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Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

While unique in shape and style the Nu-Vista isn't unique in the way it sounds, which Home Theater Review found to be exceptional. While it's configuration may prove to be challenging in some systems there's no mistaking its audiophile soul for anything other than musical. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Simon Yorke Turntable Reviewed

Pricy, beautiful, elegant, outlandish are all accurate descriptions of the Simon Yorke turntable. Made in England, this turntable is among a handful of designs that vie for the title "best." Like most high-performance turntables, the Yorke must be set up right for optimum performance. Continue Reading
Simon Yorke Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

While Marantz may be largely focused on home theater products as of late there's still an audiophile heart beating within the manufacturer's walls evident in the release of their PM-17 preamp, which captures a lot of the classic Marantz magic but in a far more modern design. Continue Reading
Marantz PM-17 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

The all-tube LS8 line stage from Audio Research is the brands entry-level audiophile preamp though you wouldn't know it from its superb musicality and soul, not to mention its vast array of inputs and options. While it may not be quite up to par with Audio Researches famous Ref 5 the LS8 is no slouch. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS8 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Ruark Solus Loudspeakers Reviewed

It was only a matter of time before Ruark added an entry-level model to its flagship series. I'm completely puzzled... Continue Reading
Ruark Solus Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

REL Q200E Subwoofer Reviewed

While not the most attractive looking model, the REL Q200E delivers some rather impressive sound. Our reviewer noted that the REL "is one fast little sucker...the speakers it worked with best were those with intrinsically snappy bass--whatever their lowest usable frequencies" Continue Reading
REL Q200E Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Denon DVD-2500 DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Sort of a "poor man's DVD-5000" the DVD-2500 delivers all the performance of its larger sibling, with deliciously solid lower registers and a well-balanced harmonic texture that fits easily into a variety of systems, the DVD-2500 ranks as a great value in the Denon Line. Continue Reading
Denon DVD-2500 DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Bow Technologies Wizard Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Top-loading Bow Technologies Wizard looks like a natural metal sculpture than melds aesthetic with functional. Although it can be used as a transport, a good part of the Wizard's sonic allure is a result of it's fine D/A and carefully designed and built analog output circuit. Continue Reading
Bow Technologies Wizard Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

A somewhat affordable reference leader from Italy the Graff 13.5B II is the update to their well reviewed, though rarely seen, 13.5B. Competing against the likes of Audio Research and Conrad Johnson the Graff preamp is a tube-based design with solid-state capabilities according to Home Theater Review. Continue Reading
Graaf 13.5B II Preamp Review

Jan 11, 2009

B&W Nautilus 805 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 805 produces a "seamless, wall-to-wall sonic stage, with a texture that can only be described as 'silky.'" Better still, it delivers "the kind of bass you only dream about from such a small speaker...the 805 never sounds like it's struggling to convey mass, weight or extension." It also "manages to provide the detail and precision" listeners will crave. Continue Reading
B&W Nautilus 805 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Karis has a "fetching midband" and it "adores" vocals which "came through clear, detailed and untrammelled. What lifts the Karis above the pack of most small speakers is that "size-related compromises are only evident if you choose the wrong amplifier..." Continue Reading
Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 2M is ALR's least expensive system. It will "satisfy a craving for clean, extended treble with a trace of sweetness and an absence of nasties." Its sound is "more considered and natural." The midband is "also affected, the richer, more extended bottom somehow warming up vocals and acoustic instruments..." Continue Reading
ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity is one of those brands that seems to go in and out of fashion with American audiophiles, one minute Musical Fidelity is here and the next it isn't, still there's one Music Fidelity product line all audiophiles can agree is simply awesome and that is their Nu-Vista line, anchored by the 300 Preamp reviewed here. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

While LP enthusiasts will be horrified that Linn would use the number "12" for anything besides their beloved turntable, the CD 12 attempts to do for CDs what the LP12 did for LPs. The CD 12 represents a solid player that looks good and performs nicely with red-book CDs. Continue Reading
Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Stax SR-001 Mk 2 Headphones Reviewed

Stax has a reputation for making products to suit the discerning audiophile. These are no exception. Described by our reviewer as "the best value high-end headphone in the universe," the Mk2 is "more appealing in overall naturalness" then it's highly regarded predecessor, the Mk1... Continue Reading
Stax SR-001 Mk 2 Headphones Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

This beautifully made turntable defines the very essence of what analog sound is all about. Stunning in looks and performance, the Basis 1400 can be the beating heart of an exemplary analog system even though it is Basis least expensive offering. Continue Reading
Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

In 30 years as an audio casualty, I must have played with over 4000 different components. Some have been forgettable,... Continue Reading
Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Roksan's Caspian model five channel amplifier is the first amplifier model from the company to truly aspire to be a home theater amp. Does it rise to those aspirations? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 602 S2 is the closest B&W comes to a budget model. Soundwise, "special mention goes to the stage depth, which is slightly greater than the width." The sound has "top-to-bottom coherence" and "long term listenability" that did not cause our reviewer to feel fatigued even after listening for six hours... Continue Reading
B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

Pathos Twin Tower power amps were named long before the reference would carry another meaning. Their sexy, Italian styling appeals to Anglophile and audiophile Ken Kessler much in the same way that Unison research does. See which amp is better. Continue Reading
Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

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