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Jan 11, 2009

Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

It turns out the Swiss know how to make a new form factor tube amp just as alluring as their timepieces. Nagra, known in the world of high definition recording as a standard, is a now a player in the illusive world of tube power amps north of $10,000. See how they stack up in this full review. Continue Reading
Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Carmen Universal Player Reviewed

Just to be clear, back in the days when the Theta Carmen was made "Universal" meant something different than today. The Carmen plays DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs and VCDs. No SACDs, no DVD-As, no DVD-HDs or Blu-Rays. No Internet connectivity. Still, built like a brick. Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2009

Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Nic Poulson's newest and more affordable integrated amp design packs an affordable price tag considering it also comes with high end accouterment such as carbon fiber feet and a wicked industrial design. Continue Reading
Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Ken Kessler might not be as into American audio but with it comes to Italian tube anything - you can catch his attention. This Armonia Integrated amp is on the more affordable side of audio obscurity for the US market but it has the sexy lines that we all like from Italian audio, cars and other exports... Continue Reading
Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Your chances of running into a Wharfdale DVDS-750 in the US are slightly better than seeing Sasquatch coming out of the 7-11. But in the UK you might find one at a flea market, but with new players available for under 50 quid, why mess with an early generation DVD player? Still, a good read Continue Reading
Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

The S-3/5 "shine in cramped quarters." This model would "hardly be the choice for bass fetishists" but the midband "simply cossets female vocals." Overall, our reviewer found these speakers "beautifully assembled, sensibly priced [and] almost universal in its unfussiness..." Continue Reading
Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Dreadnaught Amp reviewed

Theta is better known for digital but their Dreadnaught power amp has some serious weight and respect from those who know. Theta, now owned buy Morris Kessler of ATI, packs a lot of heat in the their audiophile amps but this was their first shot over the bow and it was one people took notice of. Continue Reading
Theta Dreadnaught Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

If there were ever an esoteric combination of electronics to grace the pages of Home Theater Review the Sugden Masterclass Preamplifier and Monaural Amplifier would be it. Like spying Loch Ness or being abducted by Aliens the Sugden Masterclass is a rare audiophile combo that not many have heard or even know about. Continue Reading
Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Nakamichi DVD-10 DVD Player Reviewed

Made to withstand even day-in-day-out broadcast use, the Nakamichi DVD-10 player delivers pro-level build quality at a consumer-grade price. If you find one, chances are it will be working perfectly. The DVD-10 was built to last. Continue Reading
Nakamichi DVD-10 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

McIntosh MC2000 Power Amp Reviewed

The McIntosh MC2000 is the type of amp that any audiophile drools over (but hopefully not into) as it has the power, cloud and gravitas to compete with anything from the likes of Krell, Mark Levinson and Audio Research while packing a little bit of audio history into every chassis. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC2000	Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research SR1 Tube Amp Reviewed

This tube-transistor hybrid packs both a retro-wood look with a modern industrial design to deliver from a company known more for single ended tube amps, a sound that is worth of this amp's good looks. Continue Reading
Unison Research SR1 Tube Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quad 989 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Few products are of such great consequence that reviewers both covet and fear them. Imagine the impact of a Linn... Continue Reading
Quad 989 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quad Electrostatic Speakers (ESL 55) reviewed

If the title doesn't say it all, then let us remind you: The original Quad ESL. That display of... Continue Reading
Quad Electrostatic Speakers (ESL 55) reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

MartinLogan Script, Scenarios and Cinema Speakers Reviewed

One of the minor dilemmas associated with audio reviewing is the need to keep a number of systems on the... Continue Reading
MartinLogan Script, Scenarios and Cinema Speakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

EAR EAR864 Preamp Reviewed

EAR makers of some pretty fine tube based audio components have released their latest preamplifier, creatively dubbed the EAR864, from creator Tim de Paravicini, one of audiophillia's heroes and more legendary European designers. Continue Reading
EAR EAR864 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Fase Nimis Integrated Amp Reviewed

While Ken Kessler can't resist taking a pot shot at Apple's industrial design (possibly the most popular ID of any company making any product in the world) en route to reviewing this uber-esoteric Fase Nimis integrated power amp. See if he predicts if Fase's stock will his $400 per share or topple the market capitalization of Microsoft on this full feature. Continue Reading
Fase Nimis Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Croft Vitale Preamp Reviewed

We don't hear a whole lot about boutique style products from across the pond to often for here in the US we have our own icons such as Audio Research, McIntosh and Conrad Johnson. Still, for those with a more adventurous spirit and a worldview there's always Croft and their new Vitale Preamplifier. Continue Reading
Croft Vitale Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 Integrated Amp Reviewed

While the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 integrated amp may not come from the Motorsport Division of BMW it does have that solid build quality and is arguably harder to come by than an M3 with four wheels. Ken Kessler takes this integrated amp for a spin in this full review. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

The Stage One "delivered just the sort of open, airy sound stage I expect...and the mid-band possessed the requisite warmth." The "dynamic contrasts widened" and the "upper registers seemed faster and more precise." Overall, this is a "refined performer which marries BBC-like composure with an ability to provide the bass and levels required of listeners who rock..." Continue Reading
Indigo Stage One Bookshelf Speaker reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

DynAudio Contour T2.5 Speakers Reviewed

DynAudios feature a "sweet, smooth top end and superb retrieval of fine detail." But what made the DynAudios so special "is their capacity for sounding huge." The imaging has a "deliriously wide sound stage and better than average depth." The Contour T2.5 reminded our reviewer of Continue Reading
DynAudio Contour T2.5 Speakers Reviewed

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