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The Audiophiliac

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.

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Upping the ante: The Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amplifier

The Audiophiliac loved the original Asgard, the new Asgard 2 is still made in the U.S., it has more features and improved sound, but it's still $249!

By September 21, 2013

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Magnepan's ultraskinny speakers make big, fat sound

The Magnepan Super MMG system features a pair of 4-foot-tall, 1.25-inch-thick panels, and a separate but equally svelte woofer!

By September 14, 2013

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Forty years ago, the Ohm F speaker was a game-changer; it still is

The Ohm Acoustics F omnidirectional speaker was such a radical advance in 1972 few 21st century speakers can match its sound.

By February 2, 2013

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An extraordinary headphone amplifier from Red Wine Audio

Red Wine Audio's headphone amplifiers have always sounded great, but they were expensive. The new Corvina amp is considerably more affordable.

By April 28, 2012

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Can you name an audio company other than Bose?

Bose is the only audio brand that consistently advertises in mainstream media. Maybe that's why it's the only audio company that's a household name.

By December 29, 2011

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Emotiva's sweet-sounding $219 amplifier

Emotiva's stereo amp isn't very big, but the Mini-X a-100 is built like a miniature tank, and sounds very decent.

By March 28, 2012

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A new way to buy high-end speakers

Brick and mortar dealers are fading away, but factory-direct outlets lack the expertise to fully serve their customers. Now there's a third option.

By December 31, 2011

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Affordable American hi-fi, does it exist?

We no longer manufacture computers, TVs, or cameras, but America still makes high-quality audio gear. And not all of it is expensive.

By October 8, 2011

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Old and new tech commingle in the T-1 amplifier

The Neuhaus Labs T-1 integrated amplifier features vacuum tube sound, with Bluetooth, USB, and optical digital connectivity.

By March 5, 2011

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The world's best headphone amplifier?

Red Wine Audio's Isabellina headphone amplifier fuses state of the art with retro technology.

By February 22, 2011