• Ayon Stealth DAC/Preamplifier

    Ayon Stealth DAC/Preamplifier

    What’s in a model name? Well, sometimes not much at all when it’s merely an arbitrary numerical designation and a potential source of confusion for my slightly dyslexic mind. On the other hand, Ayon’s choice ...
  • German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    Lincoln Walsh isn’t exactly a household name in audiophile circles, but he literally turned driver design on its head in the early 1960s with his revolutionary bending-wave transducer. The Walsh driver looked like a giant ...
  • Octave Audio V110 Integrated Amplifier

    Octave Audio V110 Integrated Amplifier

    Boasting a distinctly musical name, Octave Audio, headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, has established a fine reputation for high-end tube electronics in the company’s home market since its founding in the mid-1980s. Its recent transition to ...
  • Bud Fried Tower Loudspeaker

    Bud Fried Tower Loudspeaker

    The late Irving “Bud” Fried (1920–2005) blazed a trail through high-end audio’s formative years, first as an importer of classic British gear and later, starting in the 1970s, as a manufacturer of transmission line (TL) ...
  • Acoustic Zen Crescendo Loudspeaker

    Acoustic Zen Crescendo Loudspeaker

    When A. R. Bailey unveiled his novel “non-resonant loudspeaker enclosure” in 1965, commonly referred to today as a classic transmission line (TL), he took direct aim at the popular bass-reflex speaker design. Bailey’s measurements and ...
  • CES 2013 Show Report: Tube Gear

    CES 2013 Show Report: Tube Gear

    I was saddened to learn prior to the CES that David Manley, the progenitor of both VTL and Manley Labs, had passed away in late December after a long illness. A memorial gathering of friends ...

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