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  • Focal Clear Headphone

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    Designing and implementing a product that will sit between a top-tier model and an entry-level one is always tricky. If it is too close in performance to the top-tier component, it will cannibalize sales. If ...
  • AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

    AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

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  • EarSonics S-EM9 In-Ear Monitors

    EarSonics S-EM9 In-Ear Monitors

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  • SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL Phonitor X Headphone Amplifier

    SPL are the initials usually associated with the term sound pressure level, but it is also short for Sound Performance Lab, a German firm that has been making professional recording gear since the late 1970s. ...
  • Grace Design m9XX DAC

    Grace Design m9XX DAC

    Grace Design may be a new name for many audiophiles, but for recording engineers it has long been a well known and respected entity. Michael and Eben Grace have been manufacturing microphone preamplifiers since 1994. ...
  • MrSpeakers Ether C Headphone

    MrSpeakers Ether C Headphone

    If you look at the “flagship” full-sized headphones currently on the market, you’ll notice they all share one particular trait: Whether they’re planars, dynamics, or hybrids, whether they cost $400 or $4000, they’re all open-backed ...

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