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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

Feb 14, 1993

Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Classe's entry-level preamp and power amp deliver plenty of sonic panache as well as balanced connections, a dedicated remote control, and impeccable styling. While not quite as transparent as Classe's flagship models, these two units still capture all their musicality. Continue Reading
Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Tired of buying houses? Bored with your three yachts? Privet jet just not doing it for you? Then check out the Gaku-On monoblock amp from Audio Note, which slides in just over $200,000. Each. One of the most famous amps ever in audiophile history. Continue Reading
Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Marantz CD52 MK IISE Reviewed

Storied audio brand Marantz has released a big honking CD player other CD players will cower at. What makes it really impressive is how well it performs given its price. Sure it looks like a VCR, but the CD52 MkIISE will dazzle your ears. We test it out Continue Reading
Marantz CD52 MK IISE Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Instant classics well before their maker closed his doors, this Cello system is the epitome of what Mark Levinson made. Pristine, exclusive, and rare, the Cello Continue Reading
Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

YBA CD 2 CD Player Reviewed

Aiming for that high-end of high-end audiophile, the two-piece CD 2 from YBA is the ultimate in design and build. The CD player is from Yves-Bernard Andre company, and is a top-loading design. That second box? The power supply. We couldn't wait to check it out. Continue Reading
YBA CD 2 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Ruark Equinox Loudspeakers Reviewed

For those wanting large sound from a smallish speaker these might just be the ticket. Continue Reading
Ruark Equinox Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Let's face it, knobs are cool. Sure digital displays are all the rage, but how about some old school twisty knobs? The CSA14 integrated amp has a bunch. It's also got power and price to make it a contender. Continue Reading
Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

With incredible looks and ridiculous value, the Unison Research Power Amp is a stunner in all facets. It's got 12-watts per channel, a Class A design, and oh, by the way, did I mention it's gorgeous and affordable? Continue Reading
Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Sonus Faber Guerneri Homage Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Sonus Faber Homage line is the tops and the Guaraneri si the smallest of this line. While not offering the bottom end extension of it's bigger siblings it does have all the texture and detail for the upper registers. Continue Reading
Sonus Faber Guerneri Homage Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

The F-Series from Musical Fidelity are a bunch of beasts. There's a 100-watt Class A amp, a "mostly Class A" 220 Watt amp, and an all-tube preamp. Stunners in performance and looks. We test em. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Australian audiophile institution Kostas Metaxas makes elegant electronics that try to push the limits. The Opulence and Soliloquy combination has more finesse than his previous designs. These aptly named pieces deliver sumptuous sound for reasonable money. Continue Reading
Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

JBL L1 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

The JBL's "cook." They create enough of a realistic foundation to satisfy any "normal" music lover. They have "punch throughout the frequency spectrum." When playing subtle, quiet recordings, the L1 "showed itself to be a mature, adult speaker" which was "smooth and neutral in the midband Continue Reading
JBL L1 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Audio Research DAC2 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

As loved as any audio brand in the industry, Audio Research keeps coming out with high-end audio gear that is better than the last. The DAC2 tries to tame the digital beast. It's not even as expensive as you'd expect, especially give its amazing performance Continue Reading
Audio Research DAC2 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Vimak DS-2000 D/A Converter Reviewed

Inundated by wonderful products at hi-fi shows, I find it a miracle that anything commits itself to memory. Upon... Continue Reading
Vimak DS-2000 D/A Converter Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

The Natural Progression from Counterpoint has an austere design that belies the power hidden underneath. It's a whopping 75lbs, a big chunk of which is the 2000VA transformer. We give it a full test. Continue Reading
Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Krell MD-20 CD Transport, Krell Studio DAC and KRC Preamp Reviewed

Remember what it was like the first time you rode a bike without the training wheels? Passed your driving test?... Continue Reading
Krell MD-20 CD Transport, Krell Studio DAC and KRC Preamp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Tannoy 603 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The true measure of the 603 "has to be found in its sonic accuracy, smoothness, coherence [and] dynamic capabilities." The Tannoy "is a kick-butt design which goes louder and sounds bigger than any of its major rivals." It also features a "far more convincing sensation of bass" than all other minis Continue Reading
Tannoy 603 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

The Metaxas Marquise is a two-box preamp that is completely dual mono. Placement is critical to get the best from the Marquise. It needs to be well away from any mains power supplies and your cable choices will have a big influence on the quality of the overall sound. Continue Reading
Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

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