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Vol. XV, No. VI — "The Future of Music is Streaming" - Mark Block
                               "Grace Notes " - Obituaries for Ed Dell, Brian Cheney & James Bongiorno                    

         

REVIEWS

AduioQuest Dragonfly DAC

"Top level performance in a tiny package. "

Astell & Kern AK100 MQS Portable Music System

"Pocket recorder with excellent features at a bargain price."

Linn Kiko Networked Player System

"Ultra versatile networked system can handle any sort of input, plus it has excellent speakers."

 

Vol. XV, No. V — Visit Louis Armstrong's House - Gene Pitts
                               "Acoustics: Master Class in Speaker Design" - Leo Baranek & Tim J. Mellow                    

         

REVIEWS

 Induction Dynamics S1.8T Loudspeaker

"All-Out Performance! "

AVA - Audio By Van Alstine The Vision DAC/Preamp & Synergy 450 Power Amp

"Flexibility, great sound, lots of power, very reasonable pricing."

 

Vol. XV, No. IV — Dagogo's Third Bay Area Show- George Graves
                               Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - Chuck Bruce & Dave Schwartz                    

         

REVIEWS

Sonus Faber Venere 1.5 Loudspeaker

"Great new monitor from this fine brand."

NAD C 375BEE DAC Integratged Amplifier

"Why do you need anything else?"

Nola Contender Loudspeaker

"Moderate price but outstanding performance. "

Carver Black Magic VTA20 Amplifier

"That classy tube sound but lots of strength, too."

 

Vol. XV, No. III — Using Logitech's Squeezebox Touch - George Graves
                               Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - Chuck Bruce                       

         

REVIEWS

Hsu Research ULS-15 Subwoofer & HB1 Mk 2 Monitor

"Excellent performance, easy on your budget."

Mojo Audio Lucent Interconnets

"At the head of the class ."

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable, Tonearm, & Phono Cartridge

"Performs as well as the best of the breed. "

Sanus Super-Slim HDMI Interconnets

"If you're having trouble with an HDMI install, try these ."

 

 

Vol. XV, No. II — 2012 CES and T.H.E. Show - Chuck Bruce
                               3-D Sound In Las Vegas - Gene Pitts                       

         

REVIEWS

Audioengine P4 Speakers & N22 Amplifir

"Compact and inexpensive; does what you need."

Bryston BDP-1 File Player

"A new form of digital file player; bears watching ."

HiFiMan HE-400 Headphones

"Delightful sound, moderately priced, good enough to be monitors. "

Sony SR1 Speaker System

"Very good on vocals, dynamic performance, and timbre."

 

Vol. XV, No. I — Profile & Interview:
Ed Dell, Editor of Audio Amateur & AudioXpress

         

REVIEWS

Burwen Bobcat Tone Balancer & True Music Software

"Fix music in your computer; sounds really good!"

Spread Spectrum Ambrosia Preamplifier

"The quality of sound and range of features make this a rare unit."

Benchmark DAC1 HDR Preamp, DAC and Headphone Amp

"Bargain for great sound and variety of features. "

Precision Transducer Engineering Phoenix Loudspeaker

"Superb detail, unmatched dynamics, seamless vocal renditiion; just great."

 

Vol. XIV, No. VI — HDtracks: High-Rez Over the Net ;

The San Francisco Audio Show

         

REVIEWS

Acoustic Fields Sound Absorbers & Sound Diffusers

"New Best of Breed"

Phase Technology PC-9.5 Speaker & WL-12 Subwoofer

"Excellent sonics, with top-flight bass. "

Vol. XIV, No. V — Super Organ CDs ;

Deutsche Grammophon: Over A Century Old

         

REVIEWS

Yurbuds Earphones

“Custom Fit for Pennies ”

Dynaudio Excite X12 Speaker

"Great Sound, Moderate Price."

Logitech Squeezebox Touch Music Server

"The best of the bunch, with extended features."

 

Vol. XIV, No. IV — The 2010 Shows in Las Vegas - CES & T.H.E. Show;

National Record Store Day

         

REVIEWS

Harman Kardon HK 990 Integrated Amplifier with DAC & DSP

“Best single piece of gear in the last two decades ”

Music Culture MCT RL-21 Loudspeakers

"One great small monitor; among the top five."

