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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

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

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