FOSTEX: PM0.5d active loudspeakers

From the desk of Frank Berryman Stuart Smith has posted a review of the Fostex PM0.5d active loudspeakers (£250/pair) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “For the asking price and used as I am using them, they are well made and represent really good value for money. They look good on the desktop and pop them […]

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ARCAM: irDAC D2A test review

Edd Harris writes: In 1976 when two passionate Cambridge University students founded ‘Amplification and Recording Cambridge’, now formally known as ARCAM (since 1980), the companies main focus was firmly on producing high performance technologies for the blossoming record production industry. Little did the founders know that their reference quality journey would lead them into the […]

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SANSUI: G-9000 test review

Ahhh…the beautiful look of the late 70’s Sansui receivers.  The warm golden glow from the dial and meter lights and the smorgasbord of buttons, knobs, and switches below. It’s a stereo lovers delight. The best Sansui I ever had was the G-8000.  Here we have the Sansui G-9000. There was also a G-9000DB with only […]

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VTL: TL-5.5 Series II Signature line preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: As I’ve lately had the pleasure of reviewing some impressive tubed components, I asked myself why I hadn’t ever reviewed anything from VTL Amplifiers. My history with VTL goes back to the 1986 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago (wouldn’t it be great if CES returned to that city?), where Vacuum Tube Logic cofounder […]

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CAD DAC 1543 test review

Is it time to finally dump that CD player of yours and go wholly digital? Paul Rigby reviews the CAD 1543 DAC, undertakes a thorough head-to-head challenge with a top-of-the-line CD player and presents the most in depth interview with Computer Audio Design’s boss, Scott Berry. Currently, the hi-fi market is going through an analogue […]

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KEN KREISEL: DXD808 Quattro Review

Giancarlo.Massironi writes ….. Yes it is that time again, time for another review and this time I revisit the DXD808 sub’s but in the best formation that Ken produced them for and that is the Quattro formation! I have reviewed the single DXD808 which is a competent performer and I have also reviewed the DUO […]

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KRELL: KRC-2 line preamplifier test review

  By Martin Colloms: Stereophile. June 1994:  There’s always a certain amount of jockeying for position at the very top of the High End. Every few months, a new star burns brightly, getting all the attention. While the constant turnover at the cutting edge helps to define the state of the art, audiophiles should keep […]

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ZESTO AUDIO: Leto line preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: When Carolyn Counnas, co-founder of Zesto Audio, contacted editor John Atkinson to ask about getting the Leto, the company’s tubed line stage preamplifier ($7500), reviewed in Stereophile, JA suggested that I do the job. I’d recently reviewed competing designs from Nagra and VTL (see reviews in April 2013 and June 2013, respectively) and […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile Magazine ….. It was fall 2000. I’d just begun working at Stereophile, and I clearly remember sheepishly, innocently putting this question to former senior editor Jonathan Scull. I think the question confused him—not because he didn’t know the answer, but because the answer seemed so obvious, the question itself should have been unnecessary. How […]

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LAMM INDUSTRIES: LL1 Signature line preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: I’ve long been impressed by the design, construction, and sound of the tubed electronics produced by Vladimir Lamm, but I’d never had a Lamm Industries product in my house. So I asked for a review sample of Lamm’s flagship line-stage preamplifier, the LL1 Signature. When it arrived, I realized I’d never asked about […]

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Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier test review

Tone Audio / Rob Johnson writes ….. The VK-3000SE from Delaware’s Balanced Audio Technology (BAT) is a vacuum-tube linestage and a solid-state amplifier rolled into one. The latter offers 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms and twice that into 4 ohms. For the preamp section, BAT utilizes a pair of Russian 6H30 valves, which […]

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Atoll DAC100SE test review

The French company Atoll is known in smaller circles as a manufacturer having a purist approach to designing audio component while at the same time striving for a price setting that addresses a wide group of audio consumers. The DAC100SE on review here is a very good example of this philosophy. At € 530 it […]

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ROTEL: A12 Integrated Amplifier + CD14 CD Player = outstanding performance for their price. Review By Dwayne Carter

EnjoyTheMusic.com write ….. This review is proof that you can ‘go home again’. This review of the Rotel A12 integrated amplifier with the Rotel CD14 CD is proof of that ($899 and $599 respectively). When asked to review the new line of Rotel products, the answer should always be yes. Not having had the opportunity […]

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PS AUDIO: Stellar DAC – “….. its operation was flawless, and the build quality is exceptional. Highly recommended!”

Daily Audiophile write …. There’s no way around it, this is one hell of a lot of value packed into a single chassis. And the sound is as good or better than you are going to get for the price–especially when you consider the Stellar is both a DAC and a preamp. It provides outstanding, […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro turntable test review

Howard Popeck writes: The Synchro was mid-priced turntable inspired by the original GyroDec, but with an inverted-pendulum suspension and a glass platter. It looked dazzling 20 years ago, and it still does today. In the John Michell tradition, all the working parts are exposed, superbly engineered and impeccably cosmetically finished. It has a cast-ring sub […]

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Top 10 Tower Speakers: $3,000 or Less

Rob Sabin writes: Floorstanding “tower” speakers have been the darlings of audiophiles forever. It’s no wonder: The best towers deliver dynamic, full-range sound with exceptionally well-integrated and powerful bass, along with the neutral midrange and detailed high-end and air you can expect from any well-designed smaller speaker. Towers can stand on their own or serve […]

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Reference 3A Reflector Stand Mounted Monitor A speaker to live with… for a lifetime. Review By Tom Lyle

EnjoyTheMusic.com write ….. Don’t bother skipping to the conclusion of this review, as I’ll tell you right now: The Reference 3A Reflector is a great speaker. If one has been searching for a stand-mounted speaker anywhere near its asking price of $12, 000, these are the speakers to get. Not only do they do everything […]

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MAGNEPAN: MG 1.7 Speakers – test review

Ron Nagle (enjoythemusic.com) writes as follows: So many companies traverse the audio scene like meteors; they blaze across the sky and rapidly fade from sight. Some few manufacturers have endured to join this generation of Hi-End Audio. The Magnepan Company is certainly one of these. It began back in 1969 with a design conceived in […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: TecnoDec (RB250 Tonearm / Denon DL103 Cartridge) test review

“Its neutral balance is good for keeping the various elements consistent with one another and it makes a clear case for itself next to a more affordable deck like the Rega P3-24, thanks to a decent grasp of timing. Some will prefer a warmer sound, perhaps, but that’s a matter of cartridge choice and while […]

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KUZMA: 4Point tonearm test review

Michael Fremmer writes as follows: “As I wrote at the beginning, the quality of a tonearm’s bearing has a profound impact on its sound, and I’m not sure there’s a better bearing system than what Franc Kuzma has designed for the 4Point. He’s come up with new and ingenious uses of well-known technologies, the up- […]

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