• 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    Rockport Altair Loudspeaker$97,500 Although it’s been nearly four years since I reviewed the Altair, Rockport’s second-from-top model still sticks in my mind as one of the world’s greatest loudspeakers. My fond memory of how this ...
  • 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Paul Seydor

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Paul Seydor

    REL R-528SE Sub-Bass System$2799 REL’s R-528SE offers truly breathtaking bass reach, low distortion, and high resolution in a compact package that is standard setting at its price and several multiples beyond. In truth, it’s doubtful ...
  • 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    CH Precision C1 Linestage/ DAC and A1 Power Amplifier$32,975; $37,475 These highly modular components from new-but-pedigreed CH Precision represent the latest Swiss thinking on high-bandwidth, low-noise amplification and digital circuitry. Technology aside, the CH gestalt ...
  • 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Boulder 2150 Monoblock Amplifier$96,000/pr. The Boulder 2150 monoblock amplifier is an engineering marvel. It offers a smooth, seductive, and powerful sound that places it in the very highest echelon of solid-state amplification, perhaps superseded only ...
  • 2014 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    mbl C51 Integrated Amplifier$11,100 With its soft understated lines, svelte controls and connectivity, and jewelry-like finish, it’s easy to misjudge the depth, complexity, and sonic resolve of TAS’ recent cover boy, the 180Wpc, modified-Class D ...
  • Audeze LCD-X Headphones

    Audeze LCD-X Headphones

    Editor’s note: Arnie Nudell is the co-founder of Infinity Systems and one of the true legends of high-end loudspeaker design. His Infinity Reference Standard (IRS) pushed the boundaries of what was possible, and remains to ...
  • Endeavor Audio E-3 Loudspeaker

    Endeavor Audio E-3 Loudspeaker

    If you have ever been to a high-end audio show, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that there are dozens of new speaker manufacturers making outlandish claims for their babies. Even though I wish all of these products ...
  • Three Power Cord Upgrades

    Three Power Cord Upgrades

    Whether power cords represent the most important component in a high-end system, or the least, or even qualify as a component at all is an argument for another day. Controversies aside, power cords are a ...
  • Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    For audiophiles who travel a portable DAC has become one of those “must-have” travel accessories, right up there with a toothbrush and an unexpired credit card. The first generation of portable USB DACs was big ...
  • Arcam FMJ A19 and airDAC

    Arcam FMJ A19 and airDAC

    Though integrated amplifiers have been around a long time, they are often mixed bags. Some models try to do too many things at once, losing focus on what we listen for first—sound quality. Whether you ...

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