• Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    What began as a single, brilliant, high-end portable music player—one that created the category virtually singlehandedly—has morphed into a broad line of offerings. Astell&Kern wants to make its products accessible to a wide range of ...
  • T+A PA 3000 HV and MP 3000 HV

    T+A PA 3000 HV and MP 3000 HV

    I’ve been testing these two flagship T+A components for longer than any other review equipment in memory—over a year now, on and off. One reason is that they are so fascinating; in some ways they’re ...
  • David Bowie: Then and Now

    David Bowie: Then and Now

    (Photo Credit Brian Ward) I’ve been trying to figure out why David Bowie’s recent death, at the age of 69, has hit me so hard. Did his music forever shape or alter me? No. Were ...
  • CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    Just one year ago the high end’s digital scene could best be described as nebulous. Manufacturers weren’t sure where technology was going, what customers were looking for, or how to wrangle those mobile device-toting youngsters ...
  • B&W's 800 D3 New York Launch

    B&W's 800 D3 New York Launch

    Just one month after Neil Gader received a personal preview of the new 800 Diamond 3 at B&W’s British factory (read the preview here), the company officially launched the series to the world. The U.S. ...
  • Dieter Burmester (1946–2015)

    Dieter Burmester (1946–2015)

    The high-end audio community suffered a tragic and unexpected loss on August 15, when Dieter Burmester passed away in Berlin after a short but severe illness. The loss was tragic because Burmester, who founded and ...
  • Estelon XB

    Estelon XB

    Given the title of this review, you might assume I’m going to focus on the Estelon XB’s shapely figure. And, to be sure, there is that. The XB—like all Estelons—has one of the most sensuous ...
  • High End 2015: New Age Audio

    High End 2015: New Age Audio

    While Robert, Jon, and Julie were doing the honors of covering traditional audio gear, I turned my attention to a new category I’ve dubbed “new age audio.” This is the realm of components designed to ...
  • CES 2015: Speakers $20,000 and Under

    CES 2015: Speakers $20,000 and Under

    It’s just not fair. Designers of expensive speakers get to use diamond-studded drivers enshrouded in mu-metal, solid-aluminum, or molded-marble enclosures. But if you’re building a speaker that will retail at $20k or less, those headstarts ...

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