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Sadurni Acoustics Staccato speakers Review, Part I: Setup


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Laurence A. Borden

We audiophiles tend to be highly opinionated about pretty much everything, but I daresay in no area is that more true than horns, about which everyone seems to have a strong opinion. Over the years I’ve noticed that many opinion about horns are held by individuals who have very little — and sometimes none whatsoever […]

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Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior and MiniMax DAC Supreme


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

Preliminary discussion: This review is related to the previous articles I have written regarding the Eastern Electric Minimax DAC series. I encourage those who wish to gather background information regarding the new DACs reviewed here to consult those articles. I also have spent considerable time opamp rolling these devices, and have written articles on rolling […]

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Pass Labs XA30.8 class A stereo amplifier Review, Part III


Amplification | Solid State

Jack Roberts

Also read Part I, Part II   I never really planned for there to be a Part III of this review; I didn’t even plan to review it in my reference system, but it came before the Wayne Picquet’s Restored Quad ESL 57 and I wanted to break the XA30.8 in before the Quads showed […]

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A Baker’s Dozen Plus One of Female Vocalists on 45 RPM Vinyl


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

I love the sound of 45 RPM LPs. I know you have to get up and change them more often and I wish no company were issuing one-sided 45 RPM LPs. Still, I love the wonderful way they sound. I find them seductive in a way that is similar to the sound of reel-to-reel tapes. […]

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Silnote Audio cables Review


Cables | Digital Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables

Doug Schroeder

The longer I am in the Audiophile game, the more I appreciate the particular capacity of cables to finish a fine rig. Having explored many and finding some exceptional ones, including Clarity Cable and Silent Source, I have made room in systems for a lovely “sleeper” cable named Silnote. As with so many of the […]

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The Beatnik on Wayne Picquet’s Restored Quad ESL 57


Beatnik's Journey | Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

Let me start with saying it would be helpful to read my last Beatnik Column, Beatnik’s Pet Peeve #3 Modern Bass. Now, on to the introduction. After living with the Quads from the time I was 18 until I was in my late 20s(some of that time with stacked Quads) my expectations of what an […]

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Bricasti Design Model 1 USB DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Ed Momkus

I will start this review of the Bricasti Design Model 1 USB DAC by taking out all of the suspense. The M1 is one of the best DACs available on the market at any price. In fact, when used in the right system it is actually a bargain, since it allows you to eliminate a […]

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Kingsound KS-H3 Headphones & M-20 Headphone Amplifier Review


Amplification | Headphone Amplifier | Headphones | Over Ear Headphones

Doug Schroeder

  The gushing regarding “all that” headphones is at a fever pitch lately, I thought as I read Arnie Nudell’s review of the Audeze LCD-X Headphones, wherein he said the LCD-X could compete with all of the very best high-end loudspeakers. By that he summarized the headphones had below 20Hz to beyond 20kHz response, very […]

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A.R.T. Super SE cable system Review


Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables

Ed Momkus

In the last few months I’ve reviewed the Pass Labs XS300 monoblocks, the Tannoy Canterbury GR speakers, and the Bricasti M1 Stereo DAC (review to come). In some cases these different components’ reviews overlapped one another, and for a short time all three were used together. The constants during all these reviews, however, were the […]

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Pass Labs XA30.8 class A stereo amplifier Review, Part II


Amplification | Solid State

Jack Roberts

Pass Labs XA30.8 Review, Part II: “Driving the Quad ESL”   I shared in Part I of the Pass Labs XA30.8 review that the reason for getting the stereo amplifier in was because I knew I had a pair of Wayne Picquet’s restored Quad ESL (the 57) coming in to listen to. So I was […]

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Pass Labs X260.5 Class AB monoblock amplifiers review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

George Papadimitriou

I have heard so many wonderful things about the products from Pass Labs, that I was very intrigued, to say the least. I have heard from many sources, that their products sound excellent, are very well designed, are beautifully built and that they are extremely reliable. I’ve also heard great things about the company’s main […]

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Anne Bisson; Shelby Lynne; Duke Ellington; The Sonny Rollins Quintet Records Review


Jazz | Music | Vinyl
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Beatnik Pet Peeve #3: “The Way Modern Speakers Play Bass”


Beatnik's Journey | Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Jack Roberts

Very few people like a speaker that has fat, flabby sounding bass. More people nowadays seem to like fast, tight bass with lots of slam. People also seem hung up on how low speakers play bass. There are speakers which can place bass down to the low 20 Hz regions that don’t have satisfying bass. […]

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AUDIO BLAST: iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC


Audio Blast | DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

It seems that as fast as I can conduct a thorough assessment of an iFi Micro device, the company has released another moving the product up in terms of performance. I am putting the finishing touches on a brief discussion of the iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC, and I see there is already an “octa” […]

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Audio Blast: iFi Micro iDAC USB and iUSBPower


Audio Blast | DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

  There are two economic worlds for audiophiles, the Extreme and the Budget and ne’er the two shall meet – at least in theory. In reality, these two rub shoulders more than hobbyists may think. Trickle down of technology happens to a greater or lesser degree in all manufacturers that produce more than one line […]

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Electra-Fidelity A3-500 300B monoblock amplifiers Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Tube

