• Dynaudio Excite X34

    Dynaudio Excite X34

    If there’s anything that gets my back up it’s the lament that all the sexiness and excitement in audio resides at the extreme high end of the market. That is just so wrong. In fact ...
  • Neat Acoustics Iota

    Neat Acoustics Iota

    What can five-by-eight inches buy you in the high-end today? A budget USB DAC? A power supply, a line conditioner? A doorstop? How about a loudspeaker? Not just a smidge of a speaker either. More ...
  • Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Audiophiles have professional musicians to thank for custom in-ear monitors. Originally created so that players on stage and in studios could hear themselves while delivering maximum isolation, custom in-ear monitors have become ubiquitous. Watch any ...
  • Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    With the current analog revival showing no signs of slowing down, and the prices of today’s best gear continuing to escalate, it’s only natural for audio companies to expand their offerings upmarket. Indeed, at least ...
  • Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    A common practice in the high end is to speak of a component’s “character.” We high-end denizens understand that term as a reference to said equipment’s sonic fingerprint—the limitations, colorations, exaggerations, and emphases it imparts ...
  • Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Everybody likes a good comeback story. Well, they don’t write them any better than the Aragon 8008 amplifier. The company that immortalized the offbeat, V-notch heat sink has returned. Dating back to the distant 1990s, ...
  • Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Finding an excellent digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for under $1200 used to be an audiophile fantasy. But with advancements in DAC design and reductions in the price of the high-quality parts needed to make these designs ...

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