshelf speaker in B&W’s 700 series lineup, the D707 s2. Read More


The Sonus faber Guarneri Tradition

The Sonus faber Guarneri Tradition An Interesting Update

Now in its fourth iteration, the Sonus faber Guarneri is still a standout performer. How the engineers at SF manage to put so much of the sound of their larger speakers in such a small cabinet always baffles me, but they do a fantastic job. Read More


The MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Speakers

The MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Speakers A Worthy Successor

Starting this speaker review as I do with nearly every other one with Aimee Mann’s “This is How it Goes,” I’m pretty excited about the Classic ESL 9  from MartinLogan. Read More


Pure Audio Project – Trio 15 Horn

Pure Audio Project – Trio 15 Horn Redefining Expectations

A new discovery is exciting, even after hundreds of reviews – when you think you’ve heard nearly everything. Open baffle speakers have always been that little blinking light in the corner of my eye at various audio shows, but our paths always crossed, until recently. Read More


The Audio Physic Avanti Speakers

The Audio Physic Avanti Speakers Conquering Inner Space

One of the toughest hurdles to overcome in a small to medium sized listening environment is where to put the speakers. So often, we’d love big speaker sound, but don’t have the room, and sometimes that rules out a subwoofer or two as well. Read More


The Triangle Theta Speakers

The Triangle Theta Speakers Visually and Audibly Stunning

If you live in a somewhat compact listening environment, Triangle’s Theta is a perfect quality vs. quantity proposition. In my 13 x 15 foot listening room, driven by the precise Nagra 300p amplifier, the 90db/1-watt sensitivity rating is more than enough to deliver room filling sound. Read More


Rhea Audio Alta

Rhea Audio Alta Fun shape, great sound

A few years ago, we reviewed the original Alta Audio speakers and came away very impressed at the integration of woofer and ribbon tweeter – a tough engineering feat. Read More


Dynaudio Special Forty Loudspeakers

Dynaudio Special Forty Loudspeakers A Stunning Anniversary Gift

For their 40th anniversary, Dynaudio endeavored to make something very special. Read More


The Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

The Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC Settling the Digital vs. Analog Debate

HiFi reviewers and enthusiasts often talk about “analog magic,” but that term is seldom if ever used when discussing digital gear. Read More


The Audio Research DAC 9

The Audio Research DAC 9 Promises, Promises

I became an audiophile during the period when digital playback began to make its first attempts to address the shortcomings plaguing the new medium. Read More


Klipsch Forte III

Klipsch Forte III An American Icon

Klipsch speakers are such a big part of audio’s history, and such a big part of American audio history, the first round of listening had to be all-American. Read More


The Audolici I50 Swing

The Audolici I50 Swing The Name Says it All...

I’ve never been to Portugal, and I had no idea they made amplifiers there. Our first experience with Audolici was earlier in the year with their AVP-01 phonostage, which proved lovely. Read More


The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers

The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers Big sound in a small package

Starting from humble roots as a watchmaker in 2012, Detroit’s Shinola has come a long way in five years, consistently expanding its product lines in new and different ways, emerging as a major lifestyle brand. Read More


Focal’s Kanta no.2 Speakers

Focal’s Kanta no.2 Speakers The Beginning of a New Generation

It’s tough deciding what to name something. Taking the short cut and choosing a mere number is still daunting as one culture may see a number as auspicious, while another sees it as perilous. Read More


The Conrad-Johnson ART 150 Power Amplifier

The Conrad-Johnson ART 150 Power Amplifier Forging a Work of Art!

Celebrating 40 years in business, Conrad-Johnson released their special edition flagship amplifiers, the ART150, which is a single chassis stereo version and the monoblock ART300s. Read More


The Sonoma Model One Headphone System

The Sonoma Model One Headphone System Simply the Best

It only takes about 8 seconds of listening to the delicacy of the violins on the The Jung Trio’s self titled SACD to realize that the Sonoma Model One headphone system is one of the most incredible personal listening experiences going. Read More


The Esoteric F-07 Integrated

The Esoteric F-07 Integrated An Exciting Destination

High quality integrated amplifiers are a hotbed of audiophile activity these days. Thanks to improved manufacturing techniques, and in the case of a company like Esoteric, their ability to call upon the same engineering team that builds $50k (each) digital audio components, the $7,500 F-07 integrated amplifier makes perfect sense. Read More


Triangle Esprit Antal Ez Speakers

Triangle Esprit Antal Ez Speakers Subtle Elegance Superb Value

Maybe it’s the concert halls, but so many European speakers have a thing for tonal accuracy, and Triangle is no exception. Read More


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