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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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QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Part of Quad's current generation of electronics, the 99 CD player has fixed and variable outputs, so you can use it sans a preamp, or couple it with the most excellent Quad 99 preamp. Sonic results will be liquid, musical, and worthy of the Quad moniker. Read More

 
Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

More than merely a player, the Audio Analouge Maestro has a digital input so it can be used as a D/A as well as both single-ended and balanced analog outputs. With sonic characteristics that include robustness along with a sense of force and power that can't be found with most other players. Read More

 
EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Tim de Paravicini's EAR 324 phono stage represents a more full-featured approach to a stand-alone phono preamp than his 834P. Its low-noise wide bandwidth design uses multi-stage passive filtering and accepts either moving coil or moving magnet cartridges. Read More

 
 Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

EveAnna Manley's Steelhead phono stage achieves reference-quality sound with tubes. With variable gain, and input loading available via its front panel, changes can be made without resorting to jumpers or internal hard-to-get-at switches. Read More

 
 Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The Tivoli Radio Combo system includes an AM/FM tuner, CD player, speakers and a subwoofer. The heart of the system, the Model Two Stereo Table Radio, uses a 3-inch driver. The new subwoofer uses a 5-ΒΌ inch driver to plumb the depths. Read More

 
Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The Slovakian-made Project phono stage uses tubes and looks far more expensive than it is. It also delivers up to 60 dB of gain for moving coil cartridges and adjustable input impedance settings via a dipswitch set on the bottom of the unit Read More

 
Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

As a CD only machine, some audiophiles seeking a more purist approach to CD playing will prize the CD3. With Audio Research's superb analog output section the CD3 has great depth and incredible bloom. If you don't mind it's top-loading mechanism you'll love this romantic CD player Read More

 
Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Sometimes having a preamplifier with a built-in phono stage isn't tweaky enough or dedicated enough for a true audiophile. Sometimes your beloved turntable requires it's own preamp, which is precisely why Audio Research has designed and released the PH5. Read More

 
Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3 Stars
 

Audio Analouge Masestro is an off beat integrated amp designed for the audiophile market (mainly in Europe and Asia) that has Ferarri good looks and a sexy growl to match. When paired with the matching Compact Disc player it makes for a compelling combination for the adventurous audiophile. Read More

 
Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Along with its matching integrated amplifier, the PM-15S1, the 13.5 kg SA-15S1 represents a step down from the top-of-the-line 11 series in terms of price while giving up little in the way of sonics or features. And of course you get With Marantz's usual impeccable build quality Read More