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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

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

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