Reviews

EP-1 Headphones by RBH Sound

EP-1 Headphones by RBH Sound

As I always say, it’s tough to give a totally enthusiastic recommendation of any headphone — especially an IEM( In-Ear Monitor) — because individual impressions vary so much. However, I’m stoked enough about the EP1 to say I haven’t found a dynamic IEM I like better. Read More….

Plinius Audio SA-103 Power Amp

Plinius Audio SA-103 Power Amp

Plinius intends for the SA-103 to be left on at all times, and left in class-A/B mode when idle. If you forget, an internal switch can be set to automatically switch the amp in class-A/B mode after 15, 30, or 60 minutes of no signal, thus saving on heat dissipation and your electric bill. If you’re a control freak, you can turn off this feature entirely, but remember: In class-A mode, the SA-103 sucks almost 500W continuously. I loved being able to leave it on all the time without having to remember to power it down to class-A/B. This let the SA-103 continuously charge its capacitors and to get to its optimal class-A operating temperature—and best sound—much more quickly than from a cold start. Read more…

Arcam Solo

Arcam Solo

The Arcam Solo has, for a while, been something of a benchmark system at this price level. True, this product wasn’t the first all-in-one hi-fi to deliver great sound in a compact package, but it was the first to be a viable separates alternative, even for those who put sound quality first. Read more…

Primare CD32 and I32

Primare CD32 and I32

Primare’s CD32 and I32 system has impressed Andrew Everard, the Audio Editor of the UK’s revered classical music title Gramophone. In a two page eulogy in the May 2011 issue, he says of the I32 ” this is a powerful amplifier, as capable when handling the full force of a symphony orchestra as it is with accompanied solo voice or instrument, but it’s one you really can’t hear working. That, in my book, makes it a somewhat exemplary device.”
Joseph Audio Pulsar

Joseph Audio Pulsar

The Joseph Audio Pulsar establishes a new benchmark in MiniMonitor performance.  It truly conveys the scale of a much larger speaker, combined with the speed, precise imaging and resolution that “mini” fans have always prized. Read more…

Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

The Hautonga’s bass is truly prodigious. And the way the Hautonga reproduces Stokowski’s inflection of the rhythms will have your toes tapping to a fare thee well. Rock music doesn’t figure much in my listening and headbanging never, but I had a great time with the likes of classic Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, and Simon alone. “Paint it Black” the Plinius dispatched with spine-tingling verve and vigor, and it unraveled the thick textures of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with welcome clarity yet without sacrificing timing or pulling it apart. Read more…

Linn Majik 109 loudspeaker

Linn Majik 109 loudspeaker

With every recording I played, the highs were detailed, pure, uncolored, and extended, with plenty of top-octave air. That purity was so far beyond what I’ve heard from other speakers anywhere near the Linn’s price that it seemed as if I were listening to master tapes through the Majik 109s, but hearing only second-generation dubs through all those other speakers. Read more…