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Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 14, 2013  |  0 comments
We recently reviewed Dayton’s overachieving B652 loudspeaker ($39.80/pair), the least expensive loudspeaker ever to be covered in our pages. Dayton Audio also offers a line of amplifiers, made specifically to partner well with their drive units and complete speakers.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 14, 2013  |  4 comments
I’ve mentioned NAD’s VISO HP50 headphones, but the company was also showing their new, smart-looking D Series digital components. From left: D 1050 USB DAC ($449), D 3020 digital DAC/integrated amp ($399), and D 7050 digital network receiver ($899).
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 10, 2013  |  4 comments
It seems like everyone and their grandma is releasing a headphone these days. If you’ve got a brand (or a band), you might as well add a line of headphones. One of the latest to join the trend is the English rock band, Motorhead, famous for their jukebox wonder, “Ace of Spades.” Lead singer, Lemmy, was on hand to introduce his Motorheadphones. (Hee hee.)
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 10, 2013  |  0 comments
With all the headphone options out there, it might be hard to find the one that’s right for you. If quality, rather than superficial associations with aging rock bands, is what you want, one outstanding option would be Sennheiser—a company that’s been perfecting the art of headphones even longer than Motorhead’s been playing “Ace of Spades.”

And that's a long time.

Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 10, 2013  |  2 comments
NAD has jumped into the headphone arena with their VISO HP50 ($279), an extremely lightweight and comfortable, noise-isolating, over-the-ear design. The detachable cable plugs into either the right or left earcup and has smart phone and microphone controls. NAD’s “RoomFeel” technology is said to improve stereo sound.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 08, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2013  |  7 comments
Audioengine’s A2+ will offer several attractive upgrades over the original A2.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 08, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2013  |  0 comments
The track was “Common Exchange” from Emika’s awesomely sensuous, dark, and alluring self-titled debut.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 09, 2013  |  2 comments
Cambridge Audio’s good-looking Azur 351A integrated amplifier ($599) is rated to deliver 45Wpc into 8 ohms, has a front-panel iPod input, headphone jack, balance and tone controls, and a handy USB input mated to an onboard Burr-Brown DAC so you can connect your computer and get better performance out of your music files.

Also new to the line are the 75Wpc Azur 651A ($799) and 120Wpc Azur 851A.

Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 08, 2013  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2013  |  5 comments
At $1295, Rogue Audio’s latest hybrid integrated amplifier is also the company’s most affordable amplifier. Don’t you love that? I do. The Sphinx is rated to deliver 100Wpc into 8 ohms; looks tough; has a phono stage, headphone amp, and an optional remote; and is handmade in Pennsylvania, USA.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 09, 2013  |  2 comments
"I had no idea the day was going to start like this," exclaimed a jovial Jiverson.