Category: Reviews

Synergistic Research – HFTs, Black Box, and Atmosphere XL4

This is a continuum of our Synergistic Research – Full Loom Edition series. This article will be focusing on their room acoustic products. Jim Smith’s Get Better Sound was one of my first reads when I decided to really start building my system.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend…


Chord TToby Stereo Power Amplifier – Compact Without Compromise

In order to review more bookshelf speakers for near-field listening, I’ve spent the past few monthsref auditioning amplifiers. For some time now, I’ve been driving my high-sensitivity Omega Compact Alnicos Monitors directly with the full-bandwidth signal of the Chord DAVE. It takes transparency to unimaginable levels but understandably doesn’t always have the dynamic drive and body…


Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 SV MKⅡ Loudspeaker Review

I’ve always been impressed with the sound of Aurum Cantus at the shows. Fantastic sound and craftsmanship – without the sticker shock. My conversations with Roger DuNaier of Audiophile Direct are always filled with a delightful jest and laughter. If you ever get a chance to meet him at a show, you’ll know what I mean. At AXPONA…


PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated – The $599 Overachiever

I first witnessed the PS Audio Sprout100 at AXPONA 2018. Guarding the tiny device was the great Bill Leebens (PS Audio’s Director of Marketing). He explained it was a new design being released in May 2018. Come to think of it, I haven’t reviewed a piece of PS Audio gear since the impressive LANRover. The…


The New FinkTeam Borg Loudspeakers – A $28,000 WM-4 Domestic Alternative

Borg is two-way floor standing design featuring a 10.25 inch high-power mid/bass driver and an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter that will be available for sale in July at a cost of €24,000 a pair in standard finishes. Borg is a significant design exercise, as knitting a 10.25 inch mid/bass, albeit an extremely fine one,…


High Fidelity Cables MC-1 Pro vs. MC-0.5 Power Conditioners

I positively reviewed the High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5 and had a chance to hear a few other plug conditioners. At first blush, the upcoming MC-1 Pro ($1,599) looks like three MC-0.5s joined together. Turns out, there’s more than meets the eye. What’s the difference between the MC-1 Pro and the MC-0.5? Here’s what Rick Schultz, High…


Just Arrived: Chord Hugo TT 2 & Chord Étude Stereo Amplifier

I had a chance to hear the TT 2 prototype a few months back and I’ll just say – You’re in for something truly spectacular. An output impedance of 0.042 ohms. I can’t wait to drive speakers with this thing. Unfortunately, no M-Scaler yet…but I have a feeling you might not need those bulky ferrites……