• 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 ...
  • New York Audio Show ’13 Has Big Plans

    New York Audio Show ’13 Has Big Plans

    The Chester Group, which earlier this year successfully resuscitated the once lively but recently moribund New York Audio Show, has announced plans to improve and expand next year’s version. First and foremost is a change ...
  • Esoteric(s) on Deck

    Esoteric(s) on Deck

    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 their K-03 player from my ...
  • A Shout-Out to Bryston

    A Shout-Out to Bryston

    The comedian Emo Philips once said of women: “You can’t live with them, and you can’t get them to dress up in skimpy little Nazi uniforms.” I often recall this line as I contemplate my ...
  • Esoteric K-03 (TAS 213)

    Esoteric K-03 (TAS 213)

    The Esoteric K-03 is not your usual CD/SACD player. Its designers have innovatively combined a highly refined CD/SACD transport and a full-function DAC within the same luscious chassis. Although on the surface that doesn’t seem ...
  • Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock (TAS 213)

    Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock (TAS 213)

    A reader recently wrote in to complain that TAS reviews overuse the phrase, “(Component X) performs like units costing many times its price.” Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, I can assure you ...
  • Alan Taffel on THE Show Newport Beach

    Alan Taffel on THE Show Newport Beach

    Exhibitors were skeptical but willing to give it a go. Organizers sensed an opportunity. Attendees couldn't believe it was even happening. And to the surprise of them all, the inaugural Newport Beach event turned out ...

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