 

Vol. XIV, No. III — The Rolling Stones Edition: Reviews of Two Box-Set
Rolling Stones Vinyl Reissues, one from
ABKCO and one from Universal;

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - 2010.

         

REVIEWS

Denon DBP-100 Universal CD Player

“Plays just about every CD format, and plays them very well ”

Vandersteen Anniversary 2CE Signature Loudspeakers

"Vocals are wonderful . Lots of lovely, delicate air, with a floating image."

Hegel HD10 D/A Converter

"Operated flawlessly, no problems with all hi-rez WAVE files and with HRx."

Vol. XIV, No. II —"A Drum Gone Still"  Books on the History of
The Record Industry

         

REVIEWS

Saunders 10b Hybrid Electrostatic-Dynamic Speaker System

“Among the best in presenting recorded space. ”

Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 Phono Cartrdige

"One of the best bargains in hi-fi today. "

Tannoy DC8T Loudspeaker

"Gives you all those little details. "

Myine ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio

"You'll never be bored with radio again; quality depends on the source. "

Vol. XIV, No. I —3 ECM Masterworks; Reference Discs to Die For
High Fidelity & Live FM - Then and Now
New Jimi Hendrix Albums - CD & LP

         

REVIEWS

Halcro MC20 Power Amplifier

“Impressive neutrality, musically revealing. ”

Soundsmith Carmen-M Phono Cartrdige

"Perhaps the best cartridge currently available. "

 

Vol. X111, No. 111 — Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, 2009  by David Schwartz

The Home Electronics Show by Chuck Bruce

         

REVIEWS

Kimber Kable 12TC Speaker Cable

“Graceful and gentlemanly, smooth and wsell-balanced.”

Lirpa iDIO Transmitter

Herr Doktor Professor's Revenge

McIntosh MCD301 SACD/CD Universal Player

“...exactly what your silver discs need.”

Sounc Science Music Vault II Music Server

“Makes iPods and other mini MP-3 players state of the art.”

 

Vol. X, No. 1 - "The Minnesota Orchestra Turns 100"  by Benjamin Ivry

Consumer Electronics Show: "High-End - Alexis Park" by Arnie Balgalvis

            "T.H.E. Show and the San Remo and St. Tropez" by Chuck Bruce

            "CES at the Convention Center" by Russell Novak

            "Misty River @T.H.E. Show" by Michael Tearson


REVIEWS

Bang & Olufsen Beolab 5 Speaker

"The on-board computer adapts the speaker to your listening room."

Elac CL 310i Jet Speaker

"I love these speakers."

Lexicon RT-10 Universal Digital Disc Player

"...exactly what real-world audio-videophiles need."

Xin Super Mini Amp

"Makes iPods and other mini MP-3 players state of the art."

Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 Se Speaker

"They simply disappear, leaving good sound."

 

Vol. IX, No. 6 - "High-Efficiency Digital Amps from Sharp"  by Daniel Sweeny

Interview: "Pablo Casals: Prades Festival Set" by Benjamin Ivry
"Bob Dylan: SACD Remasters" by Michael Tearson


REVIEWS

Art Audio Vinyl Reference Preamplifier

"This phono preamp has a great big, warm and thoroughly musical sound."

Floating Cameleon Queen Loudspeaker

"...priced reasonably and give refined musical pleasure."

Koss ESP950 Electrostatic Stereophones

"The best I've ever heard? Probably."

Soundstring Interconnects and Power Cords

"...If you are upgrading cables or interconnects, put these on your short list.

Marantz DV8400 Universal Digital Disc Player

"...plays everything, and plays them well."

 

Vol. IX, No. V - "The Kid from Red Bank: New Basie Recordings"  by Benjamin Ivry


Interview: Lew Reed by Larry Jaffee

REVIEWS

Snell Surround Speakers for Music: XA90PS, XA55cr, XA1900, K.5 Mk 2, & ICS Sub 24

"The XA90PS is a truly great speaker and the rest of this line blends in beautifully."

Outlaw Audio 200 M-Block Amplifier

"...terrific little amp."

