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PSB M4U8 MKII wireless headphones reviewed by Jerry Del Colliano

PSB M4U8 MKII Wireless ANC Headphones

PSB is a highly regarded brand of speakers distributed by Lenbrook, who also handle Bluedound and NAD. For a few years now, PSB has also been making some premium headphones that have been well received, the latest of which is… Read More »



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Orb Audio Mod 2 Audiophile speakers reviewed

Orb Audio Mod2 Speaker Review

For as long as I can remember, the audiophile world has been awash with uninspired, shoebox-like speakers with IKEA-grade finishes, especially for those on a budget. Orb Audio, a self-described affordable luxury speaker brand, set out to change the notion that… Read More »


Is vinyl green or are Millennials kidding themselves?

How Green Is the PVC Used To Make Today’s Vinyl LPs? 

Powered by tremendous enthusiasm from often younger generations, much greater scrutiny is being paid these days to the environment and the impact we have on it. We are moving towards the goal of reducing our carbon footprint. We are looking… Read More »


Benchmark Media DAC3 HCG reviewed by Michael Zisserson

Benchmark DAC3 HGC DAC Reviewed

The Benchmark DAC3 HGC (buy at Amazon) is one flavor of many in their DAC 3 line-up. The HGC model is a full-featured, mature DAC rocking the latest and greatest ESS ES9028PRO chipset. At 37 years strong, Benchmark has been making studio-grade electronics… Read More »


The Andover Audio Spindeck 2 turntable rocking a green bit of vinyl

Andover Audio SpinDeck 2 Turntable Reviewed

The Andover SpinDeck 2 (buy at Amazon) is a belt-drive turntable that uses a jazzy AT-3600 phono cartridge from Audio-Technica. With a price tag of just $299, this product is aimed at entry-level listeners, and Andover has added some thoughtful features that will… Read More »


HIFIMAN HE-R9 Wired audiophile headphones

HIFIMAN HE-R9 Closed-Back Dynamic Over-Ear Headphones Reviewed

The HIFIMAN HE-R9 is a wired, closed-back headphone from a company primarily known for its open-back offering. It’s a somewhat entry-level pair priced at at $369with a 3.5 mm TRS connection, along with a 6.35mm adaptor so you can plug… Read More »


AGD Productions makes one of the best examples of GaN amps in the market today

What The Hell Is a GaN (Gallium Nitride) Amp and Why Is It Changing the Way Audiophiles Now See Power Amps? 

There are a lot of things the audiophile world does well. For decades, we presented the coolest new tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. More importantly, the audiophile hobby allows us to bring music into our lives in ways that is often… Read More »


Families at AXPONA 2023

Playing Obscure Demo Music Doesn’t Help Effectively Sell Audiophile Gear

Right now, I’m on a crappy flight in United (seat 1E on a crappy old Trump-Shuttle-era  757) en route home from a very well-attended and produced AXPONA 2023 audiophile show. Props the the AXPONA people, who put a lot of thought into the… Read More »


Bowers & Wilkins 801 Signature Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Demos New Signature Series Speakers for Audiophile Press in San Diego

One of my favorite places on Earth is the North County region of San Diego. Sound United (right before they got bought by medical technology company Masimo for a cool $1,000,000,000) moved to a sleepy little cul-de-sac in Carlsbad, with… Read More »


The Amped America AMP 2400 Class D audiophile power amp reviewed by Michael Zisserson

Amped America AMP 2400 Amplifier Reviewed

From my latest experiences, it is high time we stop discounting Class D amplification as a serious high-fidelity  option. Like the screaming metal-dome tweeters used in loudspeakers from the 1980s era that have been turned into refined resolution machines by technological… Read More »


PS Audio DirectStream DAC MK reviewed by Paul Wilson

PS Audio DirectStream DAC MK2 Review

About eight years ago, PS Audio introduced the PerfectWave DirectStream DAC to quite a bit of audiophile fanfare. It immediately garnered significant acclaim and was praised for its sonic capabilities relative to its price. Introduced late in 2022 (but not… Read More »


Buying audiophile music at Tower Records in what looks be Japan

Four Crazy Retail Stories Remind Us Why Hi-Fi Is So Much Fun

When Mark Knopfler famously sang about “money for nothing and chicks for free,” he might have over-exaggerated the glamor of working in consumer electronics, but not by that much. Never have I had so much fun going to work in… Read More »


