• Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

    Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

    Audio Research Corporation, the company that almost single-handedly created high-end audio electronics, not to mention preserved the vacuum tube as an amplification device, recently revised its basic line. As it has become the foundation for ...
  • Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

    Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

    At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last fall, the oh-so-French manufacturer Focal introduced its new three-way, four-driver Kanta N°2 loudspeaker with considerable…éclat. At an early morning press conference, after a few Gallic-inflected words of introduction and ...
  • Gamut Audio Zodiac

    Gamut Audio Zodiac

    Though Danish manufacturer Gamut Audio has been making electronics for recording studios since 1982, the official establishment of its retail consumer division didn’t occur until 1995. Even so, I’ll bet those of you who’ve been ...
  • Piega C711

    Piega C711

    Very few loudspeaker companies can claim to have created a unique technology, but the Swiss manufacturer Piega owns that distinction with its coaxial ribbon driver. Since 1986 Piega has built, from scratch, the ribbon drivers ...
  • Dynaudio Contour 30

    Dynaudio Contour 30

    The words “there are no accidents” rang through my mind early in the auditioning of these Dynaudio Contour 30s as I listened to the album Mindif [Enja, 1988] from South African musician Abdullah Ibrahim. I’ve ...
  • Yamaha R-N803 Network Receiver

    Yamaha R-N803 Network Receiver

    I started this review by unplugging absolutely everything. My amp, my preamp, and my phonostage were shuffled off to a closet. All those shiny metal boxes and their pretty lights, hidden from view. In their ...
  • GoldenEar Technology SuperSub X Subwoofer

    GoldenEar Technology SuperSub X Subwoofer

    If you’ve spent any time listening to GoldenEar’s Triton Tower loudspeakers, you know firsthand that GE doesn’t produce shrinking violets. Its speakers are robust music makers that deliver a dynamic, full-spectrum performance and are girded ...

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