• Cambridge CXA80 Integrated Amplifier

    Cambridge CXA80 Integrated Amplifier

    In a newspaper article published a few months ago, a survey of Millennials had automakers worrying. Apparently car ownership was not nearly as important to this group as it was to previous generations. However, what ...
  • Burmester MC151 Music Center

    Burmester MC151 Music Center

    Let me begin with one central and perhaps overriding observation: One can debate the features and cost of the Burmester MC151, but not its sound quality. It is a truly outstanding digital player, one of ...
  • 2016 Buyer's Guide: Preamplifiers Under $3,000

    2016 Buyer's Guide: Preamplifiers Under $3,000

    NuForce HAP-100$595 NuForce’s HAP-100 preamplifier/headphone amplifier offers serious high-end performance at a modest price. The HAP-100 is a Class A solid-state design that delivers unusually wide bandwidth with low levels of distortion and noise. Together, ...
  • YG Acoustics Sonja 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics Sonja 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics entered the specialty audio scene at the upper end of the full-range, high-performance speaker market right from its beginnings. It did not build a line of mid-priced products to establish marketshare and then ...
  • Kharma Elegance dB11-S Loudspeaker

    Kharma Elegance dB11-S Loudspeaker

    Evaluating loudspeakers at trade shows is difficult. Not only are the hotel rooms sonically challenging, but the associated system elements are often unfamiliar. However, some setups are able to overcome these obstacles and really shine. ...
  • TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    When I reviewed it some years ago, the TAD Compact Reference or CR1 was the best stand-mount loudspeaker I’d ever heard in my room—or anyone else’s for that matter. Today it continues to represent state-of-the-art ...
  • 2016 Buyer’s Guide: CD/SACD Players $1,000 - $4,000

    2016 Buyer’s Guide: CD/SACD Players $1,000 - $4,000

    Marantz SA8005 $999 This two‑channel only SACD/Red Book player boasts parts, circuitry, and construction way disproportionate to its low price—virtues that are mirrored in its equally superb-for-the-money reproduction of music. Tonally neutral, authoritative and natural, ...
  • 2016 Buyer’s Guide: DACs $1,000 - $5,000

    2016 Buyer’s Guide: DACs $1,000 - $5,000

    Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier$1080 The NM24 teaches us three important lessons regarding digital-to-analog converter design. First, that there’s still plenty of audio magic left in Burr Brown’s 24-bit/96kHz PCM1704 chip, the world’s most sophisticated ...
  • PS Audio Sprout

    PS Audio Sprout

    Call it love at first sight. Simply put, I adored this little integrated amp from PS Audio straight out of the box. From its wonderfully compact size—slightly larger than a chunky paperback bestseller—to the look ...
  • Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier

    Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier

    You should know that my close encounter with the Monarchy NM24 DAC was not a random occurrence, but rather the result of a conscious choice driven by specific selection criteria—basically, a couple of factors that ...

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