• Keeping It Simple

    Keeping It Simple

    It’s great, isn’t it? At our fingertips we have access to seemingly limitless information, on anything and everything. Enthusiasts from all corners of the globe can do their magical “research” in the comfort of their ...
  • 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) ...

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