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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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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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Accuphase DP410 CD Player premium
Successor to the popular DP400, the DP410 promises improved sound and adds USB input.
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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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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 DX 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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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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Arcam rDAC premium
Never judge a book by its cover!
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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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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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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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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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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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Auralic Vega premium
Stlylish Digital Audio Processor
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Aurender N10 premium
The new Industry Standard Reference Music Server.
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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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Ayon CD-T CD transport – Mini Review premium
Truly excellent CD transport with S/P DIF and i2S connections
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Ayon S10-II Signature premium
The S-10 MkII is not only a streaming endpoint and a DAC but also an analog preamp complete with two analog inputs. And, unlike many competing products, the Ayon's preamp can actually replace a very good separate analog preamp.
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Ayon Sigma DAC premium
Tube Seduction with technical precision
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Ayon Stealth DAC and CD-T II Signature CD Transport premium
There is no way around it. The Ayon Stealth DAC/Preamp and CD-T II transport play with a level of musical involvement not matched by any solid state combination that I tried so far.
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Ayre CX7 CD Player premium
The CX7 was meant as a temporary replacement for my defective Levinson 390s. Soundwise the two players couldn't be more different.
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Ayre QB-9 premium
Asynchronous USB signal transfer and high end DAC solution in a compact and pretty package
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Behringer Ultramatch Pro Samplerate Converter premium
Ultramatch Pro a poor man's dcs Purcell?
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BitPerfect Mac App premium
BitPerfect is a very affordable Mac app that works with iTunes to enable better sound.
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Bliss premium
Super-handy Music Library Tagging Program
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Bricasti M1 Classic premium
The M1 throws a superb balance between technical excellence, emotional engagement and refinement.
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Bricasti M21 DAC and M15 power amp premium
It baffles me why the Bricasti brand does not pop up everywhere, it certainly should. Beautifully sculpted and with immaculate build quality, these components are not inexpensive but in context, they surely are also not extravagantly priced.
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Bricasti M5 network player premium
The Perfect Roon Ready Streaming Endpoint.
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Bryston BCD-3 CD Player premium
Never less than fully engaging and always ready to boogie, the Bryston BCD-3 CD player is a sure bet!
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Bryston BDA-3 DAC premium
Enthusiastic Music Maker with extensive connectivity.
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Bryston BDA-3.14 Renderer+DAC premium
The BDA-3.14 is Bryston's current reference DAC and with its many inputs, streaming capacity and built-in volume control, it is meant to perform the central role in a multiple-digital-source system.
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Bryston BDP-3 Digital Media Player premium
Easy to use, yet highly versatile digital music player.
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CD Ripping premium
Sometimes I come across things in the wonderful world of audio that drive me nuts.
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CH Precision C1 + A1 premium
The C1+A1 combination sounds ultra-transparent, clean and controlled but also smooth and fluid, and organic, wholly musical and absolutely convincing.
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CH Precision C1 + A1 – part 2 premium
Part 2 of the C1+A1 review.
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CH Precision DIG IN HD Board Upgrade premium
With the new DIGITAL IN HD board, the team at CH has managed to further improve the C1's already stellar performance.
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CH Precision Ethernet_IN HD board Upgrade premium
The C1 has simply never sounded better than via this new connection. And as a bonus, you get to use the superb Roon interface. It's a win-win!
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 1 premium
These oldies perform way beyond expectation and even have some special qualities that are rare in digital!
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 2 premium
The Marantz players: Marantz CD16 Exclusive 1993. CDM-4 transport, TDA1547 Bitstream DAC. This player doesn’t really belong in this review because I didn’t review it at the same time. Nevertheless, I have a very good memory of how it sounded compared to the Audiomeca and Wadia players I had at the time. In retrospect, it […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 3 premium
THE ORIGINAL 2008 REVIEW A more detailed comparison of the CD11LE, CD12LE, CD74, CD85, CD80 Marantz players that are added later can be found at the bottom of this review. For now, let’s move on to the original review. POWER All players showed sensitive to the position in the (serial wired-) extensionblock. The first position […]
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Classic Philips and Marantz CD Player Comparison – part 4 premium
Fast forward 3 years – Later addition to the original review – July 2011 Three years after the review above was written, after moving house and having quite a different system, I have bought a Marantz CD80. Little later I also came across a Marantz CD74 and CD85. Because I also still have the Philips […]
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Consonance Reference 2.2 CD Player – Mini Review premium
Incredibly lucid and airy sounding player that has a tube output.
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DAD (Danish Audio Design) AX-24 DAC premium
DAD AX24 compared to the Audiomeca Enkianthus and Mark Levinson no 360s.
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dCS Elgar – Mini Review premium
dCS was largely responsible for the upsampling rage
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dCS P8 SACD Player premium
P8 - dCS' first all in one SACD player.
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Denafrips Venus premium
Visually a more compact and arguably even more handsome version of the Terminator, the Venus is Denafrips' 2nd-tier flagship DAC and, as such, it is built around a very similar architecture.
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Denon DA-500 DAC – Mini Review premium
This is an oldie but still a goodie.
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Denon DVD-2910 DVD/SACD player – Mini Review premium
Average as a CD player but not bad with SACD's...
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Devialet Expert 120 and 200 premium
Devialet Expert 200 and 120 hybrid class A / class D integrated amplifiers compared directly.
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Devialet Firmware premium
Devialet Expert Firmware - newer versions add functionality, but also change the sound.
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EC Designs Mosaic T DAC premium
Non-conformistic, superbly unforced and natural sounding DAC.
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Emotiva ERC2 CD Player premium
Highly affordable player that performs admirably well.
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Esoteric D-07 premium
The Esoteric presents music with real gusto: theres a bold and focused power to its delivery, making for a very solid and upbeat sound not unlike the typical Wadia delivery.
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Esoteric X03 SE SACD Player premium
CD/SACD player with VRDS-NEO drive and tank-like build.
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