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    TAS Legacy: Thiel CS5 Loudspeaker

    When Thiel launched its ambitious new flagship, the CS5, at the 1989 CES, the company stated its technical requirements as “tonal fidelity, spatial fidelity, transient fidelity, and dynamic fidelity,” and the design goals as “uniform ...
  • Burmester Phase 3 System

    Burmester Phase 3 System

    Call it “lifestyle at the high end.” Yes, I know “lifestyle” can be a dirty word in some audiophile circles, but the Berlin-based Burmester brand has never shied away from bringing luxurious aesthetics to its ...
  • Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs doesn’t rush new models to the market. The iconic Brooklyn-based firm moves at its own stately pace, befitting its rich history and high-end bona fides. Even so, it’s been nearly ten years since ...
  • Nordost QKore Grounding System

    Nordost QKore Grounding System

    Ever since I caught the audio bug, I’ve been intrigued by products that purport to cleanse, rehabilitate, regenerate—you name it—the electricity that powers your stereo. A few years ago, after extensively grounding my house electrical ...
  • Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

    Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

    “Don’t I know you? Haven’t we met somewhere before?” My very thoughts when I first laid eyes on the Rogue Audio RP-7 preamplifier. Then I remembered: It was the Rogue Audio RP-5 that I reviewed ...
  • Focal Clear Headphone

    Focal Clear Headphone

    Designing and implementing a product that will sit between a top-tier model and an entry-level one is always tricky. If it is too close in performance to the top-tier component, it will cannibalize sales. If ...
  • McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    Prefatory Rant I shall begin by asking you to indulge me some venting: I hate the direction that many high-end preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers have taken the last quarter-century and longer—detest is a more precise ...

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