• TESTED: Wadia 170 iTransport iPod Dock

    TESTED: Wadia 170 iTransport iPod Dock

    As great a product as the iPod is—and it is truly spectacular—it has an Achilles’ heel for discriminating listeners: its digital-to-analog converter and analog output stage. The iPod’s D/A converter and output amplifier are by ...
  • The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made From Glass

    The $2000 CD Made from Glass Robert Harley Japanese CD manufacturer Memory-Tech is offering to replicate CDs made from glass rather than the conventional polycarbonate. The rationale? Glass CDs sound better. Memory-Tech calls the discs ...
  • Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better Than CD?

    Do Hard-Disk Drives Sound Better than CDs? Robert Harley A reader's post of an interesting and relevant question regarding the sound quality of hard-disk-based music servers versus CD (http://www.avguide.com/forums/cd-player-vs-computerserver-system) prompted me to post my experience ...
  • Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC

    Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC

    Most audio products designed for professional use are sonically inferior compared to the best high-end “consumer” components. That’s because, in the pro world, features, functionality, and reliability under harsh conditions take precedence over sound quality. ...
  • Inside the YG Acoustics Factory

    Inside the YG Acoustics Factory

    Inside the YG Acoustics Factory Robert Harley YG Acoustics is a relatively young company (founded in 2002) that has made quite a splash in the upper-end of the loudspeaker market. The firm has attracted some ...
  • Beware of Gray Market Koetsu Cartridges

    Beware of Gray Market Koetsu Cartridges

    I received this letter from Koetsu's US distributor regarding the perils of buying Koetsu cartridges from "gray market" resellers. KOETSU BUYER BEWARE Recently, Koetsu has received numerous inquiries about so-called “new” and “cheap” Koetsu phono ...
  • Is Balanced Connection Better?

    Is Balanced Connection Better?

    Is Balanced Connection Better than Unbalanced? I received this e-mail from a reader, and thought I'd share his question and my answer. Editor: I am hoping you can clarify or comment on balanced vs unbalanced ...
  • Vandersteen Model 7 Preview

    Vandersteen Model 7 Preview

    Vandersteen Model 7 Loudspeaker Preview Robert Harley One of the “must-hear” systems at CES was Richard Vandersteen’s all-new Model 7 loudspeaker. The buzz surrounded not just the exceptional sound the system produced, but the radical ...

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