• 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

    Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker $89,975 The Zellaton Stage loudspeaker replaces the Quad ESL-57 as my Golden Ear Award selection. Like the original Quad, the Stage has a pellucid midrange, with world-class purity, clarity, fine detail retrieval, ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andre Jennings

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andre Jennings

    Graham Engineering Phantom III Tonearm $7000–$7900 Since the introduction of the original Phantom B-44, this “stable” uni-pivot tonearm has been an excellent performer with superb build-quality that speaks to its durability and longevity. Through a ...
  • KEF R11 Loudspeaker

    KEF R11 Loudspeaker

    As any hi-fi enthusiast knows, there’s no shortage of attractive loudspeakers out there nowadays. But beauty only goes so far if the sound isn’t up to snuff. Happily the KEF R11, the flagship of the ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

    MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each ...
  • 2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

    Lyra Etna Cartridge $8995 Jacob Heilbrunn raved about the SL version of this mc cartridge, but that model’s very low output renders it a specialty product for use only in systems with very-high-gain phonostages. The ...
  • 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 ...

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