• 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 ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Alan Taffel

    Technics R1 Reference System $53,000 In 2014, Technics returned to home audio, hoping to catapult itself squarely into today’s high end. Exhibit A was a trio of highly advanced products, the R1 Reference Series, meant ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Julie Mullins

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Julie Mullins

    KEF Muo Wireless Speaker System $350 each This wonderfully portable little wireless loudspeaker delivers sonic goods well beyond expectations, especially given its petite dimensions. Intended for those who want quality listening on the go, it’s ...
  • Technics R1 Reference System

    Technics R1 Reference System

    Time was when Technics, along with Nakamichi and a smattering of others, claimed membership in an elite cadre within Japan’s overwhelmingly mass-market audio industry. These companies aimed higher. Technics, a division of Panasonic, found favor ...
  • Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    How do you follow an act like the Elac Debut B5? The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). In a rare ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner Tachometer and Eagle PSU $235/$525 The RoadRunner digital tachometer can be used on any ’table to precisely measure the speed in real-time for each rotation of the platter during normal operation. The ...

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