• Stax SR-L700 Headphones

    Stax SR-L700 Headphones

    It would not be a stretch to call Stax “the first audiophile headphone.” When almost all other full-sized headphones were using dynamic drivers, Stax had already established itself as preeminent by using planar-electrostatic technology. Stax’s ...
  • Audience Ohno Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    Audience Ohno Speaker Cables and Interconnects

    The slender profile of Audience Ohno interconnects and speaker cables runs counter to perceived audiophile gospel that high-quality wires must be thick and heavy, with dreadlock twists of conductors encased within unyielding jacketing. Audience turns ...
  • Basis Audio Superarm 9 Tonearm

    Basis Audio Superarm 9 Tonearm

    A music lover about to upgrade his or her system is faced with some difficult decisions. Would the upgrade budget be best spent on a new amplifier? Better speakers? Adding power conditioning? Higher-end cables? There ...
  • Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    When Pass Labs introduced its first-ever integrated amplifier, the INT-150 in 2009, the debut was hailed by many, myself included, as a watershed moment for a sector often derided as “down-market.” Reviewing the amp in ...
  • BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    One of my more memorable recent audio experiences was listening for several months to the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II preamplifier and Rex 160-watt monoblock amplifiers. For one thing, the amps simply looked and sounded ...
  • AVM Evolution MP 5.2 Media Player

    AVM Evolution MP 5.2 Media Player

    Don’t count the compact disc player out just yet, folks. The CD format may have lost ground to computer-based audio, but as I’ve been positing for the last few issues, the venerable CD drive will ...

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