Audio Player Reviews (180 Reviews)


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Aug 06, 2010

Cary Audio CD 303T SACD Pro CD/SACD Player Reviewed

A high-end player handles a multitude of disc formats, including SACD. The 303T also has USB and SPDIF digital inputs so it can serve as both a player and a DAC. With both tube and solid-state analog outputs, the CD 303T lets you tailor the sound depending on the music. Continue Reading
Cary Audio CD 303T SACD Pro CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Mar 31, 2010

McIntosh MR88 AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner Reviewed

This tuner receives not only AM and FM radio, but also XM and HD radio. Built in classic McIntosh style, this $4000 could well be your last tuner you'll ever buy, because it doesn't get any better than this. With single-ended and balanced outputs, the McIntosh MR88 is a sonic knockout. Continue Reading
McIntosh MR88 AM/FM/XM/HD Tuner Reviewed

Feb 18, 2010

Krell KID iPod Dock Reviewed

So you have a high end audio system but need to get top-level sound and power into it from your iPod? Krell has the solution with their Krell KID and PAPA DOC products. Built like a tank and sounding better than expected this iPod device is what high end is all about. Continue Reading
Krell KID iPod Dock Reviewed

Feb 15, 2010

NAD C 565BEE CD Player Reviewed

Andrew Robinson's assessment of the NAD C565BEE CD player reveals a $799 that is an enthusiast's dream at a very affordable price. Through it's digital input the C 565BEE also serves as a DAC, and a darn fine one Andrew discovered. Read why it should be on your sub $800 short list. Continue Reading
NAD C 565BEE CD Player Reviewed

Feb 12, 2010

Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Tipping the scales at 33 pounds, the Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD is a substantial and impressive piece of industrial art and an absolute champion at delivering every iota of musical information to your ears in a natural and unfatiguing way. In terms of soundstage it doesn't get any better than this. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No 512 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Dec 11, 2009

Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock Reviewed

Getting your iPod to talk to your Denon HDMI AV Receiver has never been easier thanks to the Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock. Boasting a wireless connection, this easy-to-use Apple iPod dock makes bringing your media home very simple. Continue Reading
Denon ASD-51W iPod Dock Reviewed

Dec 09, 2009

Logitech Transporter Music Server Reviewed

One of the best media server devices that we've seen for music to date is the Logitech Transporter. Reviewed by Brian Kahn, this network music device competes directly with the AppleTVs of the world for those not looking for the Cult of Mac. Continue Reading
Logitech Transporter Music Server Reviewed

Dec 07, 2009

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Sep 09, 2009

Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

Commemorative models are rare in hi-fi, but the Marantz SA-KI SACD player was created by audio designer Ken Ishiwata to celebrate his 30th year with Marantz. Beautifully made and elegantly designed, the SA-KI-Pearl ranks as a very exclusive and very special CD and SACD player. Continue Reading
Marantz SA-KI-Pearl SACD Player Reviewed

Aug 23, 2009

Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Price and pedigree put the Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD player into the upper echelons of high-end audio. Jerry Del Colliano found the 505 CD/SACD performance on ordinary everyday red-book CDs alone made it worth its price. The superlative SACD performance is icing on the cake. Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 505 CD/SACD Player Reviewed

Aug 13, 2009

Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

It plays CDs and DVDs, so well in fact that that Jerry Del Colliano disconnected his scaler to use the CDP-502 straight into his display. He found the Classe to be not quite as liquid as the Meridian 800, but solid, realistic, and gleaming with musical energy. Continue Reading
Classe CDP-502 Reference Disc Player

Jul 20, 2009

EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

The combination of the TSD1 and DAC2 wills et you back more than $20K, but can produce amazing sound with no digital glare or edginess. Even sources such as an old Airport Express sound remarkable through the DAC2. The TSM1 transport was the smoothest transport we've heard. Continue Reading
EMM Labs TSD1 CD Transport and DAC2

Jun 12, 2009

NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

Priced at $499, and situated one slot below the NAD Classic line, the C545BEE uses the latest Burr Brown 24-bit DACs, accepts CD-R/W and will play MP3 and WMA files. Called a "gateway drug to the high end," this player gives you a taste of what great sound is all about. Continue Reading
NAD C545BEE CD Player Reviewed

Jun 07, 2009

Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

Known for high end, audiophile grade AV receivers and source components comes an iPod dock worthy of the Marantz name. Brian Kahn takes a long look at the Marantz IS301 iPod dock in his reference AV system. Continue Reading
Marantz IS301 iPod Dock Reviewed

Apr 20, 2009

Logitech Duet Network Music Server

As one of the first bi-directional remote controlled devices, this Logitech Squeeze box media server solution has captured the attention of many home theater and streaming enthusiasts as well as reviewers like Brian Kahn. Continue Reading
Logitech Duet Network Music Server

Mar 09, 2009

NEPTUNE AUDIO neptuneEQ Reviewed

7.1 channels of digital room correction and equalization make the $3,995 NeptuneEQ a very useful tool in taming the sound of even the most sonically deficient room. With its graphic display and 1/3 octave filters, the Neptune may be the perfect solution for your room's problems. Continue Reading
NEPTUNE AUDIO neptuneEQ Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

This "entry-level" Chroma D to A converter from Theta handles both Toslink and coaxial digital inputs and has a single pair of analog outputs. Two versions are available - with or without HDCD processing. Both versions have their advantages, which are described fully in the review. Continue Reading
Theta Chroma Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

The German-made Imago CD transport is massive in size and performance. With its carefully tuned internal suspension, machined synthetic material sub-chassis, the Imago was created to be an all out assault on the problems of spinning a CD perfectly. You will love or hate its unique looks. Continue Reading
Meracus Imago CD Transport Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

This special signature version of the highly-regarded CD-63II is jam-packed with every facility you'd expect from a CD player, including it's own separate volume control. It differs from the standard model with its over-sized toroidal power supply, anti-vibration chassis, and improved amp modules. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-63II K.I. Signature CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

An engineering marvel, the Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD player has RCA and BNC S/PDIF digital inputs so it can also serve as a DAC. With a Phillips CDM12 pro drive mechanism, the ZZ-Eight is designed to deliver "magical" sound quality without a trace of listener fatigue. Continue Reading
Bow Technologies ZZ-Eight CD Player Reviewed

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