•  Magnepan 30.7 Loudspeaker, Part One

    Magnepan 30.7 Loudspeaker, Part One

    Over the years I’ve listened to just about every loudspeaker that Jim Winey’s fabled Minnesota company Magnepan has engineered and manufactured. I’ve also owned more Magneplanars than any other kind of loudspeaker. Why? Because from ...
  • 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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