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Oct 13, 2009

Mark Levinson No. 436 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

This rack mountable Mark Levinson 350 watt per channel power amp is about as big as the brand makes and is custom designed to power Revel speakers as well as any number of of top performing audiophile speakers. Jerry Del Colliano tells you why these amps were his reference amps for so long. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 436 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 13, 2009

Krell Evolution 900 Monaural Power Amplifiers Reviewed

There might not be a better amp in the marketplace today than the Krell Evolution 900 mono amps. Designed before his departure from Krell by Dan D'agostino there is an "E" version of the amp that saves on power but who really cares when we are talking about this kind of power. With the best bass in the business, the Evo amps have an openness and air Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 900 Monaural Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Oct 13, 2009

Definitive Technology Mythos ST Super Towers Reviewed

The Mythos ST has rapidly become a crowd favorite due to it's reasonable price and exceptional performance. The looks are design friendly and the sound beyond their price point. Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Mythos ST Super Towers Reviewed

Oct 12, 2009

Paradigm Signature SUB 25 Reviewed

The SUB 25 is the biggest, baddest subwoofer in Paradigm's product lineup. On movies, this model was "extremely powerful and capable of reaching down to the lowest octaves with significant power." On music, the SUB 25 "revealed more of the texture of the strings than had any other 12 or 15-inch subwoofer I can recall." Continue Reading
Paradigm Signature SUB 25 Reviewed

Oct 09, 2009

Totem Acoustic Tribe 12-Inch In-Wall Subwoofer

It wasn't that long ago that in-wall subwoofers weren't even a speaker category. Today, with the rise in importance of high end in-wall speakers - in-wall subs have become all of the rage as they take up no floor space. Read the full HomeTheaterReview.com review here. Continue Reading
Totem Acoustic Tribe 12-Inch In-Wall Subwoofer

Oct 09, 2009

Totem Acoustic Wind Design Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Totem Acoustic Wind Design is a unique-looking floor-standing loudspeaker that combines a rakish appearance with extremely high-quality drivers and... Continue Reading
Totem Acoustic Wind Design Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 28, 2009

Cary Audio Xciter DAC Reviewed

Cary's Xciter DAC wowed Jim Swantko with its input flexibility and great sound. With USB 2.0 as well as S/PDIF, Toslink, and BNC inputs, the Xciter can handle all your digital sources. Its only shortcomings are the lack of a remote and balanced XLR outputs, otherwise a home run. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Xciter DAC Reviewed

Sep 27, 2009

Cambridge Audio Azur 840W Amplifier Reviewed

The stereo Azur 840W from Cambridge AUdio has 200 watts per channel, and an understated design that reviewer Jim Swantko wasn't too sure about. He did like that you could bridge the channels to be 500 watts. Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio Azur 840W Amplifier Reviewed

Sep 25, 2009

Dynaudio Sapphire Loudspeaker Reviewed

Danish loudspeaker company Dynaudio is one of the few manufacturers that is both a supplier of raw drivers, and a... Continue Reading
Dynaudio Sapphire Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sep 25, 2009

Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The silk-dome tweeter is "smooth as you-know-what." The fit and finish of this attractive model is "first-rate" and its compact size helps it fit into almost any room. The Excite X12 delivers "excellent sound quality with a smooth midrange and treble and superior imaging and soundstaging as its particular sonic strengths." Continue Reading
Dynaudio Excite X12 Loudspeaker Reviewed

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

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