• Technics R1 Reference System

    Technics R1 Reference System

    Time was when Technics, along with Nakamichi and a smattering of others, claimed membership in an elite cadre within Japan’s overwhelmingly mass-market audio industry. These companies aimed higher. Technics, a division of Panasonic, found favor ...
  • Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    Elac Uni-Fi UB5

    How do you follow an act like the Elac Debut B5? The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). In a rare ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Andre Jennings

    Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner Tachometer and Eagle PSU $235/$525 The RoadRunner digital tachometer can be used on any ’table to precisely measure the speed in real-time for each rotation of the platter during normal operation. The ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Transparent Opus Generation 5 $22,000 meter pair (balanced interconnect), $39,000 8' speaker cable Transparent’s reference line of networked interconnects and speaker cables sets a very high bar indeed for sonic performance. It builds upon the ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Robert Harley

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Robert Harley

    David Berning Audio 211/845 Amplifier $75,000 In the new 211/845, David Berning has created the most ambitious realization yet of his brilliant ZOTL circuit that allows a tube amplifier to operate without an output transformer. ...
  • REL T7i Subwoofer

    REL T7i Subwoofer

    It might be a common perception, but a subwoofer’s role isn’t limited to just adding an octave or so of bass response and going boom. Ideally it should be all about the quantity and quality ...
  • Golden Ear Awards 2016: Neil Gader

    Golden Ear Awards 2016: Neil Gader

    Elac B5/F5 Loudspeakers $229/$560 The two-hundred-buck small speaker category will never be the same again. Just spend a few minutes listening to Elac’s two-way compact and you’ll understand why so many are singing its praises. ...
  • Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Music Player

    Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Music Player

    When I reviewed Astell&Kern’s first offering in early 2013, the AK100 ($699), the concept of a high-performance portable music player was new and the AK100 was unique. Flash forward three years—nowadays audiophiles have a plethora ...

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