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Jan 11, 1995

Pioneer DVL-909 DVD Player Reviewed

Massively-built, especially when compared to current DVD players, this several-year-old, now discontinued DVD player was "The" thing to have when it came out due to its very decent video and audio capabilities. If you have one, I bet it's still working. Continue Reading
Pioneer DVL-909 DVD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 1995

Pioneer DVL-919E Laserdisc and DVD Player Reviewed

If you're one of the few people who still cling to their Laserdiscs, the DVL-919E is the culmination of a few decades of engineering, and is likely the last high-end LD player the world will ever see. Thankfully, it also plays back DVDs and CDs just as well. Continue Reading
Pioneer DVL-919E Laserdisc and DVD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Marantz CD-16 CD Player Reviewed

Some say that a CD player is a CD player is a CD player. The truth is that the truth is more complex, or something like that. The CD-16 is a high-end player from Marantz that offers build quality and DACs the digital-loving audiophile is sure to appreciate. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-16 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Counterpoint DA-11 Transport Reviewed

A wise man once said that the right bit at the wrong time is the wrong bit. The need for accurate CD transports shouldn't be underestimated, especially with the deluge of inexpensive and high-quality DACs on the market. Enter the DA-11 from Counterpoint. Continue Reading
Counterpoint DA-11 Transport Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Marantz CD52 MK IISE Reviewed

Storied audio brand Marantz has released a big honking CD player other CD players will cower at. What makes it really impressive is how well it performs given its price. Sure it looks like a VCR, but the CD52 MkIISE will dazzle your ears. We test it out Continue Reading
Marantz CD52 MK IISE Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

YBA CD 2 CD Player Reviewed

Aiming for that high-end of high-end audiophile, the two-piece CD 2 from YBA is the ultimate in design and build. The CD player is from Yves-Bernard Andre company, and is a top-loading design. That second box? The power supply. We couldn't wait to check it out. Continue Reading
YBA CD 2 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Vimak DS-2000 D/A Converter Reviewed

Inundated by wonderful products at hi-fi shows, I find it a miracle that anything commits itself to memory. Upon... Continue Reading
Vimak DS-2000 D/A Converter Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Krell MD-20 CD Transport, Krell Studio DAC and KRC Preamp Reviewed

Remember what it was like the first time you rode a bike without the training wheels? Passed your driving test?... Continue Reading
Krell MD-20 CD Transport, Krell Studio DAC and KRC Preamp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

YBA Integre Integrated Amp Reviewed

Aiming for that high-end of high-end audiophile, the two-piece CD 2 from YBA is the ultimate in design and build. The CD player is from Yves-Bernard Andre company, and is a top-loading design. That second box? The power supply. We couldn't wait to check it out. Continue Reading
YBA Integre Integrated Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Mark Levinson No. 30 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

In its day the Mark Levinson No. 30 was the ultimate (without question) Compact Disc transport money could buy. Paired with the No. 31 DAC and you were cooking with serious gas. Today, it still holds its own for CD playback. Read the full Ken Kessler review. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 30 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Marantz CD-11 SE Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Marantz in its retro hey dey rocked some serious Compact Disc players that could actually keep up with the best from Sony ES, Mark Levinson, Proceed and Krell. Read the retro-review here from Ken Kessler. Continue Reading
Marantz CD-11 SE Compact Disc Player 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, 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, 1989

Radford WSCD1 CD Player Reviewed

Radford and Woodside Electronics put out this CD player, which was the first digital audio entry made by the brands. Ken Kessler examines their entry and shares his thoughts Continue Reading
 Radford WSCD1 CD Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

California Audio Labs Tempest II Special Edition CD Player Reviewed

California Audio Labs's Tempest II Special Edition CD player isn't just a tweaked version of the Tempest II. In fact, there were some dramatic changes made in the creation of this new version Continue Reading
California Audio Labs Tempest II Special Edition CD Player Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner Reviewed

The Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner is a bit of an obsolete component now, but it may very well be the best FM tuner ever made. Continue Reading
Day Sequerra FM Studio Tuner Reviewed

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