• CES 2014 Show Report: Analog

    CES 2014 Show Report: Analog

    Introduction So, for CES/T.H.E. Show 2014 I was on a mission to find that aural high—and find it I did, though some of the places were surprising. My assignment was to cover not only loudspeakers ...
  • CES 2014 – Digital Components

    CES 2014 – Digital Components

    Introduction Remember when everyone had to lug around a bunch of electronic devices just to get through the day? We carried pagers, flip phones, iPods, laptops, and—when needed—a camera. This was an unsustainable situation—and the ...
  • Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    Electronics $15k and Up at CES 2014: Part 1

    The high-end’s annual January bacchanal, better known as CES has weathered all sorts of setbacks over the years–from global recessions, foreign competition, even MP3. This winter we learned the meaning of the meteorological phenomenon known ...
  • RMAF 2013 Loudspeakers Under $20k

    RMAF 2013 Loudspeakers Under $20k

    I bet you didn’t know that Jonathan Valin played football. I’m pretty sure he was a linebacker, actually. Why? Because I hadn’t even stepped out of the van from the airport before he tackled me. ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    What follows is a survey of new headphone, earphone, and related products seen and heard at RMAF. HeadAmp The Virginia-based firm HeadAmp was showing its newest product, which is the two-chassis, fully balanced, solid-state GS-X ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    Over roughly the past decade an alternate high-end audio universe has been emerging—a universe centered on very high-performance headphones, earphones, portable and desktop headphone amplifiers, and amp/DACs. In short, it is a world that might ...
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013: Part 4

    Merrill Audio Veritas monoblocks ($12,000/pr) were driving the TAD Evolution 1 loudspeakers using a Macmini computer running Channel D Pure Vinyl into a Lynx Hilo ADC/DAC via Thunderbolt connection. These fully balanced amps are based ...

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