• 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 ...
  • B&W CM6 S2 Sneak Preview

    B&W CM6 S2 Sneak Preview

    The new CM Series 2 line of loudspeakers has borrowed the signature look and performance of B&W’s decoupled tweeter—found on the company’s 800 Diamond and PM Series speakers—and made a new "Double Dome" version that ...
  • Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

    Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

    The high-end audio industry has a remarkable track record of making fundamentally limited technologies sound good. Most of these technologies were created for mass-market consumption where low price is the overriding design mandate. But because ...
  • PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    In 2012, a group of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) enthusiasts within the audio industry (led by dCS) released the DSD-over-PCM (DoP) standard, providing a way to “trick” traditional PCM audio circuits into playing native DSD ...
  • Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    As part of its “high-resolution initiative” Sony has rolled out several exciting new products during the past year including the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 digital players, the NW-F887 portable player (Asia only), and the PHA-2 portable ...
  • ATC SCM19 Loudspeaker

    ATC SCM19 Loudspeaker

    For the past forty years, British loudspeaker-maker ATC has forged an enviable reputation in recording/mastering studios, concert halls, and post-production facilities worldwide. Its professional active monitors are akin to precision tools, as faithful to the ...
  • Parasound JC 3+ Phono Preamp

    Parasound JC 3+ Phono Preamp

    First, hats off to Parasound for not bowing to convention and badging its new, hot-rodded version of the original JC 3 phonostage with the shop-worn cliché “Reference” or “Signature Edition.” And second, and more importantly, ...
  • Mapleshade Record Shelf System

    Mapleshade Record Shelf System

    It wasn’t too long ago that I figured my vinyl-buying days were over. By high-end standards my collection was a modest one, maybe 1500 or so LPs. But they were choice—carefully culled over the years, ...
  • Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier

    Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier

    Hegel Music Systems has been on a roll. Since my review of the H100 integrated amplifier in September 2010, the Norwegian company has released three DACs, a preamp, a headphone amp/DAC, a power amp, and ...
  • Siltech SAGA System

    Siltech SAGA System

    Though other folks (including some on this very magazine) seem to think that we’ve just been marking time in high-end audio lately, building and rebuilding the same old things only with better parts and calling ...
  • Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Kazutoshi Yamada Zanden Audio System Company, Limited I studied electrical and electronic engineering at Osaka Prefecture University to understand the finest nuances of amplifier operation. Since founding Zanden Audio in 1980, I have devoted more ...

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