• TESTED: Music Hall Maven Stereo Receiver

    TESTED: Music Hall Maven Stereo Receiver

    The Music Hall Maven is a stylish updating of one of audio’s most enduring components, the stereo receiver—the one-chassis solution that integrates the preamp and amp stages with an AM/FM tuner. Classic, sensible, understated. Dig ...
  • TESTED: PrimaLuna Model Eight CD Player

    TESTED: PrimaLuna Model Eight CD Player

    Dutch-based PrimaLuna has in recent years garnered much critical acclaim for the phenomenal price-to-performance ratio of its line of tube gear. The business model of European designs manufactured in China is not new per se, ...
  • 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 ...

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