Tonality8.5Build Quality9Comfort & Fit9Matchability8.5 8.8ScoreFrom $1,599.00Empire EarsA while back, I sent some molds into Empire Ears for review in a model that I didn’t know what would be coming back to me. It was a surprise. I was happy to receive back the Nemesis a time later and begin the review process on a solid […]
Keeping it honest: comparisons are the cornerstone of a good hi-fi review. Why? Because comparisons are also the cornerstone of the consumer decision process. Our decision trees tell us that it isn’t enough for us to enjoy the sound of a piece of audio gear in isolation. We also want to know if we might better enjoy something else.
In short: no A/B, no conclusion. No conclusion, no sale.
At the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Chord Electronics took up residence in the Marriott Hotel’s tower – demonstrating the Hugo 2 TT (info here) with the TToby amplifier (info here) and loudspeakers – and in the CanJam area where the Hugo 2 TT fired directly into headphones.… Read the full article
The HE1000SE is a new version of the HE1000 from the Chinese Hifiman Electronics.
Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the HE1000SE. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series and the HE1000SE was sent to us for a full review including comparison to the previous models.
If you don’t know Hifiman Electronics by now then you’ve been hiding in a cave on a deserted island. For me it’s one of my personal favourite brands and then I’m mostly looking at the Edition X V2, the good old HE-500, the HE-560, the RE-800 and of course the HE1000 series.… Read the full article
German company, Tidal Audio, founded in 1999 by Jorn Janczk with the stated intent of building the finest audio systems on the planet, showed it’s met the brief at the Australian Hi-Fi & Audio Show, particularly with the sound of the Contriva G2 speakers, each of which sports a pair of Accuton 9 inch bass drivers, an Accuton 7 inch midrange driver and an Accuton 30mm diamond dome tweeter.
New Hempshire, NJ-based computer audio specialty company Small Green Computer has been offering Music Servers, CD Rippers and related accessories to the music-loving public since 2008.
The sonicTransporter i5 replaces your desktop, laptop, Mac mini, etc… to provide the premier solution for those wanting more from their home computer audio experience.
With a simple to use web-based interface (no separate keyboard, mouse, or monitor required), the sonicTransporter i5 will have you playing music across your network quickly and easily.… Read the full article
From all outward appearances, given what the public knows from images of Tekton Design’s speaker range, one would be hard pressed to immediately identify the Mini-Lore Monitors as part of the family. But, they would be wrong. Absent the inverted tweeter-woofer drivers positioning, these speakers are about as standard in design as one would get from the mind of Eric Alexander, Tekton Design’s Founder and CEO.
I was on a mission after seeing/hearing/experiencing a revival in tube/valve gear and there being a concerted effort to make such equipment somewhat more relatively affordable.… Read the full article
Perhaps the most unusual speaker at Toronto Audiofest 2018 was Bryston’s whimsically-named T-Rex Model T. It’s a stacked pair of Model Ts, the top speaker upside down. I was reminded of the Double Advent system popular in the 1970s, but the T-Rex goes well beyond the Double Advent, with substantial bracing joining the speakers, a layer of rubber between them, and Bryston’s DAX-1 digital crossover included. The total price is $18,000/pair (unless otherwise noted, all prices in this report are CN$), which represents something of a bargain for all this hardware.… Read the full article