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REVIEW: The Thrax Yatrus Turntable

REVIEW: The Thrax Yatrus Turntable A New King

With turntables spiraling out of control, price-wise, a $100k turntable is no longer the talk of a madman that it once was. That said, I submit that a well sorted $20k-ish table/arm/cartridge combination is all you need. Read More


REVIEW: The Naim Uniti Star

REVIEW: The Naim Uniti Star Everything you Need in a Single Chassis

Naim’s audio gear legacy extends a half-century, starting with their original amplifier design. From those humble beginnings, they’ve continued to create durable and great-sounding components. Read More


REVIEW – The FinkTeam Kim Speakers

REVIEW – The FinkTeam Kim Speakers Small and Special

With all the internet banter about speaker “break-in,” (and, yes we do believe in it) you know a speaker is special when it sounds fantastic right out of the box. Read More


REVIEW – The Rega Kyte Speakers

REVIEW – The Rega Kyte Speakers A Somewhat Different Box

The team at Rega Research is famous for somewhat out of the box solutions to engineering problems. In the case of their newest Kyte speakers, they take this to heart, using a phenolic resin material to mould the speaker enclosure rather than make it out of MDF. Read More


REVIEW – The LSA Warp 1 Power Amplifier

REVIEW – The LSA Warp 1 Power Amplifier Class D Redefined

We’ve been having a great time here at TONE with the new LSA products that Mark Schifter has been sending us. For those of you that don’t remember, he was one of the principals in Audio Alchemy and remains the king of high value/high performance audio. Read More


REVIEW: Naim ND555DAC and PS555 Power Supply

REVIEW: Naim ND555DAC and PS555 Power Supply A supreme DAC/Streaming option for your digital files

If you are considering adding Naim’s top digital streaming DAC to your system, and if by some chance you are not fully integrated into the Naim way of doing things, please read the instructions first. Read More


REVIEW: Eggleston Nico EVO

REVIEW: Eggleston Nico EVO Overachievers!

Tracking through the Supreme Beings of Leisure’s 11i, it’s impressive at how much low bass these small monitors can muster. Read More


The ZuAudio Omen Dirty Weekend

The ZuAudio Omen Dirty Weekend You Really Need a Pair

So, it’s time to shop for new speakers. You set up your wish list of characteristics; Something that can sound great at both high and low volumes, Crystal clear high’s, solid low end, midrange with excellent clarity and accuracy, something that images like crazy, build quality that can last a lifetime, no sun fade, a speaker that can rock out for any party, a speaker that will let high rez files shine through for critical listening and, oh yes, your budget tops out at around $1,000, maybe a little more. Read More


The Stenheim Alumine 2 Speakers

The Stenheim Alumine 2 Speakers An Alternate Outlook

The guy that used to work on my Alfa Romeos in Scottsdale had a sign up behind his desk that said, “We appreciate perfection, as long as it’s real good. Read More


REVIEW: Canton Chrono SL586.2DC

REVIEW: Canton Chrono SL586.2DC A Tough Name to Remember

Sometimes, I’m not sure what’s worse, products named after the designers child, or an obtuse numbering sequence? Oh well, look at what Elon Musk named his kid. Read More


REVIEW: The CAP

REVIEW: The CAP An Analog Must Have

Listening to Jon Astley’s “Jane’s Getting Serious” (from his Everyone Likes the Pilot album) the Denon 103 fitted to a bone stock, vintage Technics SL-1200 sounds much better than this combination ever has. Read More


REVIEW: The LSA T-1 Turntable

REVIEW: The LSA T-1 Turntable Ten Minutes From Box to Fun!

