• dCS Vivaldi Version 2.0

    dCS Vivaldi Version 2.0

    Digital reproduction has long been the Achilles’ heel of the high end. The promise has always been there. A supernaturally low noise floor. No pops and ticks and cracks. Ease and convenience of use. But ...
  • Lyra Etna SL

    Lyra Etna SL

    Over the years, the Lyra line has been a mainstay in my stereo system. I’ve had everything from a Titan Mono to a Helikon to an Atlas. Each seemed to improve on the previous one, ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Transparent Opus Generation 5 $22,000 meter pair (balanced interconnect), $39,000 8' speaker cable Transparent’s reference line of networked interconnects and speaker cables sets a very high bar indeed for sonic performance. It builds upon the ...
  • BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    One of my more memorable recent audio experiences was listening for several months to the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II preamplifier and Rex 160-watt monoblock amplifiers. For one thing, the amps simply looked and sounded ...
  • Sonus faber Lilium Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber Lilium Loudspeaker

    Northern Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Sonus faber made quite a splash with its statement Aida loudspeaker a few years ago. If I recall correctly my TAS colleague Neil Gader ventured all the way from Los Angeles ...
  • 2015 RMAF Show Report – Analog

    2015 RMAF Show Report – Analog

    Reflections The most shocking development at this year’s 2015 show wasn’t that LPs were back—it was the black disc’s utter dominance. “Analog gone wild” might be the motto for the audio fest. Room after room ...

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