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12 January 2015
432 EVO Music Server premium
Music Server with a special twist.
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Accuphase DC-37 premium
Luxurious DAC that can handle any file format.
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21 May 2011
Accuphase DP400 CD Player premium
No doubt the DP400 is a fine looking unit. But how does it compare to the Mark Levinson no.390s?
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2 June 2014
Accuphase DP410 CD Player premium
Successor to the popular DP400, the DP410 promises improved sound and adds USB input.
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Acoustic System International – Liveline Powercable premium
Changing the standard Yarbo connectors to IeGO 24k Gold cryo connectors
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AcousticMatters premium
Speaker- and listening seat positioning are the most important matters, but you can't achieve perfection without careful treatment of the room. This is where a specialized company such as AcousticMatters comes in.
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Aequo Audio Stilla premium
While sleek and elegant in appearance, these are not lifestyle products but seriously high-end speakers that tick all the audiophile parameter boxes. All it takes is a single demo to understand their brilliance.
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Aequo Audio Stilla Active premium
After having reviewed the Hybrid (partially-active) Aequo Stilla, the model under review here concerns the fully active version. Whereas the hybrid Stilla still requires the use of an external amplifier, the fully-active Stilla contains internal amplifiers for all of its drivers, thus eliminating the cost and worry of using an external amplifier while freeing up extra space in the listening environment.  
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Akiko Audio GEM1 Gold and E-Tuning Gold premium
Gemstones and gold: not only are they a girl's best friend: starting now they're also a man's best friend!
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Akiko Audio Tuning Stick premium
A novel idea, carried out beautifully
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Analysis Audio Epsilon premium
The Analysis Audio Epsilons produce a sound so clean, clear, open, transparent and so utterly uncolored that many traditional cabinet speakers can only aspire to.
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22 October 2012
Analysis Plus Silver Oval XLR Interlink – Mini Review premium
Not unlike the Solo Crystal Oval but with a lot more air in the treble, a more forward character and a leaner, better articulated bass.
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22 October 2012
Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval XLR Interlink – Mini Review premium
Neutral and relaxed but with some added gravy.
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Anthem Room Correction and Martin Logan Renaissance ESL 15A premium
As my experiments show, Room correction is not only beneficial for heavily compromised setups and terrible rooms. Even when the speakers have already been positioned ideally, the results are still far from subtle.
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Anthem STR preamplifier and power amplifier premium
Encased in a simple but robust cabinet, the STR series has refreshingly different looks, but these components also distinguish themselves from the masses in terms of sound.
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ANTI-CABLES Speaker Cable and ANTI-IC’s Interlink – Mini Review premium
Over the last few years, several people have recommended the Anti-Cables to me.
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Antipodes CX + EX Music Server and Renderer premium
There comes a time when a reviewer just lacks the superlatives to describe the latest experience and for me, this is it. This combination is, quite simply, the very best digital front end that I have heard.
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Antipodes DS Base Music Server premium
After having reviewed the costly Antipodes DX and proclaiming it my new reference, here is a product of the same manufacturer, but at the other end of the cost scale. At 1995 euro, it is far removed from the DX' lofty 6000+ price, but does it offer comparable sound quality? Read on to find out!
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Antipodes DX2 Music Server premium
Ones and zeros are not just ones and zeros and music servers are not all created equal
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Antipodes EX Music Server premium
With its ODAPS2 power supply, four separate shielded chambers, and user-installable storage, the relatively affordable EX server marks the start of a new Antipodes range.
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Antipodes K50 Music Server premium
Having reviewed several Antipodes Music Servers and having owned the CX and EX for close to two years as my references, I was excited to hear of the OLADRA project and even more so the arrival of an all-new range with the K50 as the King of the Hill.
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APL DSD-AR DAC premium
While resolving the heck out of everything you play with retina-like resolution and lightning-fast transients, the DSD-AR simultaneously has an almost subconscious easy-going aspect, a certain organic quality that makes for highly lyrical music making and an immediate emotional involvement that makes one forget about all the technical details.
