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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

Feb 13, 1990

Solen Tiger Tube/MOSFET Integrated Amp Reviewed

I have a feeling tiger blood is going to be big sometime in the future. Way in the future, like 20 plus years. The Tiger Tube amp from Solen has 50 watts for each of its channels, and is quite the winner. Read this review as it is a torpedo of truth Continue Reading
Solen Tiger Tube/MOSFET Integrated Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Sonus faber Electa Floorstanding Speakers Reviewed

The Electa has "panache" in "the way it balanced every aspect of speaker performance in the same way it addressed the speaker's physical presentation." Its appearance is described as "mouthwatering" while the sound performance "so utterly musical that any inherent weaknesses are reduced to Continue Reading
Sonus faber Electa Floorstanding Speakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Radford WSCD1 CD Player Reviewed

Radford and Woodside Electronics put out this CD player, which was the first digital audio entry made by the brands. Ken Kessler examines their entry and shares his thoughts Continue Reading
 Radford WSCD1 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

This tube preamp has two Mullard E88CCs in the phono section, two ECC82s in the line section and two EL84 tubes in the power supply. Although the phono section is noisy, it has that tube dimensionality that LP lovers' crave. Continue Reading
Cadence PRE2 Preamp and MA2 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

California Audio Labs Tempest II Special Edition CD Player Reviewed

California Audio Labs's Tempest II Special Edition CD player isn't just a tweaked version of the Tempest II. In fact, there were some dramatic changes made in the creation of this new version Continue Reading
California Audio Labs Tempest II Special Edition CD Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Monitor Audio Reference 1200 "Gold" Loudspeakers Reviewed

The 1200 "produced a wonderfully convincing 3D soundstage, including more than ample height and wholly satisfying depth" and compared favorably with many larger competitors. It also successfully reproduces the "feel of the lower registers." The treble is "silky-smooth, the texture occurring far lower down the frequency scale..." Continue Reading

Feb 13, 1989

Valfet Audio Power Amplifier Reviewed

The Audio Power Amp from Valfet doesn't look like any other amp on the market. It's a massive black cube with tubes inside, rated at 75-watts in Class A mode, or 200-watts into Class B. Read a rare review of this classic power amp. Continue Reading
Valfet Audio Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Oracle Delphi III Audiophile Turntable Reviewed

The Oracle Delphi Mk III is a marked improvement over the previous iterations in the series. So much so that this reviewer felt compelled to purchase the turntable for his reference system Continue Reading
Oracle Delphi III Audiophile Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Radford MA50 Renaissance Class-A Power Amp Reviewed

Unlike the more ostentatious designs from other companies, the MA 50 Renaissance goes about its Class-A business in a simple cabinet. Like all Class A amps, it runs hot, a sign of the all-on, all-the-time performance under the hood. Continue Reading
Radford MA50 Renaissance Class-A Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Audio-Technica AT-ART1 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Audio-Technica's AT-ART1 phono cartridge is a phono cartridge that respects its price points and offers features accordingly, making a true luxury class item for the discerning audiophile Continue Reading
Audio-Technica AT-ART1 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner Reviewed

The Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner is a bit of an obsolete component now, but it may very well be the best FM tuner ever made. Continue Reading
Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Celestion 3000 Ribbon Loudspeakers Reviewed

In absolute terms, the Celestion 3000's staging capabilities were "of an order so far beyond what is expected at this price point." Listeners will also no longer need to fight over center position in front of these speakers. The sound has "such overwhelming synergy that Continue Reading
Celestion 3000 Ribbon Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Roksan Hotcakes Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

'Lifestyle' products usually emanate from the marketing-led mass-market companies, so it's a pleasant surprise to learn that at least one... Continue Reading
Roksan Hotcakes Bookshelf Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Monitor Audio Studio 10 Loudspeakers Reviewed

All-metal drivers are nothing new. Anyone possessing old copies of the missing-in-action Hi-Fi Yearbook can rattle off a list of... Continue Reading
Monitor Audio Studio 10 Loudspeakers Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Beard Audio BB100 Tube Power Amp

Sporting 18 tubes sprouting from its metal chassis like stalagmites, the BB100 amp from Beard Audio has a big (for a tube amp) 50-watts per channel. It's a full dual-mono design, and take it for an extended evaluation. Continue Reading
Beard Audio BB100 Tube Power Amp

Feb 13, 1989

Gryphon Audiophile Preamp Reviewed

Beautifully made and packed with quality hardware such as Swiss 24-position passive resistor, WBT connectors, and Wima caps. The Gryphon handles MM and MM carts via special boards that allow you to dial in the gain to your requirements. Continue Reading
Gryphon Audiophile Preamp Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Counterpoint SA-12 Power Amp Reviewed

"Budget" audiophile products are often met with caution, and justifiably so, but the SA-12 amp from Counterpoint needs no such caution. It's a 100-watt tube/solid state hybrid amp, and it's a doozy. Counterpoint was even once featured on The Price is Right before going out of business. Continue Reading
Counterpoint SA-12 Power Amp Reviewed

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