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    AXPONA 2016: Electronics $20k and Up

    Most Significant New Debuts Aesthetix Atlas Mono Eclipse Amplifier Musical Surroundings debuted its 300-watt Aesthetix Atlas Mono Eclipse amplifiers ($25k/pr.). After being teased by their appearances in static displays—at this year’s CES, for one—it was ...
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    GEM Dandy PolyTable

    Don’t let its unusual looks fool you. Ditto its odd name. Deceptively simple in design and eminently user-friendly, this belt-driven turntable was created for those who want to purchase a quality analog source without breaking ...
  • HiFiMAN HE400S

    HiFiMAN HE400S

    If you’re into planar-magnetic headphones but thought power requirements and price limitations might put the damper on a purchase, think again. The smart hi-fi men at HiFiMAN have figured out how to deliver the sonic ...
  • CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    Five Best-Sounding Systems and Debuts: Constellation Hercules II electronics and MartinLogan Neolith electrostatic hybrid loudspeakers While I was duly impressed by the sound of these gorgeous red MartinLogan Neolith hybrid electrostats ($80k/pr.) powered by Constellation’s ...
  • PS Audio Sprout

    PS Audio Sprout

    Call it love at first sight. Simply put, I adored this little integrated amp from PS Audio straight out of the box. From its wonderfully compact size—slightly larger than a chunky paperback bestseller—to the look ...
  • Focal Aria 948

    Focal Aria 948

    If I had to choose a single term to summarize my experience with the Focal Aria 948, it would be “detail.” And, as I will explain, this descriptor encompasses different forms and senses of the ...
  • 2015 Munich High End: Electronics

    2015 Munich High End: Electronics

    Most Significant Rooms Magico Q7 Mk. II loudspeakers with Soulution electronics and Vovox cables The bar was set high, and set early. Simply put, this room started off my Munich show experience with unmatched slam. ...

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