Martin-Logan Aeon-i Loudspeaker

"I am impressed with these speaker, so impressed I bought them."

Thiel CS2.4 Loudspeaker

"...sounds more like live music than any other speaker I have tried."

 

Vol. IX, No. IV - "High-End Show  in San Francisco"  by Chuck Bruce

"Higher End Hi-Fi Show in San Francisco" by George Graves

"Richard Bird Rives: Acoustician" by Eugene Pitts

REVIEWS

Montana EPX Speaker

"Extraordinary bass with you-are-there room detail."

Quantum Line-Conditioning and Power-Enhancement Equipment

"...can conquer a wide range of noise and power problems."

Ampzilla 2000 Power Amplifier

"Against the best amps I know, Ampzilla holds its own."

Rives PARC Room Equalizer

"This intelligent design cleans up low frequency peaking."

Rives Audio Test Disc

"An inexpensive tool for every audiophile." 

Earthworks Sigma 6.2 Loudspeaker

"Clarity of detail is this speaker's strong suit."

 

Vol. IX, No. IV - "High-End Show  in San Francisco"  by Chuck Bruce

"Higher End Hi-Fi Show in San Francisco" by George Graves

"Richard Bird Rives: Acoustician" by Eugene Pitts

REVIEWS

Montana EPX Speaker

"Extraordinary bass with you-are-there room detail."

Quantum Line-Conditioning and Power-Enhancement Equipment

"...can conquer a wide range of noise and power problems."

Ampzilla 2000 Power Amplifier

"Against the best amps I know, Ampzilla holds its own."

Rives PARC Room Equalizer

"This intelligent design cleans up low frequency peaking."

Rives Audio Test Disc

"An inexpensive tool for every audiophile." 

Earthworks Sigma 6.2 Loudspeaker

"Clarity of detail is this speaker's strong suit." 

 

Vol. IX, No. III - "The Vinyl Man - Take III"  by Arnie Goodman

"Celebrating Prokofiev" by Benjamin Ivry

"JVC's New XR-CD Releases" by Roger Oyster

REVIEWS

Philips DVD-Video, SACD, & CD Player

"This vinyl guy was forced to think twice about CD sound."

Margules Magenta ARCH-1 Integrated Hybrid Amplifier

"...combines the sweet sound of tubes with the power of solid-state."

Placete Passive Line Stage

"It does nothing and does that VERY well."

Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker

"Gets our highest recommendation."

Pioneer Elite DV45a SACD, DVD-A, and CD player

"The new high-rez formats really come through on this Pioneer unit."

 

Vol. IX, No. II -"Consumer Electronics Show - 2003," by Arnie Balgalvis

"Photo Impressions: CES 2003" by Ross Wagner

"Thyssens-Valentin's Faure" by Benjamin Ivry

"On KaZaa and A Cash Cow" by Dan Sweney

REVIEWS

Classe CP-65 Line Stage Preamplifier

"...well-made, superb sounding, ."

Integra DPS-8.3 Universal CD Player

"...does the job right; sounds good and is easy to use."

Grado Statement Sonata Phono Cartridge and PH-1 Phono Preamplifier

"...sonic bargains."

Anthem TLP1 Preamplifier-Tuner and PVA-1 Amplifier

"A winning combination of gear, maybe impossible to beat at the price."

Phonex NeverWire 14 Powerline Ethernet Bridge

"Computer LANs without new wiring."

Ayon Dragon Loudspeaker

"...unique sonic signature.

 

Vol. IX, No. I -Consumer Electronics Show -- 2003;

"New Bud on the Rose Bush" by Arnis Balgalvis,

Photo Impressions of CES "Treasures on 78s" by Ross Wagner

"Thyssens-Valkentin's Faure" by Benjamin Ivry

"On KaZaa and a Cash Cow" by Dan Sweeney

REVIEWS

Classe CP-65 Line Stage Preamplifier

"...well-made, superb-sounding unit to satisfy for years to come."

Integra DPS-8.3 SACD, DVD-Audio and DVD Player

"...high-quality multi-format player, easy to use."

Grado Statement Sonata Phono Cartridge and PH-1 Phono Preamp

"...sonic bargains."

