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Price: $99.99

Website: www.usa.1more.com

Brent said: Like all the other true wireless earphones we’ve tried, the 1More E1026BT-Is don’t work sonic miracles, but their sound comes pretty close to the best of them at a fraction of the price.

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The gist: A bargain in good wireless earphones.

Price: AU$18,800

Website: www.aquahifi.com

Peter said: For me, for the time being, and especially when you factor in the xHD’s value for often bleeding-edge performance, I’d call it a “bargain and the best I ever had.”

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The gist: Modularity adds value to this DAC.

Price: $30,000 per pair

Website: www.audioresearch.com

Aron said: I found the Reference 160M captivatingly enjoyable to listen to, despite a slight roundness and lack of texture in the bass.

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The gist: The new ARC look is a big improvement.

Price: $15,000

Website: www.audioresearch.com

Aron said: In my time with it, I quickly learned that Audio Research’s Reference 6 preamplifier is one of those rare products capable of producing a quality of sound greater than might be suggested by the sum of its parts. In my time with it, I quickly learned that Audio Research’s Reference 6 preamplifier is one of those rare products capable of producing a quality of sound greater than might be suggested by the sum of its parts.

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The gist: Aron bought the review sample.

Price: $3250 per pair

Website: www.audiosolutions.lt

Diego said: If you’re in the market for a minimonitor to mate with a high-quality sub, I urge you to seriously consider the AudioSolutions Figaro B.

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The gist: Good speaker, but not much bass.

Price: $5999

Website: us.auralic.com

Jeff said: You can insert an Auralic Vega G2 in your audio system and be confident that you’re hearing everything on your recordings -- as long as the rest of your system is up to the task. It’s not this DAC that will be the limiting factor, I can assure you.

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The gist: Amazingly transparent DAC at a great price.

Price: $2499

Website: benchmarkmedia

Erich said: If, like me, you value a high-resolution, totally neutral musical performance, add a Benchmark LA4 to your system, particularly if you already own a Benchmark DAC.

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The gist: Basically neutral sound to augment your best source components.

Price: $799

Website: www.bluesound.com

Gordon said: The Bluesound Pulse 2i is an excellent-sounding, all-in-one stereo music system made more appealing by such features as AirPlay 2 support, upgraded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and Alexa voice control.

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The gist: The BluOS software sets this apart from most wireless speakers.

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