• 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 ...
  • Magico M3 Loudspeaker

    Magico M3 Loudspeaker

    I’ve been living with Magico’s three-way, five-driver M3 floorstanding loudspeaker for better than a year. In that period other superb dynamic transducers have come and gone. Only the M3 has remained. There’s a reason for ...
  • AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

    AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

    Historically, all-in-one audio components have been looked down upon by serious audiophiles, who typically prefer big-boy, multi-piece component systems. I suppose the category’s lack of respect is due in part to not-so-pleasant flashbacks to ancient ...

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