FIDELITY RESEARCH: FR-64S tonearm – owner observations

Howard Popeck: I sold loads of these. Always new, because nobody ever traded one in with me. They were 100% reliable, beautiful to look at, magnificently engineered and looked like $1m. However, truth be told, sound quality was good, very good in fact – but not terrific. Not terrific in absolute terms nor indeed for […]

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REGA: P3-24, RB301 + Elys 2 turntable, tonearm,+ phono cartridge – test review

Michael Fremmer ….. It’s now been eight years since a Rega P3 turntable passed through my listening room. While the new P3-24 superficially resembles the P3 (and virtually every other Rega ‘table), the company has made some significant changes, including upgrading to the high-quality, low-voltage (24V), electronically adjusted motor used in the more expensive P5, P7, […]

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PS AUDIO: PerfectWave System – test review

  John Sciacca writes as follows: To put it simply, PS Audio’s PerfectWave DAC produced the most significant improvement of any audio component I’ve ever added to my system. Even when I listened with my 15-year-old CD player as a source, the sound was revelatory. Budget permitting, I’d recommend going all in and swallowing the […]

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REGA: P1 record player test review

For a word that first appeared in print only 35 years ago, prequel has a lot of impact—if only in a commercial sense. The television series Smallville has become a staple of American broadcasting. Film producers gambled millions on the chance that audiences would want to know what happened when Batman began. And while moviegoers have turned their backs on […]

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LINN: Ekos SE tonearm, Keel LP12 subchassis, & Trampolin turntable base test review – by Art Dudley / Stereophile

  Visit www.stereophile.com and look at the Vote Results for June 17, 2007: You’ll see that when we asked our readers to name the one audio product that’s spent the greatest amount of time in their systems, the most common answer by far was the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable (footnote 1). Little wonder that Scotland’s most famous record […]

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REGA: Planar 25 turntable test review

I literally dropped everything when Rega’s new Planar 25 turntable arrived a few weeks ago. I’d heard the ‘table compared with the Planar 3 at designer Roy Gandy’s house when I visited Rega last fall—see “Analog Corner” in the January ’99 Stereophile—and was anxious to audition it in my own system and tell you what I […]

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REGA: DAC-R D/A processor test review

Jon Iverson (Stereophile mag) writes: I’ve spent the last month recording songs for a pal’s upcoming album. His act consists of powerful female and male singers, acoustic and electric bass, and acoustic guitars and mandolin. Jay-Z is funding the project, which is destined to transform the entire hip-hop/rap beat-driven pop landscape into an acoustic-music wonderland.Okay, […]

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REGA: RP-1 record player test review

Art Dudley (Stereophile) …… I tried to name a high-end audio product that’s been recommended more often than the Rega Planar 3 turntable. I failed. The closest I could come was Rega’s own RB300 tonearm, surely the best-selling perfectionist tonearm of all time. After that came the Rega Planar 2 turntable, a sample of which I owned […]

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NAIM: DAC-V1 and NAP 100 test review

Andrew Everard writes: So Naim’s putting all its ‘computer audio’ efforts into streaming products, isn’t it? After all, since it launched the original NaimUniti – amazingly, that was just short of four years ago, time flying when having fun and all that – it has introduced eight more streaming players or systems in various guises, along with […]

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REGA: DAC-R – test review

Marc Gusew writes: The Rega DAC-R is now available in Australia at $1199 RRP and offers many enhancements and meaningful upgrades over the previous generation Rega DAC ($999 RRP). If you are familiar with the older DAC, you will also be familiar with the DAC-R because it looks virtually the same, with only the front facia […]

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CELESTION: Celestion 3 loudspeaker test review

            John Atkinson writes: “Why does John Atkinson devote so much of his time to loudspeakers selling for under a [sic] $1000?” wrote a correspondent to The Audiophile Network bulletin board in August, there being a clear implication in this question that “more expensive” always equates with “better” when it […]

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NAIM: ND5 XS test review

HiFi Choice magazine writes: Naim introduces its ‘entry-level’ network audio player, but there is nothing ‘entry-level’, however, about its performance, says Malcolm Steward The ND5 XS is Naim’s second network audio player and its first to offer native streaming of 24-bit/192 kHz sources. It follows the lauded and more expensive (£2,995) NDX (HFC 345) that […]

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LINN: The Ekos tonearm – test review

“Tonearm?” muttered John Crabbe, my erstwhile editor at Hi-Fi News & Record Review, as he bent over my shoulder some 12 years ago to see what I was writing about. “A tonearm belongs on an acoustic gramophone—you should use the term ‘pickup arm,’ which doesn’t suggest that the arm has a sound of its own.” To continue […]

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NAIM: Aro tonearm – test review

Stereophile Magazine writes: When I was visiting Santa Fe last Easter (footnote 1), one of the subjects I raised with JA was Naim’s ARO tonearm. This unique unipivot design has languished in Class K of Stereophile’s “Recommended Components” listing for far too long. JA explained that the regular reviewers have quite enough to do, thank you, […]

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NAIM: Uniti Nova test review

What Hi-Fi write: While we’re concerned, first and foremost, with getting absolutely the best sound quality at any given price, we’re not so dogmatic that we don’t want as much convenience as possible while we’re at it. The days of hi-fi manufacturers using a lack of practicality as a mark of authenticity are long gone, […]

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