Anthem TLP1 Preamp-Tuner and PVA-1 Amplifier

"Winning combination hard to beat at its price point ."

Phonex NeverWire 14 Powerline Ehternet Bridge

"The easy way to set up a home computer network."

Ayon Dragon Loudspeaker

"A single-driver system that offers pure magic."

 

Vol. IX, No. I -"Pierre Hantai," by Benjamin Ivry;

"Gold in the Attic: Treasures on 78s" by George Graves,

"Kuerti's Beethoven Sonatas" by Benjamin Ivry

"Your Computer-Audio Studio" by Bernard Kingsley

REVIEWS

Parts Express Titanic 10 Powered Subwoofer

"...amazing performer, which can be placed almost anywhere."

XPSound XP201 Recording Preamp

"...extremely versatile set of tools for the hands-on recordist."

The Vinyl Solution

"It does the, better than soap and water, with less surface noise."

VPI Aries Scout Turntable and JMW-9 Tonearm

"One of the least expensive combos, it still sounds better than almost every competitor ."

47 Laboratory, Shigaraki Series, Model 4715 DAC and Model 4716 CD Transport

"So neutral that its overall sound is difficult to characterize."

Magnum Dynalab DT-5 AM/FM Tuner

"This tuner delivers more than you'd expect for the price."

 

 

Vol. VIII, No. 6 -"EMI's Great Conductors - The First 15 Sets," by Benjamin Ivry;

"Internet Privacy: What's That?" by Bernard Kingsley,

"Yellow Brick Blues" by Arnis Balgalvis

REVIEWS

Thule Spirit PA150B Amplifier & PR150B Preamplifier

"...a real value in today's high-end marketplace."

Krix Lyrix Gold Loudspeakers

"...one of the most tonally accurate speakers I have heard."

Sony SCD CE775 SACD Player

"The SACD sound is extraordinary, and this moderate priced player will give you all of the benefits."

Yamaha CDR-HD1000 Digital Audio Recorder and CD Player

"An unusual combination ... a desirable piece to have in one's system."

Escient Fireball Digital Music Player, Server and Controller

"... performs a wide range of computer music tasks; a whole new product category."

 

 

Vol. VIII, No. 5-"Case Che Crese: A House to Grow In" by Benjamin Ivry

"Do CD-R's Sound Different?" by Bernard Kingsley,

"Buying Christmas Music: A Hip Yule!" by Pat St.John

REVIEWS

Panamax 5510 A.C. Regenerator

"If you have a power problem, this will fix it.."

Panasonic SV-SD80 Digital Audio Player

"A slick digital recorder that will fit in your pocket."

Mordaunt-Short Declaration 908 Loudspeakers

"They carry on this British maker's tradition of giving value for money."

Snell XA75 Loudspeakers

"...highly recommended; seek them out for their sound is worth the effort."

Kimber Select Interconnects

"Challengers for the best that's out there."

NHT Evolution Speaker System: ST4 Floor-Standing Units, SB3 Stand/Shelf Unit, SC1 Center-Channel System, and SW10 Subwoofer with A1 Power Amps and X1 Crossover.

"Overall, this is one of the very best-sounding systems around, a great value for the dollar."

 

 

Vol. IX, No. I -"Pierre Hantai," by Benjamin Ivry;

"Gold in the Attic: Treasures on 78s" by George Graves,

"Kuerti's Beethoven Sonatas" by Benjamin Ivry

"Your Computer-Audio Studio" by Bernard Kingsley

REVIEWS

Parts Express Titanic 10 Powered Subwoofer

"...amazing performer, which can be placed almost anywhere."

XPSound XP201 Recording Preamp

"...extremely versatile set of tools for the hands-on recordist."

The Vinyl Solution

"It does the, better than soap and water, with less surface noise."

VPI Aries Scout Turntable and JMW-9 Tonearm

"One of the least expensive combos, it still sounds better than almost every competitor ."

47 Laboratory, Shigaraki Series, Model 4715 DAC and Model 4716 CD Transport

"So neutral that its overall sound is difficult to characterize."

Magnum Dynalab DT-5 AM/FM Tuner

"This tuner delivers more than you'd expect for the price."

