• SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL are the initials usually associated with the term sound pressure level, but it is also short for Sound Performance Lab, a German firm that has been making professional recording gear since the late 1970s. ...
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    TAD ME1 loudspeaker $12,000 The Micro Evolution One (ME1) may be the smallest speaker in TAD’s Evolution lineup, but don’t call it reductionist. This three-way reflex design arguably has more heart and soul than its ...
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    Rotel A14 integrated amplifier/DAC $1299 The astronomical prices of some current gear can overshadow the increasing number of moderately priced components that produce really enjoyable sound. Today’s sources include a number of digital and wireless ...
  • AVM Introduces the OVATION CS 8.2

    AVM Introduces the OVATION CS 8.2

    The following is a press release issued by AVM. September 6, 2017 - AVM, the renowned German High-End manufacturer, introduces the OVATION CS 8.2 – a brand-new all-in-one system that encompasses every element of AVM's ...
  • Legends of High-End Audio: Saul Marantz

    Legends of High-End Audio: Saul Marantz

    We present very brief excerpts from a few of the extended profiles, interviews, and archival photography that comprise The Absolute Sound’s Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume Two: Electronics. The Grateful Dead’s unofficial slogan “What ...
  • Head, Heart, and Hands

    Head, Heart, and Hands

    Allan Moulton is North American Sales Manager at U.S.-based equipment distributor Musical Surroundings. Why do people still listen to records? It’s the question instinctively asked by nearly all those outside our hobby (and many within) ...
  • Q&A with Udo Bessser of AVM

    Q&A with Udo Bessser of AVM

    What ignited your interest in high-end audio? My father exposed me to music by taking me to lots of classical concerts. Since he was also into hi-fi, we always had good systems at home. It ...
  • Martin Borish

    Martin Borish

    It is difficult to imagine high-end audio without the contribution of Martin Borish and NAD. More than any other company, NAD introduced to music lovers the idea that better-designed audio equipment translates into greater musical ...

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