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Scott Wilkinson  |  Sep 08, 2010  |  3 comments
I've known the name Nagra for decades, but only in the realm of professional audio, especially field recorders. Recently, I learned that the Swiss stalwart also offers a line of high-end consumer electronics, such as the Pyramid Monoblock Amplifier (PMA) and Pyramid Stereo Amplifier (PSA).
Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 16, 2010  |  3 comments

<A href="">Naim</A> is a name well known to audiophiles. This British high-end company makes virtually all types of audio products, from CD players and hard-disk servers to preamps, power amps, speakers, and everything in between (except cables). New to Naim's speaker lineup is the flagship Ovator S-600, which has taken three years to bring to market and features some innovative elements.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 22, 2009  |  1 comments

I normally consider LP turntables to be squarely in <I>Stereophile</I>'s bailiwick, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to profile these gorgeous vinyl spinners from <A href="">Audiowood</A>. The wood foundation of each one is handcrafted and unique, though designs such as the Barky pictured above can be replicated with relative ease since it's based on a slice from a log.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 22, 2011  |  2 comments
Almost exactly one year ago, I profiled the Universal Power Amplifier from NBS, an American boutique audio company known mostly for its high-end cables. It also offers some audacious speakers, including the Eva (shown above) and Butter/Fly.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 18, 2010  |  5 comments

<A href="">NBS</A> is perhaps best known for high-end cables&#151;its URL is, after all&#151;but this American boutique audio company also makes a few unusual speakers and electronic components. I'm especially intrigued by the Universal Power Amplifier (UPA), a unique monoblock that is truly universal in design and operation.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 30, 2009  |  50 comments

<I>Ne plus ultra</I>&#151;Latin meaning "no more beyond," often used to describe anything that is truly ultimate. I can think of no better way to describe the Ultimate speaker system from Swedish boutique manufacturer <A href="">Transmission Audio</A>. This massive, hand-made system is exactly what its name implies, at least in terms of cost&#151;a million bucks per channel, making it the most expensive speaker system in the world as far as I know.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments
Another company showing its wares at this year's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was French Neodio, which demonstrated its NR22 CD player and NR600 integrated amp. Both are distributed in the US by TMH Audio and offer some impressive specs—and prices.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 11, 2010  |  8 comments

Among the maladies to which music lovers are especially susceptible, hearing damage caused by prolonged exposure to loud sounds is perhaps the most pernicious. When you're young, you normally don't think about the consequences of cranking up the volume, but if you do that routinely, you are sure to suffer some form of hearing deficit in your later&#151;or, in some cases, not so later&#151;years.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Oct 08, 2010  |  4 comments
Most speakers include drivers mounted on one or more faces of an enclosed box. But a few speaker makers take a different approach often called infinite or open baffle, in which the drivers are mounted on a flat board with no enclosure around them. One such company is Accent Speaker Technology, whose Nola brand includes the flagship Grand Reference V.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 12, 2010  |  45 comments

Reader K. Reid asked for a profile of ultra-high-end cables from <A href="">Nordost</A>, and I'm only too happy to oblige. At the pinnacle of the company's extensive product range is the Odin line, which includes power cords, tonearm cables, analog and digital interconnects, and speaker cables.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 28, 2009  |  4 comments

As a kid, I remember visiting friends and seeing McIntosh stereo systems in their homes, no doubt the pride and joy of their fathers. Even way back then, <A href="">McIntosh</A> was a revered brand, and it remains so today, 60 years after its founding. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, the company has introduced its first-ever compact integrated audio system, the MXA60.

Scott Wilkinson  |  May 13, 2010  |  First Published: May 14, 2010  |  24 comments

I had not heard of California-based <A href="">NttAudiolab</A> before coming across its flagship Model 101 MkII speaker. Judging strictly by the specs, this is one awesome music box.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jun 28, 2011  |  0 comments
Since 2005, the mission of NuForce has been to "thrill the ear, delight the eye, and please the pocket." I've not heard the company's flagship Reference 18 monoblock power amp, but it does have a delightful appearance and a pleasing price—at least as far as high-end power amps go.
Bob Ankosko  |  May 28, 2015  |  7 comments
2015 is shaping up to be the Year of the Ultra HD as the balance begins to shift from everyday HDTVs to 4K/Ultra HDTVs with their higher-than-HD 3840x2160 pixel count. The latest projections from the Consumer Electronics Association show UHD shipments growing exponentially over the next few years, jumping from 1.3 million sets in 2014 to 4 million this year and tripling again to 13 million in 2017. Before long, UHD will become as commonplace as HD.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 17, 2010  |  2 comments
After five years of developing high-end music servers, San Francisco-based Olive today unveils its flagship O6HD, designed from the ground up as a true audiophile digital-audio server. According to Dr. Oliver Bergmann, co-founder and CEO of Olive, nothing has been spared in bringing it to fruition.