• SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL are the initials usually associated with the term sound pressure level, but it is also short for Sound Performance Lab, a German firm that has been making professional recording gear since the late 1970s. ...
  • Cary Audio DMS-500 Network Player

    Cary Audio DMS-500 Network Player

    How far has computer audio come in the last few years, you ask? Once the domain of the tech-savvy gadgeteer or the network nerd, media players more amicable and approachable have rapidly become the norm ...
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    TAD ME1 loudspeaker $12,000 The Micro Evolution One (ME1) may be the smallest speaker in TAD’s Evolution lineup, but don’t call it reductionist. This three-way reflex design arguably has more heart and soul than its ...
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    Rotel A14 integrated amplifier/DAC $1299 The astronomical prices of some current gear can overshadow the increasing number of moderately priced components that produce really enjoyable sound. Today’s sources include a number of digital and wireless ...
  • Syzygy Acoustics SLF870 Subwoofer

    Syzygy Acoustics SLF870 Subwoofer

    All Syzygy Acoustics’ subwoofers make subwoofing easier by addressing two major problems. First, they eliminate the need for unsightly and expensive interconnect cables, and second, they automatically equalize their output to your room. Syzygy also ...
  • Magico S3 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico S3 Mk II Loudspeaker

    When Magico, LLC announced the imminent introduction of the S3 Mk II loudspeaker late last year, it wasn’t exactly shocking news. After all, two other members of Magico’s S Series, the S1 and the S5 ...
  • Record Doctor V LP Cleaning Machine

    Record Doctor V LP Cleaning Machine

    Some months ago I was astonished to come across an app called Dust ’n Scratches—a sounds generator that adds the background effect of unclean vinyl’s crackles, hisses, ticks, and pops to digital music playback. For ...

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