• NAD D 3020

    NAD D 3020

    In NAD lore, “3020” are hallowed numerals. The long-ago integrated amplifier that bore that designation might have been a barebones affair, but it marked a departure from the budget norm when it first debuted in ...
  • Dynaudio Evidence Platinum

    Dynaudio Evidence Platinum

    Planar loudspeakers have always held a particular allure for me. They tend to be big and deliver an equivalent sound. But it’s also the case that they are speedy, low in coloration, and, not to ...
  • JansZen zA2.1 Loudspeaker

    JansZen zA2.1 Loudspeaker

    I suppose everyone has the dream. After a long day at an audio show, somewhere down that last corridor, suddenly there is a speaker that transcends all that went before, that gives the audio analog ...
  • EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    When Tim de Paravicini set out to design the DACute, I’m fairly certain that he sought to maximize its analog footprint. After all, analog is his métier. In fact, he freely admits to trying to ...
  • Octave Audio V110 Integrated Amplifier

    Octave Audio V110 Integrated Amplifier

    Boasting a distinctly musical name, Octave Audio, headquartered in Karlsbad, Germany, has established a fine reputation for high-end tube electronics in the company’s home market since its founding in the mid-1980s. Its recent transition to ...
  • Cardas Audio EM5813 Ear Speaker

    Cardas Audio EM5813 Ear Speaker

    Growing numbers of serious music lovers are drawn to high-performance earphones and headphones, though we recognize that some of our fellow audiophiles remain skeptical about products in this category. I suspect this may have to ...
  • Pass Labs X350.5 Stereo Amplifier

    Pass Labs X350.5 Stereo Amplifier

    The following quote has been incorrectly attributed to Nelson Pass, founder of Pass Laboratories: “Listening to my amplifiers is like listening to tubes, but without the hassle.” Someone else may have said it, but Pass ...
  • Wilson Alexia Loudspeaker

    Wilson Alexia Loudspeaker

    Being an audiophile means living in a constant state of hope. Hope about improvements in the quality of musical performances, in the quality of recordings, and in the media used to provide them. Hope for ...
  • 3beez Wax Music Management System

    3beez Wax Music Management System

    When a music lover of the audiophile persuasion decides to take the plunge into computer audio and organize a large collection of recordings, he chooses one of two basic approaches. The first is the “roll-your-own” ...
  • Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Pocket USB streamers are all the rage today. Feather-light and foolproof, they fit in your trousers, fanny-pack, or handbag, and, voîlà, high-res music on-the-hoof. However, they do pose problems for dedicated home-based high-end platforms. Sure, ...

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