• AudioQuest Wind Interconnect

    AudioQuest Wind Interconnect

    The most interesting demonstration of cables I’ve ever experienced was about 20 years ago when AudioQuest founder Bill Low visited me with a carton of nearly every cable he made—and a boom box as a ...
  • Beyond High-Resolution

    Beyond High-Resolution

    Imagine a digital-audio encoding and decoding system that delivers far better sound quality than that of any previous analog or digital technology, including 192kHz/24-bit and quad-rate DSD. Now imagine that this system’s bit rate is ...
  • Subwoofer Basics

    Subwoofer Basics

    Excerpted and adapted from The Complete Guide to High-End Audio (Fifth Edition). Copyright © 1994–2015 by Robert Harley. hifibooks.com. To order call (800) 841-4741. Subwoofers are often misunderstood, both in name and in application. While ...
  • THE Show Newport

    THE Show Newport

    THE Show Newport’s fifth annual event was bigger and much better than ever, thanks largely to the change in venue to the just-renovated Hotel Irvine. The new digs were far better suited to hosting an ...
  • Munich Update: Meridian's MQA

    Munich Update: Meridian's MQA

    There was much anticipation that Meridian would make an important announcement about its Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, but the press conference was more of an overview of how the technology works. I did, however, ...
  • The 2015 Munich High-End Show

    The 2015 Munich High-End Show

    If there was ever any doubt about the Munich high-end show’s ascendance to the world’s premier audio event, the 2015 show will put any reservations to rest. This year the vibe was even more upbeat ...
  • Raidho X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho’s X-1 must be the smallest speaker I’ve ever reviewed. With a 4" woofer/midrange mated to Raidho’s ribbon tweeter, the X-1 can nearly be held in an outstretched hand. Obviously, a 4" driver in a ...
  • JL Audio e112 Subwoofer

    JL Audio e112 Subwoofer

    I’ve been a fan of JL Audio’s subwoofers since their debut at a CEDIA show about ten years ago. At that time this company, which had already redefined bass performance in high-end car audio, was ...
  • Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Issue 254 of The Absolute Sound includes a comprehensive primer explaining the new architecture of digital music systems. A table in that article was abbreviated because of space restrictions. We reprint the full table here. ...
  • First Listen: Magico Q7 Mk.II

    First Listen: Magico Q7 Mk.II

    I just visited Magico's Hayward, California, factory where I heard the new and upgraded Mk.II version of the company's vaunted Q7 loudspeaker. The Q7 is, in my view, one of the world's greatest speakers—perhaps the ...

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