• Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Music Player

    Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Music Player

    When I reviewed Astell&Kern’s first offering in early 2013, the AK100 ($699), the concept of a high-performance portable music player was new and the AK100 was unique. Flash forward three years—nowadays audiophiles have a plethora ...
  • Mytek Brooklyn MQA-Compatible DAC

    Mytek Brooklyn MQA-Compatible DAC

    The Mytek Brooklyn is the first non-Meridian-branded DAC that supports MQA. Because of that, every time it’s been shown, whether at a consumer or industry event, it has generated practically standing-room-only interest. I first laid ...
  • Stax SR-L700 Headphones

    Stax SR-L700 Headphones

    It would not be a stretch to call Stax “the first audiophile headphone.” When almost all other full-sized headphones were using dynamic drivers, Stax had already established itself as preeminent by using planar-electrostatic technology. Stax’s ...
  • Joseph Audio Prism

    Joseph Audio Prism

    Back in 2010, when I reviewed the Joseph Audio Pulsar loudspeakers, I concluded, “If I were forced to move into a smaller domicile, one with a modestly sized room for my system, the first speaker ...
  • Questyle QP1R Portable Player

    Questyle QP1R Portable Player

    Although Questyle may be a new name to some audiophiles, the company has been in existence for several years. It combines two complementary operations: Questyle Audio Technology Co. Ltd, China, and Questyle North America Inc., ...
  • Audeze EL-8 Headphones

    Audeze EL-8 Headphones

    Audeze burst onto the audio scene a couple of years ago as one of the new wave of manufacturers dedicated to high-performance headphone products. Its first headphone design, the LCD-2, has gone through several versions, ...
  • Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

    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 ...

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