• EXOTICA: MAGICO Mini Loudspeaker

    EXOTICA: MAGICO Mini Loudspeaker

    Israeli-American designer Alon Wolf’s MAGICO Mini—the speaker that so impressed me, RH, HP, WG, and just about everyone else who heard it at this past CES—is a compact, stand-mounted, two-way mini-monitor that costs $22,000. At ...
  • REL Britannia B3 Subwoofer

    REL Britannia B3 Subwoofer

    REL Acoustics designs and constructs subwoofers of serious intent. It faithfully hews to the high end’s original mission statement for subs—to reproduce music’s bottom octave, the region that extends to 20Hz or lower. [1] The ...
  • NAD Masters Series M3 Integrated Amplifier

    NAD Masters Series M3 Integrated Amplifier

    Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t admire and respect NAD electronics? For decades they’ve been the gold standard for “budget” high-end audio, combining brick-solid engineering, clean execution, and performance to burn. And therein lies ...
  • ProAc Studio 140 Loudspeaker

    ProAc Studio 140 Loudspeaker

    When ProAc released the original Tablette in 1979, it was the kind of breakthrough product that challenged conventional wisdom about minispeaker performance. Designed by Stewart Tyler, the Tablette (iterations of the original continue to this ...
  • Bellari VP129 Tube Phono Preamplifier

    Bellari VP129 Tube Phono Preamplifier

    Full-function preamps with integrated phonostages are becoming hard to find, so if you want to listen to vinyl these days you’ll probably need to buy a separate unit. But many inexpensive solid-state models sound cold, ...
  • Focal Profile 918 Loudspeaker

    Focal Profile 918 Loudspeaker

    The upside of having two listening rooms at my disposal is, obviously, being able to audition equipment— especially loudspeakers—in more than one acoustic environment. After all, the room is at least as important as any ...
  • Revel Performa F52 Loudspeaker

    Revel Performa F52 Loudspeaker

    Sometimes all it takes to identify the essence of a loudspeaker—to glimpse its soul, if you will—is to hear the way it reproduces the relative simplicity of a single instrument. If you’re a guitar player, ...
  • Accuphase DP-57 CD Player

    Accuphase DP-57 CD Player

    I’ve recently been the beneficiary of an embarrassment of high-end riches. This happy bit of serendipity has allowed me to evaluate loudspeakers from ATC and DALI, and electronics from Plinius (most notably, the CD-101 CD ...

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