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Rafael Todes

Gifted violinist Rafael is one quarter of the Allegri String Quartet, playing second fiddle. Once a member of the CBSO under Sir Simon Rattle, he now teaches at London’s Junior Royal Academy. A long-time audiophile, he’s still on a quest for the perfect sound.

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Wilson Audio Alexia V Floorstanding Loudspeakers Review

Rafael Todes auditions a superb new floorstanding loudspeaker from one of the biggest high-end names in the business…

Posted in: StereoLUX! Hi-Fi Loudspeakers Floor Standing Applause Awards 2023

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Triangle Magellan Cello 40th Anniversary Review

Rafael Todes listens to a high-end floorstanding speaker oozing with Gallic flair…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Loudspeakers Floor Standing Applause Awards 2023

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Cambridge Audio AXN10 Network Streaming Player Review

Rafael Todes enjoys this highly capable yet surprisingly affordable network streamer…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Sources Streaming Applause Awards 2023

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dCS Rossini APEX CD Player & Streamer Review

Rafael Todes samples this newly enhanced, disc-spinning high-end digital delight…

Posted in: StereoLUX! Hi-Fi DACs Sources CD Player Streaming Applause Awards 2023

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RØDE NTH-100 Over-ear Headphones Review

Rafael Todes is rather taken by this affordable pair of closed-back headphones from a famous Australian pro-audio name…

Posted in: Headphones Applause Awards 2022 Headphones Over / On Ear

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Bowers & Wilkins 802 D4 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Rafael Todes auditions the latest version of his very own reference floor standing speaker…

Posted in: StereoLUX! Hi-Fi Loudspeakers Floor Standing Applause Awards 2022

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Klipsch Heresy IV Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Rafael Todes auditions the latest version of this iconic American floorstander…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Loudspeakers Floor Standing Applause Awards 2022

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McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier Review

Rafael Todes is moved by the seismic sound of this mammoth integrated amplifier…

Posted in: StereoLUX! Hi-Fi Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers Applause Awards 2021

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Hegel H390 Integrated Amplifier Review

Rafael Todes samples this svelte looking Scandinavian integrated amplifier…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers Applause Awards 2021

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Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier Review

Rafael Todes samples this pro audio power amplifier both in the studio and at home…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Amplifiers Power Amplifiers Applause Awards 2021

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Magnepan LRS Loudspeakers Review

Real budget esoterica is few and far between – but this new quasi-ribbon loudspeaker properly fits the bill, says Rafael Todes…

Posted in: Hi-Fi Loudspeakers Floor Standing Applause Awards 2020

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Luxman D-03X Compact Disc Player Review

Rafael Todes samples a Japanese silver disc spinner that’s high end in every way, except its price...

Posted in: Hi-Fi Sources CD Player Applause Awards 2020