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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 fa├žade 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

Jan 02, 2009

Definitive Technology Super Cube Reference Subwoofer Reviewed

The Super Cube provides "Earth-shattering volumes of deep and tight bass...with a depth and volume not usually heard" in larger and more expensive competitors. Because this model has a lot of inputs and outputs, it can easily fit into almost any situation and set up is fairly easy and straightforward Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Super Cube Reference Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

The BLS' sound is "refined and natural from top to bottom, possessing a weight and finesse not usually found with monitors in [its] price class." The soundstage is "incredibly deep and involving...giving it performance levels that come close to rivaling $2,000 monitors." For a compact speaker, it has "startling bass response..." Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) FPM On-wall Speakers Reviewed

The FPMs are Bowers & Wilkins first foray into wall speakers and they provide the quality listeners have come to expect from B&W in a smaller size. It also comes in a variety of colors to blend in well with almost any room. "One no longer has to sacrifice quality a thin, wall-mount chassis and lifestyle aesthetics." Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) FPM On-wall Speakers Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Acoustic Zen Adagio Loudspeakers Reviewed

Made by a company more known for their cables, the Adagio is a true work of art with exceptional cabinetwork and solid sound all at an affordable price. Those looking for a smaller speaker a stand mounted version is also available in the Jr. model Continue Reading
Acoustic Zen Adagio Loudspeakers Reviewed

Jan 02, 2009

Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The Danish-made Dynaudios cost more than the average speakers, but our reviewer found that for that extra money, you will get "a speaker that performs at a level (or maybe a few levels) above those that you can typically find at your local electronics store." The sound was "refined and detailed with a solid soundstage..." Continue Reading
Dynaudio Contour 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Jan 01, 2009

Bowers & Wilkins 703 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Sitting in the middle line of B&W speakers the 703 gets you a lot of the technology from the 800 series at a much lower price point. These are great speakers for those starting out in the high-end world or for those aspiring to it. Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins 703 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Reviewed

Jan 01, 2009

Vandersteen 1c Loudspeaker Reviewed

Using their patented aligned dynamic design Vandersteen has made a now classic in the Model 1C. These speakers reasonably high efficiency and offer a stable load allowing them to be powered by most decent amplifiers. Continue Reading
Vandersteen 1c Loudspeaker Reviewed

Dec 31, 2008

Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

The LM1 is Bowers & Wilkins' budget model, but like the luxury brand that it is, B&W shows panache even with their lower priced speakers. They still possess B&W's signature sound which sounds "rich and warm" and "surprisingly robust." It excels in the midrange, "providing ample amounts of detail and texture that are of equal importance for music or movie listening..." Continue Reading
Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Satellite Loudspeaker Reviewed

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