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Aug 24, 2009

Wilson Audio Series 2 Alexandria X2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

I will never forget begging Christopher Hansen like a kid who desperately wants an ice cream cone or some new... Continue Reading
Wilson Audio Series 2 Alexandria X2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Aug 23, 2009

Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Aug 23, 2009

Meridian DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeakers Reviewed

Meridian is likely best known for being the company that made the first meaningful high end Compact Disc player or... Continue Reading
Meridian DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeakers Reviewed

Aug 20, 2009

Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Reviewer Jim Swantko was impressed by the 5B, indicating "their sound is as powerful as any monitor I have ever heard and delivers bass much deeper than expected...The 5Bs image beautifully and have an extended frequency range thanks to titanium tweeters, which are open and responsive but never fatiguing..." Continue Reading
Aerial Acoustics 5B Monitor Loudspeaker Reviewed

Aug 20, 2009

Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Knowing that audiophilia knows no economic bounds, the PM5003 from Marantz is only $449.99. A great price for 36 watts per channel and a variety of inputs. We test it out and see if it holds up. Continue Reading
Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 20, 2009

Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

We've all been there, lusting after a manufacturer's flagship effort only to realize we, ourselves, don't have the funds necessary to obtain it. Well, Conrad Johnson has introduced their new Classic line of products, including their Classic Preamplifier that hopes to give audiophiles on a budget a taste of the high-end without the high-end price tag. Continue Reading
Conrad-Johnson Classic Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 19, 2009

Paradigm Signature S8 v.2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

When it comes to top-flight speakers designed for peak performance at price levels a imed at the Everyman, no... Continue Reading
Paradigm Signature S8 v.2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Aug 17, 2009

Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

Cary Audio has been making some of the finest tube based audiophile electronics for years and their new, two chassis, SLP-05 is their best preamp to date according to Home Theater Review writer Jim Swantko who not only gushed over it he bought it. Continue Reading
Cary Audio SLP-05 Preamplifier Reviewed

Aug 16, 2009

Meyer Sound X-10 Powered Loudspeakers

Meyer is not a well-known brand with consumers. "These speakers are made by engineers for engineers," our reviewer noted. "There is nothing sexy about the X-10s. That is until you turn them on and listen." With regard to sound, these speakers "kick the hell out of nearly every consumer speaker in the market in term of dynamics and power. Continue Reading
Meyer Sound X-10 Powered Loudspeakers

Aug 13, 2009

Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

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. Continue Reading
Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

Aug 12, 2009

Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

The sound quality of the Focal XS 2.1 "was better than I had heard from other similarly-sized systems." The mid-range was "clean and smooth" while bass was "articulate and full, but ran out of steam with bass-heavy tracks." Overall, the XS 2.1 "is a clean and efficient way to add both powered speakers and an iPod dock to your computer system." Continue Reading
Focal XS 2.1 Speaker System with iPod Dock

Aug 11, 2009

Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Desktop audio is becoming more and more popular, and the Xciter line from Cary is poised to dominate. Featuring a USB DAC and this tube integrated amp that should both live up to its name. Jim Swantko tests it out. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 10, 2009

Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Tower Speaker Reviewed

Floor-standing speakers that produce full-range sound often take up valuable floor space and become a bit of a focal point... Continue Reading
Aperion Audio Intimus 4T Tower Speaker Reviewed

Aug 10, 2009

Aperion Audio Intimus 6T Tower Speaker Reviewed

In these uncertain economic times, one thing is certain: home theater enthusiasts and audiophiles alike still want to partake in... Continue Reading
Aperion Audio Intimus 6T Tower Speaker Reviewed

Aug 02, 2009

Anthem Statement P5 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

It may look stylish, but that's not the only thing the P5 from Anthem has going for it. With a substantial 325 watts for each of its five channels, or an amazing 500 watts into four channels, the P5 will drive any speakers without breaking a sweat. Continue Reading
Anthem Statement P5 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 02, 2009

Anthem 225 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Packed with, you guessed it, 225 watts, the 225 from Anthem has a lot more power than your average integrated amp. Even more impressive is its price tag: only $1,499. Andrew Robinson gets one it to put it through its paces. Continue Reading
Anthem 225 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 02, 2009

Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo Receiver Reviewed

Outlaw has made its name building high-quality, high-end audiophile gear, at budget prices. The $699 RR2150 lives up to that reputation with 100-watts per channel, a USB input, and even a phono input. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo Receiver Reviewed

Aug 02, 2009

Decware SE84C+ Zen Triode Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Going a different route with their amp, Decware's SE84C+ is a single ended triode amp with, wait for it... 2.3 watts into 4 ohms. That jumps to a whopping five watts in bridged mode. But as Andrew Robinson finds, power isn't everything in the world of single ended tubes. Continue Reading
Decware SE84C+ Zen Triode Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Jul 27, 2009

Polk SurroundBar 50 Sound Bar Reviewed

The longest soundbar in the Polk Audio product line up, this product is designed to match more with HDTVs in the 50 inch category. The SurroundBar 50 uses Polk's Stereo Dimension Array Technology (SDA as they call it). Continue Reading
Polk SurroundBar 50 Sound Bar Reviewed

Jul 27, 2009

Polk SurroundBar 360 DVD Theater Reviewed

This soundbar is more of a complete DVD home theater system wrapped around the form of a traditional soundbar. At $899, the Polk SurroundBar 360 is a pretty affordable way to get good sound from today's HDTVs without breaking the bank. Continue Reading
Polk SurroundBar 360 DVD Theater Reviewed

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