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Apogee Diva premium
Apogee Listening Sessions: Diva in my reference setup, and comparisons with Duetta Signature.
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Apogee Duetta Signature premium
Apogee Listening Sessions: Duetta Signature in Toine's listening room and in my reference setup, and comparisons between refurbished and original models.
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Apogee Duetta Signature – Graz KLM5 MRTW ribbons with new interfaces and wired returns premium
Installing Graz’ latest KLM5 MRTW ribbons with new interfaces and wired returns This is a follow-up review of the initial Duetta Signature review. In speaking with Graz about my experiences with the original and refurbished Duettas, he suggested I install new MRTW ribbons, not only because the KLM5’s are hugely improved over the older KLM2’s, […]
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Apogee Scintilla premium
Apogee Listening Sessions: Scintilla at Stanley's place.
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Apogee Scintilla – rebuild premium
Dismantling and rebuilding the Apogee Scintilla
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Aqua Formula xHD DAC premium
State of the art NOS R2R ladder DAC with DSD compatibility. Current HFA reference!
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Aqua Formula xHD v2 Output Board upgrade premium
Who says that electronics circuits are for nerds? I mean, look at this board! Isn't it a work of art? With the V2 output board, the Formula xHD's position as the King of the Crop is reaffirmed.
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Aqua La Scala mkII DAC premium
Giving away very little compared to the Formula xHD, costing less and possessing of that midrange magic that only tubes seem to bring, the La Scala mkII DAC may well hold the sweet spot in the Aqua DAC lineup.
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Aqua LinQ Network Interface premium
Never before has a digital interface, network or otherwise, behaved so utterly consistently and dependently. The LinQ has the uncanny ability to improve the quality of upstream components but it does this while refraining from imposing any discernible character onto the proceedings.
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5 November 2020
Aqua LinQ Network Interface – Part 2 – HQPlayer Module premium
he addition of the HQPlayer module allows using Roon and all of its benefits along with even better sound than was possible using the now-discontinued RoonReady module. Additionally, Aqua's modularity ensures that the product remains up to date.
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Aqua LinQ Network Interface – Part 3 – Core + NAA Module premium
The Core + NAA module marks the perfection of the LinQ as the universal and class-leading network player.
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Arcam rDAC premium
Never judge a book by its cover!
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Artesania Aire Floor Platform premium
These sophisticated platforms do not merely add the last nth of quality, they actually transform the sound, in a musically meaningful manner.
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Artesania Carbon Fiber Linear Arm upgrade for Exoteryc Racks premium
As a result of on-going efforts to further improve Jose Luis Lafarga's designs, Artesania introduced a superb upgrade for the Exoteryc rack: the Carbon Fiber Linear Arm upgrade. Made of 100% Carbon Fiber they replace the metal arms into which the component feet are attached as well as the component feet themselves. The result is nothing short of stunning.
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Artesania Exoteryc Audiorack premium
The most stunning audio rack I have ever seen, and my new reference
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Artesania Exoteryc Audiorack 3-shelf version premium
Due to my ever-expanding CD player collection I was running out of space in my Artesania rack. The solution: to add more racks.
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Artesania ISBAIEBW Standalone Isolation Bases premium
These Standalone Isolation Discs are not specific for Artesania Audio Racks: they can be placed under any component and be used on any surface.
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Artesania ISBAWB30, 60 and 100 Beechwood Isolation Bases premium
These Isolation Bases don't only work with Artesania racks but are universally applicable. I use them not only for racks but also for speakers. The Bases now come with 3 disc materials to tune precisely as preferred.
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Artesania ISDIWB Beech Wood Component Isolation Discs premium
Considering their high-grade finish, their very positive influence on the sound and also taking their pricing into consideration, they are virtually a must for owners of Artesania racks.
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Artesania Organic Line Modular Floor Platform premium
For some people, the sound is all that matters but for me, aesthetics are also very important. Fortunately, the Artesania Modular racks and floor platform are utter eye-candy. But don't underestimate them due to their pretty looks - they also offer a very serious upgrade over any standard rack.
