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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

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

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