Audio Player Reviews (181 Reviews)


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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

Oct 25, 2008

Jolida JD100A & Talk Saxon CD700 MK2 SE CD Players Reviewed

This head-to-head review of the Jolida JD100 A and the Talk Saxon CD700 contrast the strengths and weaknesses of these two under $1300 CD players. The Jolida has a tube output stage while the Saxon is a solid-state unit Continue Reading
Jolida JD100A & Talk Saxon CD700 MK2 SE CD Players Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

Quad Super System Reviewed

Want to know what Quad really thinks their speakers should sound? Why not buy all your components from them? They do make a full line of gear as well, and this is a review of such a system. Continue Reading
Quad Super System Reviewed

Oct 22, 2008

Shanling Audio 1500 CD Player Reviewed

Shanling Audio's 1500 CD player demonstrates how far Chinese manufacturers have come in design and execution in the last couple of years. Audacious in looks and technology, the 1500 makes a strong statement about Asian audio aesthetics and sound Continue Reading
Shanling Audio 1500 CD Player Reviewed

Oct 17, 2008

Meridian G98 CD, DVD, DVD-Audio Transport Reviewed

Although it's not a universal player, the G98 can handle every format except SACD, Blu-Ray, and DVD-A. With its 8x DVD-ROM drive that uses multiple reads to correct disc errors. With 1080P output via HDMI the G98 makes DVDs look spectacular Continue Reading
Meridian G98 CD, DVD, DVD-Audio Transport Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Meridian 800 Reference DVD-Video, CD and DVD-Audio Player Reviewed

Is this the finest CD and DVD player ever made? Jerry Del Colliano's extensive review looks at this and other important questions regarding Meridian's flagship player, which some pundits claim makes CDs sound BETTER than SACDs Continue Reading
Meridian 800 Reference DVD-Video, CD and DVD-Audio Player Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Halcro EC800 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

While known primarily for their amplifiers and preamplifiers the Halcro EC800 is housed in the same modern case work as the rest of their line and offers serious audiophile performance with a look to round out your rig. Continue Reading
Halcro EC800 Universal Disc Player Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

ReQuest F-500 Music Server Reviewed

In the late 2000's the first truly robust music server was the ReQuest platform. While audiophiles learned to love the concept, custom AV installers embraced ReQuest with open arms especially after the Echo back up drive was introduced. Continue Reading
ReQuest F-500 Music Server Reviewed

Jan 11, 2007

Meridian 586.2 DVD Player Reviewed

Meridian's 586.2 plays DVD and CDs. Now several years discontinued, the 586.2 is a solid performer that integrates beautifully in any 500, 800 or G series Meridian system. Continue Reading
Meridian 586.2 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2006

Rotel RDV-1080 DVD-Audio Player Reviewed

British audio manufacturer Rotel has long been known for making quality audio gear, and it's no surprise that they're jumping on the DVD bandwagon. Featuring their trademark aesthetic, the RDV-1080 is also a quality high-end DVD-audio player. Continue Reading
Rotel RDV-1080 DVD-Audio Player Reviewed

Feb 15, 2006

Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player Reviewed

The absolute first generation top of the line HD DVD player this unit was a beast. Big, heavy and slow as molasses but it always played the discs! While it had a lot of growing to do this unit was totally reliable albeit slow to load Continue Reading
Toshiba HD-XA1 HD DVD Player Reviewed

Feb 15, 2006

Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

The combo sits middle of Denon's line and offered a lot of bang for the buck. Both these models have since been replaced in the lineup but they continue to circulate on the used market Continue Reading
Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 15, 2005

Antex Triple Play Satellite Radio Receiver Reviewed

The Antex Triple play allows Sirrius satellite radio users to now listen to three different channels in three different sites of their home from a single subscription. While this will require a home integration or automation system, it is an exceptionally flexible design Continue Reading
Antex Triple Play Satellite Radio Receiver Reviewed

Apr 15, 2005

V, Inc Bravo D2 DVD Player Reviewed

From back in the day when Vizio was still V, Inc, the D2 was one of the first DVD players to offer DVI-D feed allowing a pure digital video feed to your display. While it sounds silly nowadays, this was a ground breaking technology when it came out Continue Reading
 V, Inc Bravo D2 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 15, 2005

Humax DRT800 DVD Recorder with TiVo Service Reviewed

This unit combines a DVD recorder with a TiVo DVR and provides the best of both worlds. You can use the 80GB hard drive to store shows and then determine whether or not you wish to record them on DVDs. TiVo's user friendly system is a benefit but downloading the TV guide takes a little bit too long... Continue Reading
Humax DRT800 DVD Recorder with TiVo Service Reviewed

Apr 03, 2005

NEC ND-3500A DVD Recorder Reviewed

This is an internal computer DVD recorder and one of the early models to hit the market. While a modern example of this unit will cost much less and be faster this piece was an early model and holds some interest Continue Reading
NEC ND-3500A DVD Recorder Reviewed

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