• JR Transrotor Phono II Phonostage

    JR Transrotor Phono II Phonostage

    JR Transrotor of Germany is widely respected for its striking and innovative turntable designs—a reputation it’s earned over the last twenty-five years. Less commonly acknowledged is the Phono II, Transrotor’s one and only phono preamp. ...
  • Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Triangle Esprit Altea Es Loudspeaker

    Along with Focal and Cabasse, Triangle Electroacoustique is one of France’s Big Three high-end speaker manufacturers. As quality-driven as a Michelin three-star restaurant, it brings to market an extensive lineup of stereo and multichannel models. ...
  • Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Audio Physic Padua RR Loudspeaker

    Speaker design involves science and a kind of combined craftsmanship and musical judgment that one might call art. Judgment comes from the fact that all speaker designs involve certain compromises. Since a perfect speaker is ...
  • The ASR Emitter II Exclusive

    The ASR Emitter II Exclusive

    No component since this magazine’s inception in 1973 has troubled me as much as the ASR Emitter II Exclusive, a Germanmade- and-designed solid-state amplifier. Not because it is a flawed product— quite the opposite. This ...
  • DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    DALI Helicon 400 Loudspeaker

    The $3900 DALI Helicon 400 is a medium-height floorstander that uncannily resembles this Danish firm’s premium offering, the Euphonia MS4 [see Issue 146]. It sports the same voluptuous, curvaceous side panels. Internally, it mirrors much ...
  • SME Model 30/2 Turntable

    SME Model 30/2 Turntable

    Good, better, best. A logical lead for this review, I thought, pleased with my cleverness. I may be the only audio critic who has formally reviewed all three SME turntables— in the same system and ...
  • Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Energy Veritas V2.3i Loudspeaker

    Fans of American muscle cars understand that when it comes to pavement- pounding and nose-bleeding power, there’s no substitute for cubic inches. That sentiment also applies to loudspeakers. Like pistons under the hood, a multiple ...
  • Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Sonus faber Domus 5-channel Speaker System

    Few loudspeaker companies are more intimately connected with high-end audio than Italy’s Sonus faber. Its aristocratic designs evoke the craftsmanship and the culture of the legendary Cremonese violin makers and a taste of la dolce ...

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