• McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    Prefatory Rant I shall begin by asking you to indulge me some venting: I hate the direction that many high-end preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers have taken the last quarter-century and longer—detest is a more precise ...
  • TAS Legacy: Quad ESL-57 Loudspeaker

    TAS Legacy: Quad ESL-57 Loudspeaker

    Since the mid-Forties Peter Walker had believed that the electrostatic principle would be, as he once put it with typical understatement, “a nice way of doing it.” The principle was simplicity itself: a thin plastic ...
  • Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier

    Yamaha A-S3000 Integrated Amplifier

    Back in the day, Yamaha components were always regarded as a cut or three above the usual imports from Japan such as Pioneer, Sansui, Kenwood, even Sony. They boasted solid build, superb engineering, very good ...
  • Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Loudspeaker

    Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Loudspeaker

    A few days after I took delivery of the Monitor 40.2, the third version of Harbeth’s flagship loudspeaker, a close friend fell by for a listen. He’s a Los Angeles studio musician (a violinist who’s ...
  • Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air

    If Frank Sinatra were alive today he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12, 2015. Round-number decades inspire celebrations; centennials erect monuments. Last year witnessed the Grammy Museum’s exhibition Sinatra: An American Icon ...
  • Falcon Acoustics BBC LS3/5a

    Falcon Acoustics BBC LS3/5a

    The cult surrounding the LS3/5a—the “little legend,” as it’s sometimes called—is among the longest lived components in all audio and in many respects one of the strangest. The British Broadcasting Corporation designed the speaker in ...
  • Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

    Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

    I don’t have much to say about the sonic qualities of Benchmark’s new AHB2 power amplifier because there isn’t that much to say. Used within its limitations and for its intended purposes it is in ...
  • Harbeth Super HL5plus Loudspeaker

    Harbeth Super HL5plus Loudspeaker

    Put simply, Alan Shaw’s new Harbeth SuperHL5plus is one of the most beautiful-sounding speaker systems I’ve heard since the original Quad electrostatic. The comparison is not stated lightly: This transducer has the same musical authority, ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2015: Paul Seydor

    Golden Ear Awards 2015: Paul Seydor

    Harbeth SuperHL5plus Loudspeaker$6890 Alan Shaw’s new Harbeth SuperHL5plus is one of the most beautiful sounding speaker systems I’ve heard since the original Quad electrostatic, with the same musical authority, naturalness, and a really extraordinary top-to-bottom ...

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