• Rotel RCX-1500 CD Receiver (TAS 218)

    Rotel RCX-1500 CD Receiver (TAS 218)

    Rotel calls the RCX-1500 CD receiver the “most versatile component we’ve ever offered,” and I don’t doubt the claim. The RCX-1500 is a veritable multi-tasking, digital Grand Central Station. All comers welcome. Whether you want ...
  • Bryston BDP-1 Digital Player (TAS 215)

    Bryston BDP-1 Digital Player (TAS 215)

    Canadian stalwart Bryston is not known for ostentatious flights of fancy nor hyperbolic self promotion. Rather, the company has established a sterling reputation—in both professional and consumer circles—for conservative design, unparalleled product reliability, and superlative ...
  • Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Any conversation about computers reminds me of my son-in-law, Dan. Classic Gen Y profile. Thirty-two years old, just married, a professional with an advanced degree. Dan, like much of his generation, is a savvy computer ...
  • Esoteric K-03 (TAS 213)

    Esoteric K-03 (TAS 213)

    The Esoteric K-03 is not your usual CD/SACD player. Its designers have innovatively combined a highly refined CD/SACD transport and a full-function DAC within the same luscious chassis. Although on the surface that doesn’t seem ...
  • Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock (TAS 213)

    Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock (TAS 213)

    A reader recently wrote in to complain that TAS reviews overuse the phrase, “(Component X) performs like units costing many times its price.” Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, I can assure you ...
  • dCS Debussy DAC (TAS 209)

    dCS Debussy DAC (TAS 209)

    In 2003, Bentley Motors shocked the automotive world by introducing the Continental GT. Until then, acquiring one of Bentley’s bespoke motorcars would set the purchaser back several hundred thousand dollars. But the Continental GT cut ...
  • Most Significant Trend at CES

    Most Significant Trend at CES

    Most Important Trend The most significant trend at this year's CES was undoubtedly the rise of devices whose names start with a lowercase “i” as music-sources. The iPad and iPhone were everywhere as sources, with ...

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