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    2019 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

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    Sneak Preview: Shunyata Research

    My first encounter with Shunyata Research products was about six years ago, in Issue 239, when I reviewed the company’s basic “starter system”—Venom PS8 power distributor, Venom Defender power conditioner, and Venom HC power cords. ...
  • Dali Oberon 5 Loudspeaker

    Dali Oberon 5 Loudspeaker

    When you’re looking to fall in love, being practical is the last thing on your mind. And so it goes when shopping for a new high-end component. Let’s face it: We all want to be ...
  • Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side, family, or the electronics side? I was fascinated by music and sound reproduction from an early age. At age two ...
  • Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier

    Aesthetix Mimas Integrated Amplifier

    Aesthetix Audio Corporation is the Southern California-based high-end electronics company revered for its bespoke tube and tube/hybrid electronics, many of which have been reviewed in these pages. Built to uncompromising standards, its components fall squarely ...
  • Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    Primare I35 Prisma Integrated Amplifier

    The Swedish-built I35 Prisma integrated amplifier, the latest model in Primare’s highly regarded 30 Series, exemplifies a new breed of integrated amp. Where once upon a time the integrated existed in a world apart from ...
  • T.H.E. Show 2019

    T.H.E. Show 2019

    Southern California has an audio show problem. It’s not new, and it’s not clear why. Perhaps it’s the slow-burn of internecine rivalries, sketchy venue selection and promotion (remember LAX?), or just plain bad luck. In ...
  • Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

    I have to admit that Boston-based Sonner Audio was unfamiliar to me until I read colleague Andy Quint’s 2018 AXPONA report. He was impressed with the potential he heard under arduous show conditions (“Satisfying orchestral ...

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