• 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

  • 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

  • McIntosh Labs MC312 Power Amplifier Review – One of the Best Amplifiers of 2019

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    If you're looking to take the performance of your audio system to the next level, then you might want to take a look at the McIntosh Labs MC312 power amplifier.  Our sister publication NOVO just published a review of this fabulous sounding amp!  Check it out at: https://novo.press/mcintosh-labs-mc312-power-amplifier-review-one-of-the-best-amplifiers-of-2019/ READ MORE

  • Audio Solutions Figaro M Speaker Review

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    It’s always fun to learn about a new audio manufacturer, especially one that manages to impress you with the performance and quality of its products.  I first learned about Audio Solutions from Canadian high-end audio retailer Sonic Artistry who offered to lend me a pair of the company’s Figaro M speakers at the end of 2018.  Founded by speaker engineer Gediminas Gaidelis, Audio Solutions is a high-end loudspeaker manufacturer based in Vilnius, Lithuania.  A lot of very interesting hi READ MORE

  • EMM Labs PRE Preamplifier Review – The Best Preamplifier in 2019?

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    It’s a strange world. EMM Labs new Reference Preamplifier is called the PRE ($25k US). Their previous Reference Preamplifier, still available, is the PRE2 ($15k US). The PRE2 is the best sounding preamp I’ve had in my system prior to the arrival of the PRE. It’s as neutral and transparent as they come. Can the new PRE top that? Is it worth the 67% premium? The new PRE is a much more substantial animal than the PRE2. It measures 438mm x 400mm x 161mm (wdh) and weighs a substantial 17 READ MORE

  • Kirmuss Audio Ultra-Sonic Vinyl Restoration System Review

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    If you own a good sized record collection - this is an absolute MUST HAVE accessory.  Simply put, this is the best turntable accessory we have ever come across.  Check out the review of the Kirmuss Audio Ultra-Sonic Vinyl Restoration System on our sister site NOVO High-End. READ MORE

  • Synergistic Research High Frequency Transducers and Black Box Bass Tuning Device Reviews

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    An experienced audiophile friend of mine named Allan who knows the sound of my main 2-channel tube rig almost as well as I do recently visited my home. After listening to one of his favourite CDs, he asked: “Did you buy a new $20,000 pre-amp? “No.” I replied. “A new $10,000 tube DAC or upsampler?” “Nope… strike two.” “New speaker cables or interconnects?” “Nope.” “So… what did you do to make it sound like this?” “Like what…?” I asked, READ MORE

  • Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker Review

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    Today’s HiFi industry offers a wide variety of speaker systems, from conventional box cabinet designs to electrostatic to exotic horn loaded speakers. Yet a lot of these designs don't necessarily fit into the lifestyles of many people and those that do fit, more often than not, don't provide the quality of sound many discerning consumers are looking for. But thankfully this predicament has an excellent solution. Swedish loudspeaker manufacturer Larsen offers a range of speakers that not READ MORE