Woo Audio WA5 integrated amplifier/headphone amplifier $5899. Review

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“Maybe the HPA-1’s octave-to-octave tonal balance was more perfect. Maybe the Pass could slide and stomp better. But—because the WA5’s impedance, power, and gain are all adjustable, it could drive less-sensitive, higher-impedance headphones (such as Audeze’s LCD-4s) in a more satisfying fashion than any other headphone amplifier I’ve heard.”

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Elac Discovery revisited Review – Video

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NOBLE KATANA CUSTOM IEMS REVIEW

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‘”While over the ear headphones will always have a slight advantage over IEMs when it comes to subsonic bass (the over the ear headphone is able to interact directly with the outer ear and part of your skull), the size and mass of the drivers give IEMs an edge on speed and accuracy, and because they act in effect like an earplug, isolation, meaning that a good IEM can outperform an over the ear headphone of much higher price.”

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Cost no object ultimate horn speakers experience

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“This custom, 128dB, active six way, active horn system, designed by Be Yamamura, with special ALE Beryllium driver diaphragms and custom DAC-digital crossover-room correction is a summa summarum of a project that started in 2005 and ended in 2015 by Marco.”

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Martin Logan Ethos Review

December 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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” For some tastes however, this excitement may be too much of a good thing. This forwardness can probably also translate into a glassy or harsh sound, if the matching components are inclined that way. In my setup however, with either the Devialet or the Rowlands, at times they can sound very lively and forward indeed, but unless played very loudly with very brightly recorded material they do not normally step outside of my comfort zone.”

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HIFIMAN EDITION X V2 $1299 Review

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” I really admire the discipline and control Hifiman have engineered into the V2’s bass performance. This is a flat but very natural sounding bass response with a lovely balance in note quality between attack and decay. The quantity and quality are remarkably consistent and accurate sounding right down to around 20-30hz with nothing really in the way of a perceptible roll off or an uneven mid-bass bias.”

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AMPSANDSOUND MOGWAI $1,850 REVIEW

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“For the purposes of this review, Justin sent along a pair of Zu Cubes so that I could evaluate the speaker outputs. To this end, I set up the Mogwai and the Zu Cubes in my living room. After quite a bit of tweaking, I was able to arrive at a configuration for the Cubes (against the far wall, slightly off axis) that provided a reasonable soundstage. ”

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MrSpeakers Ether C Flow Sealed Planar Magnetic Headphones Review – Video

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Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 loudspeaker $84,990 Review

December 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

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“I have a quibble. While it’s impossible to discern at which frequencies the BeoLab 90’s various drivers hand off to each other, and the speaker’s harmonic integrity was continuous from lowest lows to highest highs, its sound was slightly warm, with rich but tight bass, a smooth midrange, and a mere suggestion of brightness in the very high treble. The BeoLab system is designed to permit the buyer or dealer to tune it to the buyer’s room and taste, but at the time of this auditioning, the comprehensive control app was not yet available. As a result, that kind of tweaking was not possible. What I heard was the original factory tuning, and an undefined target curve for the EQ.”

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Audiodesk PRO Ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaner Review

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“” Fast forward several more weeks during which I cleaned more records on the Audiodesk but this time I used the longest cleaning cycle followed by a “pure” water rinse. At this point, a record which has gone through an extended cleaning on the Audiodesk is close to if not indistinguishable from one cleaned on the KL. Regardless of which machine is used, a “pure” water rinse results in an improvement in sound. Keep in mind that with either machine you are continuing to use the fluid over a large number of records plus in the case of the Audiodesk, you have the addition of the detergent/surfactant. ”

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