Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier and DAC

WHAT: Headphone amp/DAC  WHY: High-performance musicality that will not break the bank Thanks to some assistance from BMW DesignworksUSA, Audeze has managed to make its first headphone amplifier and digital-to-analog converter (DAC) look nearly as good as the company’s iconic headphones. And the Deckard ($699) amp/DAC combo is capable of driving nearly every headphone on […]

Classé Sigma Series Expands With New 350W Mono Amplifier

Montréal, Canada—October 2,  2015—Classé has announced the expansion of its popular Sigma series to include a new monaural amplifier. The first three Sigma series models, launched earlier this year, were designed to deliver a compelling performance and feature set at prices below the entry level of other high-end brands but within easy reach for anyone considering […]

Front Runners October 2015: Retro Power

With the release of the new McIntosh MC75 vacuum-tube amplifier (, McIntosh Labs steps back into its history. The New York–based brand, which has made great leaps in digital-music reproduction in recent years, modeled the new amp on the original MC75, a component that has been out of production since 1970. The new model is designed to […]

Front Runners October 2015: Mu-so to Your Ears

The all-in-one wireless Naim Mu-so music system ( combines a 32-bit digital-signal processor with six 75-watt digital amplifiers to reproduce digital music with exceptional refinement. The $1,500 desktop unit’s mirrored speaker arrangement places dual woofers, midrange drivers, and dome tweeters on the front panel behind a contoured cloth grille (which is available in black, red, […]

Metaxas & Sins Ikarus Amplifier Brings Haute Horology and Formula One Materials to High-End Audio

Bringing “haute horology” watchmaking with Formula One materials to high-end audio, Kostas Metaxas’ 40 years of artistry in the state-of-the-art is embodied in his latest audio sculpture, a perfect marriage of the arts of engineering (electrical and mechanical) and the fine arts of sculptural form. The IKARUS 2015 is machined from a solid block of either […]

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