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Jan 11, 2009

Grado RS-1 Reference Series Headphones

Our reviewer was "bowled over by the sheer clarity" of these headphones and described them as "an utterly naked, translucent, uncolored sound." He added that the "bass extension and control set new standards for open-backed dynamic headphones"... Continue Reading
Grado RS-1 Reference Series Headphones

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Note Conquest Amp Reviewed

Big tubes are the name of the game with the Conquest Amp from Audio Note. It's British-built, and even though its only rated at 18 watts per, it has some amazing performance as we find out in our full review here. Continue Reading
Audio Note Conquest Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

This special signature version of the highly-regarded CD-63II is jam-packed with every facility you'd expect from a CD player, including it's own separate volume control. It differs from the standard model with its over-sized toroidal power supply, anti-vibration chassis, and improved amp modules. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

An engineering marvel, the Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD player has RCA and BNC S/PDIF digital inputs so it can also serve as a DAC. With a Phillips CDM12 pro drive mechanism, the ZZ-Eight is designed to deliver "magical" sound quality without a trace of listener fatigue. Continue Reading
Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research Reference 600 Power Amps Reviewed

This amp means serious business. If the massive size didn't give it away, maybe the VU meters did. It's a tube amp, but its rated at upwards of 600 watts, depending on the speakers. Interested yet? You should be because these tube amps are the state of the art performers. Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference 600 Power Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sennheiser Lucas Headphones

These headphones are unique because they "create a sense of surround sound through a pair of standard stereo headphones." The audiophile will be happy with the 23 buttons on this item which seems intimidating at first, but is all clearly and concisely explained in the manual Continue Reading
Sennheiser Lucas Headphones

Jan 11, 2009

YBA CD3a Player Reviewed

France's YBA CD3a player is a single-chassis unit that tries to emphasize the analog nature of digital music. This top-loading players has its share of Gallic quirks, but for those who insist on an analog sound the CD3a may be just the right combination of musicality and precision. Continue Reading
YBA CD3a Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable Reviewed

This "simple, solid, and highly functional" turntable from Wilson Bensch uses a clever mix of metals, polymers, and advanced composite carbon fiber rods to make a turntable that is as high on its visual wow factor as it is on sonics. The overall results are nothing short of award-winning. Continue Reading
Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Pro Gen V-A Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Theta has always offered outstanding service in regard to upgrades. Any Theta Pro Gen V can be made into a V-A by a trip to the factory. The new A version improves coherence, without compromising its virtues, which include its silky smoothness and lack of any noticeable electronic grain. Continue Reading
Theta Pro Gen V-A Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Concerto GP Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Concerto GP's "bass is so much more extended, so much deeper and rounder...that the liveliness doesn't suffer that uncontrolled feel associated with small speakers as they struggle to cope with the bottom octaves." It combines "a small speaker's energy and vim with a large speaker's sense of authority..." Continue Reading
Sonus faber Concerto GP Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Primaluna Prologue Two Amplifier Reviewed

Primaluna is one of the leading players in the affordable audiophile movement and these guys rock some serious tubes. Ken Kessler calls it his "affordable reference" and looks at this new offering from Primaluna as a breakthrough product. Continue Reading
Primaluna Prologue Two Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Rega Planet Turntable Reviewed

Affordable, reliable, and easy to set up, the Rega Planet has a particular voice that is fast, punchy, and blessed with a smooth and rapid decay. But component matching with the Rega is imperative if you want to avoid its brasher and more aggressive tendencies. Continue Reading
Rega Planet Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quasar LE Turntable Reviewed

The Quasar LE is gorgeous-looking entry into the highly competitive turntable market. With sweet-sounding coherent, yet dynamic sound the Quasar LE ranks as the quietest sub $3000 turntable around that still embraces its true analog nature. Continue Reading
Quasar LE Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

NVA AP10 Integrated Amp Review

It is so minimalist, it doesn't even look like an integrated amp. Its 15 watts, but don't let that discourage you. Its performance is far greater than its power rating, or meager price, would dare suggest. Continue Reading
NVA AP10 Integrated Amp Review

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

While it may look vintage and original the Model 7 from Marantz, like the Quad II Reissue, is a newly manufactured throwback designed to give audiophiles a taste of the golden age if they were unable to enjoy it the first go-round. Continue Reading
Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Arcam Solo Integrated Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Arcam has picked up in the United States market where Linn left off and player like Anthem and NAD dominate. Value audio is all the rage and Arcam delivers in spaces. Their Solo Integrated amp is a kick ass solution for audiophiles and lifestyle users alike. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Arcam Solo Integrated Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

SET amps are all the rage, and the Nemisis from Arion has a lot going for it to distinguish itself from the crowd. First, it's cheap(ish) compared to many, it also looks pretty different from the rest. Is it any good? We find out. Continue Reading
Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

This early 2000's vintage Audio Research tube power amp harkens back to a day of older ARC designs yet packs the newest tube design power from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ken Kessler takes a long look at this wonderful tube amp in this full review. Continue Reading
Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Entry-level Krell gear? Say it ain't so. Of course, "entry-level" for Krell doesn't exactly mean "cheap" nor does it mean low-powered. With 250-watts per channel, the 250a is hard-core. We check it out, and the matching 250p preamp. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Grado SR40 Headphones Reviewed

These headphones are the least expensive of the Grado line and beware: our reviewer said that even half-volume "is enough to make your teeth rattle" and is "a rock'n'rolling party animal designed to ensure that hearing damage is within your grasp if you so choose." They also worked well with many different types of machines Continue Reading
Grado SR40 Headphones Reviewed

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