The great South African pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim has slowed his pace in recent years, and has most often been heard either solo or with a trio on his infrequent recording dates. But now he has …

Theory + Application elektroakustik SDV 3100 HV DAC/Preamplifier and PDT 3100 HV CD/SACD Transport

Digital-to-analog converters have become stunningly sophisticated over the past 30 years, evolving from small circuits inside early CD players to stand-alone components with advanced capabilities and performance unimaginable to the CDs inventors. The separation of …

In June of 2015, I visited Utah for several days as a guest of Wilson Audio Specialties to learn everything I could about the loudspeakers I admire greatlyand came away admiring the people responsible for …

Wireworld Silver Eclipse Series 8 Speaker Wire and Interconnect

My encounters with Wireworld cables date back at least fifteen years. Throughout that period a common thread has connected each and every one of themfrom Wireworlds blue-plate offerings to its lofty flagships. Id describe it …

What ignited your interest in the high end? My electronics teacher showed me how to design tube electronics, but he also influenced me forever when one day he played an Opus 3 LP on his …

oBravo Cupid Hybrid Planar-Magnetic/Dynamic Earphone

David Teng is the founder of oBravo, a Taiwanese manufacturer specializing in high-end, high-performance headphones and earphones. OBravos initial development efforts centered on full-size headphones, such as the hybrid AMT/dynamic driver HAMT-1 reviewed by our …

High-Resolution Technologies Stage IV Speaker/Amplifier System

The HRT Stage IV system arrived for review almost exactly, all but to the day, sixty years after the release of the first stereo LP. This coincidence could be thought of as deeply symbolic, because …

Goldmund Introduces the New 590 NEXTGEN II and TELOS 7 NEXTGEN Integrated Amplifiers

The following is a press relase issued by Goldmund. January 21, 2020 – For decades, Goldmunds amplification technology has been acclaimed by music lovers worldwide. Over time, the various models in the Telos line have …

When I attended last years press conference at Capitol Records for the 50th Anniversary launch of The Beatles, aka The White Album, a journalist shouted out to producer Giles Martin, Hey, what about Abbey Road? …

KEF Announces Expansion of Reference line With New Model and Updated Finish Selection for 2020

The following is a press release issued by KEF. Maidstone, Kent January 16, 2020 – KEF is pleased to announce expansion of the KEF Reference finish selection for 2020. The 2020 lineup introduces a …

The exceedingly large, extremely heavy (better than a ton and a half), eight-chassis, twenty-six-driver, $263,000, omnidirectional MBL 101 X-tremes are, in almost every way possible, the best loudspeakers Ive heard in my homeor anyplace else, …

Parasound Debuts Flagship Halo JC 1+ 450-Watt Monoblock Power Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Parasound San Francisco January 17, 2020 — For nearly two decades, the Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifier, designed by the legendary John Curl, wasParasounds …

Cary Audio SA-500.1 ES Monoblock Power Amplifier

The first brand-new piece of specialty audio gear I bought was a Cary SLM-70 tube power amplifier. It improved on the modified Dynaco Mk III it replaced in every waybetter frequency extension, bass control, resolution …

The following is a press release issued by Ø Audio and High End by Oz. January 15, 2020 Ø Audio and High End by Oz LLC proudly announce their partnership for distribution in North …

This Monitor Audio Gold 300 loudspeaker marks the third Monitor model Ive reviewed for TAS, the first having been the previous incarnation of this speaker (which shares the same nameno Mark III, Plus, or other …

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