• YG Acoustics Sonja 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics Sonja 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics entered the specialty audio scene at the upper end of the full-range, high-performance speaker market right from its beginnings. It did not build a line of mid-priced products to establish marketshare and then ...
  • Kharma Elegance dB11-S Loudspeaker

    Kharma Elegance dB11-S Loudspeaker

    Evaluating loudspeakers at trade shows is difficult. Not only are the hotel rooms sonically challenging, but the associated system elements are often unfamiliar. However, some setups are able to overcome these obstacles and really shine. ...
  • TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    TAD Compact Evolution One Loudspeaker

    When I reviewed it some years ago, the TAD Compact Reference or CR1 was the best stand-mount loudspeaker I’d ever heard in my room—or anyone else’s for that matter. Today it continues to represent state-of-the-art ...
  • 2016 Buyer’s Guide: CD/SACD Players $1,000 - $4,000

    2016 Buyer’s Guide: CD/SACD Players $1,000 - $4,000

    Marantz SA8005 $999 This two‑channel only SACD/Red Book player boasts parts, circuitry, and construction way disproportionate to its low price—virtues that are mirrored in its equally superb-for-the-money reproduction of music. Tonally neutral, authoritative and natural, ...
  • 2016 Buyer’s Guide: DACs $1,000 - $5,000

    2016 Buyer’s Guide: DACs $1,000 - $5,000

    Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier$1080 The NM24 teaches us three important lessons regarding digital-to-analog converter design. First, that there’s still plenty of audio magic left in Burr Brown’s 24-bit/96kHz PCM1704 chip, the world’s most sophisticated ...
  • PS Audio Sprout

    PS Audio Sprout

    Call it love at first sight. Simply put, I adored this little integrated amp from PS Audio straight out of the box. From its wonderfully compact size—slightly larger than a chunky paperback bestseller—to the look ...
  • Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier

    Monarchy Audio NM24 DAC Preamplifier

    You should know that my close encounter with the Monarchy NM24 DAC was not a random occurrence, but rather the result of a conscious choice driven by specific selection criteria—basically, a couple of factors that ...
  • Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

    Wilson Audio Sabrina Loudspeaker

    At some point, every high-end company begins to assess its legacy. For the most part, these reflections concentrate on the designer’s boldest, most sweeping projects. Certainly for an iconic company like Wilson Audio, and its ...
  • Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

    Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier

    During the time I’ve been an audio reviewer I can count on one hand the number of integrated amplifiers I’ve reviewed. But I’ve spent more time listening to integrated amplifiers during the last couple of ...
  • Magico Q7 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico Q7 Mk II Loudspeaker

    High-end audio has a long history of manufacturers refining their existing products and then applying the “Mk II” designation. Given that high-end audio designers are perfectionists by nature, it’s understandable that they will revisit a ...
  • Harbeth Super HL5plus Loudspeaker

    Harbeth Super HL5plus Loudspeaker

    Put simply, Alan Shaw’s new Harbeth SuperHL5plus is one of the most beautiful-sounding speaker systems I’ve heard since the original Quad electrostatic. The comparison is not stated lightly: This transducer has the same musical authority, ...

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