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Feb 13, 1991

Technics SV-DA10 DAT Tape Deck Reviewed

Digital Audio Tape freaked out every pony-tailed record executive like it was the end of the world but they were wrong (of course). DAT allowed for neatly master quality tape playback for the consumer in its day but CD-R replaced it pretty quickly. Read this classic DAT deck review here. Continue Reading
Technics SV-DA10 DAT Tape Deck Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

This British passive has six inputs and a stepped attenuator. It disappears in the signal chain, but its overall fit and finish and crude ergonomics prevent it from being a fun product to use. Is its transparency worth its operational idiosyncrasies? Continue Reading
Rothwell Passive Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Lecson Quattra Integrated Amp Reviewed

The name Lecson may not instill confidence in the minds of potential consumers. In its previous incarnation, it wasn't exactly the most reliable of products. But the relaunch has brought us the amazing Quattra. Continue Reading
Lecson Quattra Integrated Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

A hybrid preamp that uses a single 6DJ8 tube and FET devices, the LS2 is one of the preamps that helped define Audio Research's reputation as the premier tube electronics manufacturer. Superb-sounding and ergonomically austere, the LS2 is a special preamp. Continue Reading
Audio Research LS2 Line Stage Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Genesis IM-5200 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The IM-5200 has "excellent and impressive image height" and "a touch more precision" than the competition. It's a "punchy, sparkling, involving speaker which offers a greater sense of weight and bass extension" then other models in its class. Continue Reading
Genesis IM-5200 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Dynaco Stereo 70 Tube Amp Reviewed

It doesn't get more classic than a Dynaco Stereo 70. You could built it yourself or buy one complete but this 35 Watt per channel amp changed audio forever. Read the classic review of the reissue from one of the most important amps ever made in audio history. Continue Reading
Dynaco Stereo 70 Tube Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Copland CTA 401 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Copland likes to keep things minimal. Their products are kept free of displays, or even buttons. The CTA 401 integrated amp has five big knobs to control all functions. We put the big amp to the test and for those that love true high end audio - this is a must read. Continue Reading
Copland CTA 401 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Proceed PCD (PDP & PDT) Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Nobody could see the failure of Proceed coming thanks to the PMDT when this Compact Disc transport ruled the audiophile world supreme. Those who still own a Proceed product love the performance but worry about the day when it gives up the ghost. Read the classic review here. Continue Reading
 Proceed PCD (PDP & PDT) Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Celestion 5 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Celestion 5is available in simulated black ash or oak finishes. It is "capable of recreating a fairly realistic soundstage" The Celestion 5 has "added bass and improved dynamics" over the popular and well received Celestion, "with no tradeoff in bass control" and there are also "gains in dynamic capabilities..." Continue Reading
Celestion 5 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

SME Series 30 Turntable Reviewed

No Ken Kessler review could be complete without a car comment and in this review this SME table gets the comparison to a Bugatti. Yes, a Bugatti. Some who love digital suggest that a turntable should get a comparison to horse drawn buggy but then again those people don't live in the UK do they? Continue Reading
SME Series 30 Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

A digital preamp capable of handling multiple digital sources has a maximum throughput of 48/16, making it a virtual antique in the modern world of 96/24 and 192/24. But if you see one, now you'll know what it is. Continue Reading
Music & Sound's DCC-1 Digital Control Centre Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

JBL XPL 90 Loudspeakers Reviewed

The detailed craftsmanship of the XPL 90 combines "to create a close-to-dead resonance free reap the reward of smear-free, precise sound." The response towards this model, from both audiophiles and "civilians" were "unanimously favorable" according to our reviewer... Continue Reading
JBL XPL 90 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

The Finial Laser Turntable Reviewed

Mr. Powers, you've noticed that the sharks have laser beams on their heads. "I have one simple request which is to have sharks with fricken laser beams on their heads" "What do I have here?" SEABASS. Mutated seabass. Continue Reading
The Finial Laser Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Apogee Stage Electrostatic Loudspeakers Reviewed

The Apogee Stage is a large electrostatic speaker with a huge cult following. The smoothness and ease of the midrange make these audiophile favorites. Beware in an earthquake but until then - these speakers sound great and are a big part of audiophile history. Continue Reading
Apogee Stage Electrostatic Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Croft Series 3 Power Amplifier Reviewed

While they may not be the easiest products to find, Croft's amps are rock solid, and fantastically reliable. The new Series 3 amp is fairly inexpensive, weights a little over 30 pounds, and has a sizeable 50 watts per channel. Continue Reading
Croft Series 3 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Carver Silver Seven Mono Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier Reviewed

Bob Carver knows a thing or two about amp design, and the huge Silver Seven is actually two separate chassis, and 38 tubes, for each channel. It's also a good $30,000+. This is a far departure from a power amp in a coffee can and remains a historically important power amp even today. Continue Reading
Carver Silver Seven Mono Vacuum Tube Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

ATC SCM20 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Although it is not a very large unit, ATC has endowed the SCM20 "with dynamic capabilities which are found only in massive or expensive systems." In fact, our reviewer noted he had "yet to find much material which taxes the SCM20. It also avoids "any fatigue-inducing 'edges'" while vocals Continue Reading
ATC SCM20 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

TDL Studio 0.5 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

While the Studio 0.5 is a smaller version of the Studio 1, it still looks "commanding in the all-black finish." It has a "remarkably coherent sound" which matches the Studio 1 for consistency. Once the speaker is ideally positioned for bass, our reviewer advised listeners to "ready yourself for amazement..." Continue Reading
TDL Studio 0.5 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Oracle Delphi Mark IV Turntable Reviewed

Whenever Oracle Delphi releases an update it is usually a good idea to go ahead and pick it and the Mark IV turntable is no exception. Its good looks go hand in hand with its good performance Continue Reading
Oracle Delphi Mark IV Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

The DR-5 is the preamp that cemented Classe's reputation as a top-echelon audio manufacturer. With adjustable gain range between 20 and 40 dB, MM and MC phono section, the DR-5 offers top-flight performance, especially in terms of dimensionality and imaging. Continue Reading
Classe DR-5 Preamp and DR-5 Power Amp Reviewed

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