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Jan 19, 2009

Marantz SR6003 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Appearance wise, this receiver is "crazy, sexy and cool," while the sound the SR6003's two-channel music performance "had me grinning ear to ear at just how outstanding the sound quality was." When using surround sound, the performance was "beautifully balanced and the level of nuance and detail...veiled in comparison" Continue Reading
Marantz SR6003 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Jan 12, 2009

Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

Resting amidst the middle of the family tree the LS26 form Audio Research doesn't suffer from middle child syndrome for it isn't easily overlooked thanks in part to its classic good looks, large digital display, remote control operation and superb sonic character. Oh, and don't forget it's rather affordable by reference standards. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS26 Preamplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

AMC CVT 3030 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Sporting 30-watts for each of its channels, the CVT 3030 from AMC is under $1,000, but performs like it costs much, much more. Is it enough to give the big boys a run for their money? We find out in this Ken Kessler review. Continue Reading
AMC CVT 3030 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Beam Echo Tube Amp Reviewed

It's a name from the past, but with 30 watts, an incredible frequency response, and an impressively low THD for a tube amp, the DL7-35's performance belies its 40th anniversary status. Continue Reading
Beam Echo Tube Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

This "entry-level" Chroma D to A converter from Theta handles both Toslink and coaxial digital inputs and has a single pair of analog outputs. Two versions are available - with or without HDCD processing. Both versions have their advantages, which are described fully in the review. Continue Reading
Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Rogers db101 Speakers Reviewed

The Rogers db101 is designed to be "headbanging equipment wreckers" and to play loudly. As our reviewer said, "keep this in mind if you're an apartment dweller. The db101s do not assume the proximity of complaisant neighbors." Performance wise, the speaker has "suck finesse in midband, such impressive Continue Reading
Rogers db101 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

The Quad II Reissue Preamp is a modernized re-release of Quad's original classic, the II preamp, for those unwilling to take a leap of faith on the vintage original. Looking virtually identical and featuring many of the same parts-not to mention tube compliment, the Quad II Reissue Preamp retains all the magic that made the original so timeless. Continue Reading
Quad II Reissue Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

NVA AP50 Amp Reviewed

Skipping all the extraneous and focusing just on the sound is what NVA is all about. The AP50 has 50 watts and a scaled down aesthetic that is sure to please the purist. We take it for a spin and check it out. Continue Reading
NVA AP50 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

The Unison Research Mystery One Preamplifier is one of those esoteric audiophile offerings that will excite some, confuse others and remain a mystery to most. Home Theater Review got its hands on a prototype model and put it through its paces and found it to be a unique, though polite performer. Continue Reading
Unison Research Mystery One Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

NuForce is one of the newest high end players in the audiophile game with a line up of Class-D "switching" amps that run cool and are small in size. This book-sized amp can put out a small amount of power but is perfect for desktop and other small audio applications. Read more here. Continue Reading
NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Krell KAV-300i Integrated Amp reviewed

Known for their blisteringly powerful amps, the idea of a small, integrated amp isn't something most would expect. Rated at 150 watts per channel, though, is more like it. Big power, small size, we're intrigued. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-300i Integrated Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

The German-made Imago CD transport is massive in size and performance. With its carefully tuned internal suspension, machined synthetic material sub-chassis, the Imago was created to be an all out assault on the problems of spinning a CD perfectly. You will love or hate its unique looks. Continue Reading
Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

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

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