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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

Feb 14, 1992

YBA Integre Integrated Amp 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 Integre Integrated Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

MBL 101 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Terry's Aluminium Oranges. The Teutonic Tangerine. The Accordian from Mars. The jokes flew thick and fast when the MBL 101... Continue Reading
MBL 101 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Maplenoll Ariadne Turntable Reviewed

This pricey United Kingdom built LP player is the makings of true audiophile esoterica. Read the full Ken Kessler review to see how the Ariadne stacks up to the Linn LP12's of the world and beyond. Continue Reading
Maplenoll Ariadne Turntable Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Made by Musical Fidelity exclusively for the Korean hi-fi community, the Sinfonia Preamp is a purist product designed to deliver maximum fidelity and minimum frills. With elegant looks and a surprisingly low price, too bad you'll never see it outside of Korea. Continue Reading
Sinfonia Preamp and Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Mark Levinson No. 30 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

In its day the Mark Levinson No. 30 was the ultimate (without question) Compact Disc transport money could buy. Paired with the No. 31 DAC and you were cooking with serious gas. Today, it still holds its own for CD playback. Read the full Ken Kessler review. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 30 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Gryphon DM100 Dual Mono Amplifier Reviewed

When "big" amps aren't enough, there's the DM100 dual mono from Gryphon. It's 168 pounds of 100-watt Class A amazingness. It's bigger than some coffee tables, and it will blow you away (in a good way, of course). Continue Reading
Gryphon DM100 Dual Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Adcom GFP 555 II Preamp and GFA 545 II Power Amp Reviewed

One of the all-time audiophile classics. The Adcom GFA-545 (GFA stood for GREAT F****G Amp) designed by the legendary Nelson Pass (First Watt and Pass Labs) this was the best bargain audio in the world at the time. Read the classic review. Continue Reading
Adcom GFP 555 II Preamp and GFA 545 II Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 12, 1992

Spendor BC1 Loudspeakers Reviewed

A British speaker of somewhat conventional design the Splendor BC1 is a legend in some British circles. Large production of this now discontinued model ensure availability for those looking on the used market. Click here for a full review. Continue Reading
 Spendor BC1 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Marantz CD-11 SE Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Marantz in its retro hey dey rocked some serious Compact Disc players that could actually keep up with the best from Sony ES, Mark Levinson, Proceed and Krell. Read the retro-review here from Ken Kessler. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-11 SE Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Sonus faber Extrema Loudspeakers Reviewed

Incredible beauty in design and sonics the Extrema is a top level bookshelf monitor with a finish to die for. This is the type of speaker that would attract any audiophile to spend boldly. Read the full Ken Kessler review here. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Extrema Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

Danish audio at its best, the Gryphon Limited Edition preamp lives up to its name. Visually stunning with six distinct chassis and a 24-step passive resistor network that must be hand-assembled, Gryphon proves they can make a world-class preamp. Continue Reading
Gryphon Limited Edition Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Audio Research DAC1 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

Audio Research producing a digital converter? This company -- analogue stalwarts enamoured with valves -- has resisted involvement with Things... Continue Reading
Audio Research DAC1 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Sonus faber Topolino Loudspeakers Reviewed

A historical model from Sonus Faber this is a speaker you aren't likely to see much of outside of some die hard fans. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Topolino Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

A rare Anthony Michaelson-designed tube preamp, the Typhoon uses eight ECC8 tubes in a parallel cascade output configuration. With clean minimalist yet elegant lines the Typhoon shows how elegant British hi-fi can be, Continue Reading
Da Vinci Typhoon Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Apogee Centaur Electronstatic Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feeling a bit like the boy who cried 'Wolf!', I still can't help but regard this new range from Apogee... Continue Reading
Apogee Centaur Electronstatic Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Audio Alchemy Digital Decoding Engine v1.0 DAC Reviewed

Long before Audio Alchemy founder, Mark Schifter, got locked up in the pokey for charity fraud he was selling products like the DDE v.1.0. If you don't like the product he might offer you a "steak dinner and a ride in his Porsche". Good luck to those who say "yes". Continue Reading
Audio Alchemy Digital Decoding Engine v1.0 DAC Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Sonic Frontiers SFS-50 Tube Power Amp Reviewed

The SFS-50 from Sonic Frontiers has a beautiful metal-on-metal aesthetic, and with 50-watts of Class A tube power it has the oomph to back up its looks. If you want to save some money back in the day, you can even build it yourself. Continue Reading
Sonic Frontiers SFS-50 Tube Power Amp Reviewed

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