• Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

    Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

    Benchmark Media Systems is a low-profile audio company, with its roots in professional electronics. In the past decade, Benchmark consumer products, especially its digital-analog converters, have achieved acclaim for ultra-low distortion and clean sound. While ...
  • Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    I have to admit that Boston-based Sonner Audio was unfamiliar to me until I read colleague Andy Quint’s 2018 AXPONA report. He was impressed with the potential he heard under arduous show conditions (“Satisfying orchestral ...
  • JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

    My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs ...
  • Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

    If we were to rate audiophile firms on the basis of the strength of their brand identities, Chord would be near the top of the list. The letter Q has figured prominently in the nomenclature ...

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