• 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    Rockport Altair Loudspeaker$97,500 Although it’s been nearly four years since I reviewed the Altair, Rockport’s second-from-top model still sticks in my mind as one of the world’s greatest loudspeakers. My fond memory of how this ...
  • Hegel-Launches New HD12 DAC

    Hegel-Launches New HD12 DAC

    October 8, 2014 - Introducing the next generation of Hegel D/A-Converters - The HD12, introduces a combination of great new functionality as well as greatly improved sound quality. First of all, a brand new USB ...
  • 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    CH Precision C1 Linestage/ DAC and A1 Power Amplifier$32,975; $37,475 These highly modular components from new-but-pedigreed CH Precision represent the latest Swiss thinking on high-bandwidth, low-noise amplification and digital circuitry. Technology aside, the CH gestalt ...
  • Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    For audiophiles who travel a portable DAC has become one of those “must-have” travel accessories, right up there with a toothbrush and an unexpired credit card. The first generation of portable USB DACs was big ...
  • Arcam FMJ A19 and airDAC

    Arcam FMJ A19 and airDAC

    Though integrated amplifiers have been around a long time, they are often mixed bags. Some models try to do too many things at once, losing focus on what we listen for first—sound quality. Whether you ...
  • PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    In 2012, a group of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) enthusiasts within the audio industry (led by dCS) released the DSD-over-PCM (DoP) standard, providing a way to “trick” traditional PCM audio circuits into playing native DSD ...
  • Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    As part of its “high-resolution initiative” Sony has rolled out several exciting new products during the past year including the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 digital players, the NW-F887 portable player (Asia only), and the PHA-2 portable ...
  • The Attention-Span Gap

    The Attention-Span Gap

    Every month, it seems, this magazine and other industry oracles lament the younger generation’s apathy toward high-end audio. The stated culprit is always the same: lack of exposure to good sound. I grant you that ...
  • NAD Introduces C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC

    NAD Introduces C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC

    Pickering, Ontario August 5, 2014 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced the newest member of their illustrious digital family, the C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC. Known for reference quality ...

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