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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

Jan 11, 2009

Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Karis has a "fetching midband" and it "adores" vocals which "came through clear, detailed and untrammelled. What lifts the Karis above the pack of most small speakers is that "size-related compromises are only evident if you choose the wrong amplifier..." Continue Reading
Diapason Karis Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 2M is ALR's least expensive system. It will "satisfy a craving for clean, extended treble with a trace of sweetness and an absence of nasties." Its sound is "more considered and natural." The midband is "also affected, the richer, more extended bottom somehow warming up vocals and acoustic instruments..." Continue Reading
ALR Entry 2M Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity is one of those brands that seems to go in and out of fashion with American audiophiles, one minute Musical Fidelity is here and the next it isn't, still there's one Music Fidelity product line all audiophiles can agree is simply awesome and that is their Nu-Vista line, anchored by the 300 Preamp reviewed here. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista 300 Preamp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

While LP enthusiasts will be horrified that Linn would use the number "12" for anything besides their beloved turntable, the CD 12 attempts to do for CDs what the LP12 did for LPs. The CD 12 represents a solid player that looks good and performs nicely with red-book CDs. Continue Reading
Linn CD 12 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Stax SR-001 Mk 2 Headphones Reviewed

Stax has a reputation for making products to suit the discerning audiophile. These are no exception. Described by our reviewer as "the best value high-end headphone in the universe," the Mk2 is "more appealing in overall naturalness" then it's highly regarded predecessor, the Mk1... Continue Reading
Stax SR-001 Mk 2 Headphones Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

This beautifully made turntable defines the very essence of what analog sound is all about. Stunning in looks and performance, the Basis 1400 can be the beating heart of an exemplary analog system even though it is Basis least expensive offering. Continue Reading
Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

In 30 years as an audio casualty, I must have played with over 4000 different components. Some have been forgettable,... Continue Reading
Sonus faber Amati Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Roksan's Caspian model five channel amplifier is the first amplifier model from the company to truly aspire to be a home theater amp. Does it rise to those aspirations? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 602 S2 is the closest B&W comes to a budget model. Soundwise, "special mention goes to the stage depth, which is slightly greater than the width." The sound has "top-to-bottom coherence" and "long term listenability" that did not cause our reviewer to feel fatigued even after listening for six hours... Continue Reading
B&W 602 S2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

Pathos Twin Tower power amps were named long before the reference would carry another meaning. Their sexy, Italian styling appeals to Anglophile and audiophile Ken Kessler much in the same way that Unison research does. See which amp is better. Continue Reading
Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

It turns out the Swiss know how to make a new form factor tube amp just as alluring as their timepieces. Nagra, known in the world of high definition recording as a standard, is a now a player in the illusive world of tube power amps north of $10,000. See how they stack up in this full review. Continue Reading
Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Carmen Universal Player Reviewed

Just to be clear, back in the days when the Theta Carmen was made "Universal" meant something different than today. The Carmen plays DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs and VCDs. No SACDs, no DVD-As, no DVD-HDs or Blu-Rays. No Internet connectivity. Still, built like a brick. Continue Reading

Jan 11, 2009

Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Nic Poulson's newest and more affordable integrated amp design packs an affordable price tag considering it also comes with high end accouterment such as carbon fiber feet and a wicked industrial design. Continue Reading
Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Ken Kessler might not be as into American audio but with it comes to Italian tube anything - you can catch his attention. This Armonia Integrated amp is on the more affordable side of audio obscurity for the US market but it has the sexy lines that we all like from Italian audio, cars and other exports... Continue Reading
Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Your chances of running into a Wharfdale DVDS-750 in the US are slightly better than seeing Sasquatch coming out of the 7-11. But in the UK you might find one at a flea market, but with new players available for under 50 quid, why mess with an early generation DVD player? Still, a good read Continue Reading
Wharfdale DVD-750 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

The S-3/5 "shine in cramped quarters." This model would "hardly be the choice for bass fetishists" but the midband "simply cossets female vocals." Overall, our reviewer found these speakers "beautifully assembled, sensibly priced [and] almost universal in its unfussiness..." Continue Reading
Spendor S-3/5 Speakers Reviewed

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