• Dynaudio Excite X34

    Dynaudio Excite X34

    If there’s anything that gets my back up it’s the lament that all the sexiness and excitement in audio resides at the extreme high end of the market. That is just so wrong. In fact ...
  • Neat Acoustics Iota

    Neat Acoustics Iota

    What can five-by-eight inches buy you in the high-end today? A budget USB DAC? A power supply, a line conditioner? A doorstop? How about a loudspeaker? Not just a smidge of a speaker either. More ...
  • Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Everybody likes a good comeback story. Well, they don’t write them any better than the Aragon 8008 amplifier. The company that immortalized the offbeat, V-notch heat sink has returned. Dating back to the distant 1990s, ...
  • Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    When Morel’s Fat Lady (reviewed by JV, Issue 209) touched down on North American shores in 2009, few could accuse the Israel-based company of lacking a sense of humor. The high-tech flagship with its robust, ...
  • Meridian Direct DAC

    Meridian Direct DAC

    It’s no secret that pocket-sized USB DACs have a lot going for them. I know from experience that Meridian’s Explorer is a superb little performer (Issue 234). But, miniaturization also has its limits. For example, ...
  • Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    The high-end’s annual January bacchanal, better known as CES has weathered all sorts of setbacks over the years–from global recessions, foreign competition, even MP3. This winter we learned the meaning of the meteorological phenomenon known ...
  • Franco Serblin Accordo Loudspeaker

    Franco Serblin Accordo Loudspeaker

    Franco Serblin, who died in March 2013, is remembered as the founder, creative force, and papa behind Italy’s Sonus faber. I remember him for his incisive and curious mind, and the Italian ease with which ...
  • NAD D 3020

    NAD D 3020

    In NAD lore, “3020” are hallowed numerals. The long-ago integrated amplifier that bore that designation might have been a barebones affair, but it marked a departure from the budget norm when it first debuted in ...
  • Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Pocket USB streamers are all the rage today. Feather-light and foolproof, they fit in your trousers, fanny-pack, or handbag, and, voîlà, high-res music on-the-hoof. However, they do pose problems for dedicated home-based high-end platforms. Sure, ...

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