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Jan 11, 2009

Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

SET amps are all the rage, and the Nemisis from Arion has a lot going for it to distinguish itself from the crowd. First, it's cheap(ish) compared to many, it also looks pretty different from the rest. Is it any good? We find out. Continue Reading
Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

This early 2000's vintage Audio Research tube power amp harkens back to a day of older ARC designs yet packs the newest tube design power from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ken Kessler takes a long look at this wonderful tube amp in this full review. Continue Reading
Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Entry-level Krell gear? Say it ain't so. Of course, "entry-level" for Krell doesn't exactly mean "cheap" nor does it mean low-powered. With 250-watts per channel, the 250a is hard-core. We check it out, and the matching 250p preamp. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

If you're going to go the integrated amp route, why not do it right with that ultimate of audio brands, Audio Research. The CA-50 is a 56lb beast with big tubes and all the sound quality you'd expect from ARC. Continue Reading
Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Italians know quite a few things about design, just look at Ferrari or Armani. Their AV companies don't shy from that label either. Take, for example, the gorgeous GM20 tube amp from GRAAF. Continue Reading
GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Amps don't have to look boring. The V-20 from EAR, for example, puts out its 24 watts per channel with a visual aplomb hard to find elsewhere in the AV world. Built to look like a V-12, and perform like one as well... Continue Reading
EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

British, esoteric and code-named - this is a good start for audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler. See what conclusions he draws from his review of the Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated amp here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Although there is no detailed research to back up my guesstimate, I'd hazard that, based on my limited attendance at... Continue Reading
Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Wait - a rate Ken Kessler Audio Research review that isn't packed with compliments? It can't be - can it? Ken takes offense to the new look of the ARC VSi55 Integrated amp but sure as hell can't pick on the sound as ARC rules supreme on all of our world's. Continue Reading
Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Another Richard Allan design from overseas woos, Ken Kessler with its Class-A (not to be confused with Classe') operation in the esoteric Sugden A21 power amp. Continue Reading
Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Yes Sonus faber makes an amp. Yes, it comes in a wood case and has the same Italian hand craftsmanship that you'd expect from their wonderful speakers. Does it pack the audio power of Mark Levinson, Krell or ARC? Read the review to find out. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

Ken Kessler compares the Unison Research Simply 845 tube power amp to an Audio Note Ongonku for one fifth of the price. Can this sexy, yet affordable amp live up to this much audiophile hype. Read more to find out. Continue Reading
Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

Jan 11, 2009

Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Roksan's Caspian model five channel amplifier is the first amplifier model from the company to truly aspire to be a home theater amp. Does it rise to those aspirations? Read on to find out. Continue Reading
Roksan Five Channel Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

Pathos Twin Tower power amps were named long before the reference would carry another meaning. Their sexy, Italian styling appeals to Anglophile and audiophile Ken Kessler much in the same way that Unison research does. See which amp is better. Continue Reading
Pathos Twin Tower Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

It turns out the Swiss know how to make a new form factor tube amp just as alluring as their timepieces. Nagra, known in the world of high definition recording as a standard, is a now a player in the illusive world of tube power amps north of $10,000. See how they stack up in this full review. Continue Reading
Nagra VPA Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Nic Poulson's newest and more affordable integrated amp design packs an affordable price tag considering it also comes with high end accouterment such as carbon fiber feet and a wicked industrial design. Continue Reading
Trilogy Vti Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Ken Kessler might not be as into American audio but with it comes to Italian tube anything - you can catch his attention. This Armonia Integrated amp is on the more affordable side of audio obscurity for the US market but it has the sexy lines that we all like from Italian audio, cars and other exports... Continue Reading
Armonia Integrated Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Theta Dreadnaught Amp reviewed

Theta is better known for digital but their Dreadnaught power amp has some serious weight and respect from those who know. Theta, now owned buy Morris Kessler of ATI, packs a lot of heat in the their audiophile amps but this was their first shot over the bow and it was one people took notice of. Continue Reading
Theta Dreadnaught Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

If there were ever an esoteric combination of electronics to grace the pages of Home Theater Review the Sugden Masterclass Preamplifier and Monaural Amplifier would be it. Like spying Loch Ness or being abducted by Aliens the Sugden Masterclass is a rare audiophile combo that not many have heard or even know about. Continue Reading
Sugden Masterclass Preamp and Mono Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

McIntosh MC2000 Power Amp Reviewed

The McIntosh MC2000 is the type of amp that any audiophile drools over (but hopefully not into) as it has the power, cloud and gravitas to compete with anything from the likes of Krell, Mark Levinson and Audio Research while packing a little bit of audio history into every chassis. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC2000	Power Amp Reviewed

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