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Rega io integrated amplifier

Rega io integrated amplifier A Future Classic in the Making

It might strike some of you to start a Rega review talking about Naim, but the comparison begs to be made. Rega’s io is destined for legendary status. Read More


REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic

REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic Change for the better!

In the 70s and throughout the 80s, the JBL L-100 was a very successful loudspeaker. Having a production run from 1970 to the mid-80s, the L-100 sold in more significant numbers than any other model, and perhaps one of the greatest selling speakers in audio history. Read More


The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier More than one way to rock...

Sammy Hagar once said in a song, “There’s only one way to rock,” but after listening to the new Luxman L-509x, I beg to differ. Read More


The Core Power Diamond Power Cord

The Core Power Diamond Power Cord Come on, try one...

Do any of you remember the famous Dr. Seuss story Green Eggs and Ham? It’s about a guy who doesn’t want to eat green eggs and ham, no matter what. Read More


The Clarus Duet Power Conditioner

The Clarus Duet Power Conditioner

Power conditioning products can be deceptive. With most, you hear a modest to dramatic reduction in background noise initially and the excitement builds. Read More


The Nagra Classic Preamplifier

The Nagra Classic Preamplifier Classic Indeed!

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Nagra products. I can’t hide that from you and keep a straight face. But the admiration is for a good reason – they make fantastic products. Read More


Gold Note CD1000 MkII CD player/DAC

Gold Note CD1000 MkII CD player/DAC The Best of Both Worlds...

Even though there is a wealth of streaming options available to music lovers, the CD is quietly making a bit of a comeback. Not everyone wants to be an IT person, and some really enjoy the simplicity of putting a disc in and pushing play. Read More


The McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver

The McIntosh MAC7200 Receiver 99.99% Perfect

In today’s world, and its accelerated pace, so few things are constant anymore. For this audio enthusiast, there is something soothing, about the big, blue meters that adorn nearly every component from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. Read More


Bryston’s 28B Cubed Power Amplifiers

Bryston’s 28B Cubed Power Amplifiers BIG, BIG power!

Not wanting to waste the first half of the review with a history lesson, we’ll keep it short and to the point. It’s important to tell you why a product is worth the asking price, rather than leaving it to an unanswered question at the end of the review. Read More


The Luxman P-750u

The Luxman P-750u Head Trip

Breezing through George Benson’s “This Masquerade,” via the Focal Utopia, Read More


The Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

The Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp Pure Performance

If you grew up in the hifi era of the 60s and 70s, magazines featured the latest stereo equipment in their ads and editorial pages, and the reel to reel tape deck was the pinnacle. Read More


The REL no.25 Six-Pack

The REL no.25 Six-Pack The World Beneath 40hz

It only takes about eight seconds listening to a double stack of six REL no.25 subwoofers to realize that this is something completely otherworldly. Read More


The PrimaLuna EVO 400 Preamplifier

The PrimaLuna EVO 400 Preamplifier A New Standard

Thirty years ago, I spent $4,500 on an Audio Research SP-11. Think about that for a second. Granted, it had a really good, built-in phonostage, but that was crazy money for a preamp in 1989. Read More


The Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB

The Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB Ready For Action!

With vinyl showing no indication of slowing down whatsoever, more and more people are looking for a place to dip their toe in the pool. Read More


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


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