Bruno Chandenier

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Emotiva's $229 BasX A-100 amplifier wows the Audiophiliac

Don't let the Emotiva amplifier's low price lead you to underestimate its capabilities.<p>I get this question all the time: "Hey, Steve, do you have anything for me that's affordable, small and sounds great?" Now that I've spent some quality time with this little Emotiva amp, it'll be the one I'll …

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What makes a speaker sound great?

The Audiophiliac ponders this age-old question.<p>As you might have guessed, I spend a lot of time listening to speakers to evaluate their sound quality. No speaker I've heard in 20 years of reviewing, and another 16 years of selling high-end audio speakers sounded exactly like live music. Of course …

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The world's best headphones, period

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Wharfedale Diamond 225 loudspeaker

In the United Kingdom, the first seeds of perfectionism in audio separates were sown by Goodmans Industries, founded in 1925. Then, in 1930, Garrard …

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Maximum fidelity: The KEF Reference 1 speaker

This made-in-the-UK speaker dazzles the Audiophiliac.<p>The KEF Reference 1 is a music lover's speaker. So even if you don't give a hoot about the technical wizardry that went into its design, that's fine -- the sound of music will be more than enough to win you over.<p>If you're a hardcore audiophile, …

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The Audiophiliac's headphones of the year

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The Audiophiliac Speaker of the Year: Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3

CNET's resident audiophile goes deep with these amazing speakers.<p>I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 speakers earlier this year, and now that I've spent more time with them, my appreciation has only deepened. The sound is rich, complex and loaded with palpable <i>texture</i>. That extra texture supplies …

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The world's most expensive headphones might make you consider a mortgage

The Audiophiliac luxuriates with Sennheiser's ultimate statement design, the HE1 headphone and amplifier.<p>Last year I heard a pre-production sample of Sennheiser's ultimate headphone, the HE 1 (then called the Orpheus), and loved the sound. A couple of weeks ago when I had a chance to spend more …

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Turning it up to '11' with Volti Audio Rival speakers

The Rival dares to go where few high-end speakers tread.<p>I never got over my first encounter with a big horn speaker in an audio store in the late 1970s, it was a Klipsch La Scala. A salesman was sitting alone playing the Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street" album at insanely loud volume, and the …

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This very special amplifier dazzled the Audiophiliac

In the search for excellence, the Audiophiliac spent quality time with the First Watt F7 power amplifier.<p>I've always loved listening to music, on the teensy transistor radios I had as a kid, and later with the audio gear I've owned over the years. I learned that with the best gear musical pleasures …

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Cheap & cheerful: FiiO X1 second-gen portable music player

The itsy-bitsy FiiO player is as cute as a button and delivers very decent sound quality.<p>I reviewed the original FiiO X1 music player in late 2014, but so much as changed in the intervening couple of years, the new X1 2nd Gen now boasts Bluetooth 4.0 wireless tech and a more responsive touch wheel …

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For perfectionists: Beyerdynamic DT1990 Pro headphones

Beyerdynamic's designers are on a roll, witness their new DT1990 Pro headphone.<p>Here we go again, another terrific over-the-ear headphone from Beyerdynamic, the DT1990 Pro. The refreshed look, with slotted black ear cups is sharper than the grey mesh 'cups of previous DT Series 'phones. Comfort is …

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This Hifiman headphone may be the world's best

The competition at the extreme high-end of the headphone market is fierce, so Hifiman made its top headphone even better.<p>It was in 2009 when I reviewed my first Hifiman headphone, the HE-5, and that headphone in some ways outshined the very best and much more expensive Denon, Grado, Sennheiser and …

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Sweet sounds rock the New York Audio Show

The Audiophiliac runs down the greatest hits from the New York Audio Show.<p>The New York Audio Show was held this past weekend, November 4-6 at the Park Lane Hotel. I had a great time seeing old friends, and meeting lots of Audiophiliac readers!<p>I kicked off the show listening to Bob Carver's new …

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Are these super-size speakers the next big thing?

