Author: Michael Wright

Aric Audio Super 6SN7 Linestage Preamplifier by Mike Wright

October 20, 2023

  I had an exciting encounter at AXPONA this past April. I was going over some of the rooms I had been by and exchanging thoughts with one of my pals when a gentleman I [Read More]

Audio Valve Eklipse Preamplifier

September 17, 2012

Audio Valve Eklipse Preamplifier How far can a little tube magic take you?   September 2008       An instant non-fatal attractionIt was around the end of Fall 2007 and my time spent with the GamuT [Read More]

Mactone XX-3000 Preamplifier and MH-300B Amplifier

September 16, 2010

Mactone XX-3000 Preamplifier and MH-300B Amplifier An ambitious effort from Japan    September 2010      Shooting for the starsAs most of my audiophile friends know, I have a serious affinity for vacuum tube preamps. Ironically, [Read More]

Audio Valve Conductor Preamplifier

June 30, 2010

Audio Valve Conductor Preamplifier Taking the baton and running the show     June 2010 The maestro has entered the building Periodically, I like to get around to some of the area audiophile salons and hang [Read More]

Epiphany – Model Celeste Reference Stand

March 3, 2010

Epiphany – Model Celeste Reference Stand A Moment of Clarity    March 2010     A necessary evil becomes necessaryI had held out as long as I could. I have been into high-end audio since the [Read More]

Blue Circle Audio BC703 High Precision Reference

June 15, 2009

Blue Circle Audio BC703 High Precision Reference Phonostage Analog excellence in a digital world    June 2009              Blue Circular FlexibilityI really hadn’t taken Gilbert Yeung, chief oracle at Blue Circle Audio, seriously when [Read More]

Van L. Speakerworks Quartet loudspeakers

April 27, 2009

Van L. Speakerworks Quartet loudspeakers High End performance from Chicago’s North side     April 2009     Why Van L. Speakerworks? I ran into one of my old audiophile “runnin’ buddies,” Roger Swiatek, at last year’s [Read More]

The TIDAL Contriva Loudspeaker

February 2, 2009

The TIDAL Contriva Loudspeaker World Class Loudspeakers from Germany    February 2009   I first learned of the German audio equipment manufacturer, TIDAL, a few years ago when I met their U.S. distributor, Daniel Barnum [Read More]

XLH M-2000 Mono Amps and SL-11XS Preamp

October 7, 2008

XLH M-2000 Mono Amps and SL-11XS Preamp Top Notch Heavyweight Contenders from China   October 2008       A rare opportunity repeats itselfI was talking to our esteemed editor, Dave Thomas about the XLH amplifier and preamp [Read More]

Conrad Johnson ACT2 Series 2 Preamplifier

December 1, 2007

Conrad Johnson ACT2 Series 2 Preamplifier Simply Irresistible   December 2007          How can it be permissibleI’ll admit to being a bit sheepish when it came to approaching Conrad Johnson about doing this review. [Read More]

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