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Simaudio 760A Power Amplifier Review
Bryston BIT-15 Isolation Transformer & Surge Protector Review
Carot One Titta Earbuds Review
In Appreciation of the Harbeth Compact 7 ES-3
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Friday, 26 June 2015 ,  Written by Andre Marc
In Appreciation of the Harbeth Compact 7 ES-3
The Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 stand mounted loudspeakers have the distinction of being in residence in this reviewer's system for seven consecutive years. The speakers, in a distinguished cherry finish, are not only an excellent reviewer’s tool, but a music lover’s dream. These British boxes have been reviewed numerous times in print, and online. The speaker has in been the Harbeth line in previous iterations for a number of years, but the ES-3 really brought something special to the table.Out of the box, there is something magical about these unassuming classic-looking British monitors. Good stands get the best out of them, and my listening room they sit on custom ordered Sound Anchor stands. The stands, without question, are worth the extra expense. Good speaker cables are offer another payoff. I have have in rotation, depending on amplifier, Transparent, QED (as recommended ...
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Thiel TM3 Loudspeaker Review
I’ve been a fan of Thiel loudspeakers going on almost a decade now. I reviewed multiple products from the legendary company. Their flagship, at the time, CS3.7 floorstander was one of the finest speakers I have had in my listening room, bar none. I also evaluated, and later purchased, the CS2.4 floorstander, which still resides in my system today. Thiel as a company has undergone some dramatic changes, including the untimely passing of chief designer and founder Jim Thiel, a change of ownership, and a revamping of the product line. The company smartly hired distinguished industry veteran, Mark Mason, as lead designer, and now currently employs a four-man engineering team. The Thiel brain trust has decided to offer up set of fresh designs that build on the Thiel legacy, but depart a bit from Jim Thiel’s time and phase ...
Monday, 23 February 2015 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker Review
Bryston Ltd, the long-standing Canadian firm, is one of the audio companies I respect most. Their products are produced from a true engineering standpoint, with real world pricing, and backed with standard-setting service and amazingly long warranties. I have reviewed a good number of Bryston products. The BCD-1 CD player, the BDA-1 DAC (still my current reference), and the superb BDP-1 digital player are among my favorites. The company has gone on to introduce a number of new products over the past year so, including upgrades the to the BDA and BDP series, a headphone amp, a USB to SPDIF converter, a high end disc transport, and even DSD capability.Most surprising, the company has added loudspeakers to its product portfolio. The comprehensive line includes floorstanders, stand-mount monitors, subwoofers, in-wall speakers, and home theater specific products. Bryston obviously has the challenge ...
Monday, 07 July 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Audioengine A2+ Desktop Speakers Review
I have been into computer audio since the time it meant ripping your CDs into lossy files to either load them up on your mp3 player or to play them back over plastic computer "speakers."  The evolution of digital file playback has rendered that scenario quaint, as cheap storage, lossless codecs, high-resolution audio, and USB DAC units have changed the landscape. Many audiophiles use their computers as serious digital front ends in reference systems. Those with more modest means and tighter spaces, and yet still crave quality audio reproduction, pair computers with outboard DACs and powered, so-called "desktop speakers." A recent trend has seen manufacturers equip these active speakers with consumer friendly inputs. Many have on board DACs. It must also be noted that the term "desktop speakers" is one of the more abused around. Some look like stand-mount speakers ...
Friday, 06 June 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Anthony Gallo Acoustics A’Diva SE Loudspeakers & TR-3D Subwoofer Review
My first extended experience with an Anthony Gallo loudspeaker was two years ago, when I reviewed the Classico Cl-1 monitor and matching CLS-10 subwoofer. Having already heard much about Gallo products -- from professional reviewers, dealers, and fiercely loyal owners -- I liked the Classicos very much, but, ironically, they were not the type of speakers Gallo was known for designing. That is, box-shaped monitors. In fact, Anthony Gallo has carved out a distinct and unique position in the speaker market with designs that forgo traditional enclosures and drivers. Given Gallo’s website -- -- round is exactly the shape that the company is known for. Not to mention Gallo’s unique tweeter design, which unlike conventional designs, do not use a voice coil or magnet. Instead, a transformer passes the signal and contracts the conductive surface of the diaphragm. ...
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