• 2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    Excel Sound Corporation Hana SL Moving Coil $750 In a sea of $10,000-ish super-cartridges, what’s a vinyl-playing audiophile with discriminating tastes to do? For that matter, what’s a sub-$999-budgeted audiophile to do? The $750 Hana ...
  • TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    The TAD ME1 (ME for Micro-Evolution) is the third stand-mounted compact loudspeaker to be rolled out by Japan’s Technical Audio Devices in recent years. Led by the Reference Series CR1, a beryllium-driver three-way of ravishing ...
  • The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    Produced, composed, and arranged by Brian Wilson, Pet Sounds stands as the Beach Boys’ pinnacle. The album is brimming with beautiful ballads, exotic instrumentation, lush five-part harmonies, and an aching sentimentality. Recorded largely with session ...
  • Hegel Mohican CD Player

    Hegel Mohican CD Player

    In case you haven’t heard of this CD-only player, you have surmised correctly: “Mohican” is a reference to the James Fenimore Cooper novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Given the current ascendancy of computer audio, ...
  • Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Monitors

    Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Monitors

    Even before I’d gotten a brief demo “taste” of the mini but mighty LCDi4 in-ears at the 2017 High End Munich show (where they were introduced), I figured I’d like them, mainly because I’ve been ...
  • The Christmas Records

    The Christmas Records

    Beginning in 1963, The Beatles sent out a Christmas record every year to members of their fan clubs—or “Beatles people,” as they were called. In all, seven 7-inches appeared, and on December 15 Apple Corps ...
  • Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Loudspeaker

    Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Loudspeaker

    Seeking: A lasting relationship with a loudspeaker for under a grand. Familiar? It’s a recurring goal among enthusiasts pursuing performance but also looking to tap the brakes on the budget. Typically there are two choices. ...

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