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    Magnepan LRS Loudspeaker

    For decades now, Magnepan has been trying to find stylish ways to fit its large planar-magnetic loudspeakers into smaller listening rooms without overly compromising the quick, neutral, highly coherent, boxless presentation for which Maggie dipoles ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each ...
  • From Hi-Fi to Ultra-High End

    From Hi-Fi to Ultra-High End

    The High-Fidelity Era: 1945–1970 If the pioneering epoch of loudspeaker design was driven by the motion picture and broadcast industries, the subsequent “high-fidelity era” was more centered on home entertainment and, in particular, on Columbia ...
  • Voxativ 9.87 Loudspeaker

    Voxativ 9.87 Loudspeaker

    I might as well start at the finish: The surprisingly compact, two-piece (main speaker and sub) Voxativ 9.87 is a great loudspeaker system that I could easily and happily live with until I’m carted out ...
  • MSB Reference DAC and Transport

    MSB Reference DAC and Transport

    Well, what do you know? I’ve finally found digital components I can live with! Of course, the MSB Reference DAC and Reference Transport under review here aren’t gonna push my record players and tape deck ...
  • Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

    Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

    I’ve been using various generations of Synergistic Research interconnects, cables, and power cords since Ted Denney first introduced his original ultra-complex, ultra-expensive Galileo line about a decade ago. There is a simple reason for this: ...

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