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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

Jan 11, 2009

Copland CDA 266 Compact Disc Player reviewed

A single-box CD player from Copeland uses complementary class A analog circuit topology along with Pacific Microsonics PMD100 x8 oversampling filter and a pair of Burr-Brown PCM 65P 20-bit collinear converters to create a polite and refined sound that avoids being lean or hygienic. Continue Reading
Copland CDA 266 Compact Disc Player reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

B&W Solid Sub/Sat Speaker System Reviewed

This model's appearance is "as attractive as a cube can get" but what will truly impress you is the sound. Our reviewer found that listeners will get "pleasant, musical, never-aggravating delivery, with exceptional sound spread and ridiculously accurate pin-point imaging" and the unit's "odd touches of greatness make you take notice..." Continue Reading
B&W Solid Sub/Sat Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

If you're going to go the integrated amp route, why not do it right with that ultimate of audio brands, Audio Research. The CA-50 is a 56lb beast with big tubes and all the sound quality you'd expect from ARC. Continue Reading
Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Italians know quite a few things about design, just look at Ferrari or Armani. Their AV companies don't shy from that label either. Take, for example, the gorgeous GM20 tube amp from GRAAF. Continue Reading
GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Amps don't have to look boring. The V-20 from EAR, for example, puts out its 24 watts per channel with a visual aplomb hard to find elsewhere in the AV world. Built to look like a V-12, and perform like one as well... Continue Reading
EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

British, esoteric and code-named - this is a good start for audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler. See what conclusions he draws from his review of the Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated amp here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Garrard 501 Turntable Reviewed

Turntable pioneer Garrard is back with their latest model 501. With a chassis milled from solid aluminum billets, a custom-made motor, and three separate chassis. While not as free of mechanically borne noises as Linn's LP-12, the 501 is a new take on the idler mechanism drive. Continue Reading
Garrard 501 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta DaViD DVD-Player Reviewed

It plays CDs as well as DVDs and does it in a special solid way that Theta has been known for. A buffered and re-clocked digital data stream benefits from special low-flux transformers and high-isolation power supplies. Used as a transport the DaViD will keep up with almost anything out there. Continue Reading
Theta DaViD DVD-Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Although there is no detailed research to back up my guesstimate, I'd hazard that, based on my limited attendance at... Continue Reading
Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

ATC A7 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The sound on the A7s was so "highly tuned that it lets you hear the differences in stand...yet it never seems too pushy." As for the bass, its "smooth and bump-free, fading down to its lower limits rather than cutting off abruptly...At the other end, the treble is equally smooth and almost unbelievably free of sibilance..." Continue Reading
ATC A7 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Wait - a rate Ken Kessler Audio Research review that isn't packed with compliments? It can't be - can it? Ken takes offense to the new look of the ARC VSi55 Integrated amp but sure as hell can't pick on the sound as ARC rules supreme on all of our world's. Continue Reading
Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Another Richard Allan design from overseas woos, Ken Kessler with its Class-A (not to be confused with Classe') operation in the esoteric Sugden A21 power amp. Continue Reading
Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Yes Sonus faber makes an amp. Yes, it comes in a wood case and has the same Italian hand craftsmanship that you'd expect from their wonderful speakers. Does it pack the audio power of Mark Levinson, Krell or ARC? Read the review to find out. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

Ken Kessler compares the Unison Research Simply 845 tube power amp to an Audio Note Ongonku for one fifth of the price. Can this sexy, yet affordable amp live up to this much audiophile hype. Read more to find out. Continue Reading
Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

Jan 11, 2009

Ruark Epilogue Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Epilogue "is a clever, 'grown up' package, with no visible compromises." The midband is "clear and detailed, with hints of warmth that might be used to tame aggressive solid-state amps of the budget variety" while the upper frequencies were "imparting a delicious sense of coherence, the join between the mid/bass driver and tweeter are impossible to detect..." Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2009

Opera Platea Loudspeakers Reviewed

Plateas creates a sound with "a lot more weight and impact...while retaining the light touch and speed." This model also "has more bass to call upon" but is still "well-rounded and non-aggressive" but still allows the Plateas to cope with rap or techno music. It also has excellent sound with "subtle harmonies and textures..." Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2009

Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

There isn't much to say about the Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amplifier from designer Bill Beard because frankly his products are so esoteric and exclusive they're akin to catching a glimpse of a snow leopard in the wild. With its retro styling and classic tube configuration the BB 30-60 is sure to please the audiophile lucky enough to find one in the wild. Continue Reading
Beard BB 30-60 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research has been making some of the finest preamplifiers the industry has ever known for years and like many top luxury car brands they've taken their best and allowed it to "trickle down" to less expensive products such as the LS25 reviewed here, possessing reference like performance at a fraction of the cost. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS25 Preamp Reviewed

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