“What is the most important single component in determining your system’s sound?” asks Peter D’Amario. Perhaps not the cartridge… but a close second? Peter test-drives the S-class low-output version of the Benz Glider with his VPI Classic turntable.
Designed by Michael Yee, and manufactured in California, the Nova Phonomena occupies mid-point in Musical Surroundings’ offering of phono stages. Peter D’Amario reports on this highly-configurable “honest broker” of the music.
“While these speakers will not blow you away, they will throw a huge soundstage that will satisfyingly bombard your senses.” The Woden Design Dunideer, using the Mark Audio Alpair 6 driver, is Kris’ third single-driver loudspeaker in his quest for sonic and DIY perfection.
“Do you really need a new DAC?” asks Patrick Dillon. At $2k, the Bryston BDA-1 faces competition from innumerable cheaper alternatives, so what can it do to justify that price? Patrick tries it out on several players, from a cheap Denon to a state-of-the-art PS Audio transport, to learn just what is possible.
Digital is a strange thing in the audio world, and the topic of many heated conversations between anyone with a pair of ears and an interest in audio reproduction. Jake Montzingo ponders this question and others in his review of the Sabre32-based NFB-7 from Audio-GD.
“These diminutive units have won me over as a practical and affordable solution for all kinds of applications in an audio system,” writes John Reekie of the miniDSP 2×4 crossover/eq. This article continues his tutorial series on the miniDSP, with measurement and refinement of his 4-way open-baffle speaker.