MartinLogan MasterPiece CI In-Wall
MartinLogan unveiled a new range of flagship in-wall loudspeakers at CEDIA 2019, and the next generation Motion series. The Masterpiece CI 40XW retail for $40,000/pair making them one of the most expensive in-wall loudspeakers every developed. MartinLogan has been firing on all cylinders of late with new ESL electrostatic models that are priced well below its more expensive audiophile range...
Pro-Ject X1 Turntable
Pro-Ject is one of the leading manufacturers of audiophile turntables in the world; with two state-of-the-art facilities in Slovakia, and the Czech Republic that produce tables under the parent brand, and for OEM partners such as Music Hall. The brand has branched out into other categories including phono pre-amplifiers, DACs, streamers, and offers one of the most comprehensive selections...
Devialet Phantom Reactor Custom
One of the biggest failings of high-end audio is that it has never figured out how to bridge the divide between electronics and industrial design in a way that would make "normal" people want to use it in their homes. High-end products are either old and boxy looking, or so far off the reservation that not even audiophiles would...
Epson Laser TV LS500 UST Projection TV
Epson has been pushing hard in the home theater category for the past five years with a number of solid LCD projectors that are very popular with home cinema enthusiasts without the budget for more expensive 4K projectors from Sony and JVC. Epson delivers performance and value from their projector line which is important when your budget for a...
iFi Zen Blue
Affordable streamers that support high-resolution audio (24-bit/96kHz at a minimum) are becoming increasingly popular with both audiophiles who have abandoned their CD collections, and the mass market who are starting (albeit at a slower pace) to take a closer look at streaming services like the recently launched Amazon Music HD, Tidal, and Qobuz. High-resolution audio needed a solid kick...
At RMAF 2019, Andrew Jones discussed his new ELAC Debut Reference bookshelf speakers. which were powered by their DS-A101-G WiFi Streaming Integrated Amplifier. They are a lot more expensive than the older model that they are replacing, but the uptick in sound quality will silence all of the critics who might feel it's now out of reach for those...
Bluesound is the newest member of the Lenbrook Group; which includes NAD, PSB Loudspeakers, and the soon-to-be launched Lenbrook Pro division which will offer audio products for commercial applications. PSB's Paul Barton (interview forthcoming) was involved in the design of the Bluesound products and there have been a number of changes to the entire line-up including the PowerNode2i, Pulse Flex...
QED XT40i
If you look at the high prices of audio cables in 2019; especially in a world that is evolving towards wireless connectivity, it's easy to understand why non-audiophiles question the sanity of those of us who are willing to spend $1,000 on a pair of loudspeaker cables, or $500 on a single power cord. QED is one brand that...

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