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Parasound NewClassic 275 v.2 two channel power amplifier Review


Amplification | Solid State

Byron Baba

I really enjoyed my time with the Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre preamplifier in my last review. I find Parasound products to sound great, are a tremendous value, and are built to last based on my own almost 30 years of personal experience with the brand. The Parasound NewClassic 275 v.2 power amplifier is one of […]

Glanz MH-1200S stainless steel tonearm Review


Analog Sources | Tone Arms

Constantine Soo

The tagline for Glanz is “A legendary brand is reborn” and it is not an exaggeration. The Glanz name was first used in 1972 by the Mitachi Onkyo corporation when a twenty-three-year-old Masataka Hamada joined and developed the company’s first moving magnet cartridges. He went independent in 1980 while continuing development of audio technologies for […]

One man’s dream: the Acapella Spharon Excalibur speakers system (a consideration)


Spotlight | System Profiles

Fred Crowder

Introduction I became friends with Jim some years ago, as we were both pursuing an interest in the Audio Note UK top DA converter at the showroom of Colorado dealership Audio Federation. Jim’s determination to build a system that could reproduce as well as possible the sound of live music, particularly the symphonies and piano […]

Parasound NewClassic 200 Pre Review


Preamplifier

Byron Baba

I have been successfully using Parasound components for almost 30 years. I purchased the Parasound HCA-1200 power amplifier brand new back in 1993, which then had a list of $845.00. I have used the amp all this time, initially driving Acarian Systems Alon 1 speakers and currently Magnepan MMG speakers. The reliability of this Parasound […]

Audio Note UK Isis Mains cable Review


Cables | Power Cables

Fred Crowder

In a world where a power cord can sell for more than the price of an automobile, is it possible to find a power cord that will significantly improve the performance of your equipment, yet can be had at a reasonable price (say significantly less than $1,000)? This review attempts to answer that question. In […]

PureAudioProject Trio15 Coax10 open-baffle speakers Review


Floorstanding Speakers | Speakers

Doug Schroeder

The hopeless truth (or fascinating reality) They say wisdom is recognizing how little you know, that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. With each high-end audio system I assembled, and there have been hundreds, the feeling grows in me that I know less and less of the absolute extent […]

Audio Note UK M1 Phono preamp & Empress Silver parallel single-ended triode monoblocks Review


Amplification | Mono Block | Phono | Preamplifier | Tube

Miyajima Laboratory Destiny moving-coil cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Constantine Soo

How do you want your music? Some classical fans may want less micro detail in favor of a more laid back, macro perspective to take in the entire orchestra, perhaps yielding a more judicious treatment of delicate woodwinds amidst the panoramic strings and brasses. To some lieder fans, tonal magnetism and fluidity of the human […]

Accusound Ones & Digital SE cable system Review


Cables | Digital Cables | Interconnects | Speaker Cables

David Blumenstein

Late 2020 and all of 2021 did a number on me and not for the reason you might think, although that might have played a part. During this time, I moved house three times, having to pack up all of my belongings, including all of my stereo systems and requisite gear, as many times. That […]

Cambridge Audio EVO 150 all-in-one player Review


Amplification | DACs | Digital | Digital Sources | Integrated Amplifiers | Others

David Blumenstein

The Cambridge Audio EVO 150 at first glance is a network streamer and integrated amplifier and, while that would not be factually incorrect, it is that much and more. Its industrial design, highlighted by the borderless display screen (picture a resort hotel’s rooftop infinite pool viewed from above), serves not only its effusive functionality and […]

Nagaoka MP-110 phono cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Byron Baba

Nagaoka phono cartridges have received some rave reviews on the internet. In one video, the Nagaoka MP-150 ($350) was favored over the Hana EL and Ortofon Quintet Blue low output moving coils. To check out the brand, I decided to try the entry-level Nagaoka MP-110 ($169.95), which is in the value sweet spot for cartridges […]

Aural Symphonics Optimism Lotus ST optical cable Review


Cables | Digital Cables

Fred Crowder

While there is any number of superb digital units in today’s market, I continue to use an EMM Labs TX2 transport in conjunction with the companion DA2 D/A converter, with which I have been extremely happy.  Other units may, in certain areas, have small advantages, but none when taken as a whole is better or […]

Pass Laboratories HPA-1 headphone amplifier Review


Amplification | Headphone Amplifier | Preamplifier | Solid State

Constantine Soo

I can count on one hand the number of manufacturers who build solidly engineered products that are ahead of the curve and herd, whose products remain vastly competitive and superior to others, and price increase is as rare as hen’s teeth. I can also name companies pricing their products to the stratosphere and tout more […]

Clearaudio Concept Turntable with Satisfy Tonearm and Concept V2 MM Cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges | Tone Arms | Turn Tables

Constantine Soo

Audiophile-class turntables have always been fairly expensive propositions from their heydays of the eighties to present, a tide that was reversed seemingly in the deep digital age of the new millennium. Large scale turntable manufacturers began to introduce products retailing in the low thousands of dollars, some even with a perceived promise of more advanced […]

Lyra Atlas Lambda SL moving-coil cartridge Review


Analog Sources | Cartridges

Fred Crowder

Introduction I have tried over the years to review products that interested me, which generally meant that they could be expected to sound good and interface well with my system. For the most part, that has worked well for me, even though some products were much better than others and some suited my system better […]

Orchard Audio Starkrimson Streamer Ultra Review and Q&A with Leo Ayzenshtat


Amplification | Digital | Digital Sources | Others

David Snyder

The year is 2021, which means that the first wave of millennials will enter their forties. This is the age where a confluence of high earning potential and enthusiasm for sound reproduction often produces audiophiles. But research tells us that millennials generally “derive more value from experiences than objects.” How should an industry that has […]

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 […]


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