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    Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

    During the time I’ve been an audio reviewer I can count on one hand the number of integrated amplifiers I’ve reviewed. But I’ve spent more time listening to integrated amplifiers during the last couple of ...
  • Oppo PM-3 Headphones

    Oppo PM-3 Headphones

    You might say it’s time for Oppo’s round three of headphones. The esteemed Silicon Valley-based manufacturer—whose popularity appears to be on the rise—first offered the PM-1 headphones ($1099), which were soon followed by the PM-2 ...
  • Sony NW-ZX2 Digital Media Player

    Sony NW-ZX2 Digital Media Player

    When Apple discontinued its 160GB iPod Classic portable music players, a funny thing happened: Their prices on eBay doubled overnight. And while many tech-pundits see dedicated portable players as an ergonomic dead end (supplanted by ...
  • Astell&Kern AK240

    Astell&Kern AK240

    The consumer electronics industry has always evolved at a rapid rate, but the frantic pace of innovation, new product introductions, and price escalations in portable high-performance audio is now outdistancing anything I’ve witnessed before. Take ...
  • Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    For audiophiles who travel a portable DAC has become one of those “must-have” travel accessories, right up there with a toothbrush and an unexpired credit card. The first generation of portable USB DACs was big ...
  • Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    As part of its “high-resolution initiative” Sony has rolled out several exciting new products during the past year including the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 digital players, the NW-F887 portable player (Asia only), and the PHA-2 portable ...

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