Excerpt: T here is an old joke that says in heaven the bureaucracy is German, the police are British, and the food is Italian; while in hell the bureaucracy is Italian, the police are German, and the food British. The joke doesn't specify where the speakers come from in either destination. If your idea of heaven is elegant and romantic, than Italy's Sonus Faber or Bolzano Villetri might take the honor.
Excerpt: Let’s face it, only a miniscule number of us are going to own hyper-expensive audio components. Sure, we can hear them at audio shows and in dealer’s showrooms, or read about them here, but that’s not the same as living with a system. My mandate from TAS is to find and review moderately priced gear that delivers high-end musical satisfaction without totally depleting your bank account.