• B&W 805 D3

    B&W 805 D3

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “flagship” loudspeaker? Its size, of course. Such speakers tend to be impressive, full-range statements—multi-driver platforms that cast long shadows in the ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Technics R1 Reference System $53,000 In 2014, Technics returned to home audio, hoping to catapult itself squarely into today’s high end. Exhibit A was a trio of highly advanced products, the R1 Reference Series, meant ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Julie Mullins

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Julie Mullins

    KEF Muo Wireless Speaker System $350 each This wonderfully portable little wireless loudspeaker delivers sonic goods well beyond expectations, especially given its petite dimensions. Intended for those who want quality listening on the go, it’s ...
  • Technics R1 Reference System

    Technics R1 Reference System

    Time was when Technics, along with Nakamichi and a smattering of others, claimed membership in an elite cadre within Japan’s overwhelmingly mass-market audio industry. These companies aimed higher. Technics, a division of Panasonic, found favor ...
  • Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    How do you follow an act like the Elac Debut B5? The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). In a rare ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner Tachometer and Eagle PSU $235/$525 The RoadRunner digital tachometer can be used on any ’table to precisely measure the speed in real-time for each rotation of the platter during normal operation. The ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Transparent Opus Generation 5 $22,000 meter pair (balanced interconnect), $39,000 8' speaker cable Transparent’s reference line of networked interconnects and speaker cables sets a very high bar indeed for sonic performance. It builds upon the ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Robert Harley

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Robert Harley

    David Berning Audio 211/845 Amplifier $75,000 In the new 211/845, David Berning has created the most ambitious realization yet of his brilliant ZOTL circuit that allows a tube amplifier to operate without an output transformer. ...
  • REL T7i Subwoofer

    REL T7i Subwoofer

    It might be a common perception, but a subwoofer’s role isn’t limited to just adding an octave or so of bass response and going boom. Ideally it should be all about the quantity and quality ...

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