• Sony Backs Hi-Res Audio Big Time

    Sony Backs Hi-Res Audio Big Time

    At a highly-promoted September 4 press conference in New York City, Sony unveiled a multi-pronged strategy to “deliver hi-res digital to a broader audience”. Sony’s explanation for wanting to do so would be self-evident to ...
  • Why Munich is Different

    Why Munich is Different

    From reading TAS, you already know Munich is a different sort of audio show. Perhaps you have seen that it is bigger than anything in the U.S., and that different manufacturers attend. If you thought ...
  • 3 Auto Sound Systems at Munich

    3 Auto Sound Systems at Munich

    Perhaps it’s no surprise, given that Munich is smack dab in the middle of car country, that the city’s audio show also included a miniature auto show. Of course, this particular auto event was open ...
  • Esoteric K-01 CD/SACD Player

    Esoteric K-01 CD/SACD Player

    Reviewers constantly see gear come and go, but, as you can imagine, we regret the parting of some pieces more than others. Roughly two years ago Esoteric had to pry its K-03 player from my ...
  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

    Sufjan Stevens fans tend to cut their hero a lot of slack. After all, his last full-length album of new material was Illinois—a towering blend of rock structures, classical composition techniques, and poetic lyrics. His ...
  • Meridian Introduces Dragonfly Contender

    Meridian Introduces Dragonfly Contender

    February 13, 2013. - Monday, England's digital specialist Meridian introduced a device meant to compete directly with Audioquest's wildly successful Dragonfly. Like that watershed product, Meridian's product, dubbed The Explorer, is an affordable USB DAC ...
  • Marten Django XL Loudspeaker

    Marten Django XL Loudspeaker

    From a speaker-designer’s perspective, $15,000 is a tricky price point. Above that, there is plenty of room to lavish resources on extensive R&D (e.g.—the KEF Blade), ultrarigid enclosures (the big Wilsons, Magico’s Q series), and ...

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