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Jan 04, 2009

Halcro dm58 Monoblock Amp Reviewed

Once given the title as "The Best Amp Ever" by Stereophile Magazine - Halcro somehow has blown their position in the US and it hard to even find. With Krell, Levinson, McIntosh and Audio Research now packing equal or better power - see how Halcro's critically acclaimed amp stacks up versus the best of today's amps. Continue Reading
Halcro dm58 Monoblock Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Wilson Audio Alexandria Loudspeakers Reviewed

The replacement for the Wamm and now in the X-2 model these are the top dog of stereo speakers. If you have the room and are willing to treat the room and feed these big boys from the finest electronics they are undoubtedly one of the best speakers ever made. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
 Wilson Audio Alexandria Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

NAD PP-2 Phono Preamp Reviewed

NAD is known for its ultra-high value proposition and their PP-2 phono preamp is no exception. For those looking to add an affordable yet highly respectable phono stage to their audiophile rig without Ebaying a kidney - read this review as we have your solution. Continue Reading
NAD PP-2 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Beauhorn B2/2 Horn Loudspeaker System Reviewed

Horn speakers are something you love or hate and I won't try to sway anyone either way. If you are a fan of horn speakers, the Beauhorn B2/2 system offers all the dynamics and efficiency you are accustom to in a sleek modern looking package. Continue Reading
Beauhorn B2/2 Horn Loudspeaker System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Niro (Nakamichi) 1000 Integrated Amp Reviewed

In the history of audiophilia no brand can eclipse the sex appeal of Nakamici. Collectors clamor for Dragon tape decks and other aged products. Although a more modern product from the Niro line, the Niro 1000 integrated amp has the allure of finding a Picasso at a garage sale. A true gem. Continue Reading
Niro (Nakamichi) 1000 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Koetsu Urushi Black Cartridge Reviewed

Ken Kessler examines the mystical and uniquely wonderful qualities that make a Koetsu Urushi Black among a handful of truly great phono cartridges. Finished with the same lacquer used on Loiminchay fountain pens, this cartridge is a work of art. Continue Reading
Koetsu Urushi Black Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

Cute, portable, water resistant, and it sounds way better than you would expect, the Tivoli Audio PAL makes a fine addition to any kitchen, den, bathroom, or workout room. The PAL plays stereo through its headphone output and will take iPods via an auxiliary 3-d party dock. Continue Reading
Tivoli Audio PAL Music Playback System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Residing in the "where are they now file" (much like Spinal Tap when in Atlanta) Germany's T+A came and went in the American market pretty quickly. Perhaps some day they will be back but their K6 integrated amp had lots of promise. Read the full Ken Kessler review along with words on the matching T+A CD player. Continue Reading
T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Chord DAC 64 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

The DAC 64 from Chord looks unique with its retro-industrial styling. With a polished sound that Ken Kessler found "liquid...with plenty of slam..." the DAC 64 is ideal for audiophiles who are tired of big ugly black boxes and long for something more stylish for their music. Continue Reading
Chord DAC 64 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tag McLaren DVD32FLR DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Now discontinued, the DVD32 FLR was part of Tag's complete line of home theater products. If you find one at the right price, as our reviewer did, the DVD32 would make a fine addition to your system, but be aware that support will be non-existent. Continue Reading
Tag McLaren DVD32FLR DVD-Video Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

With its classic minimalist look this two-channel CD player delivers excellent sound with no muss or fuss. While it has XLR analog outputs for balanced operation the CDA822 lacks any digital outs, so it cannot be used as a transport. Continue Reading
Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Unison Research Unico CD Player Reviewed

Built to match their Unico integrated amplifier, the Unison Research Unico CD player delivers excellent performance in a stylish package. With true balanced analog outputs, a 24-bit/192 kHz Crystal digital to analog converter, a unique high quality power supply the Unico is a winner. Continue Reading
Unison Research Unico CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Say what you will about the French they do know how to make audiophile components evident in French based manufacturer Jadis' latest offering the JPS8 two-channel preamplifier and the matching JA50 power amplifier. Both tube based designs and sporting gold chassis the Jadis combo is pure magic for those with the means to afford them. Continue Reading
Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Part of Quad's current generation of electronics, the 99 CD player has fixed and variable outputs, so you can use it sans a preamp, or couple it with the most excellent Quad 99 preamp. Sonic results will be liquid, musical, and worthy of the Quad moniker. Continue Reading
QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Niroson Two 6.1 Speaker System Reviewed

While not technically a soundbar, this two speaker 6.1 systems does aim to trick the ear into thinking that its hearing surround sound material from just a few speakers. Niroson never really made a splash in the United States but the concept is still interesting nonetheless. Continue Reading
Niroson Two 6.1 Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sonus faber Cremona Auditor Speakers Reviewed

The Sonus Faber company is well known in the audiophile industry and for good reason. Smooth detailed sound and stunning aesthetics make them an easy choice. These small bookshelves offer a lot of performance and appearance. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Cremona Auditor Speakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

More than merely a player, the Audio Analouge Maestro has a digital input so it can be used as a D/A as well as both single-ended and balanced analog outputs. With sonic characteristics that include robustness along with a sense of force and power that can't be found with most other players. Continue Reading
Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Xhifi xDucer 2.1 Desktop Loudspeaker System

Our reviewer found the hyper-clean sound of this model "sharp, crisp and very detailed." Playing CDs the sound was "simply terrific...with quite exceptional dispersion, sweet, extended highs and 3D imaging." He found this to be the "best-looking, (potentially) best -sounding budget sub-sat mini system around..." Continue Reading

Jan 04, 2009

STAX 4070 Headphone Reviewed

Stax is known for its superb sound quality and this is their first model that features a sealed system. "The gains are more controlled, [there is] extended bass and a discernibly greater degree of isolation" according to our reviewer. The downside is "slightly less openness and less comfort" than past Stax headphones... Continue Reading
STAX 4070 Headphone Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

Tim de Paravicini's EAR 324 phono stage represents a more full-featured approach to a stand-alone phono preamp than his 834P. Its low-noise wide bandwidth design uses multi-stage passive filtering and accepts either moving coil or moving magnet cartridges. Continue Reading
EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

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