• Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

    For parents tuning into Top 40 radio in the 60s, hits like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” probably confirmed their worst fears. The band was the Jefferson Airplane from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district—the counterculture’s ...
  • B&W 805 D3

    B&W 805 D3

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “flagship” loudspeaker? Its size, of course. Such speakers tend to be impressive, full-range statements—multi-driver platforms that cast long shadows in the ...
  • Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    How do you follow an act like the Elac Debut B5? The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). In a rare ...
  • REL T7i Subwoofer

    REL T7i Subwoofer

    It might be a common perception, but a subwoofer’s role isn’t limited to just adding an octave or so of bass response and going boom. Ideally it should be all about the quantity and quality ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Neil Gader

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Neil Gader

    Elac B5/F5 Loudspeakers $229/$560 The two-hundred-buck small speaker category will never be the same again. Just spend a few minutes listening to Elac’s two-way compact and you’ll understand why so many are singing its praises. ...
  • VooDoo Iso-Pod Isolation System

    VooDoo Iso-Pod Isolation System

    Hiding beneath almost every high-end component is one of its most unsung heroes: footers. Their importance to audio performance is well recognized, yet with the exception of a few manufacturers (typically high up in the ...
  • Audience Ohno Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    Audience Ohno Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    The slender profile of Audience Ohno interconnects and speaker cables runs counter to perceived audiophile gospel that high-quality wires must be thick and heavy, with dreadlock twists of conductors encased within unyielding jacketing. Audience turns ...
  • Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    When Pass Labs introduced its first-ever integrated amplifier, the INT-150 in 2009, the debut was hailed by many, myself included, as a watershed moment for a sector often derided as “down-market.” Reviewing the amp in ...
  • AVM Evolution MP 5.2 Media Player

    AVM Evolution MP 5.2 Media Player

    Don’t count the compact disc player out just yet, folks. The CD format may have lost ground to computer-based audio, but as I’ve been positing for the last few issues, the venerable CD drive will ...

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