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Feb 14, 2010

THIEL CS1.6 Floor Standing Loudspeaker Reviewed

What is there to say about THIEL's new, compact and affordable CS1.6 that hasn't already been said by just about every major magazine and reviewer that lays their ears upon them? The CS1.6s are an instant classic for sure and a true audiophile loudspeaker for those tight on space and means. Continue Reading
THIEL CS1.6 Floor Standing Loudspeaker Reviewed

Feb 14, 2010

Wilson Audio Sophia 2 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Home Theater Review Managing Editor, Andrew Robinson, found the original Sophias from Wilson Audio to be one of the best loudspeakers of all time. Now with the Sophia 2s he's found that not only have they gotten better they may just surpass Wilson Audio's famed Watt/Puppy. Continue Reading
Wilson Audio Sophia 2 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Feb 12, 2010

Paradigm Signature Reference S1 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Signature Reference S1s are the smallest speakers in the Paradigm's Signature Line. With their 1 inch Beryllium dome tweeter and easy to drive 90 dB sensitivity, the S1s can play loudly and cleanly. Mated with a subwoofer the S1s can deliver world-class sound. Continue Reading
Paradigm Signature Reference S1 Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Feb 12, 2010

Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Tipping the scales at 33 pounds, the Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD is a substantial and impressive piece of industrial art and an absolute champion at delivering every iota of musical information to your ears in a natural and unfatiguing way. In terms of soundstage it doesn't get any better than this. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Feb 05, 2010

Parker Audio 95MK II Loudspeakers Reviewed

While they're may never win at a beauty contest the 95MKII's from Parker Audio win where it counts and that is performance. Hand made in the USA, the Parker Audio 95MKII are a single ended triode lovers dream come true for they are extremely efficient, not to mention affordable too. Continue Reading
Parker Audio 95MK II Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 05, 2010

Bel Canto e. One S300iu Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Digital, or Class D, amps offer efficient performance from a small cabinet. Bel Canto has mastered the design and performance with their e.One series. The S300 amp has 300 watts into 4 ohms. Continue Reading
Bel Canto e. One S300iu Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 05, 2010

Bel Canto e.One S300 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Stereo amplifiers have been a staple since music went from single speakers to two-way back in the day. Over the... Continue Reading
Bel Canto e.One S300 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 03, 2010

Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.5 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

The second smallest speaker in Paradigm's Reference Studio Line, the 20 V.5 uses a dual front-firing port to enhance its bass extension, but if you want to rock your house a subwoofer will be required. Not as airy on top as the Signature S2, more "just the facts" with a super smooth yet revealing midrange. Continue Reading
Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.5 Bookshelf Speaker Reviewed

Feb 03, 2010

Bel Canto REF 1000M Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Into 4 ohms, the REF 1000M from Bel Canto puts out 1000 watts. What's even more amazing is that it does it with a chassis that is only 8 inches wide. They also run cool and sound great. Andrew Robinson takes a pair for a spin. Continue Reading
Bel Canto REF 1000M Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 01, 2010

Parasound Halo JC 2 Preamplifier Reviewed

San Francisco based Parasound and famed designer John Curl go together like peanut butter a jelly for the two have had a hugely successful partnership for years, which culminated in the creation of Parasound's lauded Halo line of products, all of which Curl had a hand in, and the hugely popular JC 2 Preamplifier reviewed here. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo JC 2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Jan 29, 2010

Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand Loudspeaker Reviewed

Vienna Acoustics have been making some of the more beautifully finished loudspeaker the world over for some time now and while their looks are arguably what gets them noticed one cannot overlook their smooth demeanor and audiophile grade sound. Continue Reading
Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 29, 2010

Vienna Acoustics Schonberg Loudspeaker Reviewed

While Vienna Acoustics may be more well known for their furniture quality wood finishes on their other designs such as the Beethoven Baby Grand, their Schonberg series takes a dramatically different approach with its smooth Aluminum skin and modern art inspired lines. Continue Reading
Vienna Acoustics Schonberg Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 28, 2010

Magnepan MG 3.6 Planar-Magnetic Loudspeaker Reviewed

Probably the most successful and award winning audiophile loudspeaker of all time the MG 3.6 Planar-Magnetic speaker from Minnesota based Magnepan is a legend among audiophiles the world over. While the 3.6's may be large and a bit difficult to drive properly their distinct sound defies belief. Continue Reading
Magnepan MG 3.6 Planar-Magnetic Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 28, 2010

Magnepan MMGW Multi-Channel Planar Loudspeaker Reviewed

The MMGW is the smallest speakers made by Mangepan to date. Our reviewer noted, "What's really impressive is just how good, okay--great, the MMGWs are when used in a full surround package The seamless surround field they create when set up properly will have you questioning why they don't cost more"... Continue Reading
Magnepan MMGW Multi-Channel Planar Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 28, 2010

Outlaw Audio Model 7500 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Outlaw Audio makes some of the most affordable, yet great performing, audio products out there. The new 7500 5-channel amp is no exception, with 200 watts per channel, an understated design, and a great price. Andrew Robinson powers it up. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio Model 7500 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 25, 2010

Orb Audio Mod4 Home Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Orb has long been an innovator in compact and round speakers. The Mod4 "possesses an amazing coherence along nearly all of the frequency range due largely to their point source design and cross over free nature for a two-channel or home theater experience that must be heard to be believed..." Continue Reading
Orb Audio Mod4 Home Theater Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 25, 2010

Aperion Intimus 5T-DB Hybrid HD 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

If you're looking for a true, 5.1 home theater speaker system that isn't a home theater in a box or a soundbar but don't have a lot of money to spend-look no further than the Intimus 5T-DB system from Aperion Audio. Sold direct via the Internet the 5T-DB system is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to bang for the buck loudspeakers. Continue Reading
Aperion Intimus 5T-DB Hybrid HD 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 21, 2010

Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Packing seven channels of amplification into one chassis is no easy feat, and making them all sound good is even harder. The Model 7.125 has, as the name suggests, 125 watts for each of its seven channels. Sean Killebrew gives us an in-depth look. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 17, 2010

Wilson Audio Duette Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

While Wilson does not make inexpensive speakers, this is the lowest price model they have produced thus far. This attractive model has a "to-die-for finish, astounding build quality and...true high-end performance." Sound wise, the Duettes "will sing with a full-blooded, massive soundstage, enough to humiliate systems twice their size..." Continue Reading
Wilson Audio Duette Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2010

ROTEL RB-1092 Amplifier Reviewed

Rotel isn't the only amp company to use B&O's ICE amp chips (think: NuForce, Bel Canto and Wyred For Sound) but they bring a long lineage of audiophile history in taking a bright idea and making it sound really, really good. Read the Ken Kessler review on this page. Continue Reading
ROTEL RB-1092 Amplifier Reviewed

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