Bricasti M20 Preamp Reviewed

Bricasti Design M20 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Given that many of today’s DACs, phono stages, and even amplifiers have their own internal volume controls, it may not be clear why you would ever want to integrate a preamplifier into your modern audiophile music system. In my view,… Read More »

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Technics EAH-A800 bluetooth wireless headphones reviewed

Technics EAH-A800 Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Retro is all the rage these days, and a number of companies have taken that mantle leaving the musty pawn shops and cluttered old record stores that sell 1970s gear and turned it into a modern audiophile sales boom. McIntosh… Read More »

Sennheiser Momentum in white

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones Reviewed

Perhaps my favorite product category of the past five years has been wireless over-ear headphones. There’s been so much growth and improvement in this highly relevant space. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 are a next-generation offering in the category priced right… Read More »

Schiit Modi 3e DAC reviewed by Andrew Dewhirst

In the Audiophile World, Higher Price Doesn’t Always Equal Higher Performance

One of the biggest audiophile fallacies is a pricier or more exclusive product is going to perform better than a more affordable or mass-market solution. Perhaps that was once the case, but new-school audiophiles are increasing supporting manufacturers who deliver… Read More »

A vintage copy of Audio Magazine from the 1960s featuring Steven Stone's first audio system

Does Inflation Always Makes Audiophile Products Cost More? Not Always… Here’s How to Cope

If you have a pair of ears, or even only one functioning ear, it’s impossible to avoid the “I” word these days. Most of the inflation news today is bad, and that makes sense as bad news creates media-based user… Read More »

Trinnov Amethyst Preamp Reviewed

Trinnov Amethyst Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

I was introduced to Trinnov more than a decade ago when the company’s Room Optimizer was demonstrated to me through a Sherwood R-972 receiver. Now, more than a decade and hundreds of product demonstrations later, I am still very impressed… Read More »

Topping Pre90 Preamp Reviewed

How Chi-Fi Is Re-Energizing the Audiophile Hobby 

Recently, I’ve been asking audiophile industry executives what they think of Chi-Fi or “Chinese Hi-Fi (aka: audiophile components made in China, sold directly to  clients all over the world at often hard-to-conceive-of prices). It has been notable how many were… Read More »

Focal's Bathys wireless headphones

Focal Bathys Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Reviewed

The audiophile world is filled with wired headphones that can bring the excitement of live music straight to your head. They can deliver the dynamics of the studio experience without having to worry about the acoustics of the room or… Read More »

Schiit Modi 3e DAC reviewed

Schiit Audio Modi 3e DAC Reviewed

The Modi 3e is the latest update to Schiit Audio’s popular low-cost digital-to-analog converter line. The company calls this one a “do-all” DAC, because it accepts coaxial and optical digital inputs, but also Schiit’s own Unison USB interface. This allows… Read More »

Finding the balance between vinyl and digital in a modern audiophile system

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Vinyl for What It Is

Some audiophiles read my articles and think I absolutely hate vinyl. I don’t at all. In fact, I have been thinking of adding a turntable to my ever-evolving living room music playback system.The issue with vinyl is that we… Read More »

Rega Planar 1 Turntable Reviewed

Rega Planar 1 Turntable Reviewed

The vinyl resurgence has music lovers everywhere clamoring for that magical analog sound. Needless to say, though, that sound starts at the source. The better the source, the better the sound. And while it’s possible these days to spend six… Read More »

Audiophile Wedding Gift Photo

An Audiophile Wedding Gift For a 30-Year-Old Designed as a Real Good Entrée to the Hobby

Recently, my nephew and niece moved into a new home. As a housewarming gift, I decided to gift them a new stereo system. I gave them their first system when they moved into their first home. It was a pretty… Read More »

FutureAudiophile.com's Mission Statement

The FutureAudiophile.com Mission Statement

The time has come for change in the audiophile world. That’s why I’m launching a new publication called FutureAudiophile.com to deal with the problems at hand. My goal is simple to articulate but apparently not easy to pull off. I… Read More »

SMSL DA-8S Integrated Amp Reviewed

SMSL DA-8S Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Most affordable Bluetooth or powered speakers simply don’t provide the musical experience that gives you the goosebumps. There is a point for many music fans who are looking for a more visceral audio experience when they need to upgrade to… Read More »

Rotel CD11 Tribute CD Player

Rotel CD11 Tribute CD Player Reviewed

While streaming is more and more likely to be the principal means by which you access your music these days, there are also millions of physical CDs floating around music collections just waiting to be played. The Rotel CD11 Tribute… Read More »

Sennheiser HD600 open-back headphones reviewed

Sennheiser HD600 Wired Audiophile Headphones Reviewed

The Sennheiser HD600 headphone have been available to audiophiles for over 20 years. That type of longevity rarely exists in the fast-paced world of consumer electronics, where new products are released on a yearly, if not semiannual, basis. Because this headphone pair… Read More »

Sound Artist LS 35/A Speakers Reviewed

SoundArtist LS3/5A Loudspeaker Reviewed

The SoundArtist LS3/5A loudspeaker is a modern version of a classic speaker design that has been available in one form or another since 1975, when the BBC developed it and licensed the speaker’s manufacture to several British audio companies. Today, there are… Read More »

AudioEngine DAC3

Audioengine Now Shipping $149 DAC3 Pocket-Size Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Audioengine just announced the availability of DAC3, a portable, powerful headphone amplifier/DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that offers better-than-CD sound and compatibility with every major streaming format on the market.The Audioengine DAC3 ($149.00), which measures a 1.9 inches, relies on the low-power output of… Read More »

Bowers & Wilkins Px8 Wireless Headphones Launch

Bowers & Wilkins Launches New Flagship Wireless Headphones… The Px8 

Bowers & Wilkins, the renowned British premium audio brand, has launched its new flagship wireless headphone, the Px8. The new model sets a new reference standard for the brand on sound, build and finish in the active noise cancelling wireless headphone… Read More »

SVS SB-4000 Subwoofer Reviewed

SVS SB-4000 Subwoofer Reviewed

There are a number of audiophile clichés and myths that I will never understand. One that thankfully seems to be going away in modern times is big, crazy-expensive, gigantic speakers are better for generating low bass than a good subwoofer… Read More »

Marantz TT-15S2 Turntable Reviewed

Marantz TT-15S1 Turntable Reviewed

Marantz’s TT-15S1 is a time-tested all-in-one turntable for listeners who don’t want to obsess over every component choice. For $1,799, you get your turntable, arm, and cartridge. While some purists may cringe at the thought of not spending innumerable hours… Read More »

Apos Audio Caspian Headphones Reviewed

Apos Caspian Open-Back Headphones Reviewed

The vast majority of headphones being purchased these days are wireless, which is what most people want for their cell phones and other portable devices and perhaps even their TVs. To this day, though, even the best forms of Bluetooth… Read More »

The Record Doctor VI Record Cleaner

Record Doctor VI Record Cleaning Machine Reviewed 

Think about the way record players work. They make sound by dragging a stylus through the grooves in a PVC/PVA polymer platter, the vibrations of which are turned into electrical impulses. As a result of the physical nature of all… Read More »

Focal Sopra2 No. 2 speakers reviewed

Focal Sopra No. 2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Focal Sopra 2s I had in my last home were so sexy that the buyer made me include them in the sale of the home. Don’t write them off as a mere conversation piece, though. I would compare their… Read More »

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