• Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    For virtually the entire existence of the audio hardware and music industries, consumers who most valued sound quality (you know, us) were at the mercy of the hardware formats created for the mass market. Audiophiles ...
  • Eikon Audio Image1 Integrated Loudspeaker System

    Eikon Audio Image1 Integrated Loudspeaker System

    Gayle Martin Sanders co-founded (with Ronald Logan Sutherland) MartinLogan, one of high-end audio’s most iconic companies. Sanders’ greatest contribution was the breakthrough MartinLogan CLS (Curvilinear Line Source), a speaker that exemplified high-end audio’s purist approach. ...
  • Magico M6

    Magico M6

    Before taking delivery of Magico’s M6 loudspeaker, the three best-sounding speakers I’d had in my home were Magico’s own Q7 Mk.II ($229,000, Issue 256), the Wilson Benesch Eminence ($235,000, Issue 294) and the Rockport Lyra ...
  • Longevity

    Longevity

    This editorial piece appeared in the 300th issue of TAS. This is the 300th issue of The Absolute Sound. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, that is a remarkable milestone for ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker $235,000 The Eminence is a nothing short of a technical tour de force in advanced loudspeaker design. With its in-house-made carbon-fiber enclosure, custom drivers, isobaric woofer loading, innovative tweeter, and no-compromise ...
  • Hi-Res Democratization

    Hi-Res Democratization

    I had an email exchange with a reader who was intrigued by the idea of MQA but skeptical that it could work in practice. His skepticism stemmed from the belief that the claims made for ...
  • The Four Secrets of Speaker Placement

    The Four Secrets of Speaker Placement

    Excerpted and adapted from the Fifth Edition of The Complete Guide to High-End Audio. Copyright © 1994–2019 by Robert Harley. For more information, visit hifibooks.com. To order call (800) 841-4741. The single most important factor ...

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