• Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

    Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

    The K-03X is Esoteric’s penultimate CD/SACD player. Similar in appearance to the significantly more costly Esoteric flagship K-01X, the K-03X represents a commanding presence. Built to a standard of quality and luxury that few players ...
  • Rogue Audio RP-5 Preamplifier

    Rogue Audio RP-5 Preamplifier

    Equipped with remote control, phonostage, four unbalanced RCA inputs, microprocessor control, and even a trendy front-panel headphone output, the Rogue Audio RP-5 is a handsome, full-featured preamplifier that’s thoroughly modern in every sense of the ...
  • Spendor D7 Loudspeaker

    Spendor D7 Loudspeaker

    Everyone hates to admit it, but first impressions count. So, call me superficial, but I became an admirer of the Spendor D7 straight out of the box. Here was a neo-classic 38" tower that was ...
  • Dali Rubicon 6 Loudspeaker

    Dali Rubicon 6 Loudspeaker

    Last year I had the good fortune to attend a launch event for the Dali Rubicon Series loudspeakers thrown by Dali and its North American distributor, Dallas-based The Sound Organisation. Dali’s latest line includes five ...
  • CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    Introduction Funny thing about the high end and how quickly one technology is jilted for another. I’m referring of course to the venerable compact disc player—a source component that has never performed as strongly as ...
  • Elac Debut F5

    Elac Debut F5

    One of the great stories in the high end for 2015 is the resurgence of the venerable German loudspeaker company Elac, and its hiring of one the industry’s top designer/engineers Andrew Jones. Jones, formerly of ...
  • Creek Evolution 100A

    Creek Evolution 100A

    There’s an old saying that more or less goes, “Never judge a book or an amp by its cover.” Exhibit One: the Creek Evolution 100A—outwardly an exemplar of modesty—the quintessential stealth integrated amplifier. With its ...
  • Cambridge CXA80 Integrated Amplifier

    Cambridge CXA80 Integrated Amplifier

    In a newspaper article published a few months ago, a survey of Millennials had automakers worrying. Apparently car ownership was not nearly as important to this group as it was to previous generations. However, what ...
  • Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust in the Bullring

    Capturing a live concert is one of audio’s most difficult balancing acts—like taking a snapshot from two perspectives simultaneously. A rare exception is this Analogue Productions release, which captures an impassioned performance with much-better-than-expected sonics. ...
  • TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    When I reviewed it some years ago, the TAD Compact Reference or CR1 was the best stand-mount loudspeaker I’d ever heard in my room—or anyone else’s for that matter. Today it continues to represent state-of-the-art ...
  • Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

    Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

    At some point, every high-end company begins to assess its legacy. For the most part, these reflections concentrate on the designer’s boldest, most sweeping projects. Certainly for an iconic company like Wilson Audio, and its ...

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