• Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Simaudio Moon 100D USB DAC (TAS 215)

    Any conversation about computers reminds me of my son-in-law, Dan. Classic Gen Y profile. Thirty-two years old, just married, a professional with an advanced degree. Dan, like much of his generation, is a savvy computer ...
  • Wilson Audio Factory Visit

    Wilson Audio Factory Visit

    As far back as I can recall I’ve always enjoyed taking a look under the hood–from automobiles to audio. So when I was invited to have a peek at some of the technology that goes ...
  • Sonus faber Liuto Monitor (TAS 214)

    Sonus faber Liuto Monitor (TAS 214)

    Our sonic expectations for compact loudspeakers have risen dramatically in recent years. Every aspect of small speaker performance has benefited from advancements in materials technology and analysis, and computer-aided design. Output has increased; driver and ...
  • JR Transrotor Dark Star Turntable (TAS 212)

    JR Transrotor Dark Star Turntable (TAS 212)

    JR Transrotor of Germany produces a vast array of analog playback components. They run the gamut from a stable of turntables—from noble to immodest—to motors, tonearms, and various and sundry accessories. For example, there’s the ...
  • Zu Audio Essence Loudspeaker (TAS 212)

    Zu Audio Essence Loudspeaker (TAS 212)

    Zu Audio is a Utah-based loudspeaker and accessory company that was founded in 2000. The brainchild of Sean Casey (R&D) and Adam Decaria (Chief Engineer), each formerly of Kimber and Talon respectively, these entrepreneurs have ...
  • Vincent Audio PHO-8 Phonostage (TAS 211)

    Vincent Audio PHO-8 Phonostage (TAS 211)

    The Vincent Audio PHO-8 is a well finished and appointed dual-chassis phono preamp that belies its entry-level price. Sporting attractive 10mm-thick faceplates, it bears a striking resemblance to Vincent Audio’s Premium Series components. The phono ...
  • First Listen: Nola Boxer Loudspeaker

    First Listen: Nola Boxer Loudspeaker

    Contrary to urban-audiophile legend, I don’t get to keep every component that strikes my fancy. Manufacturers and distributors keep close tabs on their precious gems and tend to come a-calling rather quickly (sometimes too quickly) ...

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