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    Hi-Res Democratization

    I had an email exchange with a reader who was intrigued by the idea of MQA but skeptical that it could work in practice. His skepticism stemmed from the belief that the claims made for ...
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    The Four Secrets of Speaker Placement

    Excerpted and adapted from the Fifth Edition of The Complete Guide to High-End Audio. Copyright © 1994–2019 by Robert Harley. For more information, visit hifibooks.com. To order call (800) 841-4741. The single most important factor ...
  • Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

    Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker

    “What does that speaker sound like?” It’s such a common question among audiophiles that we never stop to think about what it means. When asking that question, we expect a capsule description of the speaker’s ...
  • Building a Listening Room

    Building a Listening Room

    Building a dedicated space for music listening is the ultimate commitment to the hobby. It’s expensive and complex, and when you’re finished there’s no guarantee that the room will sound good. But if you take ...
  • Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

    Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

    Esoteric’s F-03A integrated amplifier proves the audio truism that not all watts are created equal. With an output power of just 30Wpc, the F-03A isn’t anyone’s idea of a powerhouse. Yet the F-03A’s 30 watts ...
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    Piega C711

    Very few loudspeaker companies can claim to have created a unique technology, but the Swiss manufacturer Piega owns that distinction with its coaxial ribbon driver. Since 1986 Piega has built, from scratch, the ribbon drivers ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    JL Audio Fathom f113v2 subwoofer and CR-1 crossover $4500/$3000 JL Audio’s Fathom f112 and f113 subwoofers have long been the “go-to” models for high performance and value. The Fathoms manage to combine bone-crushing bass impact ...

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