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Salk Sound SongTower speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Byron Baba

I first heard a pair of Salk Sound speakers at the California Audio Show a number of years ago and I was impressed with the presentation. The Salk Sound website indicates that several of their models utilize transmission line designs, an approach that can give extended bass of high quality. I have an old pair […]

Van den Hul The Colibri XGW Master Signature moving coil cartridge & The Grail SE phono preamp Review


Amplification | Analog Sources | Cartridges | Phono

Constantine Soo

After reviewing the $16,500 Top Wing Suzaku Red Sparrow coreless straight-flux cartridge, I auditioned several other high-end cartridges, including two $10,000+ designs that exhibited unremarkable characteristics even when compared to the $4,000 Soundsmith Paua II. All in all, all negated recommendation. The only exception thus far is the Dutch cartridge specialist Van den Hul’s The […]

Rotel A14MKII integrated amplifier Review


Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers

Byron Baba

A common comment in high-end audio is “I would like a high-end stereo system but it is just too expensive.”  While that may be true, I feel high-end audio is more about an attitude and your approach to buying audio components.  I have listened to a number of home theater setups that were very costly […]

Ohm Acoustics F5 speaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

What does an audiophile do with a speaker that tosses sound everywhere? How is the perfectionist to approach a soundstage that is bulbous, what I term the mushroom cloud soundstage? It is so obviously different that it raises many questions about its characteristics and operation in a HiFi system. A distinct subset of enthusiasts claim […]

Staccato Audio discrete hybrid opamps Review


Amplification | Solid State

Doug Schroeder

I need some advice from the community.When I use my discrete opamps, they are generating heat and after an hour or two the room gets too warm. I have to put the AC on full, and my feet get cold. Does anyone know a solution? That, of course, is a fantasy post to a fictitious […]

PureAudioProject Quintet15 Horn1 open-baffle speaker system


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

I got my new Erector Set the other day! If you are old enough to remember Erector Set toys, which are still being produced by Meccano, then you are authentically heading over the hill. I played many hours with that plastic toolbox full of metal girders, bolts, nuts, a set of four wheels, and even […]

Rogers LS 5/9 Classic speakers Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Richard Austen

The LS3/5a is perhaps the most famous loudspeaker in the audio world with many versions made, past and present, by many companies. Various versions of the speakers have been reviewed at Dagogo, most recently a current Rogers offering, which was reviewed by Constantine Soo. Indeed, I had also requested a pair but when I saw […]

Aspen Acoustics Lagrange L5 MKII ribbon dipole speaker system


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Hidden away in the folds of the Rocky Mountains is a tiny speaker company called Aspen Acoustics. It’s a one-garage affair with one person as three employees: Scott Kindt as owner and CEO, Scott Kindt as Head of Sales, and Scott Kindt in fabrication and assembly. It is a fledgling speaker company, as Scott has […]

Interview with Carl Marchisotto of Nola speakers


Commentaries | The Columns

Marc Silver

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Carl Marchisotto of Nola recently. I have known Carl for longer than I would like to admit and was fortunate enough to represent his speakers at my store for many years. I respect him currently as one of the world’s top speaker designers and also as a […]

Improving your work environment


Commentaries | The Columns

Byron Baba

I honestly feel that your productivity can improve with a more positive work environment. Studies have shown certain classical music creates the “Mozart Effect” that can improve memory, awareness, and the integration of learning styles, which can help creativity. This all sounds good, but let’s be honest, I kept a turntable in my office because […]

Stage III Concepts A.S.P. Reference Poseidon power cable Review


Cables | Power Cables

Fred Crowder

Introduction Within the last year, I have auditioned three of the top Stage III power cords: the Kraken, the Proteus and the Poseidon. While they share many of the same sonic characteristics — precise imaging, good to excellent depth, wide soundstage, very low noise and distortion, ability to retrieve even very low-level detail — each […]

Review text revised 5/22/21.

Legacy Audio i.V4 Ultra multi-channel amplifier Review


Amplification | Digital

Doug Schroeder

  When my sister and I were children, we had a self-propelled spinning ride in the backyard that I recall as the “Whirlybird,” and it still exists in the form of the Twirl-go-round. It was nearly as much fun as the barrel furniture chair in our family room that my sister and I would give […]

Interview with Roger West of Sound Lab


Commentaries | The Columns

Marc Silver

I have always been a huge fan of Roger West. owner and designer of Sound Lab electrostatic panel speakers. I make no apologies for my love of his giant Ultimate I full-range electrostatic speakers. I have listened to thousands of speakers over my 52 years in audio, from the very cheapest to systems costing over […]

Audio Note UK K/SPe speaker Review


Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers

Richard Austen

The AN-K/SPe is a two-way rectangular box that is wider than it is deep. The speaker employs a 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter and an 8-inch paper woofer with foam surrounds in a sealed cabinet design. If this speaker description reads as exciting as a puffed rice cake then I don’t blame you. When I first […]

