• 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 ...
  • The Newport Show

    The Newport Show

    T.H.E. Show Newport just keeps getting bigger and better. This year the show expanded to include many more exhibit rooms in the adjacent Atrium hotel, a geographical increase that helped to make it easier to ...
  • Robert Harley’s Munich Show Highlights

    Robert Harley’s Munich Show Highlights

    The Munich show has become the “must-visit” show on of the year for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and journalists. One American manufacturer told me that if you’re not exhibiting in Munich, you’ll never break into the ...
  • Simaudio Moon 810LP Phono Preamplifier

    Simaudio Moon 810LP Phono Preamplifier

    The 32-year-old Canadian firm Simaudio is one of those few companies with a decades-long track record of marketing nothing but great-sounding and beautifully made products at competitive prices. Although Simaudio isn't an entry-level brand by ...
  • Robert Harley on AXPONA Chicago

    Robert Harley on AXPONA Chicago

    The Chicago AXPONA show was a bit of a gamble—as is any first show in a city—but this is one gamble that paid off. The Doubletree Hotel at O’Hare airport featured many fine-sounding exhibits, excellent ...
  • The Technology Behind the Q7

    The Technology Behind the Q7

    Although the Q7’s woofers, midrange driver, and tweeter look identical to those of the Q5 (except that the woofers are bigger and there are more of them) the Q7’s drivers are actually quite a bit ...

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