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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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Raven Audio Shadow Reference Preamplifier Review


Preamplifier

Jack Roberts

Raven Audio is a new and unique company as far as I know in that the electronics are designed in Korea and built in Texas. Dave Thomson and SE Han are the men behind Raven Audio. SE Han designs all of the circuits for Raven Audio. Raven Audio builds all the products in the tiny […]

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2014 Christmas LPs Review: Willie Nelson, The Vince Guaraldi Trio , Bing Crosby, Elf, Mahalia Jackson, Ernie Ford


Music | Various | Vinyl

Jack Roberts

Christmas LPs I’ve Been Listening to this Time of Year. Willie Nelson Pretty Paper Tracks: Side A: 1. Pretty Paper 2. White Christmas 3. Winter Wonderland 4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 5. Jingle Bells 6. Here Comes Santa Claus Side B: 7. Blue Christmas 8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 9. Frosty The Snowman […]

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D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Integrated Amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers | Solid State

Greg Petan

This had been a pretty sleepy summer. I spent more time with my two boys for which I am eternally grateful but I feel I have lost a bit of my edge in the process. Daddy brain they call it. The thought of getting clever and deep in the audio realm seemed a touch out […]

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exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Doug Schroeder

The exaSound Audio Design e22 is the company’s third generation USB DSD256 DAC with preamp compatibility for headphones and audio systems. Improvements over the previous e20 include a 82fs Femto-Master-Clock, a headphone amplifier twice as powerful, lowered noise and distortion levels, a 12V Trigger Output, USB 2.0 input, and heavy duty RCA connectors. In addition […]

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Sonorus Audio ProximitySub Controller


Commentaries

Fred Crowder

A Unique Audiophile Learning Experience – What exactly is the Sonorus Audio ProximitySub Controller? The older I get, the more resistant I become to change. Sometimes it takes a collision with something that your belief system cannot explain to cause you to re-examine those beliefs. For me this was occasioned by my recent visit to the […]

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Teac UD-501 USB D/A Converter Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Paul Mah

  More zeros and ones I have had the pleasure of auditioning and reviewing several good sounding digital-to-analog converters this year, ranging in price from a low of $189 (iFi-audio Nano iDSD, iFi-audio Micro iDAC, $299, iFi-audio Micro iTube/Pre-amplifier, $299) to a high of $1,790 (B.M.C. PureDAC). I can now include the $849 Teac UD-501 […]

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Lyn Stanley, Sarah McLachlan, Sonny Rollins Quintet, Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin Record Reviews


Jazz | Music | Various | Vinyl
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Essence of Music CD Treatment Review


Audio Accessories | Disc Treatment

Jack Roberts

I met Dr. Robert Spence at the 2013 California Audio Show. He had come out with Rick Schultz of High Fidelity Cables. This was the first time I had heard of Essence of Music. The Essence of Music is a product designed to reduce laser read errors, caused by bi-refraction, and the jitter caused by […]


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