• CES 2017 Show Report: Neil Gader

    CES 2017 Show Report: Neil Gader

    CES 2017 and its often-fractious relationship with the high end might very well be encapsulated by the Bob Dylan lyric, “It's not dark yet, but it’s gettin' there.” The decline in exhibitors at the Venetian ...
  • Dynaudio Xeo 2 Wireless Loudspeaker

    Dynaudio Xeo 2 Wireless Loudspeaker

    The Xeo 2 is the smallest and perhaps cleverest model in Dynaudio’s rapidly expanding universe of wireless active loudspeakers. You heard correctly—it’s a truly wireless, internally amplified system. It uses aptX Bluetooth as its wireless ...
  • Revel Concerta2 M16 Loudspeaker

    Revel Concerta2 M16 Loudspeaker

    To paraphrase the famous TV commercial about a trusted brand, “When Revel talks, I listen.” Revel, a brand from the Harman Luxury Group, is a company that takes its speaker designs very seriously. Its models ...
  • Q&A with Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere

    Q&A with Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere

    Atma-Sphere Music Systems, Inc. has been making vacuum tube amplifiers since 1976. Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, the company is known for its output transformerless (OTL) amplifiers. What ignited your interest in the high end? ...
  • 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 ...

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