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Weiss DAC2 Digital-to-Analog Converter

The Weiss DAC2 benefits from the experience and technology of the well-received Minerva digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC2 is distributed in the US by Vintage King Audio, a well know dealer of pro audio equipment. At a list price of $2995, it has fewer features, but the same audio and digital circuits, as the $5000 Minerva which the DAC2 has replaced.

Window Cable Special Interconnect & Special Phono Cables

The shortness of this review is not an indication that my reviews are regressing to their earlier style of  “short and sweet”. It just happens to fit the product under review. Window Cable™ is a landmark product. It does the job of passing information better than any other cable ever auditioned in my systems.

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital-to-Analog Converter and USB Cable

The Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse is a new state of the art digital-to-analog converter from a company that has produced a number of high performance digital products over the years. The standard DAC-2 carries a list price of $1499 and the DAC-2 DSDse is $2549.

Wyred 4 Sound ST-1000 Stereo Power Amplifier

The high-end is dead! Long live the high-end! A paradigm shift is upon us now. In the Wyred 4 Sound ST-1000 stereo amplifier, we have a maturing technology that absolutely changes the performance-to-price expectation for solid-state amplifiers in the $2,000 to $10,000 price range.

YG Acoustics Kipod II Signature Main Modules Speakers

YG Acoustics Kipod II Signature

A lot has changed with these high performance 2-way speakers since I reviewed the original version of the Kipod loudspeakers. The enclosure was undated with hidden corner bolts, cleaning up the front panel appearance. There is a single pair of binding posts on the rear which fits with my preference for not bi-wiring.

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YG Acoustics Kipod Main Modules Speakers

The YG Acoustics Kipod Main Modules Speakers have been my reference speakers for over a year and I am just now writing about them. I have enjoyed music through the Kipod (pronounced KEY-pode) with a half dozen different amplifiers, both tube and solid state, and a similar number of preamplifiers, again both tube and solid state.

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Zyx Airy 3x-SB Moving Coil Cartridge

The timing of this review could not be more appropriate. It is spring, and the warm sunshine on my face makes me feel alive and renewed. It is a pleasure to be outside. The subtle oppression of being closed in over the long winter months is quickly fading. It is time to open the windows, let the fresh air inside the listening room, and take a new look at the world as the flowers come into bloom and life renews.

Zyx UNIverse MC Phono Cartridge

Reviews of phonograph cartridges can be pretty darn worthless. Irrelevant. Reviews can put a cartridge into some kind of comparative framework where you understand that Cartridge A does this or that, more or less, better or worse, than Cartridge B. The issue of how a cartridge actually sounds, though, is highly dependent on the environment in which it is evaluated.

ZYX UNIverse Premium Phono Cartridge

The ZYX UNIverse Premium moving coil phono cartridge is the latest evolution in the long history of ZYX of Japan. High performance is always expensive, and in this case, sonic perfection carries a “premium” price tag. Based on other upper high end cartridges that I have heard, the UNIverse Premium is worth it because it meets or exceeds every expectation I ever imagined for the sonic potential of the vinyl LP.

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