Accessories Reviews

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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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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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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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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Cardas Golden Reference powercable – Changing the IEC connector premium
Changing the standard Yarbo connectors to IeGO 24k Gold cryo connectors
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Cardas Magnepan Jumpers – Mini Review premium
These jumpers do a lot for the sound
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Ceraball on the cheap – A&B Systems ABS-02 – Mini Review premium
Ceraball lookalikes that perform remarkably well
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16 March 2020
CH Precision X1 Power Supply premium
The X1 is an ultra-low-noise, high-current, DC-regulated external power supply capable of powering up to two CH Precision units.
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Clearaudio Record Cleaners – Matrix Silent and Double Smart Matrix premium
Two Record Cleaner models compared: the affordable Double Smart Matrix and topmodel Matrix Silent
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Doepke DFS2 Audio Grade Differential Switch premium
With solid, silver-plated connections up to 50 mm2 and 0 AWG Massive OFC internal conductors, large contact areas with pneumatic high contact pressure for the lowest possible impedance and a complete absence of undesired inductive parts, the Doepke DFS-2 offers uncompromised quality. At 600 euros, does it justify its cost? Read on to find out!
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Finite Elemente Ceraball and Cerapuc premium
Ceraball Spider - Ceraball Universal - Cerapuc
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Finite Elemente Pagode and Spider premium
Two of the brand's most famous racks compared
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Finite Elemente Spider and E&T Spider premium
Virtually indistinguishable on most photos you see on the net but quite different in real life, and surprisingly, also quite different in sound!
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Finite Elemente Spider and Solid Tech Rack of Silence premium
Two visually similar racks that, especially when using their respective optional footers, cater to different parts of the audiophile spectrum.
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Furutech and HiFi Tuning Schuko Outlets compared premium
There turns out to be quite a marked audible difference between these outlets.
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Furutech FP-TCS31 power cable and FI-28/FI-38 connectors premium
Updated versions for the famous Alpha 3 cable and FI25 and FI35 connectors
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Furutech Power Connectors Compared part 1 – Furutech and IeGO premium
I always like to discover patterns in sound behaviour, with cables as well as with accessories such as connectors.
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Furutech Power Connectors Compared part 2 – FI-25 & FI-E35 Gold & Rhodium – Mini Review premium
Finding out to what extent connectors are responsible for a power cable's sound
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Furutech Power Connectors Compared part 3 – Furutech and IeGO IEC premium
Furutech FI25G, FI25R, FI15G, FI15R and IeGO 8085 Gold
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14 April 2020
GigaWatt LC-Y EVO cable, G-C16A Circuit Breaker and G-044 Schuko Socket premium
This review made it very clear that good power connections do matter. A LOT! In this part, I focus on explaining the products in detail and provide some background information pertaining to some of my personal experiences. The listening experiences can be found in part 2.
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3 May 2020
GigaWatt PC-4 EVO+Power Conditioner premium
For a change, here is a power conditioner that does actually deliver on the promise of not reducing the expressiveness or dynamics. Put simply, the PC-4 EVO+ acts to remove restraints without any penalties.
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GiK 244 Broadband Bass Trap – part 1 premium
In my main system I have always managed to avoid room treatment but for the Media Room it is a different story.
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GiK 244 Broadband Bass Trap – part 2 premium
Part 2 of the GiK review
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Harmonix RFA-78i Room Tuning Discs premium
Surely these silly little discs must be the craziest tweak ever. So I could not resist trying them for myself
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Harmonix Tuning Feet and Spike Bases premium
TU-210ZX Tuning Feet, RF900 Spike Bases and RF909X Spike Bases
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Hifi Tuning, Bals and IeGO Schuko connectors compared premium
Schuko connectors compared part 2: Three Schuko connectors compared: IeGO 24k Gold, Hifi Tuning Gold II, Bals 73
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Hifi Tuning, Bals and Kupp Schuko connectors compared premium
Schuko connectors compared part 1: Kupp, Bals and Hifi Tuning Gold II. These connectors differ in sound more than you might expect.
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Hofa Diffusors premium
These unassuming panels are way more effective than you would think!
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Mad Scientist Audio BlackPods premium
Affordable yet highly effective footers.
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Mad Scientist Audio CanOpeners and BlackDiscus premium
Unassuming tweaks that really work
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Mad Scientist Audio Power Purifier premium
A remarkably effective tweak
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Mad Scientist BlackPod Nanotech premium
Excellent Universally Applicable Footers
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Origin Live Turntable Record Weight premium
When Origin Live issues a Record Weight you can be sure that it will be very different from the competition. While counting at least 9 layers of various combined materials that are all interconnected in a cleverly loosely-coupled manner using nylon screws it's obvious that this product is unlike any other Record Weight.
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Oyaide C-037, C-046, C-079 and C-004 IEC Connectors premium
With each of the four IEC connectors having its own distinctive character, there is bound to be a suitable model for every application.
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R.T.F.S. SiRRAH – Part 1 premium
The smartly designed SiRRAH units have a twofold function, combining the advantages of a diffuser with those of a bass/midrange absorber. The panels are easy to fix to the wall and the improvements are substantial.
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Shakti Electromagnetic Stabilizer aka Shakti Stone premium
When you think about it logically, its working cannot be explained. The effect is however too big to be discarded, I would argue that everybody can hear it. Mysterious? You bet.
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Solid Tech Radius audiorack with Artesania and Finite Elemente Footers premium
Solid Tech Radius racks can be set up on regular spikes, or a host of other footers and as you might have guessed, the discs on which the spikes rest also make a big difference.
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SolidSteel S5-2 Audio Rack premium
Affordable, stylish and sturdy rack without audiophile pretentions
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Stillpoints Ultra 5, Ultra SS, Ultra Mini and Ultra Base premium
Stainless Steel Stunners
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Vibex and Fadel Art Line Conditioners premium
Two very different filters, tested under identical circumstances
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Vibex Reference Rhodium – Mini Review premium
Reference: a benchmark against which other manufacturers can judge the quality of their extensionblocks.
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Wooden Bull Turntable Mat premium
Technics SL1210, Technics SL-7, Pioneer SL-L1000, Yamaha PX-2, Avid Volvere, Linn LP12 and Thorens TD160MKII.
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xFyro xS2 wireless earbuds premium
Wireless earbuds with smart charger case that deliver superb sound quality
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