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Jan 04, 2009

Theta Compli Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Universal here means the Compli can play DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD, CD, and CDRs. Its sonic capabilities can make going from digital sources to analog less traumatic because it brings out the analog nature of digital recordings. It could very well be your last high-end disc-spinner Continue Reading
Theta Compli Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Transfiguration Orpheus Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

The technical details that make the Transfiguration Orpheus cartridge unique include using ultra grade SS-µ-metal core for coil assembly, special 7N copper coils, push-pull damping, an anti-resonance body shape, and an ultra tight magnet-coil coupling Continue Reading
Transfiguration Orpheus Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Clearaudio Statement Turntable Reviewed

As you might surmise from the name "Statement" this ClearAudio turntable is an insane cost-no-object attack upon the turntable state-of-the-art. With magnetic platter bearings, 80 kg pendulum, oil-damped chassis, and ability to support up to four tonearms simultaneously. Four tonearms Continue Reading
Clearaudio Statement Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Quad ESL-2905 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The largest full range electrostatic speaker in Quads line up these offer full range sound and a more modern aesthetic, these are the top dog from the perennial favorite electrostatic speaker maker. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
Quad ESL-2905 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

When a British manufacturer makes a miniature version of an old classic speaker from the 50's, what else could you call it but the mini? These tiny little replicas of the Tannoy Autograph speaker are bookshelf side yet output real sound. A nostalgic piece now they are of historical interest. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
Tannoy Autograph Mini Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME 20/12 and 312S Tonearm Reviewed

This combo was designed specifically to handle 12-inch tonearms. Using a special diecast magnesium material, the new SME tonearm is both rigid and lightweight. In the past no materials existed that offered this combination of physical attributes but magnesium makes longer tonearms possible Continue Reading
 SME 20/12 and 312S Tonearm Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Lyngdorf CD-1 Player Reviewed

Peter Lyngdorf designed many of Tact's room correction and amplifier designs. On his CD-1 you'll find a simple looking exterior that offers startlingly good performance and sonics worthy of even the most esoteric and expensive stereo systems Continue Reading
Lyngdorf CD-1 Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Thorens TD124 Turntable Reviewed

The Thorens TD124 has received a resurgence of interest as of late by both collectors and ultra-fi modifiers. It's a classic design, both in looks and design. Its use of a belt with its idler wheel was a giant step forward in turntable technology still employed in many modern designs Continue Reading
Thorens TD124 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

darTZeel NHB-18NS Preamplifier Reviewed

Not a whole lot of "noise" coming out of Switzerland in terms of audiophile products-unless of course you're ignoring the darTZeel NHB-18NS Preamplfier, which Home Theater Review is not. While it may be a bit on the esoteric side-okay it's waaaay esoteric-its unique sound is truly captivating. Continue Reading
darTZeel NHB-18NS Preamplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Mimetism CD 20.1 CD Player Reviewed

Your chances of finding one of these listed on Audiogon or in Craig's List are about the same as the odds of your car window getting broken by the impact of hitting a passenger pigeon. But don't worry; unless you live in France, this French CD player is probably pretty low on your radar Continue Reading
Mimetism CD 20.1 CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Denon DL-103 Cartridge Reviewed

This "benchmark" moving coil design delivers a surprising level of performance for a moderate amount of money. Since it's been in production for so long, the DL-103 is a true classic design that can function well in many tonearms Continue Reading
Denon DL-103 Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD Player

A two-chassis "statement" product, the Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD player is a beautifully built. With a completely isolated dual-channel design, a separate choke regulated power supply for its motor, as well as individual power supplies for the servo and digital electronics, this is one serious CD unit Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD Player

Jan 04, 2009

EAR-Yoshino Stereo Preamp Reviewed

What do you really need in a preamplifier? A few inputs, an output (or two) and a stepped volume control. Everything else is just garnish and as any die-hard audiophile knows, garnish can quickly ruin any good audiophile system. Well the folks over at EAR have the solution, the Yoshino Stereo Preamp, all of the performance you crave with none of the additives. Continue Reading
EAR-Yoshino Stereo Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner Reviewed

Is the Sequerra Model 1 FM tuner the best FM tuner ever made? If not, it's on a very short list of the very best. Read about what makes it so special and so worthy of the ultimate approbation - the best FM tuner in the world Continue Reading
Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Pathos Endorphin CD Player Reviewed

Despite its goofy name, the Endorphin CD player is an impressive piece of gear. With a pair of Russian 6H30PI tubes in its output stage, and true balanced as well as single-ended outputs, the Endorphin ranks as a carefully thought-out disc-spinner Continue Reading
Pathos Endorphin CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

PrimaLuna 3 and 4 Tube Power Amp

Multi-chassis audiophile grade tube amps is enough sexy talk to get anybody who loves audio a little aroused. Primaluna is a bit of a sleeper in the United States but for those who don't know - take the time to learn as they are right up there with the likes of ARC, McIntosh and VTL but at a little less cost. Read more of the review here. Continue Reading
PrimaLuna 3 and 4 Tube Power Amp

Jan 04, 2009

Sutherland Director and Ph.D preamp and phono stage

There is minimal and then there is the Director solid-state preamp from Sutherland. Possessing only one dial on its façade the Director is an all out assult on the Zen principle. Or as Det. Friday said in the classic TV show Dragnet, "just the facts ma'am." Continue Reading
Sutherland Director and Ph.D preamp and phono stage

Jan 04, 2009

Vandersteen 5A Loudspeaker Reviewed

A large full range speaker, the 5A's are obelisk-shaped. Their design gives them exceptional detail and imaging and Vandersteen fans all aspire to this speaker. To see if it is fits your needs, click here for the full Jim Swantko review here. Continue Reading
Vandersteen 5A Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ Signature Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with this model, noting the value of the room correction software. "This is a rock and roll subwoofer that can play loud and remain musical all the way...Audiophiles will be surprised that this woofer can hang with $10,000 per pair speakers" Continue Reading
Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ Signature Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Wilson Audio Thor's Hammer Subwoofer Reviewed

The Thor model can reach 16 Hertz at full volume. "The fit and finish of Wilson speakers are the best in the business. No speaker is more luxurious...It doesn't get any bigger, badder or more lust-worthy in the world of subwoofers than Wilson Audio's Thor's Hammer...If you don't have Thor's Hammer...you don't have real bass" Continue Reading
Wilson Audio Thor's Hammer Subwoofer Reviewed

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