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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

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

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