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Jul 20, 2009

EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

The combination of the TSD1 and DAC2 wills et you back more than $20K, but can produce amazing sound with no digital glare or edginess. Even sources such as an old Airport Express sound remarkable through the DAC2. The TSM1 transport was the smoothest transport we've heard. Continue Reading
EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

Jul 13, 2009

NAD C 725BEE Stereo Receiver Reviewed

Reviewer Jim Swantko said the NAD C 725BEE "lived up to the musically meaningful torture test, earning top sonic grades." When playing an acoustic, live CD, the NAD "could make the highs sparkle and capture the three-dimensionality of the acoustic setting" which left him "captivated." Continue Reading
NAD C 725BEE Stereo Receiver Reviewed

Jun 29, 2009

Avid Acutus Reference Turntable Reviewed

Avid's top of the line turntable, the Actus, uses a 10 lb. platter, computer-designed suspension, hand-built motor, and an outboard specially designed power supply. With aesthetics that are beyond reproach, the Actus would look at home in even the most uber-expensive system. Continue Reading
Avid Acutus Reference Turntable Reviewed

Jun 29, 2009

JBL Project Everest DD66000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The JBL Project Everest DD66000 is the most ambitious loudspeaker in the history of JBL--and that's saying something considering... Continue Reading
JBL Project Everest DD66000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jun 22, 2009

Nola Viper Reference II Loudspeakers Reviewed

There are many specialty audio brands that may not be well-recognized by the general public, yet which have the admiration... Continue Reading
Nola Viper Reference II Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jun 15, 2009

Paradigm Studio 100 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

The 100 5.1s "throw a huge soundstage with well-defined images, without pinpointing the speakers as the sonic source and vocals are reproduced with full-bodied warmth. When watching films, "the subwoofer blended well with the front speakers, never calling attention to itself while providing a very solid bass foundation Continue Reading
Paradigm Studio 100 5.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Jun 12, 2009

NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

Priced at $499, and situated one slot below the NAD Classic line, the C545BEE uses the latest Burr Brown 24-bit DACs, accepts CD-R/W and will play MP3 and WMA files. Called a "gateway drug to the high end," this player gives you a taste of what great sound is all about. Continue Reading
NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

Jun 07, 2009

Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

Known for high end, audiophile grade AV receivers and source components comes an iPod dock worthy of the Marantz name. Brian Kahn takes a long look at the Marantz IS301 iPod dock in his reference AV system. Continue Reading
Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

Jun 06, 2009

Cambridge Audio DacMagic D/A Converter Reviewed

With both balanced and single-ended outputs as well as inputs for USB, SPDIF, and Toslink, the DacMagic is a very full-featured and fine-sounding DAC that won't break the bank. Its asynchronous upsampling converts signals to 96/24 for internal processing. It also sounds very nice. Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio DacMagic D/A Converter Reviewed

May 18, 2009

Bowers & Wilkins CT 700 Series Loudspeakers Reviewed

Our reviewer described the CT 700s as "juggernauts," adding, "The bass was about as visceral as I've ever experienced in a home/studio environment and possessed tremendous poise, composure and balance throughout." Meanwhile, the midrange "really Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins CT 700 Series Loudspeakers Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Grado SR80i Dynamic Headphones Reviewed

Grado is a company well known to audiophiles and products like this one show why. The sound quality is "worth the price tag ($99) and then some" and the sound is "smooth and neutral without the exaggerated bass and treble that some lesser designs are plagued by"... Continue Reading
Grado SR80i Dynamic Headphones Reviewed

May 11, 2009

Infinity Classia Series C336 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Infinity is a company known for loudspeakers that combine attractive styling with high-tech driver design. The Classia C336 floor-standing... Continue Reading
Infinity Classia Series C336 Loudspeaker Reviewed

May 11, 2009

JBL ES90 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The JBL ES90 is part of the legendary speaker company's mainstream ES Series lineup of home theater and music loudspeakers.... Continue Reading
JBL ES90 Loudspeakers Reviewed

May 11, 2009

JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

The JBL On Air Control 2.4TG eliminates the need to run wires between the signal source and the speakers and has a transmission range of up to 70 feet. This model "are a sonic cut above other wireless models" and "sound as good as comparable wired models Continue Reading
JBL On Air Control 2.4G Wireless Speaker System

May 09, 2009

Bang & Olufsen Form 2 Headphones Reviewed

This always reliable company produces headphones that "sound wonderful" and possess "incredible dynamic prowess, high-frequency detail and surprising true bass response." In addition, the "high-frequency response is light, airy and natural" while midrange is a strength and "warm, rich and very non-headphone sounding" Continue Reading
Bang & Olufsen Form 2 Headphones Reviewed

May 09, 2009

Infinity PSW310W Wireless Subwoofer Review

By being wireless, the PSW310W allows the subwoofer to be installed in a much greater variety of locations. The design was elegant and the subwoofer's CMMD drivers "deliver a punchy, articulate bass." Overall, it "delivers high-performance that's low-end for the price." Continue Reading
Infinity PSW310W Wireless Subwoofer Review

May 08, 2009

Audio-Technica ATH-PRO5VA Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

Because of the comparatively large 40mm drivers, the sound quality on these headphones is "rich and dynamic" and "like all good headphones, they sound spacious and dimensional, delivering an immense listening experience in the true sense of the word"... Continue Reading
Audio-Technica ATH-PRO5VA Closed-Back Dynamic Headphones

May 07, 2009

JBL Project Array 1400 Array Loudspeaker

The JBL Project Array series of home theater and music loudspeakers is one of JBL's high-end speaker lines, incorporating professional-quality... Continue Reading
JBL Project Array 1400 Array Loudspeaker

May 05, 2009

McIntosh MC275 Stereo Power Amplifier Reviewed

Still built in upstate New York, McIntosh is one of the most famous and respected audiophile brands in the US. The MC275 tube amp is a redux of one of their original models from back in 1961. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC275 Stereo Power Amplifier Reviewed

May 05, 2009

JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the sound quality of the Control NOW's. The bass response was "surprisingly robust...and not overly colored or boomy" while the midrange and treble are "clear and open, and the transition from bass to treble is smooth." Furthermore, the elbow macaroni shaped design allows it to be located in many places within a room. Continue Reading
JBL Control NOW Loudspeaker Reviewed

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