Upcoming Audio Shows


Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2017
Date: August 11th - 13th
Venue: Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China
Room: S228
Hours: 10am - 8pm (Friday & Saturday), 10am - 6pm (Sunday)

Los Angeles Audio Show 2017
Date: June 2nd - 4th Venue: Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles, 6101 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Hours: 10am - 6pm (Friday - Saturday), 10am - 4pm (Sunday)

High End Munich Show 2017
Date: May 18th - 21st
Venue: MOC München, Lilienthalallee 40, 80939 München, Germany
Hours: 10am - 6pm (Thursday - Saturday), 10am - 4pm (Sunday)

Reviews and Awards (Short List)


TX2 Reference CD/SACD Transport and DA2 Reference Stereo DAC, Dagogo Review
"To say that the TX2 Transport and the DA2 digital-to-analog converter are sonically stunning does not do them justice. From the start of the evening, one problem came clear — it was awfully easy to get distracted from the task of reviewing and get lost in the pleasure of music.The EMM is staying here. And I’m very glad."
Fred Crowder, Dagogo (Full Review...)

MTRX Reference Mono Block Amplifiers, Dagogo Review
"....the lowest noise and distortion, the best extension at each frequency extreme, and the ability to drive almost any speaker regardless of how difficult a load it represents or how inefficient it may be. It also is the most dynamic at the loud end of the spectrum, so much so that you get a feeling of almost limitless power reserves, which, in turn, translate as a dynamic ease that lesser powered amps cannot approach. The highest praise that a reviewer can give a product, is after having lived with it for an extended period to buy the review sample, which in this instance, I did."
Fred Crowder, Dagogo (Full Review...)


Computer Audiophile and Enjoy the Music Best of RMAF. MTRX+PRE2 amplifiers EMM Reference Digital

"What I heard literally sounded like a live Nirvana concert. The room in which this system was in was huge and so was the soundstage. The electrostatic panels sounded awesome with the huge EMM amps and the new DA2 DAC. The sound wasn't like a traditional audiophile system at a show, rather it was life-like with air and immediacy in a way that made other systems sound a bit closed in and boxy. I think I could have played the entire Unplugged album with my eyes closed and seriously felt like I was sitting in Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. The EMM Labs / MartinLogan system was one of, if not the most live sounding systems I've heard in recent memory."
Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile on the EMM Labs/Meitner Audio/Kimber Kable/Martin Logan Room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

"The experience was nothing short of breathtaking! I've heard live performances that didn't reach this level of realism, dynamics, and scale. The experience is certainly on my personal Mount Rushmore of high-end audio experiences."
Rick LaFaver, Enjoy The Music on the EMM Labs/Meitner Audio/Kimber Kable/Martin Logan Room at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest


Stereophile and Absolute Sound Best of RMAF. MTRX+PRE2 amplifiers plus TSXD/DAC2X Digital

"...the Kimber/EMM/Sony system plunged me back into the glorious acoustic of Goshen College's Sauder Concert Hall in Indiana, where I had captured the perfomance. One of my best sounds of the 2014 RMAF..."
John Atkinson, Stereophile (Best of Show Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

"..the Kimber/ISOMIKE/EMM Labs system in the Evergreen room was impressive, yet musical. Using Sony SSAR-1 speakers the system could do everything but fly."
Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound (Best of Show Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)


EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers wins SoundStage! Best of CES
"And what a statement -- 750W into 8 ohms, 1500W into 4 ohms, or 3000W into 2 ohms, and completely stable into loads of less than 1 ohm. Meitner also claims to use a circuit topology that’s never been used before, resulting in an amplifier that will drive any speaker on the planet to pretty much any volume level with vanishingly low levels of distortion."
Doug Schneider, SoundStage! Publisher


Computer Audiophile, DAC2X Stereo DAC Review (Updated)
“The updates are nothing short of incredible. The ability of the updated DAC2X to mentally transport me somewhere other than where my brain is physically located is uncanny. I noticed improved soundstage, clarity, and detail without losing a note of musicality. The updated EMM Labs DAC2X is a digital to analog converter capable of satisfying the most demanding PCM and DSD music lovers. (Even more) Highly recommended.”
Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile (Full Review...)


DAC2X Wins Audiostream Greatest Bits Award
"If you like to listen to all manner of music in all manner of formats including streaming, and you want it all to sound stunning, muscular where called for, incisive, powerful, with superb clarity and edge-of-your-seat dynamics, the EMM Labs DAC2X has what you're looking or longing for."
Michael Lavorgna, Audiostream (Full Review...)


DAC2X Wins Soundstage Product of the Year
"But after about a week of listening to the DAC2X, any thoughts of wanting or needing a new turntable vanished because it provided the kind of full, rich, and easy-on-the-ears sound I wanted from analog, plus there was resolution that no analog-based system I've heard has matched. As a result, I now have no inclination whatsoever to pull out records again, let alone get a new turntable. Now that shocked me."
Doug Schneider, SoundStage! Publisher


DAC2X Wins Computer Audiophile's Product of the Year (runner up)
"The DAC2X produces the best musical illusion and performs a better disappearing act than all other DACs I've heard in my listening room and many other rooms. To remove any doubt I will state with emphasis, the EMM Labs DAC2X is unequivocally the best DAC I've heard in my system."
Chris Connaker, Computer Audiophile (Full Review...)


DAC2X Wins SoundStage! Network Recommended Reference Component
“The EMM Labs DAC2X is more than twice the price of the Meitner MA-1, and is the most expensive DAC we’ve ever named a Recommended Reference Component. It’s also one of the very best you can buy. According to Howard Kneller, “There can be no dispute that the DAC2X is one of only a few one-box DACs that can reasonably claim to intrude on the state of the art.”
SoundStage! Network Editors (Full Review...)


