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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

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

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