• TESTED: Wadia 170 iTransport iPod Dock

    TESTED: Wadia 170 iTransport iPod Dock

    As great a product as the iPod is—and it is truly spectacular—it has an Achilles’ heel for discriminating listeners: its digital-to-analog converter and analog output stage. The iPod’s D/A converter and output amplifier are by ...
  • The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made from Glass Robert Harley Japanese CD manufacturer Memory-Tech is offering to replicate CDs made from glass rather than the conventional polycarbonate. The rationale? Glass CDs sound better. Memory-Tech calls the discs ...
  • Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better than CDs? Robert Harley A reader's post of an interesting and relevant question regarding the sound quality of hard-disk-based music servers versus CD (http://www.avguide.com/forums/cd-player-vs-computerserver-system) prompted me to post my experience ...
  • Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC

    Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC

    Most audio products designed for professional use are sonically inferior compared to the best high-end “consumer” components. That’s because, in the pro world, features, functionality, and reliability under harsh conditions take precedence over sound quality. ...
  • Prime Time Pleasure from Primare

    Prime Time Pleasure from Primare

    Alright, I’m coming clean. Believe it or not sometimes I just like my audio & video simple. I mean “one box” simple. I don’t want to pull another interconnect, power on three or four components ...
  • Pathos Endorphin CD Player

    Pathos Endorphin CD Player

    It’s a fair bet that any company named Pathos and any product named Endorphin did not originate with conformists. And indeed, this Italian company’s motto is “the unorthodox approach.” Founded in the northern city of ...
  • Meridian Audio Acquires Sooloos

    Meridian Audio Acquires Sooloos

    Meridian Audio, the venerable British firm at the forefront of digital-audio technology, announced today that it has acquired music-server manufacturer Sooloos for an undisclosed sum. Sooloos’ music servers will continue to be sold under the ...

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