• Raidho D-5.1

    Raidho D-5.1

    “New and improved” components can be found everywhere in high-end audio (and everywhere everywhere else, for that matter). Generally speaking, most of them are improved—maybe not a whole lot or in every regard, but usually ...
  • Magico S7

    Magico S7

    In some ways, the better a speaker is, the harder it is to review, and this is especially true of a speaker that is clearly designed to be as accurate and neutral as possible. The ...
  • Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Audio Physic Cardeas 30 LJE

    Non-audiophiles watching a member of our tribe move towards the purchase of a costly assault-on-the-art loudspeaker may believe that acquiring that component guarantees sonic nirvana. We members of the tribe know better. That understanding is ...
  • Gamut Superior RS3i

    Gamut Superior RS3i

    My first encounter with a top-model Gamut two-way stand-mounted speaker, the L3, was at a friend’s house about eight years ago. It performed well in my friend’s system and also in my own system, as ...
  • Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

    Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

    You’ve probably seen the music industry data: Sales of physical music playback discs (CDs and SACDs) are dropping sharply. In their place have sprung up two alternatives: file-based music playback and streaming digital playback. The ...
  • Focal Sopra No1

    Focal Sopra No1

    There’s something to be said for a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer actually making its own drivers. The number of companies that do this is relatively small, though many try to obfuscate the matter by declaring that ...
  • 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 ...

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