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Jan 04, 2009

London Decca Reference Cartridge Reviewed

A worthy successor to the original Decca Gold improves both the ergonomics with colored leads, and performance with a solid metal body and fine-line stylus shape. The results are sure to warm the heart of anyone who's enjoyed Decca's past offerings. Continue Reading
London Decca Reference Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audiovalve Baldur 70 Amplifier Reviewed

You know what you need? That's right, large format German tube amps. Packing 70 Watts per channel, the Audiovalve Baldur are the pinnacle of audiophile esoterica. God knows what this stuff sells for on Audiogon.com but its sure is cool looking. Check out the full Ken Kessler review here. Continue Reading
 Audiovalve Baldur 70 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

PMC DB1+ Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

These small monitors from PMC offer incredible performance for the size, and due to their small size can fit into almost any room. Those wih space restrictions who want solid sound might find these to fit the bill nicely. Continue Reading
PMC DB1+ Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Ayre AX-7 Power Amp Reviewed

Packed with a George Cardas burn-in disc, this Ayre AX-7 power amp is what audiophile dreams are made of. With American craftsmanship and the heart and soul of founder, Charles Hansen, behind the product its the kind of gear that makes Ken Kessler want to learn to love America all over again. Continue Reading
 Ayre AX-7 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Zingali Coliseum Loudspeakers Reviewed

This model "offered such huge, convincing, three-dimensial imaging that you really have to go into Unreconstructed Audiophile Mode to fault them." Playing CDs, our reviewer found the sound "so musical and rich and solid that I kept doing double takes." On DVDs, "Voice was warm and clean with no sibilance, while the music on live DVDs...was open and spacious..." Continue Reading
Zingali Coliseum Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

EveAnna Manley's Steelhead phono stage achieves reference-quality sound with tubes. With variable gain, and input loading available via its front panel, changes can be made without resorting to jumpers or internal hard-to-get-at switches. Continue Reading
 Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sennheiser Noiseguard PXC250 Headphones

This is a less expensive audiophilically-acceptable product for use on the move. Our reviewer described the sound as "nothing short of superb, with plenty of bass, a fine relatively out-of-head spatial effect and absolute freedom from treble nasties." For portable users, these headphones "will make your day by enhancing your listening pleasure." Continue Reading
Sennheiser Noiseguard PXC250 Headphones

Jan 04, 2009

Opera Mini Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Opera Mini "shines in resolving fine details, especially vocal textures." When playing music, it performed as "one smooth and refined little beauty, adding a warm sheen to the guitar work...without sacrificing bit and attack." The overall sound featured "refinement way beyond what's par" for the price... Continue Reading
 Opera Mini Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

The Tivoli Radio Combo system includes an AM/FM tuner, CD player, speakers and a subwoofer. The heart of the system, the Model Two Stereo Table Radio, uses a 3-inch driver. The new subwoofer uses a 5-ΒΌ inch driver to plumb the depths. Continue Reading
 Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME M2 Tonearm Reviwed

This tonearm has been made, in various forms, since 1959. This particular version, with its newer design removable headshell is as non-resonant as SME's more expensive offerings. The M2 is available in either ten or twelve inch long versions Continue Reading
SME M2 Tonearm Reviwed

Jan 04, 2009

Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

The Slovakian-made Project phono stage uses tubes and looks far more expensive than it is. It also delivers up to 60 dB of gain for moving coil cartridges and adjustable input impedance settings via a dipswitch set on the bottom of the unit Continue Reading
Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

As a CD only machine, some audiophiles seeking a more purist approach to CD playing will prize the CD3. With Audio Research's superb analog output section the CD3 has great depth and incredible bloom. If you don't mind it's top-loading mechanism you'll love this romantic CD player Continue Reading
Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

T+A V-10 Amplifier Reviewed

T+A has been making tubes since 1984 and that will woo the likes of Ken Kessler to your front door for a full feature review. With incredible industrial design and more power than you get from the SET set - Kenny likes it. Read the whole review here. Continue Reading
T+A V-10 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp Reviewed

With Mark Levinson's Cello only living as a restaurant today - Copland is one of the closest matches to the legendary brand. Packing a slick look and an ultra-smooth sound - this audiophile-only product is worth seeking out. Read a full Ken Kessler Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp review here. Continue Reading
Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Sometimes having a preamplifier with a built-in phono stage isn't tweaky enough or dedicated enough for a true audiophile. Sometimes your beloved turntable requires it's own preamp, which is precisely why Audio Research has designed and released the PH5. Continue Reading
Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Audio Analouge Masestro is an off beat integrated amp designed for the audiophile market (mainly in Europe and Asia) that has Ferarri good looks and a sexy growl to match. When paired with the matching Compact Disc player it makes for a compelling combination for the adventurous audiophile. Continue Reading
Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Marantz was a dominant force in the high-end space all throughout the golden age of two-channel playback though in recent years they've become a dominant force among the budget home theater set. Not anymore, for with the release of their new reference line and products such as the SC-7S1 and MA-9S1 reviewed here... Continue Reading
Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

KEF KIT100 Speaker System Reviewed

Despite being a budget model, the KER KIT 100 is a "room-friendly, user-friendly, BWFH-friendly system...which is clever in so many ways..." When watching DVDs, the KIT 100 "had no trouble resolving dialogue, left-to-right special effects, and--surprisingly--deep and powerful bass..." Continue Reading
 KEF KIT100 Speaker System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Headroom Total Bithead Headphone Amp Reviewed

While Headroom's model has all the features typical headphones have, this amp also has the ability to run off USB ports meaning it can operate off of PCs, notebooks, laptops and MP3 players. The Bithead also features a switchable audio image processor for enhanced performance... Continue Reading

Jan 04, 2009

Sonus faber Stradivari Homage Speakers Reviewed

The largest of the Sonus Faber line and also the widest. Utilizing techniques used for making violins Sonus Faber has created a fine speaker that has become iconic for the brand. Don't hold their distribution chain against them - they are truly over-the-top speakers. Continue Reading
 Sonus faber Stradivari Homage Speakers Reviewed

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