The death of the home stereo system

Todd Leopold writes: For many years, it was a rite of fall. You moved into your dorm room or new apartment. You started unpacking the car. And the first thing you set up in your new place was the stereo system: receiver, turntable or CD player, tape deck and speakers. The wires could get tangled, […]

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JL AUDIO: Their Dominion d108 Subwoofer

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the JL Audio Dominion d108 subwoofer ($799) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “JL Audio’s Dominion d108 is a truly musical subwoofer with enough refinement and control to keep up with a top-flight minimonitor, and is ballsy enough to provide robust output down to 30Hz.” You can read the […]

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CONSTELLATION AUDIO: Altair II Preamplifier and Hercules II Monoblock Power Amplifier

  Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Audio Altair II preamplifier ($9000) and Hercules II monoblock power amplifiers ($180,000/pair) at The Absolute. His conclusions: “The Constellation Audio Altair linestage and Hercules monoblock amplifiers in their updated version maintain their status as world-class references. They are a convergence of beautiful design and build-quality, […]

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BOULDER AMPLIFIERS: Their 2120 DAC

They say ….. With the completion of the HDMI input module, Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the full release and shipment of the 2120 D/A Converter. The original 2000 Series was in continuous and unchanged production since 1996. The replacement 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest performing, continuously produced product line, encompassing the latest technology […]

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MANGER: Their P1 Loudspeaker

Trevor Butler has posted a review of the Manger P1 loudspeakers (€8400/pair) at The Ear. His conclusions: “This full-range drive unit is supplemented by a dedicated woofer in the p1 simply because the transducer can move only a certain amount of air below about 80Hz, and people expect a design of this size and price […]

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NVOAUDIO: Their ISA-2 Integrated Amplifier

  Marja and Henk have posted a review of the nvoaudio ISA-2 integrated amplifier (€9000) at 6moons. Their conclusions: “Depending on the recording’s fidelity (lack of we-correct-it-in-the-mix trickery), the musicians behaved more like humans and less like sounds that had been spliced together to act like music. This came with great driver control which persuaded […]

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AUDIO TECHNICA: Their AT-ART1000

Paul Rigby writes ….. Known as the Direct Power Stereo Moving Coil Cartridge, it is Audio-Technica’s new flagship design. Direct Power System means that it places the moving coil directly on top of the stylus tip meaning that the signal transmission from the stylus diamond to the moving coil is direct and therefore not transmitted along […]

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