• Meridian Direct DAC

    Meridian Direct DAC

    It’s no secret that pocket-sized USB DACs have a lot going for them. I know from experience that Meridian’s Explorer is a superb little performer (Issue 234). But, miniaturization also has its limits. For example, ...
  • Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    The high-end’s annual January bacchanal, better known as CES has weathered all sorts of setbacks over the years–from global recessions, foreign competition, even MP3. This winter we learned the meaning of the meteorological phenomenon known ...
  • Franco Serblin Accordo Loudspeaker

    Franco Serblin Accordo Loudspeaker

    Franco Serblin, who died in March 2013, is remembered as the founder, creative force, and papa behind Italy’s Sonus faber. I remember him for his incisive and curious mind, and the Italian ease with which ...
  • NAD D 3020

    NAD D 3020

    In NAD lore, “3020” are hallowed numerals. The long-ago integrated amplifier that bore that designation might have been a barebones affair, but it marked a departure from the budget norm when it first debuted in ...
  • Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Pocket USB streamers are all the rage today. Feather-light and foolproof, they fit in your trousers, fanny-pack, or handbag, and, voîlà, high-res music on-the-hoof. However, they do pose problems for dedicated home-based high-end platforms. Sure, ...
  • Magneplanar Super MMG System

    Magneplanar Super MMG System

    Many of my encounters with Magnepan loudspeakers predate my high-end audio writing by many years. Even now the instant I hear a Maggie system I’m transported back as if by time machine to the late ...
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Merrill Audio Veritas monoblocks ($12,000/pr) were driving the TAD Evolution 1 loudspeakers using a Macmini computer running Channel D Pure Vinyl into a Lynx Hilo ADC/DAC via Thunderbolt connection. These fully balanced amps are based ...

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