• 2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    2017 Phono Cartridges of the Year

    Excel Sound Corporation Hana SL Moving Coil $750 In a sea of $10,000-ish super-cartridges, what’s a vinyl-playing audiophile with discriminating tastes to do? For that matter, what’s a sub-$999-budgeted audiophile to do? The $750 Hana ...
  • TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    TAD ME1 Loudspeaker

    The TAD ME1 (ME for Micro-Evolution) is the third stand-mounted compact loudspeaker to be rolled out by Japan’s Technical Audio Devices in recent years. Led by the Reference Series CR1, a beryllium-driver three-way of ravishing ...
  • Hegel Mohican CD Player

    Hegel Mohican CD Player

    In case you haven’t heard of this CD-only player, you have surmised correctly: “Mohican” is a reference to the James Fenimore Cooper novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Given the current ascendancy of computer audio, ...
  • Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Monitors

    Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Monitors

    Even before I’d gotten a brief demo “taste” of the mini but mighty LCDi4 in-ears at the 2017 High End Munich show (where they were introduced), I figured I’d like them, mainly because I’ve been ...
  • Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Loudspeaker

    Emotiva Airmotiv T1 Loudspeaker

    Seeking: A lasting relationship with a loudspeaker for under a grand. Familiar? It’s a recurring goal among enthusiasts pursuing performance but also looking to tap the brakes on the budget. Typically there are two choices. ...
  • 2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1500+

    2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1500+

    Sennheiser HD 800 $1599 The HD 800s derive their claim to excellence from good bass/treble balance and a rock-solid delivery of musical fundamentals. Bass is deep and articulate, while the lower midrange is clean, with ...
  • German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    Those of you who are familiar with my review of the German Physiks Unlimited II, the HRS-130’s little brother, may recall my esteem for Lincoln Walsh’s revolutionary bending-wave transducer, developed in the early 1960s and ...
  • Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

    Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

    Mention the name Helmut Brinkmann to an audiophile and the first thing that comes to mind is probably the German designer’s superb turntables. But Brinkmann began his audio career more than 35 years ago making ...

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