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Bluesound NODE Bluesound NODE

Digital Music Systems

Is the Bluesound NODE a minor upgrade from the older Node 2i or a far more complex network player with a split personality?

Vandersteen 1Ci+ Floorstanding Loudspeakers Vandersteen 1Ci+ Floorstanding Loudspeakers

Floorstanding Speakers

The Vandersteen 1Ci+ Loudspeakers extend the life on an audio classic and the price has barely changed. We can't wait to hear these.

Schiit Audio Loki Max EQ Schiit Audio Loki Max EQ

Hi-Fi Components

The Schiit Audio Loki Max EQ is an all-out assault on the category by Stoddard and Moffat. Will the price tag keep folks away?

Best Right Now 2021 Best Right Now 2021

Articles

Our picks for best of the best hi-fi and home theater gear this year at every price point for TVs, Loudspeakers, Headphones, Soundbars and...

Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i Wireless Speaker in the Kitchen Bluesound Pulse Mini 2i Wireless Speaker in the Kitchen

Reviews

The Bluesound Pulse Flex 2i and Pulse Mini 2i are strong performers in the wireless speaker category and come with the fantastic BluOS app.

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Exclusive Videos

Music creators and audiophiles strangely seem at odds. Is there a way to bridge this divide?

Reviews

Focal Chora 806 Bookshelf Speakers on stands in darkwood finish

Bookshelf Speakers

Are the Focal Chora 806 one of the best loudspeakers available below $1,000? If you're on a budget, these need to be on your...

Padmate Pamu Z1 Wireless Earbuds Lifestyle Padmate Pamu Z1 Wireless Earbuds Lifestyle

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

The Padmate Pamu Z1 TWS Earbuds look like a great deal on paper and are well made -- but does its implementation of ANC...

Sumiko Blue Point No. 3 Moving Coil High Output Phono Cartridge Sumiko Blue Point No. 3 Moving Coil High Output Phono Cartridge

Reviews

Looking for a serious taste of moving coil phono magic? The Sumiko Blue Point No.3 might be the affordable cartridge you need.

Audeze LCD-5 Planar Magnetic Over-Ear Headphones Audeze LCD-5 Planar Magnetic Over-Ear Headphones

Over-Ear Headphones

The $4,500 Audeze LCD-5 join a very short list of flagship headphones actually worth the money. But are they the best of that group?

NAC C 588 Turntable with-cover black on black NAC C 588 Turntable with-cover black on black

Reviews

At $899 the NAD C 588 is an impressive well built turntable that has the ability to hear deep into every recording.

NAD C 316BEE V2 Stereo Integrated Amplifier NAD C 316BEE V2 Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Integrated Amps & Stereo Receivers

Depending on your budget, the $479 NAD C 316BEE V2 might be the ideal stereo integrated amplifier to build a hi-fi system around.

UE Switch Faceplates for IEMs UE Switch Faceplates for IEMs

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

Looking for a way to customize your Ultimate Ears IEMs? The new Ultimate Ears Switch faceplates make it easy and somewhat affordable.

UE Live IEM UE Live IEM

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

The Ultimate Ears UE Live IEMs are certainly not cheap at $2,300 but they might be the best long-term bet in the category.

New Products

Grado Labs SR80x Prestige Series Open-back Headphones

New Products

The $125 Grado SR80x headphones are the longest running headphone model in their lineup for a very good reason. They sound great.

Cayin RU-6 Discrete R-2R DAC connected to earphones and smartphone Cayin RU-6 Discrete R-2R DAC connected to earphones and smartphone

DACs

The brand new Cayin RU6 R-2R Dongle DAC/Headphone Amplifier looks to be a formidable challenger in a very competitive category.

Audiolab Omnia with Remote Control Black Audiolab Omnia with Remote Control Black

Digital Music Systems

The Audiolab Omnia Network Amplifier includes almost everything except for loudspeakers for under $2.000.

Rega Fono MM MK5 Phono Preamplifier Rega Fono MM MK5 Phono Preamplifier

New Products

Looking for an affordable MM phono stage that will definitely not suck? The brand new Rega Fono MM MKV is here and well worth...

Rega Fono MC MK4 Phono Preamplifier Rega Fono MC MK4 Phono Preamplifier

New Products

The Rega Fono MC MK4 Phono Preamp looks rather versatile and affordable from our perspective. MC carts need to get in line.

McIntosh C12000 Preamplifier and Controller with Remote McIntosh C12000 Preamplifier and Controller with Remote

New Products

The McIntosh C12000 Preamplifier goes both ways; tube and solid state and is the perfect companion to the MC3500 MMKII Tube Amplifier.

