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Audiophile Source Component Reviews

Pioneering Audiophiles such as Linn's Ivor Tenenbaum all agree that the source is the most important part of a system. Reviews of source components including turntables, CD players, CD transports, SACD players, DACs, Tuners, USB converters and even phono cartridges by Home Theater Review's stable of professional reviewers will give you the inside scoop on which ones deserve your special attention.

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Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Read More

 
Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Commemorative models are rare in hi-fi, but the Marantz SA-KI SACD player was created by audio designer Ken Ishiwata to celebrate his 30th year with Marantz. Beautifully made and elegantly designed, the SA-KI-Pearl ranks as a very exclusive and very special CD and SACD player. Read More

 
Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Price and pedigree put the Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD player into the upper echelons of high-end audio. Jerry Del Colliano found the 505 CD/SACD performance on ordinary everyday red-book CDs alone made it worth its price. The superlative SACD performance is icing on the cake. Read More

 
Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

It plays CDs and DVDs, so well in fact that that Jerry Del Colliano disconnected his scaler to use the CDP-502 straight into his display. He found the Classe to be not quite as liquid as the Meridian 800, but solid, realistic, and gleaming with musical energy. Read More

 
EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The combination of the TSD1 and DAC2 wills et you back more than $20K, but can produce amazing sound with no digital glare or edginess. Even sources such as an old Airport Express sound remarkable through the DAC2. The TSM1 transport was the smoothest transport we've heard. Read More

 
NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Priced at $499, and situated one slot below the NAD Classic line, the C545BEE uses the latest Burr Brown 24-bit DACs, accepts CD-R/W and will play MP3 and WMA files. Called a "gateway drug to the high end," this player gives you a taste of what great sound is all about. Read More

 
NEPTUNE AUDIO neptuneEQ Reviewed

NEPTUNE AUDIO neptuneEQ Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
2 Stars
 

7.1 channels of digital room correction and equalization make the $3,995 NeptuneEQ a very useful tool in taming the sound of even the most sonically deficient room. With its graphic display and 1/3 octave filters, the Neptune may be the perfect solution for your room's problems. Read More

 
Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

This "entry-level" Chroma D to A converter from Theta handles both Toslink and coaxial digital inputs and has a single pair of analog outputs. Two versions are available - with or without HDCD processing. Both versions have their advantages, which are described fully in the review. Read More

 
Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The German-made Imago CD transport is massive in size and performance. With its carefully tuned internal suspension, machined synthetic material sub-chassis, the Imago was created to be an all out assault on the problems of spinning a CD perfectly. You will love or hate its unique looks. Read More

 
Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This special signature version of the highly-regarded CD-63II is jam-packed with every facility you'd expect from a CD player, including it's own separate volume control. It differs from the standard model with its over-sized toroidal power supply, anti-vibration chassis, and improved amp modules. Read More