PS Audio Stellar 300 amp reviewed

PS Audio Stellar S300 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

The Stellar S300 stereo amplifier is PS Audio’s entry-level two-channel amplifier (buy at Amazon) targeted at those thinking of upgrading from a receiver or integrated to quality separates. Make no mistake, though: entry-level or not, this is a serious amplifier. … Read More »


Meitner MA3 DAC reviewed

Meitner MA3 DAC Reviewed

In the early days of digital audio, Ed Meitner was frequently asked about circuit design from industry people interested in his ideas. It was this recognition of an insight into digital audio that led to one of the most innovative… Read More »


Paul Wilson threw an dinner party for his wife's Millennial work colleagues and they loved his audiophile system

My Audiophile Dinner Party for Millennials Was a Success

I was first introduced to audiophilia by way of an all-McIntosh system when I was 15 years old. I was still riding a bicycle and most of the music I heard was by way of a handheld AM transistor radio… Read More »


Topping A90 Preamp and Headphone Amp reviewed by Steven Stone

Topping A90 Discrete Preamplifier/Headphone Amp Reviewed

The Topping A90 Discrete (buy at Amazon), while marketed principally as a headphone amplifier, ranks as one of the most ideal analog preamplifiers I’ve used. A couple of months back, I reviewed Topping’s Pre90 analog preamp. The A90 Discrete is better. It delivers more features… Read More »


The Music Hall Classic Turntable reviewed

Music Hall Classic Turntable Reviewed 

The Music Hall Classic turntable (buy at Amazon) features an intriguing mix of traditional design elements and modern technology and features. The turntable comes packaged with a tonearm and cartridge, which are partially assembled so the listener can go from unboxing to… Read More »


PS Audio Stellar Phono Stage reviewed

PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier Reviewed

When Paul McGowan and Stan Warren founded PS Audio in 1973, their first product was a standalone phono preamp. After several different design iterations, the PS Audio Phono Preamplifier was introduced in 1975. Now, some 48 years later, PS Audio… Read More »


Audiophile System Synergy by Jerry Del Colliano

Finding System Synergy Is Part of the Audiophile Journey (and Much of the Fun)

Audiophiles tend to fall into a number of different camps when it comes to the philosophy of system design. The first one if the Linn Camp, which suggests that your system is only as good as your main source component. That’s… Read More »


PSB Alpha T20 Speakers Reviewed

PSB Alpha T20 Tower Speakers Reviewed

At $849 per pair, the PSB Alpha T20 floorstanding speaker from the legendary Paul Barton at PSB is the company’s entry-level tower (buy at Amazon). It features a 0.75-inch black anodized aluminum dome tweeter, two 5.25-inch textured polypropylene woofers with rubber surrounds, and a… Read More »


Should Audiophiles Still Collect Music in a world full of streaming

Should Audiophiles Still Collect Music in a World With Excellent Streaming Options?

There was no more unifying concept for my college buddies and me than going Compact Disc shopping. In the mid-1990s, the CD was the unquestioned king of all silver-disc media, and when we weren’t spending every free dollar on audio gear,… Read More »


Focal Utopia $4,995 Audiophile Headphones Reviewed

Focal Utopia (2022) Headphones Reviewed

Focal introduced its top-of-the-line wired headphone model, the Utopia, in 2016. In the seven years since, the company has developed some new ways to improve the design. The improvements and time since the initial launch warranted a revision of the… Read More »


Lotus of Siam for a CES Vegas trip

The Ups and Downs of Being an Audiophile Whale Customer

Las Vegas is the undisputed gambling mecca in the United States and perhaps the world. Home to casinos galore, breathtaking hotels, entertainment of all varieties and even a surprising amount of debauchery, Vegas is a gambler’s paradise. Catering to all… Read More »


Pass Labs XA 60.8 mono-block audiophile class A amp reviewed

Pass Labs XA60.8 Class A Monoblock Amplifiers Reviewed

If you’re an audio hobbyist, you are probably aware of Pass Labs, its founder Nelson Pass, and the company’s reputation for innovative audiophile amplifiers, preamplifiers, and integrated amplifier designs. All the company’s amplifiers are solid-state designs (meaning that transistors amplify the signal as opposed… Read More »