• 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 ...
  • Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

    Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

    The following is a press release issued by Yamaha. Buena Park, California | October 23, 2019 - Yamaha is making the biggest statement in the Hi-Fi market since it coined the term “Hi-Fi” 65 years ...
  • 50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

    50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

    Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95 Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95 Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier $7000 The Mimas is, to my way of thinking, an old musical soul, though at a glance you wouldn’t think so. Hip and striking in its clean precision machining and uncluttered ...
  • Linn Unveils Series 3 Wireless Speaker

    Linn Unveils Series 3 Wireless Speaker

    October 17, 2019 - Linn, the Glasgow-based high-end audio specialist, unveils Series 3, an all-in-one, wireless speaker unlike any other and the embodiment of five decades of audio innovation. Launching in their brand-new flagship showroom ...

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