Art Audio Carissa Signature Review

Art Audio Carissa Signature Review The Art Audio Carissa Signature is a thing of beauty, both cosmetically and sonically.  I purchased the Carissa to power my new (to me) Klipschorns, and in the short time it was in my system it proved a sonic match made in heaven....

Klipsch Klipschorn Speaker Review

Klipsch Heritage speakers seem to be all the rage at the moment. I’m seeing the Klipschorn, La Scala, Cornwalls, Forte, and Heresy speaker models being snapped up rapidly on the used markets, and Klipsch has just announced a 15% price increase on all Heritage...

Emotive Audio Sira LE

Emotive Audio Sira LE  – Listening Impressions I’ve owned a couple of preamps that I would consider to be stand-out, or clearly special when compared to the rest. The Allnic Audio L-5000 DHT was one such preamp / linestage. the Emotive Audio Epifania...

iPhono 3 Review

ifi iPhono3 “Black Label” Phonostage Review The iPhono3 “Black Label” is the latest phonostage from AMR owned ifi Audio, a company with its HQ and development center based in Southport, England. If the name “Black Label” is intended...

Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M Review

We’re delighted to have the Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor M in-house for another retro-review of these fine speakers from the Italian speaker builder. The stunning aesthetic along with immaculate fit and finish of these little gems make them a delight to behold...

Mapleshade / SilClear contact enhancer

One advantage of creeping into my middle years is that I still make the same mistakes over and over, but now I don’t remember how often. SilClear is a silver-based contact enhancing paste that claims to…well, according to Pierre @ MapleShade it does all...

Equi=Tech Son of Q balanced power conditioner.

MSRP $1,195.00 GENERAL: More than a power strip, less than a power regenerator (though not less effective), the Son of Q power conditioner from Equi=Tech offers a clever, yet simple solution to cleaning up your dirty mains. Designed for 15A/120V circuits, the Son of Q...

Blue Circle BC 86 AC Line Conditioner – Noise Hound

I bought a pair of Blue Circle BC 86 ‘Noise Hounds’ from Kevin Allen of www.harmonia-audio.com in Canada a couple of weeks before the holiday. The Noise Hound is a small blue box with a fitted power cord that plugs into any unused power outlet on your...

Magnepan MG-3.6r Speaker Review

It has taken me quite some time to come to terms with these speakers, identify their strengths and weaknesses and ultimately begin to appreciate what they do best. The reason for the long ‘break-in’ period (me, not the speakers), was primarily due to one fundamental...

Magnepan MG-12 Speaker Review

BACK STORY: I purchased my Magnepan MG-12 loudspeakers (list $1,100!) about 2 years ago through Audiogon. At that time, they were less than 9 months old. The seller had begun an upgrade, but then decided to buy a pair of MG-1.6s instead. They arrived with one sock off...

Purist Audio Design Proteus Interconnect (By Wlibur)

Purist Proteus review.As some of you may know I recently reviewed a pair of Purist Dominus. I also took a lot of grief from some of our fellow AudiogoNers for letting them get away. I had a couple of weeks with them which allowed me enough time to form enough of an...

Purist Audio Design Dominus Interconnect

As some of you may know I posted a thread asking which set-up would sound better; 1) using short interconnects and having the equipment rack between the speakers, or 2) moving the front-end equipment off to the side and having only the amplifier between the speakers....

Magwire Speaker Cable REDUX

Don’t even read another sentence of this; it’s a complete and utter waste of your time. Why anyone would listen to another person’s opinion on the sonic attributes of a piece of junk wire, or any wire, or any component for that matter, is completely beyond me. For...

Magwire Speaker Cable

Since the magwire apparently doesn’t improve with age, then I’m comfortable with my assessment of the cables, at least in my system.I began with the Bruce Dunlap CD, my initial reaction was WOW! The first thing I noticed was the extension on the top end, which seemed...

Magwire Speaker Cable 2

MAG WIRES“Almost Perfect”At the June meeting, Foodman lent me the Mag Wires that Roozer had made for him. The next day, I inserted them into my system, taking out the double shotgun run of Audioquest Midnight II speaker cables that have been my speaker cable of choice...

Cryo Parts Power Cords Nucleus and Polestar

REVIEW OF TWO CRYO PARTS POWER CORDS: Nucleus and PolestarAfter two weeks in my system these babies have really opened up. Let me explain. Here’s what I wrote two weeks ago after they had been inserted in my system for only several hours:“I put the Polestar on the...

Audio Note Interconnects

Over the last several weeks, I have had the pleasure of auditioning three different sets of interconnects: two lower-in-the-line Audio Note silver interconnects, AN-S and AN-V, and an Audio Note copper interconnect, the Lexus. I did not really intend to engage in...

HT Pro-Silway IC’s

REVIEW OF A HARMONIC TECHNOLOGY INTERCONNECT- Harmonic Technology vs. Nirvana Forch dropped off his 1.5 meter runs of Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway II interconnects ($439 per meter), allowing me to borrow them while he went on vacation. (Generous guy, forch. Very...

Magwire Speaker Cable 3

MAG WIRES – some ramblings about cable theory.I’ve done a lot of experimenting and research into cables. Being from an Electrical Engineering background I find some of the more esoteric concepts interesting. For example, there are those who can prove that...

PEAR CABLE INTERCONNECTS: Comice (silver) and Bosc (copper)

Ok; let me explain first the set-up protocol. I put a high-quality (i. e. solid metal, gold-plated) Y signal-splitter on the analogue output jacks of my Sony SCD-777 ES digital player. On one set of jacks I hooked up my reference IC (Nirvana SL, $750 per meter)...

Sota LPC Turntable

Remember back in the distant 80’s when the promise of perfect sound forever was first bandied about? Any decent record cleaner is going to get you closer to that promise than the digital format that they were touting. Everyone who uses vinyl as their main medium was...

Krell FPB-700cx Amplifier

It was a puzzling realization when it occurred to me that my speakers and amp cost almost as much as the rest of my system. Since I have been a proponent of starting at the source and working back, I expect to take some abuse. Although I might argue that I wasn’t...