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Jan 11, 2009

REL Strata III Subwoofer reviewed

Appearance wise, the REL Strata III "seems like a piece of furniture worth displaying." It features REL's ABC filtering circuit...When watching movies, the most effective justification "proved to be 'atmospherics' such as the ambient sound inside the U-boat and the under-water sequences" Continue Reading
REL Strata III Subwoofer reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

DCS Delius DAC Reviewed

Regarded by some hi-fi experts as the finest converters money can buy, the DCS Delius DAC makes a strong argument in favor of this opinion. Beautifully constructed and elegantly designed, the Delius qualifies as a classic piece of digital kit, worthy of being in the finest stereos. Continue Reading
DCS Delius DAC Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

Our reviewer noted that "This speaker is (sonically) so close to perfect as to be upsetting." He was "struck by a solid-central image which I had ever experienced before." Image height was "superlative, if not quite the best I've experienced" and he noted "the speakers did the best disappearing act I've EVER heard from a box-type speaker..." Continue Reading
Wharfdale Diamond 8.1 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Musical Fidelity 3D Compact Disc Player reviewed

The last CD player from Musical Fidelity that used nuvistors output tubes. A CD-only device, the 3D has digital outputs, but its analog outputs are where the magic is. Long of tooth? Yes, but still worthy of note as a very fine CD player. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity 3D Compact Disc Player reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

Krell's KAV-280 CD player has a level of build quality that makes you think it will still be around in 100 years. With its mechanically isolated transport mechanism and state-of-the -art analog circuits the KAV-280 still does wonders for Redbook CDs. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-280cd player, KAV-300iL and LAT-2 speaker reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

LOTH-X JI-300 Amp Reviewed

Normally eight watts per channel scares the hell out of Ken Kessler but it didn't take him long to fall in love with the Loth-X JI-300 tube power amps. Compared to a dinner at Gordon Ramsay's place - see if this exotic tube amp lives up to the Petrus comparisons in this review. Continue Reading
LOTH-X JI-300 Amp Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Theta Intrepid Amp Reviewed

The little brother of Theta Digital's well reviewed Dreadnaught power amp is the Theta Intrepid. While still rocking the battleship analogies - this amp is a little lighter, less powerful but still very stout. Continue Reading
Theta Intrepid Amp Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

MartinLogan Theater and Ascent Loudspeaker Review

Let's start with the name: in its transition from manufacturer of tweaky (yet utterly gorgeous) full-range electrostatics, to being the... Continue Reading
MartinLogan Theater and Ascent Loudspeaker Review

Jan 10, 2009

Sonus faber Gravis Subwoofer reviewed

This very attractive looking Italian-made model "feels as substantial as it looks...The Gravis conveys mass and power more than capable of overwhelming my 14x22 foot room...the Gravis can also show finesse...and exhibits delicacy and detail and precision" Continue Reading
 Sonus faber Gravis Subwoofer reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Croft Series V-C Amp reviewed

Ken Kessler takes this stereo power amp to task for both its tacky industrial design as well as its dual volume controls. Read how far he is willing to go in tearing into this audiophile offering. Continue Reading
Croft Series V-C Amp reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Red Rose Music Model 5 Integrated Amp and Baby System Reviewed

Post-Cello Mark Levinson electronics for your review-reading pleasure here. Ken Kessler takes a look at this imported tube integrated as well as Levinson's Baby music system which was oddly borrowed from his entry level Cello rig. Continue Reading
Red Rose Music Model 5 Integrated Amp and Baby System Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

The BS1 "sounds bigger than it has any right to, its soundstage is eerily deep and wide, and--best of all--it has a mid-band oozing warmth, with a natural flow which favours unplugged material." These speakers may be among the easiest loads going...and you get fine-tuning potential..." Continue Reading
LOTH-X ION BS1 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II Cartridge Reviewed

With its pearwood body, alnico magnets, moving coil design, and elliptical stylus made from long-grain boron the Pearwood Celebration II is "magical" with superb front to back depth and excellent bass control, and a glorious midrange. Is it worth its cost? You betcha! Continue Reading
Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Spendor S-3 Subwoofer Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the way the Sub-3 performed overall. The Spendor's sound quality is "smooth" especially when it is playing pure music, and it offers "finesse and subtlety." While its appearance was exactly what one would expect from a subwoofer, it scored well in acoustics Continue Reading
Spendor S-3 Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

WAVAC Amp Reviewed

WAVAC could very well be called "WAY BACK" by its industrial design. Packing 15 whole watts of tubey power - this amp is just what the audiophiles in Asia long for. Is this the right audiophile amp for you? Ken Kessler takes a long look here. Continue Reading
 WAVAC Amp Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Trilogy RC211 Power Amps Reviewed

In the mood for some good car analogies and Anglo-self-loathing - then I have the review for you. Amazingly, Ken Kessler ends up loving this esoteric amp. Who could have guessed it from the introduction but you never know. Continue Reading
Trilogy RC211 Power Amps Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

OK - so we promised that October's coverage of the Cicable crossover and the Stirling would be the last... Continue Reading
Spendor S3 Speakers Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

EAR Paravicini M100A/312 Tube Amp Reviewed

Halcro can kiss Tim de Paravanici's ass with these statement sized, solid state monoblocks. For those who need, want and desire truly high power output for their music system comes an English amp that is something truly unique and special. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
EAR Paravicini M100A/312 Tube Amp Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Grado Statement Reference Cartridge

Grado's top model cartridge was mounted in a Basis 2500 turntable and a Basis/Rega tonearm. With a hollow alloy cantilever and an elliptically shaped tip, the Statement Reference is Joe Grado's latest thinking on how to make a great cartridge. And, it is an absolute killer. Continue Reading
Grado Statement Reference Cartridge

Jan 10, 2009

London Super Gold Cartridge Reviewed

The latest incarnation of Decca London's classic stereo phono cartridge lives up to its inheritance. With a golden colored computer-machined solid aluminum body body, line contact stylus, the Super Gold melts Ken Kessler's icy heart. Continue Reading
London Super Gold Cartridge Reviewed

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