• Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

    Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

    Oppo Digital has an enviable reputation for manufacturing high-value audio and video equipment. Sometimes “high value” is a euphemism for “cheaply made,” but not so with Oppo; its universal disc players totally rewrote the book ...
  • Rockport Technologies Lyra Loudspeaker

    Rockport Technologies Lyra Loudspeaker

    Reducing enclosure resonances has been the increasing focus of speaker designers over the past two decades. The trend can trace its origins to Wharfedale’s sand-filled enclosures of the 1960s. Since that early primitive technique, designers ...
  • Moon ACE All-in-One Music Player

    Moon ACE All-in-One Music Player

    System sprawl: the curse of too many components and too much technology. It begins innocently enough with a sagging equipment rack. The sprawl then takes prisoner of precious floor or shelf or closet space until, ...
  • Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    At audio shows, anytime I’ve run into Michael Vamos, the president of Audio Skies and importer of Larsen loudspeakers, he seems to be in an exceptionally good mood. Maybe he’s on medication. Maybe he’s just ...
  • Bryston BDA-3 DAC

    Bryston BDA-3 DAC

    Bryston sure has been spreading its metaphorical wings as of late. Beginning with an ambitious foray into the world of loudspeakers in 2012, the company has continued to broaden its offerings, most recently with the ...
  • German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    Those of you who are familiar with my review of the German Physiks Unlimited II, the HRS-130’s little brother, may recall my esteem for Lincoln Walsh’s revolutionary bending-wave transducer, developed in the early 1960s and ...
  • SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL are the initials usually associated with the term sound pressure level, but it is also short for Sound Performance Lab, a German firm that has been making professional recording gear since the late 1970s. ...
  • Cary Audio DMS-500 Network Player

    Cary Audio DMS-500 Network Player

    How far has computer audio come in the last few years, you ask? Once the domain of the tech-savvy gadgeteer or the network nerd, media players more amicable and approachable have rapidly become the norm ...

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