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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

Jan 10, 2009

Audio Research LS16 Preamp Reviewed

Audio Research is on a tare, by which I mean a streak of quality, affordable, tube amps and preamps, which now includes the LS16 preamplifier reviewed here. Born from the now infamous Ref 1 the LS16 is a whole lot of preamp goodness for not a whole lot of money as Home Theater Review found out first hand. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS16 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 06, 2009

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 6000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Bang & Olufsen, also known as B&O, has been making stylish powered loudspeakers for lifestyle-oriented consumers for years. While B&O... Continue Reading
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 6000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 06, 2009

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 8000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Offering aesthetics any modern interior designer would die for, the powered Beolab 8000 speaker can be used with anything from an iPod to high end separates. While visually striking for true full range sound a subwoofer might be necessary. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 8000 Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sonus faber Cremona Loudspeaker Reviewed

The Sonus Faber Cremona "delivers sublime performance while acknowledging that people have to look at/live with the equipment." It delivers "bass which belies its size" and will "disappoint only the brain-damaged." These speakers "never wavered when faced with bombastic material, or when asked on occasion to play louder than my norm..." Continue Reading
Sonus faber Cremona Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Croft Chameleon Integrated Amp Reviewed

Ken Kessler takes a long look at Croft's very affordable Chameleon integrated amp that competes more in the world of NAD than Audio Research, Krell and Mark Levinson. Value always sells. Read Ken's conclusions here. Continue Reading
Croft Chameleon Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) 602 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Our reviewer found that the 602 Series "delivers so much back for the buck that it's almost freakish." When setting the system up, if you pay attention to the usual tweaks, "you will be rewarded with such exceptional performance that you'll hug your retailer. The bass is "deep and well-extended" Continue Reading
Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) 602 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

McIntosh C2200 Amp Reviewed

Bursting into tearful, words of joy - audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler, rejoices over McIntosh Labs' decision to make non-limited edition version of their lust-worthy tube electronics including this sexy C2200 power amp. Continue Reading
McIntosh C2200 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Ion Amaze featured a "punchy forwardness...accompanied by a rich upper-bass to lower-treble region." The sound quality suggests that "five of these would make a helluva surround sound system for not a whole lot of money." The shape of the soundstage was "ultra-wide" but it had only "medium front-to-back depth...." Continue Reading
Loth-X Ino Amaze Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sim Audio Moon Integrated Amp Reviewed

One of the best Canadian exports since Wayne Gretzky (the great one) comes Sim Audio's Moon products. The Moon Integrated amp has received critical acclaim worldwide for its high value offerings for the music loving enthusiast. Is this the perfect integrated amp for one of your systems? Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Sim Audio Moon Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Krell DVD Standard DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Krell's first DVD player was built so beautifully that it almost doesn't matter that its performance has been eclipsed by Krell's newer offerings. Still solid, visually impressive and sonically spectacular, the DVD Standard ranks as a classic. Continue Reading
Krell DVD Standard DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Red Rose Music Rosette 1 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Mark Levinson never made anything affordable at Cello yet his Red Rose Music broke some price barriers that audiophiles have never seen. While not made anymore, the Red Rose Music products have become somewhat collectable. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Red Rose Music Rosette 1 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research SP16 Tube Preamp Reviewed

The SP16 from Audio Research is a bit of a departure for the Minneapolis based brand in that it lacks a lot of Audio Research's trademark visual style, possessing no chunky black rack handles or WWII era control knobs. However it does sport a fancy new remote and connection options not usually seen on a tube based preamplifier at its price. Continue Reading
Audio Research SP16 Tube Preamp Reviewed

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