• 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smooth, seductive, and powerful sound that places it in the very highest echelon of solid-state amplification, perhaps superseded only ...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 ...
  • 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 ...

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