• 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

    T+A Elektroakustik DAC 8 DSD Digital-to-Analog Converter $4450 Many digital audio experts maintain that it’s just not possible to optimize decoding of both PCM and DSD data streams with a one-lane architecture, even though there ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

    PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier $599 Even when I’m not doing critical listening, I still find myself returning frequently and fondly to the super-sounding and retro-stylish Sprout100 integrated amp, a new and improved version of ...
  • Ortofon MC Century Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon MC Century Phono Cartridge

    In an early February editorial entitled “Vinyl Revival Marks the Tone of Our Times,” the Financial Times observed that “audiophiles claim analogue vinyl sounds better than digital downloads or CDs.” Indeed they do. One of ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier $7000 The Mimas is, to my way of thinking, an old musical soul, though at a glance you wouldn’t think so. Hip and striking in its clean precision machining and uncluttered ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

    Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker $235,000 The Eminence is a nothing short of a technical tour de force in advanced loudspeaker design. With its in-house-made carbon-fiber enclosure, custom drivers, isobaric woofer loading, innovative tweeter, and no-compromise ...
  • Stax SR-009S Electrostatic Earspeaker

    Stax SR-009S Electrostatic Earspeaker

    For many years Stax’s iconic SR-009 electrostatic headphone stood as an industry performance benchmark. The reasons for this included, among other factors, the SR-009’s accurate and dead-neutral voicing, exceptional resolution, and extremely fast transient speed. ...
  • Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

    Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

    Like many longtime TAS readers I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of ...

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