If you’re a beginning vinyl enthusiast, there are a lot of great turntables to choose from in the $500-$1,000 range. There really aren’t any bad choices, especially if you’re sticking with the majors. Read More


REVIEW: Harbeth C7ES-3 XD

REVIEW: Harbeth C7ES-3 XD Further On Down The Road

Listening to the gentle interplay of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway on their classic track, “Where is the Love?” its panoramic presentation plays to the strength of Harbeth’s latest version of their ever popular Compact 7 monitor. Read More


The Focal Kanta no.1 speakers

The Focal Kanta no.1 speakers A Great Place to Start Your Focal Journey

The horns from the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra jumped right out of the Kanta no.1s into my modest listening 13 x 15 foot listening room, and if I didn’t know better, I’d swear that a pair of Kanta no. Read More


Core Power Equi=Core 1000

Core Power Equi=Core 1000 A heck of a deal...

A few weeks ago, we did a very short, sweet “distilled” review of the Equi=Core 1000 power conditioner. If you look back at the reviews section of the site, we’ve reviewed the smaller Equi=Core 600 and the larger 1800. Read More


The Sonus faber Maxima Amator

The Sonus faber Maxima Amator Love at First Listen

I’m somewhat of a Sonus faber fanboy for those of you who don’t know, but it’s complicated. My reference speakers are Stradivaris. Old School. I’m not quite as bad as the old guy at the cars and coffee get-together claiming that the last real Porsche was the 356, but I’m particular about what I like. Read More


The McIntosh XRT2.1 K Speakers

The McIntosh XRT2.1 K Speakers Lighters in the air!

Note:  this review started right before we were all stuck in the middle of the travel restrictions imposed by COVID. Cleaning up the desktop, I realized the copy hadn’t had its final round of editing! Yet, my impressions are as vivid as the day I was sitting on the couch. Read More


The McIntosh MC1502 Power Amplifier

The McIntosh MC1502 Power Amplifier Big Mac

Much as I like to dismiss measurements when it comes to the subject of hifi, there’s one that I find intriguing – sound pressure level, which relates closely to dynamics. Read More


The Gershman Acoustics Studio Two Speakers

The Gershman Acoustics Studio Two Speakers Compact, yet compelling

Listening to the deep bass line in Jean-Michel Jarre’s Zoolook instantly reveals the sheer weight that these modest-sized monitor speakers deliver. Read More


Core Power Ground Zero

Core Power Ground Zero It's a humdinger...

Got hum in your system that you just can’t get rid of? Is it driving you nuts? Have you tried power conditioners, cheater plugs, etc. Read More


The Aqua LaScala DAC: Take Two- Adding the New Aqua LinQ Network Interface to the Mix

The Aqua LaScala DAC: Take Two- Adding the New Aqua LinQ Network Interface to the Mix It Only Gets Better

Streaming Paul Weller’s self-titled album at 16/44.1 kHz resolution, is enough to demonstrate how musical the Aqua LaScala DAC is. And it only gets better… Our only point of contention, when we examined this product about a year ago, was its lack of streaming capability. Read More


Technics SU-G700 Integrated Amplifier

Technics SU-G700 Integrated Amplifier Unifying Your Audio Needs

Watching the power meters bounce in the dark, listening to the title track in Brian Eno’s The Ship, the sheer dynamic power of this compact amplifier is completely revealed. Read More


REL’s new T/x subwoofers

REL’s new T/x subwoofers It's a family affair...

Listening to the speed, detail, and delicacy of the bass line in Sly and The Family Stone’s “It’s a Family Affair” proved the impetus for where this review is heading. Read More


The Acora Acoustics SRB

The Acora Acoustics SRB Prepare to be fooled!

Listening to the Acora SRB monitors in a 16 x 25-foot handle the complex dynamics in Brand X’s Unorthodox Behaviour, you could easily be fooled into thinking you were listening to a floor standing speaker, even at a fairly high listening level. Read More


The Technics SL-G700 digital player

The Technics SL-G700 digital player With a Heavy Nod to Disc Playback

Tracking through the recent SACD remaster of Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything, it’s easy to see the validity of the concept album – listening to a series of tracks precisely as the artist intended. Read More


The Luxman L-550AXII Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-550AXII Integrated Amplifier Understated as it Gets...

Magic isn’t always where you expect it, and sometimes conventional wisdom suggests trying combinations that you might not think will impress. Read More


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