• Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

    Larsen Model 9 Loudspeaker

    I, like everyone else, have had my moments of revelation, what Kenneth Clark calls in art “moments of vision,” where some experience imprints an indelible memory that somehow redefines one’s whole relationship to audio. No ...
  • REL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    REL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    The pursuit of the bottom octave in sound reproduction looms as a sort of final frontier for many enthusiasts. It’s a task that’s generally accomplished in one of two ways—by purchasing a completely new set ...
  • Technics SL-1500C Turntable

    Technics SL-1500C Turntable

    At this point, everyone knows Technics is back.The venerable Japanese turntable manufacturer’s SL-1200G dropped several years ago to near-universal fanfare, and the company has since released several less expensive ’tables. But it’s the non-DJ-styled SL-1500C ...
  • 2020 Golden Ear Awards: Matt Clott

    2020 Golden Ear Awards: Matt Clott

    IsoAcoustics Orea and Gaia Series Isolation Footers $79/$199 I spent an enormous amount of time determining which isolation racks, shelves, and footers work best for which components, trying almost everything from the sublimely cheap to ...
  • Channel D Lino C 2.0 Phonostage

    Channel D Lino C 2.0 Phonostage

    The Channel D Lino C 2.0 is a current-mode (transimpedance) phonostage for low-output, low-impedance moving-coil cartridges. The cartridge input is designed for a balanced (differential, non-ground-referenced) connection. The electronic circuitry is direct-coupled (no coupling capacitors), ...
  • 2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

    2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

    Yamaha 5000 System (C-5000 Preamp, M-5000Power Amp, NS-5000 Speakers, GT-5000 Turntable) $9999, $9999, $14,999, $7999 An effort of 19 engineers and eight years in development, the full 5000 Series sees Yamaha return to high-end audio’s ...
  • Bel Canto E1X Integrated Amplifier

    Bel Canto E1X Integrated Amplifier

    During my years at The Absolute Sound I’ve often had manufacturers approach me, after a review was published, to offer their “next generation” product for evaluation. I usually demur and point them toward a different ...
  • Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Valerio Cora is singularly qualified to be designing and manufacturing his Acora Acoustics loudspeakers. Cora is passionate about music—he’ll listen six or seven hours a day, if he can—built amplifiers as a kid, and sold ...
  • Clarus Concerto AC Power Conditioner

    Clarus Concerto AC Power Conditioner

    As a reviewer I have the opportunity to audition world-class equipment and accessories, as well as real-world gear. The world-class, skies-the-limit stuff is always a treat. Who wouldn’t enjoy an extended Ferrari test drive, or ...

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