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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


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


The McIntosh MC1.2KW Power Amplifiers

The McIntosh MC1.2KW Power Amplifiers Massive Attack

McIntosh made a big splash a while back with its six-box, 2,000-watt MC2KW power amplifiers. They are very cool, play incredibly loud (if you have enough juice in your power line to let them wind out all the way) and command an impressive presence. Read More


The REL 212SE Subwoofer

The REL 212SE Subwoofer TONEAudio's Product of the Year

Actually, two of them. As REL’s John Hunter will tell you, you need a pair of 212SEs to disappear in your room, and that is the ultimate goal of a sub-bass system, to prove a transparent extension to your main speakers, never drawing attention to themselves. Read More


The Naim Atom!

The Naim Atom! Proud Successor

Time flies when you’re having fun. Ten years into their existence, Naim introduced the original Nait integrated amplifier, which was about the size of a large hardcover novel, and produced about 13 watts per channel. Read More


Rega’s Vivacious Brio

Rega’s Vivacious Brio Getting Better All the Time!

The dictionary in my Macintosh defines Brio as “vivacity of style or performance,” but in the case of Rega’s Brio integrated amplifier, it has a vivacity of style and performance. Read More


Mini Marvels from Pro-Ject!

Mini Marvels from Pro-Ject! The MaiA Amp, CD player and Turntable...

Many people only know Pro-Ject for their line of high-value turntables, (and we’ve got one of those for you here…) but they produce an entire line of electronics and loudspeakers, along with some very stylish accessories. Read More


Akiko Audio’s Corelli

Akiko Audio’s Corelli Amazing!

My now departed Kerry Blue Terrier, Harry was the world’s most stubborn dog. When he didn’t want to budge, there was no moving him. Read More


Audio Research GSi75 Integrated Amplifier

Audio Research GSi75 Integrated Amplifier A Compact Alternative From Audio Research

It’s been a couple of years now since the Audio Research GS series have been introduced, and both the GS Pre and GS 150 have received multiple awards from magazines around the world (including us). Read More


The Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2v2 SE

The Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2v2 SE Smooth Operator

Based in California, E.J. Sarmento founded Wyred 4 Sound in 2007 with a goal of producing stellar audio components at prices within financial reach of many music fans. Read More


The Coincident Dynamo  SE 34Mk. II

The Coincident Dynamo SE 34Mk. II The Most Fun 8 Watts Per Channel You'll Ever Hear!

There is a coherence to the single ended triode design that is tough to ignore. Passing the signal through a single triode in the output stage has a grain free purity that will have you converted in no time at all. Read More


The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones Simple, Elegant, Easy

I may not be as handsome as the dude in the opening photo, but I really love these headphones. You can get all purist about bluetooth, but I say shut up – being released from a headphone cable is awesome. Read More


Exogal’s Comet Plus DAC

Exogal’s Comet Plus DAC Out of this world good!

The driving bass line in Paul Weller’s “Peacock Suit” instantly convinces me that the Comet Plus is an excellent DAC. It renders music with cohesion, with a groove that is unmistakable. Read More


The Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier

The Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier A Prince of Price-Performance

Sonneteer is a new name to many, admittedly including me. In the 1980s, college friends Haider Bahrani and Remo Casadei discovered their shared passion for live music and audio recording. Read More


The Audio Physic Step plus

The Audio Physic Step plus Step up to great sound!

Only because I’ve heard it three times today (in the airport, at Home Depot and lunch) listening to the Audio Physic Step plus speakers begins with the Squeeze classic “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell). Read More


The Dell XPS 27 Computer

The Dell XPS 27 Computer The World's First Audiophile Computer

Before we get started, I must confess a few biases. I love Apple products. Been using a Mac since the day after the Super Bowl ads ran in 1984. Read More


PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player and DAC

PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player and DAC Takin' On The Big Boys...

The second I pushed the play button on PS Audio’s DirectStream Memory Player, listening to my favorite Art of Noise SACD, it was instantly clear that this is an exciting product. Read More


Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated

Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated No Frills, Great Sound...

Watch this space, we’ll have a full review of the Sonneteer Integrated amplifier. This bit of British understatement delivers the goods; the sound quality is well beyond what you would expect from an $2,399 box. Read More


The German Physiks HRS-130 Speakers

The German Physiks HRS-130 Speakers Vanishing Act

It only seems fitting to play Lou Reed’s “Vanishing Act” while listening to these marvels of German Engineering. The difference in his haunting solo vocal on this track compared to listening to a more traditional cabinet speaker is astounding. Read More


Focal Sopra no.3

Focal Sopra no.3 A Sonic and Stylistic Triumph...

Many think of France as a center of art and culture, famous for their wine, cuisine, and style. Two hours from Paris, as the high-speed train goes, is the city of St-Etienne, where Focal is headquartered. Read More


The Equi=Core 1200 and 1800 Power Conditioners

The Equi=Core 1200 and 1800 Power Conditioners Balanced beauties!

After the initial success I experienced with the Equi=Core 300 from Core Power Technologies, it only made sense to request review samples of their big-boy 1200 and 1800 (watt capacity) models. Read More


The Audolici AVP-01

The Audolici AVP-01 Phono Excellence

Vinyl enthusiasts embracing analog well beyond the entry level is becoming more and more common, with many of our readers possessing or contemplating multiple turntables, or at least a turntable with two (or more) tonearms. Read More


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


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