DAC2X Wins Ultra Audio Select Component Award
"The EMM Labs DAC2X pushes the performance envelope of digital conversion. More important, it taught me a few things about the art of music. If that doesn’t warrant a Select Component award, nothing does.” Howard Kneller, Soundstage! Ultra (Full Review...)

TSDX+DAC2X Wins HiFi Live Maximum Quality Award
“If you want a neutral player, with natural highs and deep bass, as well as dense mid-range, which is rich in texture and detail. If what you want is to have the maximum fidelity, as recorded, direct from live. If you also like attractive and modern design that has solid construction coupled with the latest in technology and maximum versatility, this is definitely your digital set. Without a doubt this EMM Labs combination is the reference from which will all its competitors will be measured to. Its high price is the toll that must be paid for having the highest echelon of digital reproduction. Definitely the best digital media player I have ever heard, that more than made me feel the direct emotion of music.”
David Mallen, HiFi Live (Spain)


TSDX+DAC2X Wins Super AV Magazine, China Award
DAC2X wins the Excellence award for Outstanding Overall Performance for a DAC. TSDX wins SACD/CD Transport Outstanding Award Super AV Magazine, China


TSDX+DAC2X Wins HiFi Review Product of the Year
EMM Labs is proud to announce that our reference TSDX CD/SACD Transport and our award winning DAC2X Stereo D/A Converter has won HiFi Review's (Hong Kong) Products of the Year 2012!
HiFi Review's (Hong Kong)


Enjoy the Music XDS1 V2 Integrated CD/SACD Player Review
"The energy in the room is simply startling, the tonality to die for, the dynamics unparalleled and the imaging in a whole new class. The bar has been raised, and raised so high we are in a new era of digital."
Phil Gold, Enjoy the Music/Superior Audio (Full Review...)


EMM Labs XDS1 Wins The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award
“The most musically natural SACD and CD player I have yet encountered. A true pleasure to listen to! I owe HP one for introducing me to EMM Labs. I should also say that I am making the XDS1 one of my references… and more than a bit of a breakthrough in terms of natural, musically realistic sound…”
Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound


EMM Labs XDS1 Wins The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice Award
“The sonic evolution of CD players at the high end has become so intense that it is small wonder that hard on the heels of his outstanding TSD1/DAC2 two-piece two-channel system, Ed Meitner has achieved his magnum opus, a statement CD player that has no traces of the things we normally associate with “CD sound,” that is, an identifiably “digital” character, or, for that matter, an identifiable characteristic coloration”
Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound


EMM Labs XDS1 Wins Enjoy the Music Blue Note Award for Product of the Year
“In short, SACD performance is raised to unmatched levels in my experience, while CD comes closer than ever before to SACD. In every single area of performance, resolution, timing, transient response, decay, image size and depth, frequency response, dynamics and tone color, the XDS1 improves on all digital players I have heard before….this is the state-of-the-art, and as musically satisfying a machine as I could wish. For that reason, and for how it performs in comparison with other expensive hardware, I am forced to admit it represents good value for money too. You can’t get there for less.”
Phil Gold, Superior Audio - Enjoy the Music

Dagogo EMM Labs XDS1 Review
“...the XDS1 exhibited a wonderful control of all sounds, with a balanced presentation that is truthful-- not warm, not edgy, not syrupy, just liquid, with very solid, well-articulated bass. The XDS1 provides the music a great foundation. It is very controlled….in the end, particularly given the level of performance vs. price, buying the XDS1 was an easy decision.”
Fred Crowder, Dagogo


EMM Labs PRE2 Pre-amplifier Wins The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award
"...Ed Meitner's new design, which has a degree of silence and transparency that is amazing in any preamp, much less one this compact. The Pre2-SE reveals the entire recording without coloration or emphasis, and makes any cliches about tube vs. solid-state pointless. Not a trace of edge or softening, superb dynamics, a true reference quality product.”
Anthony H. Cordesman, The Absolute Sound


EMM Labs PRE2 Pre-amplifier Wins Enjoy the Music Blue Note Award for Product of the Year
“What it does is simply to lose less information along the way than the JC2 or any other preamplifier I've reviewed. It's the purest and most accurate component I have had the pleasure of listening to.. For now the bar has just been raised. I've made my choice. Meet my new reference preamp.”
Phil Gold, Superior Audio - Enjoy the Music


EMM Labs TSD1 & DAC2 Combo Wins The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award
"...a breakthrough in the reproduction of Red Book CDs. In the new TSD1/DAC2-SE combo Meitner says he has been able to remove all the “jitter” from CD playback. This allows us, or rather allowed me, to hear what jitter does to digital sound. The whole thing looks better, sounds better, and is better.”
Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound

EMM Labs TSD1 & DAC2 Combo, Home Theatre Review
"The new EMM Labs TSD1/DAC2 combo is the best player of digital media of all time. They will redefine what you should expect from digital playback. I know they did for me; I loved them so much I bought them rather then send them back when the review was done.”
Ken Taraszka, Home Theatre Review

EMM Labs TSD1 & DAC2 Combo, HiFi+ Review
"This quality of musicality is what sets the EMM Labs pair apart; it can find the groove where other players fail. I could go on, this is the most engaging and yet refined digital source I’ve had the pleasure of using. It’s inconveniently expensive but if you have the wherewithal there’s no real competition.”
Jason Kennedy, HiFi+

EMM Labs TSD1 & DAC2 Combo, Enjoy the Music Review
“I have not heard its equal on high resolution digital material at any price, although you can easily spend a lot more… if you're looking for the best available sound, put the TSD1 and DAC2 right on the top of your shortlist.”
Phil Gold, Superior Audio - Enjoy the Music