Audio Player Reviews (176 Reviews)


Audio Player Reviews Archives

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

Jan 04, 2009

Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD Player

A two-chassis "statement" product, the Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD player is a beautifully built. With a completely isolated dual-channel design, a separate choke regulated power supply for its motor, as well as individual power supplies for the servo and digital electronics, this is one serious CD unit Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity kW 25 CD Player

Jan 04, 2009

Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner Reviewed

Is the Sequerra Model 1 FM tuner the best FM tuner ever made? If not, it's on a very short list of the very best. Read about what makes it so special and so worthy of the ultimate approbation - the best FM tuner in the world Continue Reading
Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Pathos Endorphin CD Player Reviewed

Despite its goofy name, the Endorphin CD player is an impressive piece of gear. With a pair of Russian 6H30PI tubes in its output stage, and true balanced as well as single-ended outputs, the Endorphin ranks as a carefully thought-out disc-spinner Continue Reading
Pathos Endorphin CD Player Reviewed

Nov 09, 2008

Qsonix Q110 Music Server Reviewed

Another small player from the mid-2000's, Qsonix was early to market with a touch screen media server. Today's Meridian-Sooloos machine has taken much if not all of the steam out of the market for Qsonix but they were early to the game. Continue Reading
Qsonix Q110 Music Server Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

Teac Esoteric DV-60 Universal Player Reviewed

The DV-60 rates as one of the best available universal players available. It can handle DVDs, CDs, SACDs, and CDRs. Video processing is handled by a Faroudja I/P processor chip. Should Blu-ray go the way of Beta and downloads take over the world of video, you'll still want your DV-60 Continue Reading
Teac Esoteric DV-60 Universal Player Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

Denon DVD-5910CI DVD Player Reviewed

With the capability for handling CDs, DVDs, DVD-As and SACDs, the Denon DVD-5910 is designed to be an almost universal disc player. It also includes Denon's proprietary D-link as well as a Firewire connection for passing SACD and DVD-audio to a compatible Denon receiver Continue Reading
Denon DVD-5910CI DVD Player Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Audio Research Reference CD7 CD Player Reviewed

When Audio Research labels a product "reference," they mean it. The CD7 represents AR's latest thinking on what makes the ultimate CD player. Refinements in both the digital and analog signal chain makes the CD7 truly worthy of being called a reference CD player Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference CD7 CD Player Reviewed

More Audio Player Reviews: