• Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

    Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

    Esoteric’s F-03A integrated amplifier proves the audio truism that not all watts are created equal. With an output power of just 30Wpc, the F-03A isn’t anyone’s idea of a powerhouse. Yet the F-03A’s 30 watts ...
  • Piega C711

    Piega C711

    Very few loudspeaker companies can claim to have created a unique technology, but the Swiss manufacturer Piega owns that distinction with its coaxial ribbon driver. Since 1986 Piega has built, from scratch, the ribbon drivers ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    JL Audio Fathom f113v2 subwoofer and CR-1 crossover $4500/$3000 JL Audio’s Fathom f112 and f113 subwoofers have long been the “go-to” models for high performance and value. The Fathoms manage to combine bone-crushing bass impact ...
  • Audiophilia on Four Wheels

    Audiophilia on Four Wheels

    In late 2007 I was contacted by Jon Whitledge, who invited me to hear his ambitious car-audio system at the January, 2008 CES. I’d never heard of him, and the prospect of having my ears ...
  • David Wilson, 1944–2018

    David Wilson, 1944–2018

    The many tributes to loudspeaker designer David Wilson, who passed away on May 26 from cancer, will understandably focus on his outsized contribution to high-end audio. One of those tributes is my piece that accompanied ...
  • The 2018 Munich High-End Show

    The 2018 Munich High-End Show

    The Munich High-End Show’s preeminence as the world’s biggest and most important event was solidified by this year’s gathering. Munich has not only effectively replaced CES for international business but has also become the major ...
  • Absolare Integrated Amplifier

    Absolare Integrated Amplifier

    Absolare arrived on the high-end scene in 2012 with two striking products, the Passion preamplifier and Passion 845 power amplifier. Both components took minimalism in circuit design and user operation to an extreme—even eschewing front-panel ...
  • Monitor Audio Silver 300

    Monitor Audio Silver 300

    How’s this for a recipe for a high-value speaker: Take a highly skilled designer, match him to a company with an audiophile ethos, mix in economy-of-scale manufacturing, and add the cost savings conferred by a ...

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