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Stacore CLD Footers

When the Stacore CLD Footers were offered for review, my expectations were tempered because none have come up to the performance of CH Precision's built-in isolation solution. Now, two months into the project, I remain amazed by the improvements they bring. To put it in perspective, the impact is like what you might get with a cable upgrade.

- Marshall Nack

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Positive Feedback 10/17/2019
Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeakers

The Wilson Benesch Eminence is a different kind of speaker. Its engineering is unique; its appearance is idiosyncratic; and it sounds unlike other world-class loudspeakers. In the ability to convey music’s dynamic expression, rhythmic flow, and timing, the Eminence is simply unequaled.

Moreover, the way the Eminence resolves pitch, texture, and transient information in the bottom end is nothing short of revelatory.

If you are looking for a reference-class loudspeaker that is based on original and innovative thinking, one that goes beyond the status quo, and one that brings a sensational verve and life to music, the Wilson Benesch Eminence should be on your short list.

- Robert Harley

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The Absolute Sound 6/25/2019
Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers

The Wilson Benesch Resolution is a speaker that’s full of surprises. The use of carbon fiber is surprising. The melding of this new-world technology with old-world isobaric loading is surprising. The speaker’s slender appearance is surprising, as are the unique views it affords of carbon fiber and woofer butts. Most surprising of all is the Resolution’s chameleon-like ability to change its colors to reflect the music and the recording it’s playing. This is a speaker that never gets old, familiar, or boring. It’s a speaker you really can live with over the long run.

- Alan Taffel

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The Absolute Sound 2/28/2019
Stage III Concepts Proteus Power Cable

The Proteus has the best sort of treble: pure, sweet, grainless, and so fully integrated it will largely pass unnoticed. The Proteus transformed violinist Gluzman from a mere technical wizard into a world-class soloist with a million-dollar instrument.

The Proteus is like icing on the cake… no, make that icing plus filling, because it fills out the sound. The massive low-end foundation it laid down was just what I had hoped for.

- Marshall Nack

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Positive Feedback 7/21/2018
Ypsilon Hyperion Monoblock Amplifier

The Absolute Sound's 2017 Golden Ear Award

- Jacob Heilbrunn

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The Absolute Sound 7/3/2018
Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers

The Wilson Benesch Resolution is a superb loudspeaker... it delivers a level of musical coherence and insight, a balance of the convincing and the communicative, that puts it at the forefront of current loudspeaker performance.

It is beautifully engineered from high-tech, high-quality materials... Tonal and temporal coherence are its strengths, its holistic, seamless presentation in some ways are more akin to an electrostatic, but a stat with bass and balls.

The Resolutions deliver all of that tonal range and subtlety, held within a broad, deep soundstage, with plenty of dimensionality to instruments and clear air between them... the vanishingly low signature of the cabinets allow the speakers to disappear, passive guardians to the musical event.

- Roy Gregory

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The Audio Beat 2/14/2018
PowerStar Horizon AC Distributor

OK, the PowerStar Horizon looks incredible. But what about the sound? Given the passive design, it is nothing at all like you would expect.

First, instead of getting soft, the PowerStar Horizon firms up frequency response across the board. This is especially beneficial to the bass range, as tonal balance gets a bit darker and there is more bottom. Everything gains density and weight. Image size inflates to some degree and borders are more defined, without becoming etched.

Secondly, the impact on dynamics is completely counter-intuitive. The sound becomes more energetic, crisp and contrasty. Instruments start to pop and the performance more engaging. The impact here is pretty startling. There is no loss—only gain—with the PowerStar Horizon.

- Marshall Nack

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Positive Feedback 1/1/2018
Stage III ~ Proteus power cable

The Proteus is an absolutely first-class, state-of-the-art power cord that is extremely dynamic, robust and nuanced.

You definitely need to treat the Proteus as a major component and/or electrical system upgrade, and not just think of it as another power cord tweak.

Very highly recommended.

- Ed Momkus

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Dagogo 11/17/2017
Metaxas & Sins MARQUIS Headphone Amplifier

Reviewing the Metaxas Marquis was an interesting experience. It’s certainly a design masterpiece, with amazing audio abilities. It’s a very accurate and powerful amplifier. It’s also unusual and eerie, perhaps even a statement piece.

But let’s be honest with ourselves. How many times can we admit that we have been so intrigued by an audio product that we just stare at it in awe?

- Matthew Jens

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Stereonet 4/12/2017
Hartvig TT turntable

The $14k Hartvig TT belt-drive turntable system’s construction and use of materials, such as a MDF and acrylic-sandwiched plinth, a 2-inch acrylic platter over another 2-inch of aluminum platter are exotic and impressive and serves remarkably as the foundation of a high-end system.

This construction exoticness and total turntable mass makes the Hartvig notable amongst similarly priced, substantial turntable designs although it’s highly economical footprint does make for a polarized appeal. By the same token, its ability to assume a pure, non-intrusive sonic footprint, however, is remarkable for the size.

- Constantine Soo

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Dagogo 3/23/2017
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