• 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    dCS Rossini DAC/Player with Roon and MQA DAC, $24,000; player, $28,000 When originally introduced in 2015, the Rossini was an immediate hit. Though far from cheap, it nailed features and sound for the money. When ...
  • REL Acoustics 212/SE Sub-Bass System

    REL Acoustics 212/SE Sub-Bass System

    In some ways I’m an unlikely choice to write a subwoofer review. (REL calls them “sub-bass systems,” which is technically accurate, but for now I’ll use the more common term “subwoofer.”) I have always had ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    JL Audio Fathom f113v2 subwoofer and CR-1 crossover $4500/$3000 JL Audio’s Fathom f112 and f113 subwoofers have long been the “go-to” models for high performance and value. The Fathoms manage to combine bone-crushing bass impact ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    Audio Research Corporation VT80SE stereo amplifier $8900 The latest version of this amplifier in Audio Research’s Foundation series, the VT80SE uses a hybrid circuit with JFETs along with 6H30 driver tubes and KT150 output tubes ...
  • 2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to ...
  • Schiit Audio Mani Phonostage

    Schiit Audio Mani Phonostage

    Young people are into vinyl. I know that’s a weird sentence, or at least it used to be. I think everyone’s aware by now that vinyl’s a viable format again. We’re all sick of hearing ...
  • Wilson Audio Specialties TuneTot

    Wilson Audio Specialties TuneTot

    Photography by Dennis Weeks Real-world audiophiles understand that the pursuit of good sound, like most things in life, involves compromise. Those loudspeakers that you absolutely must have necessarily inform your choice of electronics; the dimensions ...
  • Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Two Moving Magnets and a Moving Iron

    Though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from the proliferation of moving-coil pickups throughout the high-end these last thirty-plus years and counting, during the first two decades of stereophonic reproduction moving-magnet cartridges dominated the market. Most ...

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