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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

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

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