• Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Audiophiles have professional musicians to thank for custom in-ear monitors. Originally created so that players on stage and in studios could hear themselves while delivering maximum isolation, custom in-ear monitors have become ubiquitous. Watch any ...
  • Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

    With the current analog revival showing no signs of slowing down, and the prices of today’s best gear continuing to escalate, it’s only natural for audio companies to expand their offerings upmarket. Indeed, at least ...
  • Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    Rockport Technologies Atria Loudspeaker

    A common practice in the high end is to speak of a component’s “character.” We high-end denizens understand that term as a reference to said equipment’s sonic fingerprint—the limitations, colorations, exaggerations, and emphases it imparts ...
  • Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Aragon 8008 Power Amplifier

    Everybody likes a good comeback story. Well, they don’t write them any better than the Aragon 8008 amplifier. The company that immortalized the offbeat, V-notch heat sink has returned. Dating back to the distant 1990s, ...
  • Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Finding an excellent digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for under $1200 used to be an audiophile fantasy. But with advancements in DAC design and reductions in the price of the high-quality parts needed to make these designs ...
  • Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    As the flagship model for its “High Resolution Audio Initiative,” the new Sony HAP-Z1ES defines what Sony sees as the future of two-channel audio. It attempts to be easy for a naïve user to operate, ...
  • Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    Morel Sopran Loudspeaker

    When Morel’s Fat Lady (reviewed by JV, Issue 209) touched down on North American shores in 2009, few could accuse the Israel-based company of lacking a sense of humor. The high-tech flagship with its robust, ...
  • AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC Vega Digital Audio Processor

    AURALiC’s Vega Digital Audio Processor ($3499) is a powerful and versatile digital-to-analog converter that can also serve as a digital-input-only, balanced-output-capable preamplifier. Specifically, the Vega supports all PCM files from 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution to 384kHz/32-bit resolution, ...
  • Meridian Direct DAC

    Meridian Direct DAC

    It’s no secret that pocket-sized USB DACs have a lot going for them. I know from experience that Meridian’s Explorer is a superb little performer (Issue 234). But, miniaturization also has its limits. For example, ...
  • German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    German Physiks Unlimited II Loudspeaker

    Lincoln Walsh isn’t exactly a household name in audiophile circles, but he literally turned driver design on its head in the early 1960s with his revolutionary bending-wave transducer. The Walsh driver looked like a giant ...

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