• 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 ...
  • Riva Turbo X Wireless Music System

    Riva Turbo X Wireless Music System

    One of the highlights of THE Show Newport wasn’t a six-figure mega-system, but rather the show’s most modest hi-fi—the Riva Turbo X. Smaller than a loaf of bread, the Turbo X is a portable, self-contained ...
  • Joseph Audio Prism

    Joseph Audio Prism

    Back in 2010, when I reviewed the Joseph Audio Pulsar loudspeakers, I concluded, “If I were forced to move into a smaller domicile, one with a modestly sized room for my system, the first speaker ...
  • Audioengine HD6

    Audioengine HD6

    For any audio company, making the leap from the desktop to the listening room is not the simple, slam-dunk proposition it might appear to be. The goals are often at odds with each other and ...
  • Vandersteen Audio Treo CT Loudspeaker

    Vandersteen Audio Treo CT Loudspeaker

    The question is actually a very simple one: Are you an audiophile whose ears are attuned to the sound of live, unamplified acoustic music performed in a natural setting—traditionally defined in these pages as “the ...
  • MartinLogan Motion 60XT

    MartinLogan Motion 60XT

    MartinLogan (ML) has long been associated with the design and manufacture of electrostatic loudspeakers (ESL). And while ML considers itself “a loudspeaker ‘technology’ company and not just an ‘electrostatic’ company,” its hybrid ESL models continue ...
  • Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Music Player

    What began as a single, brilliant, high-end portable music player—one that created the category virtually singlehandedly—has morphed into a broad line of offerings. Astell&Kern wants to make its products accessible to a wide range of ...
  • Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

    Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

    The K-03X is Esoteric’s penultimate CD/SACD player. Similar in appearance to the significantly more costly Esoteric flagship K-01X, the K-03X represents a commanding presence. Built to a standard of quality and luxury that few players ...

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