• Sonus faber Palladio Collection In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers

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    Remaining committed to the company's mission of creating an immersive and realistic listening experience and eager to enhance the Voice of Sonus faber, Sonus faber engineers have pushed the limits of their existing technical knowledge  to bring to life a new project. The result is the Sonus faber Palladio  – a collection of custom installation speakers, In-Wall and In-Ceiling loudspeaker systems that stay true to the Sonus faber heritage. The new collection name is inspired by the com READ MORE

  • Building a Dedicated Sound Room by Phil Gold

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    After 30 years of living in a suburban two storey house, my wife and I decided to move downtown and into an apartment. We each had specific requirements. Mine included a dedicated listening space. That was one of her requirements too – that I should have a dedicated listening space, so she should not be disturbed while I was listening. We spent over a year checking out building after building. Eventually we found one we both liked, walking distance to the center of town, close to all am READ MORE

  • McIntosh MTI100 Integrated Turntable – A Turntable with an On-board Integrated Amplifier

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    Have you ever heard of a turntable with a built-in integrated amplifier?  Neither had we... until now! At first glance, the new McIntosh MTI100 Integrated Turntable may look like it’s just a turntable, but a closer look will reveal that it is in fact so much more. Truly a one-of-a-kind product, it is designed for those who want maximum flexibility in their home audio system but don’t want – or don’t have the space for – a large audio system. With all the built-in connectivity t READ MORE

  • Engström Monica Preamplifier Review

    Please welcome Khairul Faizi Mohammad to the NOVO High-End writing team! Khairul lives in a small town on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  His audio journey started in University during the early 90s with a humble “separate” system.  His quest for the ultimate sound began after spending countless hours in a Nottingham living room of a famous British horn loudspeaker designer.  Khairul is a newbie at writing formal audio component reviews but has been contributing his thoughts READ MORE

  • EgglestonWorks Emma EVOlution Speaker Review

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    When I was 15, my older brother gave me my first real stereo. I loved it.  It was amazing to me.  The amp was an Akai integrated, a  brushed aluminum beauty with a lot of aluminum knobs and dials. It had very cool  VU meters and a walnut case.  The turntable was equally beautiful, also Japanese.  It was a Kenwood with a granite-like finish and a very deliberate looking tonearm.  The speakers were made by Realistic, and like most speakers of that time, housed in sealed particle board b READ MORE

  • Accuphase E370 Integrated Amplifier Review – Honest to the Music

    Please welcome Shahril Mokhtar to the NOVO High-End writing team! Shahril hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His deep interest in hifi started back in the early 90s when he acquired a vintage Sansui hifi system from his late father.  Shahril began providing opinions on hifi, home theater and headfi topics in online forums in 2005 and became the moderator of one of the most active forums in Malaysia and Singapore. As he attracted more followers, he started his own review blog at www.notanoth READ MORE

  • BIS Audio PowerBIS Maestro A/C Power Bar + AC20WG A/C Power Cord Review

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    Every great audio system starts with clean power delivery - that's why audiophiles pay close attention to power bar and power cable selection.  Our sister site NOVO just posted a review of the Canadian-made BIS Audio PowerBIS Maestro A/C Power Bar + AC20WG A/C Power Cord.  Written by Douglas Brown, this review is sure to make you laugh out loud... while learning about these excellent products :-) Read it here! READ MORE

  • Phono Stage Buying Guide: What You Need to Know When Shopping for a Phono Stage For Your Turntable

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    Vinyl is back..for good! At the end of a nice long listening session with my Rega Planar 6 w/ the Ania MC cartridge, feeding the outstanding  Bryston BP-2 MM/MC Phono Preamp, I just finished spinning all four sides of an original Elektra pressing of The Doors classic Absolutely Live, and two things occurred to me as I lifted the needle at the end of the last track. First, there is no denying, the vinyl “revival” is far more than a revival, it is in its second boom period! With new READ MORE

  • Happy New Year from NOVO High-End!

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    I would like to wish all NOVO readers a Happy New Year on behalf of the NOVO team!  May the new year bring you health, happiness and everything else you desire - including new audio equipment and tech toys :-) We took a couple of weeks off at the end of December but we're forging full steam ahead starting today - so you'll see lots of exciting new content rolling out in the next few days. Fun fact: I shot the picture above during a recent review of the Swan Song Audio Wh READ MORE

  • Parasound’s New Improved Zphono XRM

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    Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. The new model includes balanced XLR outputs, a switchable rumble filter, a mono-stereo switch, plus continuously variable load adjustment for moving coil cartridges. Separate input jacks and independent circuitry for MC and MM cartridges allows it to accommodate two turntables. Like other Parasound Z models, the Zphono XRM uses the READ MORE