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    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

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    2015 RMAF Show Report – Analog

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    Golden Ear Awards 2015: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Vienna Acoustics Liszt Loudspeaker$15,000 The Liszt loudspeaker, which is the brainchild of well-known Austrian designer Peter Gansterer, features proprietary flat-spider-cone technology and a modified first-order crossover. The dual-vented-cavity bass drivers operate in their own cabinet ...
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    Swedish Neutrality: SAT Tonearm

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