• Swiss Jewel

    Swiss Jewel

    Photography by Jonathan Valin After this year’s Munich show Jonathan Valin and I made the short trip to Zurich to visit Swiss loudspeaker manufacturer Piega, and listen to its ambitious new $195k Master Line Source ...
  • From The Editor: It's All Good

    From The Editor: It's All Good

    For some audio hobbyists, there’s only one true path to audio nirvana. That path is often exceedingly narrow—loudspeakers with first-order crossovers, or single-ended triode amplifiers, or DACs without an oversampling filter, for examples. These proponents ...
  • From The Editor: The Tipping Point

    From The Editor: The Tipping Point

    High-resolution digital audio is rapidly approaching a tipping point. No longer a niche format for audiophiles, high-res is poised to become a mainstream alternative to MP3 and CD-quality audio. As I noted in my editorial ...
  • The 2014 Munich High-End Show

    The 2014 Munich High-End Show

    If there was any doubt that Munich is world’s most important audio event, the 2014 show held May 16-19 will put any uncertainty to rest. The MOC convention center was packed with 493 exhibitors (up ...
  • Aesthetix Romulus CD Player/DAC

    Aesthetix Romulus CD Player/DAC

    California-based Aesthetix has carved out an enviable niche producing very-high-performance products that, while not budget-priced, nonetheless offer extraordinary value. The company’s Calypso linestage, Rhea phonostage, Janus full-function preamplifier, and Atlas power amplifiers pack a lot ...
  • The 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    The 2013 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    I gave myself the assignment of searching for the best-sounding affordable loudspeakers at this year’s show. Sure, it’s fun to listen to the megabuck systems, but there’s something rewarding about discovering great-sounding speakers that nearly ...
  • Cable and Interconnect Construction

    Cable and Interconnect Construction

    Cables and interconnects are composed of three main elements: the signal conductors, the dielectric, and the terminations. The conductors carry the audio signal; the dielectric is an insulating material between and around the conductors; and ...
  • Cable Designer Roundtable

    Cable Designer Roundtable

    The Pioneering Founders of The Cable Industry Discuss the History, Art, and Science of High-End Audio Cables. It’s easy to forget that just 35 years ago cables were an afterthought in the pursuit of great ...
  • Magico Q7 Loudspeaker

    Magico Q7 Loudspeaker

    Let’s indulge ourselves for a minute and imagine that we could conjure up the ideal loudspeaker without regard to physics or the limitations of today’s technology. Our fantasy allows us to specify the transient speed ...

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