BENCHMARK MEDIA: AHB2 power amplifier – test review

Stereophile: I first saw Benchmark’s AHB2 stereo power amplifier at the 2013 Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, in New York City. On silent display in Benchmark’s booth on the convention floor, its compact size and comprehensive features made the amp immediately attractive, and the design was described as a departure from traditional analog and […]

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Benchmark Media: AHB2 Stereo Power Amplifier This little unit will change the way you look and listen to amplifiers.

      Review And Images By Greg Weaver My first taste of this remarkable new amplifier came earlier this year in April at Chicago’s AXPONA where I discovered it driving a newly redesigned Studio Electric Pasadena loudspeaker, also bearing the Benchmark trademark. Now called the SMS1, the Pasadena’s crossover had been reworked by Benchmark, […]

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Bösendorfer (now Brodman acoustics) VC 7 test review by Howard Popeck

  Note: This is an extract from the original text of the review of an entire system by me that was published in Hi-Fi News a couple of years back. I’ve looked at it again – and I wouldn’t change a thing! Introduction I’m in favour of system reviews rather than A/B testing. I’m not […]

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Perfection: Here at Last? – test review

Long-time Stereophile readers May be dismayed by what appears to be our unfettered satisfaction with some of the recent crop of new components. Aren’t we, after all, dedicated to the pursuit of perfection? Do we really feel that some products are all that close to it? The answer to both questions is “Yes.” Certain components […]

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MARANTZ: Model 2325 vs. Sansui 9090?

bb3blog writes as follows: Much like the beginnings of early high end audio when Audio Research and Conrad Johnson were the common catch words, Marantz and Sansui are two names that most likely crop up when talk goes vintage solid state receivers. Of course there was Pioneer, Sony, Technics and others that carved their respective […]

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REVOX: B750 II integrated amplifier test review

  Try as I might, and frankly I don’t try all that hard that often, I’m rather taken with the look of an audiophile item to the extent that I’ll buy, or covet it. Yes, it’s sad. But … Or put differently, the sound quality takes second place – sometimes. My Yamaha C1 pre amp […]

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STAX DAC X-1t tube / MOSFET hybrid DAC test review – by Ken Kessler

Introduction by KK: With the arrival of eBay and feverish activity in the second-hand market, a lot of audiophiles find old reviews useful. Simply Stax asked if I minded them running my old reviews – flattered, I said, ‘No problem!’ The only provisos I would add is that you read these in the context that […]

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SME: Model 10 – a user’s perspective

Editor’s note 24/04/19. This is an ‘old’ thread but having checked it this morning there are still a few interesting and relevant observations I feel =============== Went back to vinyl around 4 years ago when I purchased an LP12 , however the LP12 was too sensitive with the tone arm bouncing across the records when […]

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“Archival Disc Format Is for Pros”

Mark Fleiscmann writes:  Does the world need another optical disc format in this download-oriented era? Sony and Panasonic think so, though they’re positioning the Archival Disc for professional use in the movie industry and in cloud-based data centers. The format holds 300 gigabytes on a double-sided disc with three layers per side. It is said […]

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Best noise-cancelling headphones

What HiFi write: After a new pair of noise-cancelling headphones? These are the best money can buy, ranging from under £100 to just over £300. Which will you choose? Noise-cancelling headphones block out the drone of daily life, helping you listen to music without any distractions.So whatever your budget, whether you want over, on, or […]

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TANNOY: Kensington GR test review

As Tannoy continue to refine their Prestige Series loudspeakers they get ever more impressive. The new Kensington Gold Reference is a carefully balanced design suitable for medium-to-large rooms, where it will impress by dint of sheer impact. This is a loudspeaker you feel – as well as see. It is fabulously well engineered all round, […]

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Rotel RCD-1572 ‘This premium-priced Rotel CD player has poise and clarity on its side’

What HiFi write: Rotel has built its business on solidly performing, functional-looking equipment. The new RCD-1572 conforms to type – and that’s no bad thing. The arrival of new CD players has slowed to a trickle, so when we come across one as capable as this one, we’re pretty pleased. Continues HERE

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Monitor Audio launches Studio speakers and matching stands

What Hi-Fi? say: A month after launching its six-strong Monitor speaker series, Monitor Audio has thrown the spotlight on just one pair of speakers – the Studios. At £1000 a pair, the Studios should sit in similar territory to the company’s Gold 50 (£950) and Gold 1000 (£1250) standmounters. But, having borrowed technology from Monitor Audio’s flagship […]

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That Was Then… Mission Cyrus Two

What Hi-Fi report: They were essentially two versions of the same amplifier, sharing the same plastic casework/ steel chassis and main circuit board. The Two had a more generous power supply that raised power output to 50W per channel (double that of the cheaper amp) and a more sophisticated moving coil section in the switchable […]

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GRAHAM SLEE: Solo headphone amplifier – test review by Christopher Breunig

  In December 2004, UK distributor HiAudio sent me a sample of Graham Slee’s Solo headphone amplifier for review in Hi-Fi News. The copy I submitted to Steve Harris coincided with his replacement as editor by Steve Fairclough – after several reminders it became apparent to me that he had no intention of publishing the […]

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LINN: Uphorik test review

Jimmy Hughes writes ….. The Uphorik is an outstanding phono stage (suitably partnered) to make you fall in love with vinyl. It delivers a sound that’s neutral and natural, yet colourful and full of incident. If you’re able to use it via its balanced outputs, we think you’ll find the results very hard to better. […]

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WILSON BENESCH:Full Circle test review

Although famous for its elaborate speaker designs, Wilson Benesch is rooted in vinyl. Paul Rigby reviews the Full Circle turntable. You could buy yourself a Porsche Cayman S, have a luxurious holiday in the Bahamas and still have change to decorate the front room for the price of Wilson Benesch’s, top of the range, Cardinal […]

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COLIN WONFOR: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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LOUDSPEAKER MEASUREMENTS: Axiom, B&W, Dahlquist, Focal, JBL, Magico, Morel, PSB and many more

Written in 2009 They write ….. With the cooperation of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products — a first for online publications. The NRC’s legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured […]

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WILSON BENESCH: Full Circle turntable, ACT 0.5 tonearm, & Ply MC cartridge – test review

“Hello, I’d like to apply for a Federal Grant? For what? Oh, to design and build a new, high-tech, very expensive turntable. What’s that? It plays records. Yes, that kind of turntable. Ofcourse they still make records. Why? How much time do you have? Oh, I forgot—you’re a federal employee, you have all day! Well, I didn’t mean […]

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