Show Reports From: Audio Traveler

Newport 2015: Prana Fidelity

Newport 2015: Prana Fidelity

by Rafe Arnott This was a cool rig. Steven Norber from Prana Fidelity in Denver had organized some very esoteric gear (Ampex! My Sonic Lab!) that put out a very enjoyable and fatigue-free sound. A nice heft to the sound to my ears. ‘Weighty’ was a word I wrote down and underlined. Imaging was pretty decent […]

High End 2015: End of Line and Best In Show

High End 2015: End of Line and Best In Show

The thing about Peat and Scotch There was a moment I thought I might be in serious trouble. One moment, in particular. One wrong step, and I’d be in it for sure. But I couldn’t see. Not then. I was blind to the immanent threat until it was almost too late. Looking back, I can […]

Newport 2015: Perla Audio

Newport 2015: Perla Audio

There aren’t many manufacturers that offer a soup-to-nuts system approach. McIntosh and Linn come to mind. Naim is up there. GamuT has been edging in on it for a while. Little Perla Audio hasn’t been around long, but their line is almost as complete — and more weirdly esoteric. I enthused about their analog system […]

Newport 2015: Vandersteen, Basis Audio, Audio Research, Lyra

Newport 2015: Vandersteen, Basis Audio, Audio Research, Lyra

by Rafe Arnott The Vandersteen Model 7 MK II speakers ($62,000 US) are Stereophile ‘Class-A’ recommended, but at only 83.5 dB efficiency, they never really held much interest for me because I’m one of those people who loves SET tube amps and high-efficiency speakers and less crossover just means more music to me.  I hear […]

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  • MrSpeakers ETHER Headphone Review June 29, 2015
    By Matt Poe Fit Finish and Build Quality I have not encountered many problems with regard to quality control with previous MrSpeaker’s products, but of course this is a ground […]
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  • The Apogee Duet – Review June 24, 2015
    By Michael Liang Ask any self-proclaimed audiophile and they will likely tell you they would love to take their entire Hi-Fi system with them when traveling for business or for […]
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  • Images From The Edge – T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 June 13, 2015
    There was a ton of things to see and hear at the big Newport show this year. I was able to snag a few photos of the big, unusual and […]
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  • Focal Sopra No2 – T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 June 10, 2015
    While the French-based Focal usually packs the biggest impression at audio shows with its Grand Utopia ($80k/pair) in a large room, this new smaller (but far from inexpensive) pair of […]
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  • The New Zu Omen Mk II – T.H.E. Show Newport 2015 June 8, 2015
    The budget friendly Zu Omen has gone through a few changes over the years. An official “Mk2″ version was released into the public’s eye at T.H.E. Show in Newport. While the Omen […]
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