• Neil Gader's Best Of CES

    Neil Gader's Best Of CES

    Best Sound:I heard great sounds from the Wilson Sasha, the refrigerator-like Dynaudio Consequence Ultimate and even the new and smaller two-way YG Carmel. But anchored by the superlative Vandersteen 7 and assisted by Aesthetix electronics, ...
  • Neil Gader's CES Favorites Part I

    Neil Gader's CES Favorites Part I

    The super stealthy Esoteric RZ-1 ($6000) was one of those components I couldn’t get out of my head. It hides its complexity beneath a silver vault-like exterior. Part slot-loaded SACD/CD transport, part integrated amplifier with ...
  • The Beatles Remastered (TAS 198)

    The Beatles Remastered (TAS 198)

    The year was 1987 and digital audio was still emerging unsteadily from its technological Stone Age. Nineteen-eighty-seven was also noteworthy for the highly anticipated, first-ever release of the Beatles catalog on compact disc. Although the ...
  • PMC DB1i Loudspeaker (TAS 198)

    PMC DB1i Loudspeaker (TAS 198)

    Professional Monitor Company or PMC is the U.K.-based loudspeaker firm that has been internationally heralded for the big active systems it designs for the pro market—systems for film- and sound-recording studios as well as broadcast ...
  • Unboxing: Magico V2 Loudspeaker

    Unboxing: Magico V2 Loudspeaker

    After many none-too-sutble hints to colleagues Harley and Valin and a few well placed words to Magico marketing guy Irv Gross, I’ve finally received a pair of Magico’s for review–the 2.5-way V2, a floorstander. They ...
  • TAS 196: Sonics Amerigo Loudspeaker

    TAS 196: Sonics Amerigo Loudspeaker

    There are few things in audio as sweet as the speed and coherence of an impeccably executed two-way compact speaker. At least that’s my view. The reason? Simplicity. Two-ways apply the bare minimum of parts, ...
  • Neil Gader's Best Of RMAF 2009

    Neil Gader's Best Of RMAF 2009

    Best Sound The TAD Reference One loudspeaker in the Kimber/WBT demo room (with Bel Canto’s DAC3.5, the CD2 player transport, Virtual Battery Supply, Ref 500M monoblocks and all WBT terminated Kimber Kable) produced effortless orchestral ...
  • RMAF Day 2: Saying Yes To Nola

    RMAF Day 2: Saying Yes To Nola

    In the large speaker ranks the name Nola needs little introduction. Open baffle designs like its Baby Grand always attract a great deal of interest. Music is reproduced on such a transparent and impactful scale ...
  • RMAF Day One: A Good Beginning

    RMAF Day One: A Good Beginning

    Friday mornings at Rocky Mountain tend to be the quietest as I begin my rounds, but I hit pay dirt right out of the chute. Norwegian electronics maker Hegel made quite a strong first impression ...

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