Vintage Audio

Realistic APM-200 Peak & RMS Audio Meter

Articles

These 4 vintage hi-fi components from RadioShack's long-retired Realistic brand might be in your budget audio future.

JAB in Fukuoka JAB in Fukuoka

Articles

Interest in jazz kissa is growing internationally, and kissa-inspired listening venues are appearing outside Japan; can they compete with the real thing?

Aragon 4004 MKII Aragon 4004 MKII

Amplifiers

Is it worthwhile to combine the Aragon 4004 MKII and Audible Illusions Modulus 3A or is this one vintage audio system too far?

Yamaha YP-701 on the left, and Dual 701 on the right. Yamaha YP-701 on the left, and Dual 701 on the right.

Articles

Looking for a great sounding vintage turntable? The Dual 701 and Yamaha YP-701 are two premium vintage tables worth considering.

Headphones & Personal Audio

Best Headphones

Articles

Looking for the Best Headphones, Earphones and Bluetooth Earbuds of 2021? We have over 30 wired and wireless options for every budget.

Soundpeats Air3 Wireless Earbuds Soundpeats Air3 Wireless Earbuds

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

If your budget for true wireless earbuds caps out at $50, the Soundpeats Air3 are the best option bar none.

Beyerdynamic MMX100 Grey Gaming Headphones Closeup Beyerdynamic MMX100 Grey Gaming Headphones Closeup

New Products

The Beyerdynamic MMX Gaming Headphones are affordable and likely a huge step-up over whatever your robot children are likely already using.

Denon AH-C630W Wireless Earbuds Denon AH-C630W Wireless Earbuds

Earbuds & In-Ear Headphones

Just in time for the holidays. Denon True Wireless Earbuds for under $200 that make some bold claims. Should Apple be nervous?

Home Theater

LG OLED TV 2021 Sports Lifestyle

Articles

Are you buying a new TV right now? Put down that flyer from Costco or Amazon and read this first before you waste your...

Hisense U6G 4K TV Hisense U6G 4K TV

Articles

Before you buy a 2021 4K TV this year, take a much deeper dive into what's available and worth buying.

Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro Projection Screen Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro Projection Screen

Articles

We take a deeper dive into the best home theater projector screens for a dedicated cinema or media room using 1080p, 4K, or 8K...

Criterion Collection Movies for Black Friday Criterion Collection Movies for Black Friday

Daily Deals

The Criterion Collection has some great movies on sale this month including the UHD 4K version of 'Uncut Gems' and 'Menace II Society.'

JMGO 01 LED 1080p HD UST Projector JMGO 01 LED 1080p HD UST Projector

New Products

JMGO offers up a UST projector for those with small budgets. Check out what the O1 1080p Ultra-Short Throw LED Projector has to offer.

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Articles

Can the forthcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series set Disney+ back on the path to the light? Darth Vader is returning.

Best Right Now

Vinyl Shopping

Articles

You are probably not hearing your records the way they can really sound. Here are the best vinyl accessories to improve your listening experience.

Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt DAC Dongle connected to smartphone Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt DAC Dongle connected to smartphone

Articles

Do you need a Dongle DAC to stream high-res audio from your smartphone or tablet to your headphones? These are the best Dongle DACs...

iFi Zen DAC - lifestyle photo iFi Zen DAC - lifestyle photo

Articles

DACs can offer a huge uptick in sound quality. Our DAC buying guide explores budget options for audiophiles starting from $129.

iFi Audio iPhono3 Black Label beside Turntable iFi Audio iPhono3 Black Label beside Turntable

Articles

What are the best phono preamps of 2021? We break down 3 of the very best from Croft, iFi, and Pro-Ject.

Audiophile System Builder

Rega io Integrated Amplifier

Articles

The $649 Rega io Integrated Amplifier doesn't scream from the rafters but it's possibly the best affordable integrated amplifier right now.

Decware SuperZen Triode Model SE84UFO2 Amplifier Decware SuperZen Triode Model SE84UFO2 Amplifier

Articles

The Decware SuperZen Triode Model SE84UFO2 is a handmade 2.3 watts/channel tube amplifier that hits much harder than its power rating would suggest.

Naim Audio Nait 5si Integrated Amplifier and cd5i CD Player Naim Audio Nait 5si Integrated Amplifier and cd5i CD Player

Articles

Naim Audio have been designing audio components by their own rules for almost 50 years. Building a great sounding system with these components is...

Klipsch RP-600 and Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 Bookshelf Speakers Klipsch RP-600 and Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 Bookshelf Speakers

Articles

Klipsch and Wharfedale loudspeakers can work exceptionally well in smaller spaces with the right components and setup for under $4,000.

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