• AXPONA 2016: Analog Sources

    AXPONA 2016: Analog Sources

    Once again, the TAS show coverage team packed our bags and headed to the Chicago area (Rosemont, IL, to be specific) to cover Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) 2016. This year’s AXPONA welcomed a record ...
  • AXPONA 2016: Electronics $20k and Up

    AXPONA 2016: Electronics $20k and Up

    Most Significant New Debuts Aesthetix Atlas Mono Eclipse Amplifier Musical Surroundings debuted its 300-watt Aesthetix Atlas Mono Eclipse amplifiers ($25k/pr.). After being teased by their appearances in static displays—at this year’s CES, for one—it was ...
  • AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016: The Music

    AXPONA 2016 bore some resemblance to that scene in Yellow Submarine where, as John, Paul, George, and Ringo wander down a hallway, every door they open reveals something new and unexpected. For three days at ...
  • CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Under

    CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Under

    While the effectiveness of trickle-down economics has been hotly debated for some time, there’s no arguing about the effectiveness of trickle-down technology in high-performance audio. Many relatively affordable amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifiers premiering at ...
  • CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    CES 2016: Digital and Personal Audio

    Just one year ago the high end’s digital scene could best be described as nebulous. Manufacturers weren’t sure where technology was going, what customers were looking for, or how to wrangle those mobile device-toting youngsters ...
  • CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    CES 2016: Speakers Under $20,000

    Introduction Funny thing about the high end and how quickly one technology is jilted for another. I’m referring of course to the venerable compact disc player—a source component that has never performed as strongly as ...
  • CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    CES 2016: Electronics $15k and Up

    Five Best-Sounding Systems and Debuts: Constellation Hercules II electronics and MartinLogan Neolith electrostatic hybrid loudspeakers While I was duly impressed by the sound of these gorgeous red MartinLogan Neolith hybrid electrostats ($80k/pr.) powered by Constellation’s ...
  • CES 2016: Robert Harley on Analog

    CES 2016: Robert Harley on Analog

    Although attendance at this CES obviously declined from previous years, there was no shortage of interesting and significant turntables, tonearms, cartridges, and phonostages. In addition to new products from the usual suspects, this CES saw ...
  • CES 2016: Speakers $20k and Up

    CES 2016: Speakers $20k and Up

    What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but given the misery that was this year’s Consumer Electronics Show you’ve got to wonder how much longer the high-end-audio portion of CES is gonna remain in ...

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