Salk Sound SS9.5 speaker Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

Just over seven years ago I reviewed the Salk Sound Soundscape Speakers for Dagogo. I recall that they were built with what were generally considered to be some of the most accurate drivers available, chiefly the RAAL ribbon tweeter and Accuton ceramic midrange. A couple of months ago I sold the Vapor Audio Joule White […]

Gryphon Antileon EVO solid-state dual-mono amplifier Review


Amplification | Solid State

Ed Momkus

Too bad I wasn’t born into a rich family or became wealthy by age 35 like a young software entrepreneur. If that had been the case, I would probably have assembled a true high-end audio system before turning 60. Even then it took a few additional years to really get there. First came some pretty […]

Reference Recordings Beethoven Symphony No. 9 SACD Review


Classical | Music

Constantine Soo

Tracks: I Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (14:32) II Molto vivace (13:12) III Adagio molto e cantabile (12:34) IV. Finale (22:30) Christina Landshamer, soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano Werner Güra, tenor Shenyang, bass-baritone Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (Matthew Mehaffey, music director) Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (conductor)   The Beethoven Symphony No. 9 […]

Iconoclast by Belden Speaker and Interconnect Cables and BAV Power Cords Review


Cables | Interconnects | Power Cables | Speaker Cables

Doug Schroeder

 It is, we think, one of the hallmarks of cable voodoo that its methods and notions are always obscure —proprietary terms of uncertain meanings on the technical side, and vague promises framed in the most poetic and inspirational terms on the subjective side. We don’t aspire to rewrite the laws of physics, or to craft […]

Exogal Pulsar IR Unit Review


Audio Accessories | Digital

Doug Schroeder

Exogal was formed by several principals of the former Wadia who felt that the company’s PowerDAC idea still had potential. These seasoned audio and business veterans proceeded to make what has been a well-received DAC featuring its own algorithm that converts all incoming signals. I reviewed the Comet DAC in 2015, followed by another product […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-3-22


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Yes, it has been a while. I’ve had to take some time off to clear my head and my ears. It also has become apparent that in these special times of ours the volume of album releases has slowed down a bit, not yet to a trickle, and […]

Audiophile Law: Burn In Test Redux


Commentaries | The Columns

Doug Schroeder

It has been nearly a decade since I wrote the last, #6 Audiophile Law, “Thou Shalt Not Overemphasize Burn In.” At the time I thought it might create a firestorm of conversation and controversy. Instead, there was the distinct sound of the wind blowing; largely, no push back, no big discussion. What do I make […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-3-2


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes As some of you may have realized by now, I’m dropping hints during the week both in the NARP feed and one of the albums that are queued up and to which I am listening. Some, not all of those, have made their way to the list. As […]

New Year, New System


Commentaries | The Columns

David Snyder

Most audiophiles would love to start the new year with a new audio system, but few have the means or time to build a new system from scratch. For the rest of us, myself included, let’s kick off the new year right by overhauling the space and gear that we already own. In this post, […]

Ortofon MC Anna Diamond moving coil cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Fred Crowder

Introduction At the beginning of July, 2020, I shipped my three-year-old Lyra Atlas SL to the US importer to take advantage of a program that allowed owners to have their existing Lyra cartridge upgraded to Lyra’s new lambda technology. At the time I was hoping that the rebuild of my cartridge would take 8-12 weeks. […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-2-22


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes As some of you may have realized by now, I’m dropping hints during the week both in the NARP feed and my personal one of albums that are queued up and to which I am listening. Some, not all of those, have made their way to the list. […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-2-15


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Unabashed, I have been and continue to be a raving fanboy of Cathode Ray Tube, and their latest recording entitled Anabasis has done nothing to quell my enthusiasm. Recently, I listed a Christian Löffler EP, a precursor to his full album entitled Parallels: Shellac Reworks by Christian Löffler. […]

Sony TC-200 Reel-to-Reel tape deck and My 50-Year Audio Journey in Southern California


Commentaries | The Columns

New Album Releases Project 2021-2-9


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Apologies for the late arrival. I am now toying with either a Monday or a Tuesday weekly delivery date. As I am posting what I am listening to during the week at odd, well not-so-odd, but intermittent intervals, I’m going to take the liberty to make my weeklies […]

SW1X Audio Design DAC III Review


DACs | Digital Sources

Grover Neville

SW1X Audio Design, a company based in the UK, was unfamiliar to me before this review, something I suspect will be true of many a North American audiophile. But I hope that after reading this review, you’ll seek out their products, at least to hear, if not to own. To put it quite frankly, the […]

New Album Releases Project 2021-2-2


New Album Releases Project | The Columns

David Blumenstein

And then there were … Liner Notes Too many bangers without any clangers makes my commentary superfluous. That’s a nice way of saying life caught up with me and in order to get NARP out this week, I’m taking a mulligan. Better late than never the list is chock full of surprises. Yet another history […]


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