• McIntosh Announces C53 Preamplifier

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    The brand new McIntosh C53 Preamplifier is ready to serve in a home audio system for many years – even decades – all while delivering unmatched audio quality. Following the digital audio precedent set in McIntosh’s current line of solid state integrated amplifiers, the C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module. But unlike their integrated amplifiers that use the DA1 Digital Audio Module, the C53 is the first product to use McIntosh’s new, more advanced DA2 READ MORE

  • A peek into High End Munich fair – Part 1

    High-end: a term that defines home audio systems that pursue the highest fidelity of sound, are insanely unlimited in terms of size, weight, power consumption and obviously, price. Heaven and hell together, in a way. And it is also the excuse for some people with large wallets to speak as if they were musical producers or sound engineers, especially with a classical music record pressed before 1970 in their hands; boring people who listen and talk about sound instead of music. I'm sure you k READ MORE

  • Vermouth Audio Reference Series XLR Interconnect Cable and Power Cable Review

    Clarity Is the Reference Series' Forte! Vermouth Audio is one of Indonesia’s hidden gems when it comes to hand crafted high-end audio cables. Located on the beautiful island of Bali, the company was founded in 2010 by Hendry Ramli. Mr. Ramli, a man with a huge passion for audio, had a dream to help other music lovers achieve the highest standard of audio by developing high quality cables at reasonable price points. Today, Vermouth Audio designs and manufactures an attractive selection of ca READ MORE

  • Furutech DSS-4.1 Speaker Cable Review

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    Japan… land of the rising HiFi. When one thinks of Japanese cultural symbols, thoughts of drift cars, pachinko machines, portable music players, and Shinkansen bullet trains readily… ehm… drift through the mind. Japan is a detail-oriented country. No other society on earth can so happily obsess on making minor improvements to small items to invoke significant increases in overall performance -- especially with cars and electronics. Founded in April 1988, Japanese specialist parts an READ MORE

  • Swan Song Audio Cygnet Class A Headphone Amp/Upsampling DAC Review

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    If you like your luxury headphone amp/DAC petite, pretty and potent, Swan Song Audio is listening. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma this specialty company has built an enviable reputation for itself with an extensive catalog of custom solid state and tube audio components and speakers, ranging from their "portable" Cygnet line of headphone gear up to their Black Swan tube pre and amplifier exotics. My last encounter with their White Swan Class A Headphone Amp/DAC/Pre was a thoroughly satisfying soni READ MORE

  • The High-End Show Report – Munich 2019 – By Phil Gold

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    The Munich HIGH END show is full of interest – live music, fast cars, new products, fine people, you name it. I’m here to introduce you to some of my personal highlights but be aware no one can see everything in such a large show, and I will limit myself to twelve stops. So here goes, in no particular order. NAGRA AUDIO This may be the best sounding room at the show. And this is not your grandfather’s Nagra. In the last few years I’ve heard a great improvement in the sound o READ MORE

  • McIntosh Announces C49 Preamplifier

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    McIntosh has just announced the C49 Preamplifier, a future-proof component that is upgradeable. The C49 features the company's DA1 Digital Audio Module, which can be replaced by newer McIntosh digital audio modules that accommodate new digital technologies. This will allow the C49 to be kept up to date with digital music formats and viable well into the future. The C49 comes with a multitude of inputs. For analog, it has 2 balanced, 3 unbalanced, 1 Moving Coil and 1 Moving Magnet. On the READ MORE

  • Sonus faber Launches Minima Amator II Loudspeaker at Munich High End Show

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    Some products are not meant to be tied to a singular historical moment. Electa Amator III and Minima Amator II were born with this concept in mind and together give life to the Heritage collection from Sonus faber.  Paying homage to its past through classic design, while strongly breaking through the barrier of time with an electro-acoustic point of view, the Heritage collection transmits the tradition of the brand and enhances its artistic relevance. Because there is no future, without a p READ MORE

  • Audio Research Reference 160S Stereo Power Amplifier

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    Audio Research has just revealed a brand new Reference 160S stereo power amplifier. The new product distills the astonishing resolution, dynamic impact, musical purity and finesse of the 160M into one beautiful and attainable chassis designed for the music lover in all of us. Following the example of the internationally-acclaimed 160M monaural power amplifier introduced in 2018, the Reference 160S (REF160S) is a vacuum-tube design with dual transparent power meters that float in front READ MORE

  • Audio-Technica ATH-W5000 Raffinato Headphone Review

    Established in Japan in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, and electronic products for home and professional use. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica manufactures products that set quality, durability and price / perfor READ MORE