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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

Jan 04, 2009

Rogers LS3a Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The LS3a "was able to reproduce most of the scale, the weight of the bass and percussion, and a convincing spread of instruments" when playing music. The vocals delivered "all but the throatiest parts," and there was a "trace of edginess with massed strings, mild 'shouty-ness' to close-mic'd vocals." Overall, the LS3a "can deliver the goods most of the time..." Continue Reading

Jan 04, 2009

Garrard 301 Turntable Reviewed

Ken Kessler fills you in on the history of the Garrard 301 turntable and fixes its place among other classic tables, such as the AR XA, Linn LP-12, Thorens TD-150, and Ariston RD-11. The Garrard's rim-drive design was among the best implemented of all rim turntables Continue Reading
Garrard 301 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Musical Fidelity kW750 Power Amp Reviewed

For some people - they just done need a Lamborghini Murcielago which is why there is a Gallardo. This 750 watt-per-channel amp may not be the 1000 Watt (yes, a Kilo-watt) monster but for the love of God it is a LOT of power. If your speakers can't run on this sweet injection of power then they might need to go on the junk heap. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity kW750 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Quad 33 Preamp and 303 Amp Reviewed

Not a whole lot to say about Quad that hasn't already been said-they're good at what they do and have a hugely loyal fan base reticent of Apple. Whether you harbor feelings for their speakers or their electronics one thing remains the same, once you hear a Quad system it's hard to listen to anything else. Continue Reading
Quad 33 Preamp and 303 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Chord One CD Player Reviewed

Our reviewer found the Chord One CD player's physical design "a hoot!" but when it came time to listen the Chord wiped that smile right off his face and replaced it with awe for this seriously good CD player that can also be used as a first-class transport Continue Reading
Chord One CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audion Lo Sfizio Headphone Amp Reviewed

The Italian made Lo Sfizio is "so cute--in a pug-nosed dog way--that you can't argue with its whimsical qualities" according to reviewer Ken Kessler. He added that the sound quality was "musical and sweet." But the best quality of the Lo Sfizio: "this amplifier caresses the human voice Continue Reading
 Audion Lo Sfizio Headphone Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Musical Fidelity X-Pre Preamp Reviewed

Musical Fidelity is so prolific in terms of manufacturing that it can be tough to keep up at times. Their latest line of audiophile goodness carries the moniker of X, which unlike traditional components is far more compact, not to mention affordable. The X-Preamp reviewed here is the gateway drug if you will of the Musical Fidelity brand. Continue Reading
 Musical Fidelity X-Pre Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Gryphon Exorcist Phono Demagnetizing Device Reviewed

Is your cartridge sounding tired even though it shows no signs of physical wear and tear? Maybe it needs to be demagnetized. The Gryphon Exorcist does exactly that. Read how it works Continue Reading
Gryphon Exorcist Phono Demagnetizing Device Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Blue Angel Cartridge Reviewed

André Hanekom hand-makes the Blue Angel cartridge. It is and always will be, a rare beast He uses a hollow aluminum cantilever with a gyger fine-line stylus tip. The cartridge's sonic performance is dark and romantic with a touch of extra sweetness Continue Reading
Blue Angel Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Oracle DAC 1000/CD 2500 CD Transport and DAC Reviewed

From the outside the Oracle DAC1000 and CD 2500 have a familial visual flair. Using a somewhat similar suspension scheme on the CD 2500 as on the original Oracle turntable, the CD 2500 has a liquid fluidity that is sure to conjure up memories of Oracle's original disc-spinner Continue Reading
Oracle DAC 1000/CD 2500 CD Transport and DAC Reviewed

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

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