• Estelon XB

    Estelon XB

    Given the title of this review, you might assume I’m going to focus on the Estelon XB’s shapely figure. And, to be sure, there is that. The XB—like all Estelons—has one of the most sensuous ...
  • Focal Aria 948

    Focal Aria 948

    If I had to choose a single term to summarize my experience with the Focal Aria 948, it would be “detail.” And, as I will explain, this descriptor encompasses different forms and senses of the ...
  • Arcam FMJ A49 Integrated Amplifier

    Arcam FMJ A49 Integrated Amplifier

    The competition among today’s premium integrated amplifiers has all the drama and intensity of a season of Game of Thrones, with the exception of the blood spatters. This popular segment of components has the top ...
  • Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Since 2000, the Chicago-based cable company Dynamic Design has offered three levels of power cord and cable products—the mid-priced Lotus Series, the premium Heritage Series, and the lofty Nebula series (see my review in Issue ...
  • REL S/5 Subwoofer

    REL S/5 Subwoofer

    If REL Acoustics, the highly regarded subwoofer manufacturer, pulled out of the high-end marketplace tomorrow, never again to manufacture another unit, its place in the audio pantheon would forever be assured. REL has offered superb ...
  • Raidho X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho’s X-1 must be the smallest speaker I’ve ever reviewed. With a 4" woofer/midrange mated to Raidho’s ribbon tweeter, the X-1 can nearly be held in an outstretched hand. Obviously, a 4" driver in a ...
  • AudioKinesis Swarm Subwoofer System

    AudioKinesis Swarm Subwoofer System

    One of the fundamental problems of audio, arguably the fundamental problem, is how to reproduce lower frequencies correctly—frequencies which are down in the region where the room affects them in really major ways. The Swarm ...

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