• Burmester Phase 3 System

    Burmester Phase 3 System

    Call it “lifestyle at the high end.” Yes, I know “lifestyle” can be a dirty word in some audiophile circles, but the Berlin-based Burmester brand has never shied away from bringing luxurious aesthetics to its ...
  • Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs doesn’t rush new models to the market. The iconic Brooklyn-based firm moves at its own stately pace, befitting its rich history and high-end bona fides. Even so, it’s been nearly ten years since ...
  • Nordost QKore Grounding System

    Nordost QKore Grounding System

    Ever since I caught the audio bug, I’ve been intrigued by products that purport to cleanse, rehabilitate, regenerate—you name it—the electricity that powers your stereo. A few years ago, after extensively grounding my house electrical ...
  • Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

    Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

    “Don’t I know you? Haven’t we met somewhere before?” My very thoughts when I first laid eyes on the Rogue Audio RP-7 preamplifier. Then I remembered: It was the Rogue Audio RP-5 that I reviewed ...
  • Focal Clear Headphone

    Focal Clear Headphone

    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 ...
  • McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    McIntosh C52 Solid-State Preamplifier

    Prefatory Rant I shall begin by asking you to indulge me some venting: I hate the direction that many high-end preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers have taken the last quarter-century and longer—detest is a more precise ...
  • Magico M3 Loudspeaker

    Magico M3 Loudspeaker

    I’ve been living with Magico’s three-way, five-driver M3 floorstanding loudspeaker for better than a year. In that period other superb dynamic transducers have come and gone. Only the M3 has remained. There’s a reason for ...

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