• 2017 Buyer's Guide: Headphones

    2017 Buyer's Guide: Headphones

    Grado SR60e $79 One of the great audio bargains, the SR60e delivers music in such an engaging and revealing way that it might make you wonder why anyone would spend more than its modest price. ...
  • 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 ...

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