• Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side, family, or the electronics side? I was fascinated by music and sound reproduction from an early age. At age two ...
  • Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier

    Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier

    Aesthetix Audio Corporation is the Southern California-based high-end electronics company revered for its bespoke tube and tube/hybrid electronics, many of which have been reviewed in these pages. Built to uncompromising standards, its components fall squarely ...
  • Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    The Swedish-built I35 Prisma integrated amplifier, the latest model in Primare’s highly regarded 30 Series, exemplifies a new breed of integrated amp. Where once upon a time the integrated existed in a world apart from ...
  • T.H.E. Show 2019

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Southern California has an audio show problem. It’s not new, and it’s not clear why. Perhaps it’s the slow-burn of internecine rivalries, sketchy venue selection and promotion (remember LAX?), or just plain bad luck. In ...
  • Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    I have to admit that Boston-based Sonner Audio was unfamiliar to me until I read colleague Andy Quint’s 2018 AXPONA report. He was impressed with the potential he heard under arduous show conditions (“Satisfying orchestral ...
  • JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs ...
  • Bob James Trio: Espresso

    Bob James Trio: Espresso

    For many, pianist Bob James will be remembered for his evocative theme song to the sitcom Taxi. But his musical chops are far weightier. A gifted player from childhood, he was mentored by Quincy Jones, ...
  • Audience Au24 SX powerChord

    Audience Au24 SX powerChord

    Full disclosure: The Audience Au24 SE has been one of my reference power cords for some time. But recently I got an enticing taste of the firm’s latest—its newly upgraded SX version. However, the SX ...
  • JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs ...

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