• DS Audio DS 002 Optical Cartridge

    DS Audio DS 002 Optical Cartridge

    A long time before most of you were born, grandpa here used to use a phono cartridge called the Decca London, whose chief virtue was the elimination of what Decca called “cantilever haze.” “What’s that?” ...
  • Stein Music Harmonizer System

    Stein Music Harmonizer System

    Stein Music’s Harmonizer System is your classic black magic tweak. Though its inventor Holger Stein tried to explain how his small, shelf- or stand-mounted, black or white plastic boxes (labeled H2a and H2b) and wall-mounted ...
  • Soulution 755 Phono Preamplifier

    Soulution 755 Phono Preamplifier

    This has been a very good year for phonostages chez Valin. Over the past twelve months or so I’ve had the opportunity to audition four outstanding units: the Audio Consulting Silver Rock, the Constellation Perseus, ...
  • The Emperor's New Server

    The Emperor's New Server

    So much has been written so enthusiastically in this magazine and others about the manifest superiority of computer audio over “old-fashioned” optical-disc technologies (and, presumably, over even more old-fashioned analog ones) that even an LP ...
  • Magico MPOD

    Magico MPOD

    In the near future I will be blogging about the Magico’s M3 loudspeaker—along with the now-discontinued MPro, simply the best-sounding dynamic floorstander I’ve yet had in my home. But for the time being I want ...
  • Magico Q-Sub 15 and Raidho D-5.1

    Magico Q-Sub 15 and Raidho D-5.1

    Over the last couple of years I’ve heard Magico’s humongous $22k Q-Sub 15 several times at shows, and while impressed by its (typical-for-Magico) rock-solid build-quality (a 350-pound, 20.75" x 21.5" x 26.5" sealed aluminum box ...
  • Raidho D-5.1

    Raidho D-5.1

    “New and improved” components can be found everywhere in high-end audio (and everywhere everywhere else, for that matter). Generally speaking, most of them are improved—maybe not a whole lot or in every regard, but usually ...

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