It takes really, really big speakers like Wheel-Fi's System Medium to fill really, really big rooms with music.<p>I'm listening to a pair of huge speakers, each one stands nearly 7 feet (2.1 meters) tall, and they sound like no other in my experience. The speakers are part of the Wheel-Fi System …

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Three-Piece Animal Rings Hug Your Finger When Worn Together

A Bangkok-based artist has come up with a creative way to sport your love for your favorite animal. According to Bored Panda, jewelry designer Mary …

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This pro sound/audiophile headphone amp was touched by genius

Designed by a legendary engineer, the Neve RNHP headphone amplifier wows the Audiophiliac.<p>As recording studio engineer/designers go, Rupert Neve is a rock star. His mixing consoles are so highly sought after, Dave Grohl made a music documentary, "Sound City," that featured a Neve console. Rupert …

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Rotel's sweet little amp delivers high-end sound at a modest price

Sleek and jam-packed with features, the Rotel A12 is an outstanding design.<p>I reviewed the new Rotel CD14 CD player a few weeks ago, and now it's time to cover its partner in crime, the matching A12 integrated stereo amplifier ($899, £799, AU$1,299). They were a nice pair, but I'm not too sure how …

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Are you waiting for the perfect speaker?

Some audiophiles are never satisfied, and never stop searching for perfect speakers. They should chill out, says the Audiophiliac.<p>For some audiophiles, the best sounding speakers are the ones they never hear. They've heard about them, read about them, fantasized about them, but for one reason or …

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Your music deserves better than your phone's sound quality

If you want to take portable sound to the next level, you'll love the Cowon Plenue M2 music player.<p>By now it's old news that the iPhone 7 ($670.00 at Amazon.com) ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, but if you really want music to sound its best you shouldn't be using a phone anyway. It's time to …

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Insanely expensive high-end audio might not be so crazy after all?

Is high-end audio a more sensible buy than a Rolex watch or Prada flight jacket?<p>First thing, expensive stuff is designed to be coveted by rich people, so sure, sticker shock may make us common folk snicker. Take watches for example, why do 1 percenters buy insanely expensive watches? Ask Robert …

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ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 review: Best speakers under $1,000 - CNET

Best speakers under $1,000<p><b>The Good</b> The Elac Uni-Fi UF5 sounds twice as good as speakers that cost twice as much. It's crazy value for money.<p><b>The Bad</b> Build quality could be better, bass definition suffers with complex material compared to some other speakers, and they may need an expensive amp to …

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Ubiq Audio's remarkably unique speaker

The Audiophiliac gets shaken and stirred by the Ubiq Audio Model One.<p>Within seconds of hearing Sir Paul McCartney singing "Blackbird" on the Ubiq Audio Model One, I knew it wasn't just another high-end speaker. Voices had a lot more body and sounded so much more like real live human voices. …

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Audeze ups the ante, again, with the EL-8 headphones

The original Audeze EL-8 arrived just a year ago, but the latest models are distinctly better.<p>The high-end headphone scene never ceases to amaze me. Competition is fierce, especially at the upper reaches of the high-end, $1,000+ headphones that are still getting better all the time. Not only that, …

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Get a G-Boom portable Bluetooth speaker for $71.99

From the Cheapskate: Normally $99.99, this lunchbox-style speaker delivers big, bass-heavy sound, the kind you don't typically get from a portable. Plus: game deals!<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the</i> …

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The world's best headphone?

Sure, it's expensive, but the Focal Utopia redefines what it means to be an audiophile headphone in 2016.<p>Just when you thought the high-end headphone market peaked, along comes another mind-bending 'phone! This new one's from Focal, France's best-selling speaker brand, and while they've been making …

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These tiny (and affordable) gizmos will make your music sound better

Up, up and away with the two new AudioQuest DragonFly digital converter/headphone amplifiers.<p>I reviewed the original AudioQuest DragonFly USB digital converter back in 2012, so I was eager to check out a couple of the latest DragonFlys, the Black ($99, £89, AU$160) and the Red ($199, £169, AU$320). …

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ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 review: ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 speakers belt out insanely good sound for the money - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeakers offer the best performance of any speaker we've seen for the money. They deliver deep, tight bass; an effortless midrange and sweet highs. The soundstage is wide and unexpectedly deep.<p><b>The Bad</b> The speakers' vinyl finish isn't all that durable. Low …

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