Josh said: While it may be considered for some to be expensive, its performance capabilities in so many areas frankly exceed what could be achieved in preamplifier-amplifier separate combinations at far loftier price points, therefore making it an attractive proposition as a statement amplifier for those slightly short of space or for those demanding electronics capable of the very highest standards.
The gist: Sound that is said to strike a near perfect balance between tube and solid state.
Brent said: What I love about them is that there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about their sound -- just as there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about the sound of a great violin, tenor saxophone, or singer. If you want something spectacular, that’s fine -- but if you want headphones you can enjoy day after day with all kinds of music, I strongly recommend the AR-H1s.
The gist: One of an elite group according to Brent.
Rad said: The more I listened, the less I liked AKG’s N60 NC Wireless noise-canceling headphones.
The gist: These pretty much sucked.
Prices: $1750 per 4’ pair for speaker cables and 766 per 0.5m pair for interconnects
Roger said: You could spend even more on cables from some other manufacturers, but in my system, Analysis Plus’s Silver Apexes provided absolutely stellar sound.
The gist: Competes with the best for less.
Roger said: I can’t overstate how impressed I was by the execution of its overall design. In my years as an audio reviewer, the STR Integrated is one of the most impressive examples of a fully fledged audio product I’ve come across.
The gist: Anthem Room Correction puts this powerful integrated over the top.
Price: $4600 per 6’ cord
Garrett said: If you’re looking for peak performance in a power cable, I strongly urge you to audition the Au24 SX powerChord.
The gist: Garrett’s new go-to reference power cord.
Price: $968-$1474 per pair, depending on finish
Philip said: A speaker like Axiom’s M5HP is proof that you can get incredible sound, superb engineering, and fantastic build quality at a reasonable price.
The gist: Re-evaluate what you think great speakers cost.
Aron said: The sound of BAT’s VK-255SE is therefore not quite my cup of tea -- but if tube-like warmth, buttery textures, and arresting dynamics are what you find most inviting, then this amplifier deserves to be on your audition list.
The gist: Will fit some listeners better than others.