• Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    At audio shows, anytime I’ve run into Michael Vamos, the president of Audio Skies and importer of Larsen loudspeakers, he seems to be in an exceptionally good mood. Maybe he’s on medication. Maybe he’s just ...
  • The Politics of MQA

    The Politics of MQA

    The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of ...
  • Vaughan Williams: Job. Symphony No. 9

    Vaughan Williams: Job. Symphony No. 9

    Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Job was inspired by a set of early 19th-century illustrations by William Blake. The composer was developing a distinctively English style of ballet, and the music includes aristocratic dance forms from the ...
  • Magico S3 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico S3 Mk II Loudspeaker

    When Magico, LLC announced the imminent introduction of the S3 Mk II loudspeaker late last year, it wasn’t exactly shocking news. After all, two other members of Magico’s S Series, the S1 and the S5 ...
  • primephonic

    primephonic

    Generally speaking, audiophiles like to own their music. Borrowing from a vast and undifferentiated stream with practically limitless choices just doesn’t sit right—at least not as the only option. We tend to grow our music ...
  • Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    The Fifth Century, a 42-minute work for choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars (b.1963), has been described as “music that makes eternity audible.” Bryars sets texts by the lesser-known 17th-century metaphysical ...
  • Magico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico loudspeakers have impressed a good number of TAS equipment reviewers. No fewer than seven Magico models are endorsed in the 2017 Buyer’s Guide and the most ambitious designs have served as references for Robert ...
  • Marantz Introduces Premium 10 Series

    Marantz Introduces Premium 10 Series

    Photo: Jana Dagdagan Marantz “brand ambassador” Ken Ishiwata Late last year, DMGlobal, the corporation that now owns Marantz (also Denon and Boston Acoustics), announced the new Marantz Premium 10 Series and arranged for members of ...
  • Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Non-audiophiles watching a member of our tribe move towards the purchase of a costly assault-on-the-art loudspeaker may believe that acquiring that component guarantees sonic nirvana. We members of the tribe know better. That understanding is ...
  • Focal Sopra No1

    Focal Sopra No1

    There’s something to be said for a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer actually making its own drivers. The number of companies that do this is relatively small, though many try to obfuscate the matter by declaring that ...
  • RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    RMAF 2016 Show Report – Andrew Quint

    Due to the incomplete state of the extensive renovations undertaken at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, a number of loudspeaker manufacturers were disadvantaged by rooms that were less than ideal—that is, too small—to demonstrate their ...

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