• 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

    Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker $89,975 The Zellaton Stage loudspeaker replaces the Quad ESL-57 as my Golden Ear Award selection. Like the original Quad, the Stage has a pellucid midrange, with world-class purity, clarity, fine detail retrieval, ...
  • MBL X-treme Roadshow at Suncoast Audio

    MBL X-treme Roadshow at Suncoast Audio

    November 14, 2019 - Please join MBL and Suncoast Audio, Sarasota, Florida, for the MBL X-treme Roadshow on Saturday, November 16th, 1-5pm. Jeremy and Tara Bryan from MBL North America will present the 101 X-treme ...
  • Magnepan Doubles Down

    Magnepan Doubles Down

    No sooner has Magnepan’s Wendell Diller finished with his nationwide demonstration tour of the company’s new 30.7s, when he and his wife Galina are planning yet another tour to show off an even-newer Magnepan loudspeaker ...
  • Focal Open's First-Ever US Retail Store

    Focal Open's First-Ever US Retail Store

    The following is a press release issued byVervent Audio Group. November 8, 2019 - Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the audio and high-fidelity sound leader, is launching its worldwide network of Focal Powered by Naim flagship ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andre Jennings

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andre Jennings

    Graham Engineering Phantom III Tonearm $7000–$7900 Since the introduction of the original Phantom B-44, this “stable” uni-pivot tonearm has been an excellent performer with superb build-quality that speaks to its durability and longevity. Through a ...
  • KEF R11 Loudspeaker

    KEF R11 Loudspeaker

    As any hi-fi enthusiast knows, there’s no shortage of attractive loudspeakers out there nowadays. But beauty only goes so far if the sound isn’t up to snuff. Happily the KEF R11, the flagship of the ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    Lyra Etna Cartridge $8995 Jacob Heilbrunn raved about the SL version of this mc cartridge, but that model’s very low output renders it a specialty product for use only in systems with very-high-gain phonostages. The ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

    PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier $599 Even when I’m not doing critical listening, I still find myself returning frequently and fondly to the super-sounding and retro-stylish Sprout100 integrated amp, a new and improved version of ...

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