• First Watt F7 Stereo Power Amplifier

    First Watt F7 Stereo Power Amplifier

    For more than fifteen years, First Watt has served as Nelson Pass’ creative playground, allowing him to explore unusual low-power designs with an emphasis on sound quality. Most of these designs don’t rank high in ...
  • Falcon Acoustics BBC LS3/5a

    Falcon Acoustics BBC LS3/5a

    The cult surrounding the LS3/5a—the “little legend,” as it’s sometimes called—is among the longest lived components in all audio and in many respects one of the strangest. The British Broadcasting Corporation designed the speaker in ...
  • NuPrime IDA-8 Integrated Amplifier

    NuPrime IDA-8 Integrated Amplifier

    When the NuPrime IDA-8 integrated amplifier first arrived at my home, I immediately had a good feeling about it. Initially, that positive impression was based on its packaging. The outer shipping box the amp came ...
  • Quad 2812 Electrostatic

    Quad 2812 Electrostatic

    The Quad ESL63 and its successors are classics of audio. The design, begun in 1963 and presented to the public as a finished product in 1981, was a sensation from the start and has been ...
  • Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    If you read a lot of audio equipment reviews (who, me?), you’re aware that it’s de rigueur to note that: (a) the Scottish manufacturer Tannoy Ltd has been in business for a long time (since ...
  • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Cable, Level 4

    Synergistic Research Atmosphere Cable, Level 4

    The Atmosphere line of speaker wire and interconnects from Synergistic Research (SR) represents the brand’s latest thinking on cables. Comprising four distinct models with ascending levels of performance, Atmosphere is perhaps SR’s most ambitious offering ...
  • Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9

    Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9

    I first laid eyes on the $175,000 Gauder Akustik Berlina RC 9 loudspeakers at CES 2015. They were part of a system put together by Axiss Audio that included Air Tight reference tube electronics and ...
  • Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

    Benchmark AHB2 Amplifier

    I don’t have much to say about the sonic qualities of Benchmark’s new AHB2 power amplifier because there isn’t that much to say. Used within its limitations and for its intended purposes it is in ...
  • Sony SS-NA5ES

    Sony SS-NA5ES

    Designer Yoshiuki Kaku’s speakers for Sony have won a place of honor in the high end, beginning with the introduction of the SS-AR1 model in 2008. Kaku’s avowed goal in speaker design is to make ...

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