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REVIEW: MEZE AUDIO EMPYREAN PLANAR MAGNETIC HEADPHONES

You know how they say that you should never meet your heroes? Well, after a couple of brief encounters with the Meze Audio Empyrean headphones at shows it was time to invite a pair home. 

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REVIEW: DS AUDIO DS-002 OPTICAL PHONO CARTRIDGE

For a medium that was created in the 19th century, vinyl has continued to defy the odds as a playback source. There's been a number of changes over the decades since, but the introduction of optical phono cartridges could be a game-changer.

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REVIEW: PIONEER UDP-LX500 4K UHD BLU-RAY PLAYER

We were eager to get Pioneer's new UDP-LX500 4K Blu-ray player in for review. Having owned a few Oppo disc spinners, the burning question on everyone's mind is whether Pioneer can fill the Oppo void. We put the new spinner through its paces to find out.

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REVIEW: MONITOR AUDIO STUDIO 2-WAY STAND MOUNT LOUDSPEAKERS

Over two decades later since StereoNET NZ's editor Gary Pearce's first experience with Monitor Audio, he revisits the Brit brand and discovers what's changed in that time its new Studio 2-way stand-mount loudspeakers.

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REVIEW: Q ACOUSTICS CONCEPT 500 FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKERS

This year, Q Acoustics has been all about its new 3000i range, but the big news at the end of 2017 was the arrival of the flagship Concept 500 – their most advanced and costliest loudspeaker yet. We take a closer look.

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REVIEW: TIVOLI AUDIO MODEL ONE DIGITAL RADIO

Eighteen years after the release of the original Model One radio from Tivoli Audio, the brand is back with the Model One Digital with a completely modern update that pays respects to the now iconic Model One radio.

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REVIEW: BLUESOUND NODE 2 STREAMER

If you've been holding off streaming your own music collection, or you've been looking for a high-quality music streamer for Tidal and Roon, then look no more as the Bluesound Node 2 fits the bill perfectly.

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REVIEW: ISOACOUSTICS OREA SERIES ISOLATORS

The arrival of IsoAcoustic’s OREA Series equipment isolators led reviewer Peter Familari on an investigation into vibrations and resonance, and a journey of discovery.

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REVIEW: CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXU UNIVERSAL BLU-RAY PLAYER

With non-physical consumption of music and movies firmly established, and the imminent appearance of Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray, does it make sense to release an expensive new disc player in 2015?

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REVIEW: DYNAVECTOR P-75 MKII

The original Dynavector P-75 phono stage was a simple looking, unassuming little box that set a new performance benchmark for affordable phono stages, quickly becoming a favourite in the sub-$1000 phono stage category, second only to the Plinius Jarrah.

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REVIEW: Q ACOUSTICS 1030 FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS

Take a look up into the night sky and see if you can spot a black hole. Should be simple, there are enough of the buggers.

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REVIEW: DYNAVECTOR P-75 PHONO AMPLIFIER

Longtime audiophiles will recognise the Dynavector name as a Japanese producer of high quality phono cartridges featuring exotic jewel cantilevers and the amazing looking 500 series tonearms.

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REVIEW: PLINIUS JARRAH AND M14

Many new amplifiers are line stage only, that is they they can only be used with relatively high output components such as CD players, tape decks, video recorders and Laserdisc players.

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REVIEW: ORTOFON MC20 SUPER PHONO CARTRIDGE

Ortofon have been making moving coil cartridges for more years than I have been alive, so presumably they know what they are doing.

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