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Oct 26, 2008

Audio Research REF 110 Power Amplifier

Audio Research, by name, suggests reference-level audio performance but even the Minnesota-based company "guilds the lily" as Mario Batali says with their top of the line products. With the sweetest tube sound money can buy - ARC offers a musicality that many say just can't be had from solid state electronics. Learn more about the ARC REF 110 amps here. Continue Reading
Audio Research REF 110 Power Amplifier

Oct 26, 2008

Bryston 9B SST Five-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

You don't get much more of a storied brand in AV than Bryston. Their amps are well known to be fantastic sounding and very powerful. The 9B SST pumps out 140 watts for each of its five channels, and it even has a 20 year warranty. Continue Reading
Bryston 9B SST Five-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Emotiva MPS-2 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

The slick looking MPS-2 from Emotiva is only $1,699, but has an impressive 200 watts of Class H power for each of its seven channels. What's even more impressive is it will put out 400 watts into 4 ohms as well. Continue Reading
Emotiva MPS-2 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

NuForce Reference 9 V2 Special Edition Monoblock Amplifiers Reviewed

Running cool and providing more power for the dollar and anyone on the market today is how NuForce got famous. Check out the review on these carrot-red mono amps and see how they can power any load from any speaker you can throw at them. Continue Reading
NuForce Reference 9 V2 Special Edition Monoblock Amplifiers Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Audio Research Reference CD7 CD Player Reviewed

When Audio Research labels a product "reference," they mean it. The CD7 represents AR's latest thinking on what makes the ultimate CD player. Refinements in both the digital and analog signal chain makes the CD7 truly worthy of being called a reference CD player Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference CD7 CD Player Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Sonus faber Guarneri Memento Speakers Reviewed

The sound of this model is bigger, but the voices still have "a naturalness...strings still shimmer...It sounds more real and detailed without sacrificing any warmth." This is a step up from the previous highly rated Guarneri model, with "more weight down below, maybe a shade more extension, certainly a lot more control..." Continue Reading
Sonus faber Guarneri Memento Speakers Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

V.Y.G.E.R. Baltic M Turntable Reviewed

Although their Star-Trecky moniker and Jules Vernian looking physical design may be off-putting to serious conservative audiophiles, the unit's performance is worth a serious look from those who like gear that makes a statement both visually and aurally Continue Reading
V.Y.G.E.R. Baltic M Turntable Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

STAX SRS-2050 II Basic Headphones

Stax gets high ratings from our reviewer who noted, "If you've tasted the Stax sound and it pushes your buttons, then nothing else will do." While this is a "budget" model for Stax, "they did it by retaining the most important sonic qualities, especially openness and speed, at the cost of minor refinement." Continue Reading
STAX SRS-2050 II Basic Headphones

Oct 25, 2008

Paradigm Servo 15v2 Subwoofer Reviewed

If you're looking for a large subwoofer, this 15-inch driver fits the bill. It offers flexible controls, inputs and power settings which make it easy to integrate. This unit has "powerful dynamic bass response for both films and music." The bass "exhibits exceptional timbre" Continue Reading
Paradigm Servo 15v2 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

Melody SP3 Amplifier Reviewed

With a machine-like look and a smaller-than-average form factor - the Melody SP3 might not be on the tips of the tongue of American audiophiles but the amp is something to behold. Read the full Ken Kessler review here. Continue Reading
Melody SP3 Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

Jolida JD100A & Talk Saxon CD700 MK2 SE CD Players Reviewed

This head-to-head review of the Jolida JD100 A and the Talk Saxon CD700 contrast the strengths and weaknesses of these two under $1300 CD players. The Jolida has a tube output stage while the Saxon is a solid-state unit Continue Reading
Jolida JD100A & Talk Saxon CD700 MK2 SE CD Players Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

Air Tight PC-1 Cartridge Reviewed

Among the brands that rarely put a foot wrong is Air Tight of Japan. In so many respects, it's as... Continue Reading
Air Tight PC-1 Cartridge Reviewed

Oct 23, 2008

REL Acoustics Britannia B2 Subwoofer Reviewed

REL subwoofers were designed for two-channel systems as much as anything else. With regard to bass, which is what everybody wants to know about when rating subwoofers, our reviewer found the B2 performed well. It was "subtle" and "added weight that I didn't know was missing" Continue Reading
REL Acoustics Britannia B2 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 23, 2008

Musical Fidelity Supercharger 550k

Keeping up with the Krell's of the world can be a hard task but Musical Fidelity seems to have an issue over it much to the delight of their fans as well as audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler. Read his review of these ultra-powerful amps here. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity Supercharger 550k

Oct 23, 2008

Marantz TT15SI Reference Series Turntable Reviewed

Although Marantz has made turntables for many years, they don't have a stellar reputation in the field of turntable design. The TT15Si, however, may change audiophiles' opinions about the Marantz turntable legacy. This all-in-one package has a lot going for it Continue Reading
Marantz TT15SI Reference Series Turntable Reviewed

Oct 23, 2008

Copland CTA405 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Can an audiophile brand like Copland seek to reach out to the lifestyle clientele? That's what the Copland CTA405 amp is designed for. With less congestion than the 405 freeway and better industrial design than a Maserati garaged in Beverly Hills - this brand speaks to the adventurous audiophile. Read the whole review here. Continue Reading
Copland CTA405 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior Reviewed

The Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior packs a lot of punch (a 1,500-watt tracking downcoverter digital amp) in a small package (the unit is just 9-inches cubed). Our reviewer noted that this model "can still rock like Pantera." Because of its small size, it can be hidden in the corner of a room but still provide "amazingly, shockingly deep and loud bass" Continue Reading
Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

Revel Ultima SUB 30 Subwoofer Reviewed

One of the strengths of this powerful subwoofer is the room correction software which our reviewer found easy to use and "provides meaningful results that can't be obtained with other audiophile-grade subwoofers." The Ultima SUB 30 is also "visually pleasing to the eye as well as aurally pleasing to the ear" Continue Reading
Revel Ultima SUB 30 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

REL Acoustics T1 Subwoofer Reviewed

The REL Acoustics T1looks different from your average subwoofer and "makes a visual statement." More importantly, however, is the sound. Our reviewer noted this model "has the soul of an audiophile product and sound to match. Music lovers will be drawn to it" Continue Reading
REL Acoustics T1 Subwoofer Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

ATI 3000 Series Amplifier Reviewed

ATI may not be as well known as Bryston or Crown, but in reality they make amplifiers for many, many companies in an OEM fashion. The huge, powerful, and modular 3000 series can be 2-to-7 channels, with 300 watts per channel. Continue Reading
ATI 3000 Series Amplifier Reviewed

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