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Feb 15, 2005

Anthem Statement D1 AV Preamp and P5 Amplifier Reviewed

The Anthem D1 was the premier AV preamp by the Canadian manufacturer of high end audio. While lacking most if not all video, it offered excellent audio performance. There is little to want for with this higher end preamp. Read a full review here. Continue Reading
Anthem Statement D1 AV Preamp and P5 Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Processor & Model 770 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

The Outlaw 950 is a budget offering of an AV preamp from one of this country's top discount makers. While their next HDMI AV preamp has been famously delayed and discontinued - read about the preamp that made the company famous here. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Processor & Model 770 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Parasound Halo C 2 Surround Processor and A 51 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Parasound is one of those companies that has been steadily churning out products that have provided intelligent engineering and... Continue Reading
Parasound Halo C 2 Surround Processor and A 51 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 17, 2003

Atlantic Technology P-2000 AV Preamp & A-2000 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

From a top tier manufacturer, this now dated AV preamp offers only 5.1 channel analog inputs, which are likely fine for most even larger home theaters but its lack of HDMI functionality makes it a relic in high end home theater today. At the right price however this AV preamp could be a steal. Continue Reading
Atlantic Technology P-2000 AV Preamp & A-2000 7-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Apr 18, 2002

Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Series II Reviewed

People flip when they hear they are really getting an amp physically signed by top audio-video designer, Bob Carver. They get even more excited when they come home to listen to one of his top performing amps ever. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Series II Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Croft Series V Power Amplifier Reviewed

Decidedly British audio manufacturer Croft has had their ups and downs, but thankfully they're now up, and have released the Series V amp. With 30-watts per channel, this tube amp looks and sounds the part. Continue Reading
Croft Series V Power Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Esoteric Audio Research (E.A.R.) 859 SE Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

EAR has more than just a clever name. Their gear looks as good as it sounds. The 859 is a Class A tube amp with 13-watts per channel. Impressively, frequency response is 20-20kHz, +/- 0.5dB. We check it out in this full review. Continue Reading
Esoteric Audio Research (E.A.R.) 859 SE Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

You don't need a big box to make big sounds, as EAR shows with their new 834P tube amp. It's tiny box doesn't put out a ton of power, but it is an inexpensive way to get into the wonderful world of tube amps. Continue Reading
Esoteric Audio Research 834P Tube Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1994

Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Give it to GRAAF to out an amp as crazy as this. Huge transformers, dozens of tubes, it's a menacing presence. It's also got huge power, with 200-watts into 4 ohms. But how does it sound? Ken Kessler looks into the topic. Continue Reading
Graaf GM 200 Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

McIntosh has -- with the Gordon J. Gow Commemorative MC275 Power Amplifier -- performed an act of such aptness, such correctness that it brings a tear to this anachrophile's eye. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC 275 Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Few names in audio have as much history and garner such respect as Marantz. Their new PM54 SE integrated amp has 70-watts per channel, a host of inputs, and a reasonable price tag. We test it. Continue Reading
Marantz PM54 SE Integrated Amplifier

Feb 14, 1993

Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Classe's entry-level preamp and power amp deliver plenty of sonic panache as well as balanced connections, a dedicated remote control, and impeccable styling. While not quite as transparent as Classe's flagship models, these two units still capture all their musicality. Continue Reading
Classe Thirty Preamp and the Seventy Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Tired of buying houses? Bored with your three yachts? Privet jet just not doing it for you? Then check out the Gaku-On monoblock amp from Audio Note, which slides in just over $200,000. Each. One of the most famous amps ever in audiophile history. Continue Reading
Audio Note Gaku-On Monoblock Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Instant classics well before their maker closed his doors, this Cello system is the epitome of what Mark Levinson made. Pristine, exclusive, and rare, the Cello Continue Reading
Cello Audio Palette, Performance II Amps, Cello Stradivari Grandmaster Speakers Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Let's face it, knobs are cool. Sure digital displays are all the rage, but how about some old school twisty knobs? The CSA14 integrated amp has a bunch. It's also got power and price to make it a contender. Continue Reading
Copland CSA14 integrated amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

With incredible looks and ridiculous value, the Unison Research Power Amp is a stunner in all facets. It's got 12-watts per channel, a Class A design, and oh, by the way, did I mention it's gorgeous and affordable? Continue Reading
Unison Research Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

The F-Series from Musical Fidelity are a bunch of beasts. There's a 100-watt Class A amp, a "mostly Class A" 220 Watt amp, and an all-tube preamp. Stunners in performance and looks. We test em. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity F-Series Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1993

Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Australian audiophile institution Kostas Metaxas makes elegant electronics that try to push the limits. The Opulence and Soliloquy combination has more finesse than his previous designs. These aptly named pieces deliver sumptuous sound for reasonable money. Continue Reading
Metaxas Opulence Preamp and Soliloquy Power Amps Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

The Natural Progression from Counterpoint has an austere design that belies the power hidden underneath. It's a whopping 75lbs, a big chunk of which is the 2000VA transformer. We give it a full test. Continue Reading
Counterpoint Natural Progression Monaural Power Amp Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

The Metaxas Marquise is a two-box preamp that is completely dual mono. Placement is critical to get the best from the Marquise. It needs to be well away from any mains power supplies and your cable choices will have a big influence on the quality of the overall sound. Continue Reading
Metaxas Solitaire Power Amp and Marquise Preamp Reviewed

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