• 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 ...
  • Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    As the flagship model for its “High Resolution Audio Initiative,” the new Sony HAP-Z1ES defines what Sony sees as the future of two-channel audio. It attempts to be easy for a naïve user to operate, ...
  • Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    When Morel’s Fat Lady (reviewed by JV, Issue 209) touched down on North American shores in 2009, few could accuse the Israel-based company of lacking a sense of humor. The high-tech flagship with its robust, ...
  • AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC’s Vega Digital Audio Processor ($3499) is a powerful and versatile digital-to-analog converter that can also serve as a digital-input-only, balanced-output-capable preamplifier. Specifically, the Vega supports all PCM files from 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution to 384kHz/32-bit resolution, ...
  • Meridian Direct DAC

    Meridian Direct DAC

    It’s no secret that pocket-sized USB DACs have a lot going for them. I know from experience that Meridian’s Explorer is a superb little performer (Issue 234). But, miniaturization also has its limits. For example, ...
  • German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    Lincoln Walsh isn’t exactly a household name in audiophile circles, but he literally turned driver design on its head in the early 1960s with his revolutionary bending-wave transducer. The Walsh driver looked like a giant ...
  • The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    It seems like there’s always some hot-button issue for audiophiles to debate. For the last couple of years, it was the ability to play high-resolution (176.4 or 192kHz/24-bit) computer-audio music files. Now it’s almost impossible ...
  • The Groove Reader

    The Groove Reader

    Did you ever think about the possibility of “reading” record grooves? Well, neither did I until my wife and I attended a New Year’s Eve party with several physician colleagues and their wives around 1980. ...

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