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Sep 25, 2009

High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer DAC

The first product aimed at computer owners who want better sound than what's offered by their internal soundcards. The HRT Music Streamer delivers surprisingly good sound for under $100. It's easy to install and it works - not bad for an entry-level-priced product. Continue Reading
High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer DAC

Sep 25, 2009

Meridian DSP5200 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Meridian is well known among audiophiles and music lovers as a company offering audio components and loudspeakers that aspire to... Continue Reading
Meridian DSP5200 Digital Active Loudspeaker

Sep 16, 2009

Ayre QB-9 USB DAC Reviewed

Ayre's USB-only QB-9 is one of the first to utilize a proprietary asynchronous USB data transmission protocol developed by Wavelength Audio. The QB-9 extends the sonic capabilities of USB sources from merely listenable to staggeringly good. If only it had SPDIF inputs... Continue Reading
Ayre QB-9 USB DAC Reviewed

Sep 14, 2009

Canton Reference 3.2 DC Loudspeaker Reviewed

Canton is Germany's largest and best-selling speaker maker, for good reason. They have been building speakers for over 35 years... Continue Reading
Canton Reference 3.2 DC Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 11, 2009

Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

Chances are you haven't heard of Decware or their tiny CSP2 Zen Preamplifier, which is a shame for it's one of the best preamps available at any price only it doesn't cost all that much-try under a grand. If you can live with only two inputs and no remote control the CSP2 is not only a bargain it's hard to beat-period. Continue Reading
Decware CSP2 Zen Triode Preamplifier Reviewed

Sep 11, 2009

Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

Mark Levinson needs no introduction and their No 326S may just be the best preamplifier they've ever made though it may also be their last for Mark Levinson has undergone a series of changes as of late that have put the marquee in a state of flux, making the No. 326S all the more special for it may just represent the last of a dynasty. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 326S Preamp Reviewed

Sep 09, 2009

MartinLogan Descent i Subwoofer Reviewed

The unit is well built and attractive and it also is extremely flexible with its connection and adjustment capabilities. The sound is "extremely good with quick and detailed bass." The setup options on the Descent i allows it to be independently tuned for both music and movies so you can get excellent performance with both Continue Reading
MartinLogan Descent i Subwoofer Reviewed

Sep 09, 2009

Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

Sep 09, 2009

Marantz PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

After 30 years with the company, audio designer Ken Ishiwata is celebrated by Marantz with a line of high-end components. The PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier has 90 watts per channel. Brian Kahn tests it for HTR. Continue Reading
Marantz PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Sep 07, 2009

Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

Krell's only single-chassis preamplifier, the 222, makes a good argument for less is more. With a sound that even after one hour was great, and after 24 hours downright salacious, the 222 proved itself to be among the elite single-chassis preamps on earth. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 222 Preamplifier Reviewed

Sep 04, 2009

Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

The first thing you'll notice about the Cascade is its unique look. They have a "completely distinctive, slim and narrow appearance and they utilize Maximum Radiating Surface (MRS) flat-panel drivers. The sonic signature is "quick, clean and agile" and the overall sound impression is one of "outstanding clarity and resolution, with virtually no sonic blurring or "smear." Continue Reading
Infinity Cascade Model Five Loudspeaker

Sep 03, 2009

Niles IW770FX In-Wall Loudspeaker Reviewed

Niles Audio is one of the absolute leaders in the in-wall speaker category and their IW770FX speakers are some of the biggest and badest out there. For the serious home theater enthusiast - these in-walls have the power and stature to rock your world. Continue Reading
Niles IW770FX In-Wall Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 30, 2009

Ultimate Ears UE11pro In-ear Headphones

There's a reason rock stars use these speakers and now you can discover why... This three-way speaker system actually fits right in your ear. Our review called these headphones "the most neutral, accurate in-ear monitor you can buy" and added "the flavor of these speakers is distinctly professional audio meaning they sound dry"... Continue Reading
Ultimate Ears UE11pro In-ear Headphones

Aug 30, 2009

Etymotic Research ER-4 In-ear Headphones Reviewed

These in-ear headphones are a dream come true: they provide audiophile quality studio monitors that fit in your ear and are designed not to cause hearing damage. They are lightweight and portable. They are also custom fitted to your ears which takes time but is well worth the wait for a perfect fit... Continue Reading
Etymotic Research ER-4 In-ear Headphones Reviewed

Aug 25, 2009

Infinity Cascade Model Nine Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Infinity Cascade Series models are unique among loudspeakers--they don't look like any others, thanks to their slim, narrow curvilinear... Continue Reading
Infinity Cascade Model Nine Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 25, 2009

Infinity Cascade Model Fifteen Powered Subwoofer

The Cascade Model Fifteen "delivers taut, articulate bass, with superior pitch definition." It also features a "sleek, low profile design" that is unique and easy to install. It also "mates perfectly with other Infinity Cascade Series loudspeakers both sonically and in appearance" Continue Reading
Infinity Cascade Model Fifteen Powered Subwoofer

Aug 24, 2009

Aerial Acoustics Model 9 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Aerial Acoustic model 9 is a full-range, floor standing, loudspeaker built to compete with the best in the under-$10,000... Continue Reading
Aerial Acoustics Model 9 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 24, 2009

Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aside from Audio Research and McIntosh there isn't a more renowned US based electronics manufacturer then Conrad Johnson. Their latest ET2 preamplfier sits in the middle of Conrad Johnson's lineup of preamps resting comfortably between their entry level Classic and CT5. Continue Reading
Conrad-Johnson ET2 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 24, 2009

Sony MDR-RF970RK Wireless Headphones Reviewed

Because they are wireless, these Sony headphones give you freedom to roam up to about 150 feet from your audio source without being tethered to it. The system can operate on three frequencies and when you put the headphones back in the cradle of the base, they begin to automatically recharge... Continue Reading
Sony MDR-RF970RK Wireless Headphones Reviewed

Aug 24, 2009

Sony MDR-XB500 Headphones Reviewed

The MDR-XB500 is the mid-range entry in Sony's trio of "extra bass" headphones which are designed to kick out serious low-end response while still providing excellent performance throughout the rest of the frequency range. They style is hip-hop and aimed at younger consumers. They are "extremely comfortable"... Continue Reading
Sony MDR-XB500 Headphones Reviewed

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