Although TAD is a Japanese brand, there’s something dry, almost German about the name, which stands for Technical Audio Devices. It’s comparable, in my book, to T+A, one of Germany’s leading high-end companies, whose initials mean Theorie + Anwendung—that’s Theory + Application. I like this just-the-facts approach, as long as the products leave room for emotion . . . maybe even a spot of sorcery. On that score, no worries about either brand.

After a years-long absence, TAD is back on the US market, represented by Dave Malekpour of Massachusetts’ PAD Hifi Distribution (PAD stands for Professional Audio Design. Were these two made for each other or what?)

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