Audio Player Reviews (183 Reviews)


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Jan 04, 2009

Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

With its classic minimalist look this two-channel CD player delivers excellent sound with no muss or fuss. While it has XLR analog outputs for balanced operation the CDA822 lacks any digital outs, so it cannot be used as a transport. Continue Reading
Copland CDA822 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Unison Research Unico CD Player Reviewed

Built to match their Unico integrated amplifier, the Unison Research Unico CD player delivers excellent performance in a stylish package. With true balanced analog outputs, a 24-bit/192 kHz Crystal digital to analog converter, a unique high quality power supply the Unico is a winner. Continue Reading
Unison Research Unico CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Part of Quad's current generation of electronics, the 99 CD player has fixed and variable outputs, so you can use it sans a preamp, or couple it with the most excellent Quad 99 preamp. Sonic results will be liquid, musical, and worthy of the Quad moniker. Continue Reading
QUAD 99 Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

More than merely a player, the Audio Analouge Maestro has a digital input so it can be used as a D/A as well as both single-ended and balanced analog outputs. With sonic characteristics that include robustness along with a sense of force and power that can't be found with most other players. Continue Reading
Audio Analouge Maestro CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

Tim de Paravicini's EAR 324 phono stage represents a more full-featured approach to a stand-alone phono preamp than his 834P. Its low-noise wide bandwidth design uses multi-stage passive filtering and accepts either moving coil or moving magnet cartridges. Continue Reading
EAR 324 Phono Stage Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

EveAnna Manley's Steelhead phono stage achieves reference-quality sound with tubes. With variable gain, and input loading available via its front panel, changes can be made without resorting to jumpers or internal hard-to-get-at switches. Continue Reading
 Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

The Tivoli Radio Combo system includes an AM/FM tuner, CD player, speakers and a subwoofer. The heart of the system, the Model Two Stereo Table Radio, uses a 3-inch driver. The new subwoofer uses a 5-ΒΌ inch driver to plumb the depths. Continue Reading
 Tivoli Radio Combo System Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

The Slovakian-made Project phono stage uses tubes and looks far more expensive than it is. It also delivers up to 60 dB of gain for moving coil cartridges and adjustable input impedance settings via a dipswitch set on the bottom of the unit Continue Reading
Pro-Ject Tube Box Phono Stage Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

As a CD only machine, some audiophiles seeking a more purist approach to CD playing will prize the CD3. With Audio Research's superb analog output section the CD3 has great depth and incredible bloom. If you don't mind it's top-loading mechanism you'll love this romantic CD player Continue Reading
Audio Research CD3 CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Sometimes having a preamplifier with a built-in phono stage isn't tweaky enough or dedicated enough for a true audiophile. Sometimes your beloved turntable requires it's own preamp, which is precisely why Audio Research has designed and released the PH5. Continue Reading
Audio Research PH5 Phono Preamp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Audio Analouge Masestro is an off beat integrated amp designed for the audiophile market (mainly in Europe and Asia) that has Ferarri good looks and a sexy growl to match. When paired with the matching Compact Disc player it makes for a compelling combination for the adventurous audiophile. Continue Reading
Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Along with its matching integrated amplifier, the PM-15S1, the 13.5 kg SA-15S1 represents a step down from the top-of-the-line 11 series in terms of price while giving up little in the way of sonics or features. And of course you get With Marantz's usual impeccable build quality Continue Reading
Marantz SA-15S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audiovalve Sunilda Phono Amp Reviewed

German-made Audiovalve Sunilda, as you might surmise, uses tubes in its stand-alone phono-stage design. It uses ECC88 and 12AX7 tubes to deliver up to 60 dB of gain in moving coil mode. It combines many virtues into a very attractive package Continue Reading
Audiovalve Sunilda Phono Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SA-11S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Marantz's flagship SACD player, the SA-11S1 features a no-compromise design that eschews multi-channel reproduction in favor of hair-shirt two-channel only outputs. Built to last through a multitude of human owners, the SA-11S1 ranks as a very special player Continue Reading
Marantz SA-11S1 SACD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Chord One CD Player Reviewed

Our reviewer found the Chord One CD player's physical design "a hoot!" but when it came time to listen the Chord wiped that smile right off his face and replaced it with awe for this seriously good CD player that can also be used as a first-class transport Continue Reading
Chord One CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Gryphon Exorcist Phono Demagnetizing Device Reviewed

Is your cartridge sounding tired even though it shows no signs of physical wear and tear? Maybe it needs to be demagnetized. The Gryphon Exorcist does exactly that. Read how it works Continue Reading
Gryphon Exorcist Phono Demagnetizing Device Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Oracle DAC 1000/CD 2500 CD Transport and DAC Reviewed

From the outside the Oracle DAC1000 and CD 2500 have a familial visual flair. Using a somewhat similar suspension scheme on the CD 2500 as on the original Oracle turntable, the CD 2500 has a liquid fluidity that is sure to conjure up memories of Oracle's original disc-spinner Continue Reading
Oracle DAC 1000/CD 2500 CD Transport and DAC Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Theta Compli Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Universal here means the Compli can play DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD, CD, and CDRs. Its sonic capabilities can make going from digital sources to analog less traumatic because it brings out the analog nature of digital recordings. It could very well be your last high-end disc-spinner Continue Reading
Theta Compli Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Lyngdorf CD-1 Player Reviewed

Peter Lyngdorf designed many of Tact's room correction and amplifier designs. On his CD-1 you'll find a simple looking exterior that offers startlingly good performance and sonics worthy of even the most esoteric and expensive stereo systems Continue Reading
Lyngdorf CD-1 Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Mimetism CD 20.1 CD Player Reviewed

Your chances of finding one of these listed on Audiogon or in Craig's List are about the same as the odds of your car window getting broken by the impact of hitting a passenger pigeon. But don't worry; unless you live in France, this French CD player is probably pretty low on your radar Continue Reading
Mimetism CD 20.1 CD Player Reviewed

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