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Artesania Organic Line Modular Rack premium
As with the Absolute Rack, the Modular rack is made from a combination of Krion and Tankwood but in this case these materials are applied only in the levels themselves. The rack can be assembled exactly as required from 1, 2, 3, or however many layers and it can always be extended or reduced very easily, hence the term "Modular".
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Artesania Platforms and Dampers premium
First installment of an extensive review of some mightily impressive add-ons for the superlative Exoteryc racks.
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16 May 2016
ASI Liveline Speaker Cables – Mini Review premium
The LiveLine cables combine solid-core copper conductors for the hot run and solid-core silver for the return. Added are 2mm splices of the five resonator alloys to all ends.
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2 August 2009
Audio Aero Prestige Signature SACD Player premium
How does this beautifully crafted player stack up against the Audiomeca Enkianthus and the Mark Levinson 390S?
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Audio GD R8 DAC, Master 1 preamp, Master 3 power amp, and Magna Hifi ACSS cables premium
Designed and built in China, Audio GD products provide serious competition for much higher priced European or American gear. Part 1 contains the introduction, info about Magna Hifi and a description of the performance of the complete Audio GD system.
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10 March 2018
Audio Note Lexus LX premium
Smooth and fluid yet highly precise sounding speaker cable.
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Audio Physic Caldera premium
The Caldera's belong to my friend Jeroen who has them set up in quite a small room and he long wondered what they would sound like in a bigger room
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13 July 2011
Audio Synthesis DAX Decade DAC premium
An older dac but recently overhauled at the factory to bring it to current spec.
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Audio Technica AT-HS10 and Ortofon LH 2000 Turntable Headshells premium
Phono cartridges can make or break a turntable, but the headshell also has a not inconsiderable influence on the sound.
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2 April 2019
AudioAanZee Reference Flow MKII Music Server premium
Almost 3 years ago I wrote the review of the original Reference Flow music server. In the meantime, a lot has happened in the digital audio world and AudioAanZee has not been sitting idle, either.
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27 April 2015
AudioAanZee Reference Flow Music Server premium
Superbly analog sounding Music Server that beats my long standing reference in digital music playback.
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AudioAanZee Ultra Flow Music Server premium
An affordable music server with a sublime user interface that challenges the best that I have heard. Interested? You should be!
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Audiolab M-DAC+ premium
Affordable Jack of all Trades with a detailed and refined sound.
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2 October 2009
Audiomeca Mephisto II CD Transport – Mini Review premium
A very special CD transport, developed by Pierre Lurne in cooperation with Rene Boonen...
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16 December 2012
Audioquest Diamond USB cable premium
Top of the line USB cable from Audioquest, featuring solid Perfect Surface Silver conductors and the mysterious 72V Dielectric-Bias System.
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31 October 2015
AudioQuest GO4, Rocket 88 & Castle Rock Speaker Cables premium
In order to get a good impression of the current AudioQuest sound, I have reviewed a range of Speaker Cables and Interlinks spanning a wide price range.
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9 December 2015
AudioQuest Sydney, Yukon, Water and Earth Interlinks premium
Comparing 4 AudioQuest interlink models, spanning a wide price range.
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18 December 2015
AudioQuest Victoria, Yosemite and Angel mini jack interlink cables premium
In search of the best mini jack to cinch cable.
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Auralic Vega premium
Stlylish Digital Audio Processor
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23 December 2015
Aurender N10 premium
The new Industry Standard Reference Music Server.
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4 December 2017
Aurum Cantus V30 M premium
Lots of quality in a small and very attractive package that is priced very reasonably.
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Avalon Eclipse premium
The original Eclipse is a long time Avalon favourite and one of the first Avalon designs by Charles Hansen, who started the company with a partner
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AvantGarde Uno G2 with Ayon, Viva and VAIC amps premium
Highly revealing speakers that are capable of pure magic when matched with the right cables and electronics
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Ayon CD-10 II CD Player premium
The CD-10 II impressed me enormously. Regular readers will know that I am used to listening to very esoteric gear but somehow Ayon always manages to stir my music-loving soul, and, as it turns out, even with their entry-level products.
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