Audio Player Reviews (183 Reviews)


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Apr 18, 2002

Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD-R Reviewed

In the no-one-wins format war of recordable DVD, there's the "-" camp, the "+" camp, and Panasonic as the almost sole entry into the DVD-RAM camp. What makes the DMR-HS2 so brilliant, though, is the inclusion of a 40 gigabyte hard drive. Continue Reading
Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD-R Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Harman Kardon DVD 25 Reviewed

For those looking for something a little better than the entry level models from the likes of Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic, the DVD 25 from Harman Kardon offers a bit of style and some high end features for not a lot of money. We test it out. Continue Reading
Harman Kardon DVD 25 Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Zenith DVD2381 DVD Player Reviewed

Once the sole remaining American electronics manufacturer, Zenith is now owned by Korean konglomerate LG. In the case of the DVD2381, this has been a good thing. The player offers lots of performance for little more than the price of a VCR. Continue Reading
Zenith DVD2381 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Pioneer Elite DVR-7000 DVD Recorder Reviewed

Adding to their already impressive stable of high-end audio gear, Pioneer brings to the table the DVR-7000 DVD recorder. Featuring the "-" flavors of recordable DVD, the DVR-7000 has all the build quality and performance you'd expect from an Elite model Pioneer. Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite DVR-7000 DVD Recorder Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700 DVD Player Reviewed

Kenwood may not have the presence they once did in the home theater space, but you wouldn't know it with the DV-5700 from their high-end Sovereign line. It features not only DVD video playback, but MP3 and DVD-Audio playback as well. Continue Reading
Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Harman Kardon DVD50 DVD Player Reviewed

Disc changers are a popular and simple way to ensure hours of uninterrupted music. You may not need 5 DVDs at once, but 5 CDs sure is great. The attractive DVD50 from Harman Kardon has lots of features and performance for even the discerning audio/videophile. Continue Reading
Harman Kardon DVD50 DVD Player Reviewed

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

The CD player is from Yves-Bernard Andre company, and is a top-loading design. Aiming for that high-end of high-end audiophile, the two-piece CD 2 from YBA is the ultimate in design and build. 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

Offensive, I know, but I'm about to rave about a product to a point where it may seem that I'm suggesting it has no rivals. But such is hi-fi. 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

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