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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

Feb 13, 1991

Parnassus Cartridge Reviewed

Audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler, laments the 1991 death of vinyl while looking at this expensive cartridge designed for audiophile nirvana. Does heavy metal sound better? Without question. Read more in the full review here. Continue Reading
Parnassus Cartridge Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Monitor Audio Monitor One Loudspeakers Reviewed

While known for fairly priced speakers, making a pair of speakers that costs as little as these do is tough. Now get them to sound good and you have the Monitor Audio Monitor One bookshelf speaker. Read the full review on the next page. Continue Reading
Monitor Audio Monitor One Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Einstein Power Amp Review

What would you expect when you think about a company called Einstein? A certain level of cleverness perhaps? Maybe not a tube amp company based in Germany. Check out their 60 watt per channel debut product. Continue Reading
Einstein Power Amp Review

Feb 13, 1991

Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Counterpoint was a California-based audio manufacturer who specialized in tube gear. The SA-1000 was their entry-level preamp. It has a pair of 12AX7 and a single 6dJ8 for tubes, solid-state regulation, and a MOSFET line stage buffer. Continue Reading
Counterpoint SA-1000 Preamp and SA-100 Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Celestion SL700 Loudspeaker System Reviewed

While the SL700 does play louder than its predecessor, the real meat of this product is the bass, which "conveys more weight and richness." The imaging "remained precise and accurate." Our reviewer felt it was so silky sounding, "they could have been spun by worms." Continue Reading
Celestion SL700 Loudspeaker System Reviewed

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