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  • Stereophile's Products of 1996
    by Jon Iverson on 10/07/2020 at 3:23 pm

    This is the fifth year Stereophile has named a select few components as "Products of the Year." By doing so, we intend to give recognition to those components that have proved capable of giving musical pleasure beyond the formal review period. Sun, 12/01/1996

  • Stax SR-Omega headphones
    by Jon Iverson on 09/07/2020 at 4:12 pm

    Ah, yes, headphones again. The market for super–high-end headphones must be small, but manufacturers nevertheless keep introducing new designs. At least two manufacturers—Stax and Sennheiser—seem to have carved out a big chunk of this market for themselves, and are currently slugging […]

  • Mark Levinson No.333 power amplifier
    by Jon Iverson on 08/07/2020 at 4:01 pm

    If I've read it once in mainstream audio magazines, I've read it a hundred times: "The most important component in a system is the loudspeaker, because it is the loudspeaker that makes the sound." Putting aside the obvious illogic of this statement—that without other components in the playback […]

  • Improving on Perfection?
    by Jon Iverson on 07/07/2020 at 6:46 pm

    Most audiophiles are aware of the modification and add-on aftermarket. A few have learned the hard way that modifier competence varies from primitive magic and sales hype to real engineering skill. Some modifiers are serious audiophiles who are also good technicians; others are scam artists whose […]

  • Capital Audiofest Cancels Its 2020 Show, Announces Dates for 2021
    by Jim Austin on 06/07/2020 at 2:16 pm

    Capital Audiofest has canceled its 2020 show, previously scheduled for October 30 through November 1, and announced dates for 2021. Mon, 07/06/2020

  • Spectral SDR-2000 Professional D/A processor
    by Jon Iverson on 03/07/2020 at 4:21 pm

    Spectral is a bit of an enigma in the high-end audio world. Although nearly 20 years old and one of the founders of the American high-end audio industry, Spectral isn't a name that comes quickly to mind when considering the best of the best in high-end. Spectral's low profile is of their own […]

  • Gramophone Dreams #38: HEDD HEDDphones, Schiit Jotunheim amplifier
    by Jon Iverson on 02/07/2020 at 4:21 pm

    Today is March 22, 2020. Outside my door, the plague is gaining intensity. People are wearing masks and rubber gloves. But outside the window by my desk, there is a Callery pear tree, and every day its blossoms are becoming more intensely white. Each day its brightness (measured in units of […]

  • Spatial Coherence TVA-1 preamplifier
    by Jon Iverson on 01/07/2020 at 4:55 pm

    There are some standing jokes in the audio industry about the qualities a piece of equipment must have in order to be truly "high-end." One definition is that it must be unavailable, unreliable, and dangerous. Another is that it will sound great, break, and its manufacturer go out of business. By […]

  • Sheltering In Place In New Orleans
    by Jon Iverson on 30/06/2020 at 5:51 pm

    New Orleans, Louisiana — As I write this, my city is locked down. To make sure of it, the National Guard is encamped in Louis Armstrong Park, site of Congo Square, where in former times enslaved Americans gathered to dance and play music, and tourists gathered to watch them. People still […]

  • MBL Noble Line N11 line preamplifier
    by Jon Iverson on 26/06/2020 at 4:13 pm

    During the four years that I've reviewed for Stereophile, I've had the privilege of evaluating products from some of the world's best-known audiophile companies: Audio Research, Bel Canto, CH Precision, dCS, D'Agostino, Dynaudio, EMM Labs, Jadis, Krell, Nordost, and Wilson, among others. But one […]

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