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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

Jan 04, 2009

Sennheiser PX 100 Headphones Reviewed

Sennheiser's reputation tends to proceed them, and with good reason. The PX 100 headphones are cleverly designed and well-built and would make any audiophile on the go happy. Continue Reading
Sennheiser PX 100 Headphones Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Graaf GM50B Integrated Amp Reviewed

One of Ken Kessler's favorite products in all of audiophila is GRAAF Italian tube electronics. Forget Sonus Faber, GRAAF is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to Italian audio (OK, Sonus Fabers rock) but this sick audiophile gear is the reason why we love the hobby so much. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Graaf GM50B Integrated Amp Reviewed

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

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