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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

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Along with its matching integrated amplifier, the PM-15S1, the 13.5 kg SA-15S1 represents a step down from the top-of-the-line 11 series in terms of price while giving up little in the way of sonics or features. And of course you get With Marantz's usual impeccable build quality Continue Reading
Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Lyra Dorian Mono Cartridge Reviewed

Got mono? Well if you do, this is the cartridge that will reveal more about your mono records than you ever thought possible, with a minimum of extraneous noise that often accompanies mono records played with a stereo cartridge Continue Reading
 Lyra Dorian Mono Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Stirling LS3 V2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

The LS3 V2 is forever being compared to the classic LS3/5a. The V2 does go louder and delivers more bass because it has a suspension system that "progressively controls cone excursion at high low frequency level, thus increasing the bass overload point." Continue Reading
 Stirling LS3 V2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Shure V15 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Perhaps the most archetypical moving-magnet cartridge is the Shure V-15 VxMR. It tracks like a hungry tiger during the first moments of an attack and sounds wonderful, clean and open without a trace of mis-tracking nasties or groove noise Continue Reading
Shure V15 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audiovalve Sunilda Phono Amp Reviewed

German-made Audiovalve Sunilda, as you might surmise, uses tubes in its stand-alone phono-stage design. It uses ECC88 and 12AX7 tubes to deliver up to 60 dB of gain in moving coil mode. It combines many virtues into a very attractive package Continue Reading
Audiovalve Sunilda Phono Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Grace M902 Headphone Amp Reviewed

Our reviewer said Grace's headphone amplifier is "so clear and uncolored that I can't recall headphone monitoring that was truly so naked and revealing." The sound "even retained its openness" when playing mono recordings. If you use headphones a lot, this amp is certainly an asset... Continue Reading
Grace M902 Headphone Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME Series I, II, III Tone Arms Reviewed

A true original that forever revolutionized turntable's sonic quality, the SME tonearm went through successive design changes that allowed it to continue to evolve when most of its competition faded away. Here's a primer on the SME Continue Reading
SME Series I, II, III Tone Arms Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SA-11S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Marantz's flagship SACD player, the SA-11S1 features a no-compromise design that eschews multi-channel reproduction in favor of hair-shirt two-channel only outputs. Built to last through a multitude of human owners, the SA-11S1 ranks as a very special player Continue Reading
Marantz SA-11S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Transfiguration Temper V Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

The Transfiguration Temper V moving coil cartridge uses an ultra-tight magnet coil coupling, which creates a more focused magnetic field for improved efficiency and higher output. Its solid aluminum body and boron cantilever make for a greater immunity to temperature changes Continue Reading
Transfiguration Temper V Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Nagra PL-L Preamp and PMA Mono Amps Reviewed

To many well-off audiophiles Nagra is a brand without fault. To others, Nagra is a brand that is weird looking, too expensive and far to esoteric to even be considered. However, the fact remains that they make some of the finest audiophile components and we came away impressed by the PL-L and PMA combo reviewed here. Continue Reading
Nagra PL-L Preamp and PMA Mono Amps Reviewed

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