Jack Roberts

I first met Tony Chipelo at the 2014 California Audio Show. He was sharing a room with Fritz Speakers and it was the best I had heard the Fritz speakers sound at a show. Electra-Fidelity is a boutique high-end audio company in Las Vegas, NV. It was founded by Tony Chipelo in 2010. In addition […]

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Tannoy Prestige Canterbury Gold Reference speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Ed Momkus

A Brief History of the Tannoy Prestige Line It doesn’t go all the way back to the time that Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, but Tannoy is an audio company with a long and illustrious history. In 1948 Ronald Rackham of Tannoy (which had already been in existence for 22 years) invented the dual-concentric speaker, […]

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Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier and X600.5 monoblock amplifiers Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Preamplifier | Solid State

Doug Schroeder

Publisher’s note: This Review was originally submitted for publishing in March, 2014, but somehow was overlooked. With apologies and thanks to Doug Schroeder, the author, for his insightful work and understanding, as well as to Pass Labs which was expecting the Review, we present this article for our readers to enjoy.   When I first […]

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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/PreDAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Laurence A. Borden

A Survey of Upper-Echelon DACs Part 1: Empirical Audio Overdrive® SE USB DAC/PreDAC (and Short Block USB Filter)   This is a follow-up to Ed Momkus’s March 2011 review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive DAC, Pace Car Reclocker, and Monolith Battery Supply. Introduction I am one lucky guy: For the past few months I have […]

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP power amplifier Review


Amplification | Tube

Paul Mah

  International union–a confluence of four countries for the sake of high-end audio Question: What do you get when you have Dutch, Chinese, American and Italian joined together? Answer: Mighty good eating if I’m referring to international cuisine. But since I’m writing about food for the soul, the new PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP power amplifier […]

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VIP 15: The MPS Oscar Peterson Solo Recordings Review


Jazz | Music | Vinyl

Phillip Holmes

VIP 15 Exclusively For My Friends Vinyl In Print from………… The MPS Oscar Peterson Solo Recordings EAN:4029759094784   My first exposure to real jazz (meaning, not “dance band music” which is thoroughly composed) was How Long Has This Been Going On?, a 1978 Pablo Sarah Vaughan release, produced by Norman Granz, and featuring an Oscar […]

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Interview with Christian Thielemann


Classical | Commentaries | Music

Lawrence Lock

Interview with Christian Thielemann Date: November 13, 2014 Location: Semperoper, Dresden The year 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss (1864-1949). In mid-November I traveled to the “Strauss city” Dresden to immerse myself in the fabled Semperoper’s presentations of some of the German composer’s most celebrated operas. The Semperoper serves the […]

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Horning Eufrodite Ellipse PM 65 speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Kevin Fiske

Having made a British designed and made pair of horn speakers the subject of my first review for Dagogo, I subsequently attended the UK National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall, just up the hill from the British Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone. Curious to discover other European manufacturers taking a horn-based approach I visited LW […]

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Music First Audio Baby Reference preamplifier Review Followup


Preamplifier

Jack Roberts

Just in August of 2014, Doug Schroeder wrote a three-page rave review of this passive, transformer-based line stage. At the California Audio Show one of the most popular rooms and one of my top five, maybe the top, was the one with Music First, TriangleART, and Audio Note UK. This room was set up by […]

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TEO Audio Liquid Pre preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Doug Schroeder

How many manufacturers of audio products do you know announce on their website, “New shipping requirements… no longer requires HAZMAT shipping designation!” None, right? That’s about to change; Let me introduce you to TEO Audio, maker of the Liquid Preamp. You read that right – liquid preamp, complete with ingredients such as Gallium, Indium and […]

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Pass Labs Xs 300 Dual Chassis mono amplifiers Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Solid State

Ed Momkus

This review is about the fabulously over-the-top Pass Labs Xs 300 monoblock amplifiers – although how can you even call them “monoblocks” when each channel comes in two hulking metal enclosures? Pass Labs calls them “Dual Chassis Monoblocks”, but that doesn’t come close to fully describing this 298-pound-per-side power plant. So, how did I get […]

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Pass Labs XA30.8 class A stereo amplifier Review


Amplification | Solid State

Jack Roberts

  In my review of the First Watt SIT-1 mono-blocks, I said, “If you’ve been an audiophile as long as I have, Nelson Pass is probably nearly a legend to you. I remember in my early twenties drooling over the Threshold amps. In the mid 80s he designed the real bargain amp of the day, […]

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KEF M500 Hi-Fi Headphones Review


Headphones | On Ear Headphones

Paul Mah

We have a winner! I won these headphones at a KEF drawing during the New York Audio Show, held recently at the Brooklyn Marriott hotel. KEF neither solicited nor was I obligated to review the M500, but since I have really enjoyed listening to them for the past few weeks I thought I would let […]

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Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable Review


Analog Sources | Turn Tables

Jack Roberts

Some may think it’s odd for me to be reviewing such an inexpensive turntable. Last Christmas I was looking for a turntable for my 29-year-old daughter-in-law who wanted an inexpensive turntable for her Christmas present. After she got her turntable, I’ve had a lot of people her age looking for entry level tables. So, I […]

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The Beatnik Remembers HP


Beatnik's Journey | The Columns

Jack Roberts

As we come to the end of 2014, to me the biggest story in the audio community this year is that “HP” is no longer with us. I’m not one who sees HP as the founder of “High-end Audio” but he surely brought my generation to understand a kind of sound our stereo systems could […]


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