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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

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

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