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Apr 18, 2002

Paradigm Phantom Speakers Reviewed

Playing a concert DVD left our reviewer "capsulated in sound." He concluded, "I was almost certain that when I opened my eyes I would be there in the front row." The highs were "exceptional" and the vocals "untainted." When watching movies, "I jumped from movie clip to movie clip to catch a glimpse of some sort of flaw--sure to exist--and found none..." Continue Reading
Paradigm Phantom Speakers Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700 DVD Player Reviewed

Kenwood may not have the presence they once did in the home theater space, but you wouldn't know it with the DV-5700 from their high-end Sovereign line. It features not only DVD video playback, but MP3 and DVD-Audio playback as well. Continue Reading
Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Harman Kardon DVD50 DVD Player Reviewed

Disc changers are a popular and simple way to ensure hours of uninterrupted music. You may not need 5 DVDs at once, but 5 CDs sure is great. The attractive DVD50 from Harman Kardon has lots of features and performance for even the discerning audio/videophile. Continue Reading
Harman Kardon DVD50 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Definitive Technology Powermonitor 900 System Reviewed

Packed in a small cabinet the Power Monitor 900 offers big time sound from a small desktop or bookshelf design. Thanks mainly to it's powered subwoofer built into the cabinet. Continue Reading
Definitive Technology Powermonitor 900 System Reviewed

Jan 11, 1995

Pioneer DVL-909 DVD Player Reviewed

Massively-built, especially when compared to current DVD players, this several-year-old, now discontinued DVD player was "The" thing to have when it came out due to its very decent video and audio capabilities. If you have one, I bet it's still working. Continue Reading
Pioneer DVL-909 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 1995

Pioneer DVL-919E Laserdisc and DVD Player Reviewed

If you're one of the few people who still cling to their Laserdiscs, the DVL-919E is the culmination of a few decades of engineering, and is likely the last high-end LD player the world will ever see. Thankfully, it also plays back DVDs and CDs just as well. Continue Reading
Pioneer DVL-919E Laserdisc and DVD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

JM Lab Micron Carat Speakers Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the way the Micron Carat handles mid and upper frequencies, calling them "glare-free" and "full of detail." It was also terrific with vocals, "placing them to the fore and leaving the much-needed life-giving details...relatively intact" Continue Reading
JM Lab Micron Carat Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Croft Series V Power Amplifier Reviewed

Decidedly British audio manufacturer Croft has had their ups and downs, but thankfully they're now up, and have released the Series V amp. With 30-watts per channel, this tube amp looks and sounds the part. Continue Reading
Croft Series V Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Castle Durham 900 Loudspeakers Reviewed

When used like an audiophile product, the Castle Durham 900 can "behave like a thoroughbred." Despite being a step up from budget priced, this speaker "sounds big and the space it reproduces is convincing and almost tactile." Both the bass and treble transients "are fast and crisp and there's nothing in the way of overhang..." Continue Reading
Castle Durham 900 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Stax SR (Omega) Headphones Reviewed

The round shape of the SR-Omega "offers a more comfortable fit and better encircling of the ear." Stax's sound is "about as naked as it gets" and places "as little between you and the music as possible." The SR-Omega was comfortable and our reviewer described it as "beyond doubt the very best of its type"... Continue Reading
Stax SR  (Omega) Headphones Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Esoteric Audio Research (E.A.R.) 859 SE Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

EAR has more than just a clever name. Their gear looks as good as it sounds. The 859 is a Class A tube amp with 13-watts per channel. Impressively, frequency response is 20-20kHz, +/- 0.5dB. We check it out in this full review. Continue Reading
Esoteric Audio Research (E.A.R.) 859 SE Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

You don't need a big box to make big sounds, as EAR shows with their new 834P tube amp. It's tiny box doesn't put out a ton of power, but it is an inexpensive way to get into the wonderful world of tube amps. Continue Reading
Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Give it to GRAAF to out an amp as crazy as this. Huge transformers, dozens of tubes, it's a menacing presence. It's also got huge power, with 200-watts into 4 ohms. But how does it sound? Ken Kessler looks into the topic. Continue Reading
Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Marantz CD-16 CD Player Reviewed

Some say that a CD player is a CD player is a CD player. The truth is that the truth is more complex, or something like that. The CD-16 is a high-end player from Marantz that offers build quality and DACs the digital-loving audiophile is sure to appreciate. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-16 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Opera Callas Speakers Reviewed

These Italian-made speakers are "vibrant, lively and dynamic." It also has "pin-sharp positioning and image solidity." Our reviewer found the Callas to be very "good with positional and dimensional concerns" and can "rock with the best of them or bring tears to your eyes with a midband which Continue Reading
Opera Callas Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

MTD TUG Speakers Reviewed

While little is written about these and they are no longer in production those interested can read a full review here. Continue Reading
MTD TUG Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Counterpoint DA-11 Transport Reviewed

A wise man once said that the right bit at the wrong time is the wrong bit. The need for accurate CD transports shouldn't be underestimated, especially with the deluge of inexpensive and high-quality DACs on the market. Enter the DA-11 from Counterpoint. Continue Reading
Counterpoint DA-11 Transport Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

McIntosh has -- with the Gordon J. Gow Commemorative MC275 Power Amplifier -- performed an act of such aptness, such correctness that it brings a tear to this anachrophile's eye. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Few names in audio have as much history and garner such respect as Marantz. Their new PM54 SE integrated amp has 70-watts per channel, a host of inputs, and a reasonable price tag. We test it. Continue Reading
Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Feb 14, 1993

Linaeum LFX Speakers Reviewed

With a strikingly Germanic design the utilitarian looking LFX's are a powerful speaker to behold. Continue Reading
Linaeum LFX Speakers Reviewed

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