by Andrew Quint | Feb 21st, 2017 Magico loudspeakers have impressed a good number of TAS equipment reviewers. No fewer than seven Magico models are endorsed in the 2017 Buyer’s Guide and the most ambitious designs have served as references for Robert Harley (the Q7 Mk II) and Jonathan Valin (the M Project). Alan Taffel and Anthony Cordesman were not stinting in their praise for two models in the less elaborately, but no less uniquely engineered S

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By Herb Reichert | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 In the United Kingdom, the first seeds of perfectionism in audio separates were sown by Goodmans Industries, founded in 1925. Then, in 1930, Garrard (est. 1722) produced its first commercial gramophone. Shortly thereafter, England experienced the Great Slump, the British name for the worldwide catastrophe known in the US as the Great Depression. Near the beginning of this economic downturn, in 1932, Gilbert Briggs founded Wharfedale Wireless Works—and

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 by TAS Staff | Dec 19th, 2016 Audioengine A2+ $249 Easily one of the best deals in high-end audio, the Audioengine A2+ powered desktop speakers are simply incredible. How is it possible to get such low-end extension, wide soundstaging, pinpoint imaging, and smooth sonics from tiny desktop speakers that cost $249? Even though the amps in the A2+’s are rated at only 15W, these speakers pump out enough sound to easily fill large rooms, and do

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High Fidelity Magazine | Published: 1 February 2017 Text: Wojciech Pacula; Translation: Marek Dyba   REVIEW It's been thirty years last year from the moment when Accuphase presented to the world their own Compact Disc Player. The two-box DP-80/DC-81 system premiered in July 1986 and immediately became a flagship player for this brand. The CD transport was designed in a way it would have been today, ie. with utmost attention to the power supply circuit

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High Fidelity Magazine | Published: 4 February 2017 Text: Wojciech Pacula; Translation: Andrzej Dziadowiec REVIEW The E-600 is the follower to Accuphase’s flagship integrated amplifier, the successful E-560. The manufacturer decided to change the name from E-five-hundred to ‘600’ to mark the amazing progress they managed to achieve. The new naming scheme is to symbolize a change that is something more than just releasing a new model. That much we learn from the company literature.

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Written by Al Griffin | Created: 01 February 2017 If you followed our live coverage of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show on SoundStage! Global, it should come as no surprise to hear that CES 2017 was a disappointment for the high-end audio industry. While other media outlets waffled concerning the merits of CES -- or dodged the issue altogether -- SoundStage! Editor-in-Chief Jeff Fritz wasted no time in labeling it a “graveyard.” The next day,

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by Chris Martens | Jan 24, 2017 In a break with past practice, where Hi-Fi+ coverage efforts at CES and other shows have been both exhaustive and, to be honest, exhausting (as is, “Man, that’s a lot of gear to cover in not enough space…”), Editor Alan Sircom and I decided to narrow things down a bit and focus on what we regarded as the Top 10 new products (or groups of products) we saw and

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by John Archer | December 22, 2016 from Techradar. At first glance, the Q Acoustics M4 soundbar doesn’t exactly look like the stuff of home entertainment dreams: It lacks the glamorous design of many of its 2016 rivals. It only manages a 2.1 speaker count at a time when we’re starting to see soundbars now offering 10 channels and Dolby Atmos decoding. There’s not an HDMI input/loop through in sight. Plus, it marks British hi-fi brand

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