 

 

Vol. VIII, No. 6 -"EMI's Great Conductors - The First 15 Sets," by Benjamin Ivry;

"Internet Privacy: What's That?" by Bernard Kingsley,

"Yellow Brick Blues" by Arnis Balgalvis

REVIEWS

Thule Spirit PA150B Amplifier & PR150B Preamplifier

"...a real value in today's high-end marketplace."

Krix Lyrix Gold Loudspeakers

"...one of the most tonally accurate speakers I have heard."

Sony SCD CE775 SACD Player

"The SACD sound is extraordinary, and this moderate priced player will give you all of the benefits."

Yamaha CDR-HD1000 Digital Audio Recorder and CD Player

"An unusual combination ... a desirable piece to have in one's system."

Escient Fireball Digital Music Player, Server and Controller

"... performs a wide range of computer music tasks; a whole new product category."

 

 

Vol. VIII, No. 5-"Case Che Crese: A House to Grow In" by Benjamin Ivry

"Do CD-R's Sound Different?" by Bernard Kingsley,

"Buying Christmas Music: A Hip Yule!" by Pat St.John

REVIEWS

Panamax 5510 A.C. Regenerator

"If you have a power problem, this will fix it.."

Panasonic SV-SD80 Digital Audio Player

"A slick digital recorder that will fit in your pocket."

Mordaunt-Short Declaration 908 Loudspeakers

"They carry on this British maker's tradition of giving value for money."

Snell XA75 Loudspeakers

"...highly recommended; seek them out for their sound is worth the effort."

Kimber Select Interconnects

"Challengers for the best that's out there."

NHT Evolution Speaker System: ST4 Floor-Standing Units, SB3 Stand/Shelf Unit, SC1 Center-Channel System, and SW10 Subwoofer with A1 Power Amps and X1 Crossover.

"Overall, this is one of the very best-sounding systems around, a great value for the dollar."

  

Vol. VIII, No. 4 —“The Stereophile Show: Home Entertainment 2002,” by Arnis Balgalvis;

“Burning on the Cheap: Testing CD-R Software”
by Bernard Kingsley,

“Fezing-Up: Jim Metzner, Recording on Location” by Johanna Zorn & Lauren Chappel Dee,

"The Isaac Stern Legacy: Reality Rather than Myths” by
Benjamin Ivry

REVIEWS

Piega C-40 Loudspeaker

"...the best ribbon driver I've ever heard, plus the best integration with the cone I know of."

Krix KDX-M Monitor Loudspeaker

"These little speakers are extremely musical and do many things very well."

Art Audio Super JOTA 300 BXLS Power Amplifier

"This JOTA tube amp will give you a very memorable encounter with both music and audio."

Hsu Research VTF-3 Subwoofer

"As nearly as I can tell, this is the current champ of the low-priced super subwoofer class."

Sangean DT-110 Portable AM/FM Digital Radio

"If you think $50 doesn't buy much hi-fi, then you haven't tried a Sangean."

Sunfire True Subwoofer Super Junior

"If very small size and moderate price are needed to get you to buy a subwoofer, then try this one."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vol. VIII, No. 3 —“Boxes From The Archives: BSO & NY Philharmonic,” by Benjamin Ivry;

“But What Does It Sound Like? Listening for Flaws in MP3's”
by Bernard Kingsley,

“The Vinyl Reality: Annual Survey of LP Sources” by Arnie Goodman,

"The Montreal Hi-Fi Show--Good News From Canada” by Mike Driscoll, and

“Sonic Souvenirs: Tripping with Music”
by Ross Wagner

REVIEWS

Kimber PK-10 Gold PowerKord a.c. power cord and WattGate a.c. outlet

“I can confirm that Kimber's latest offerings can deliver the goods.”

Totem Hawk Loudspeaker

“What makes the Hawks so rewarding is their integration and balance.”

Balanced Audio Technology VK-6200 Multi-Channel Amplifier

“Let me make it clear; this is one transistor amp I'd be proud to own.”

Kimber PK-10 Gold PowerKord a.c. power cord and WattGate a.c. outlet

“I can confirm that Kimber's latest offerings can deliver the goods.”

Thiel CS 1.6 Loudspeaker

"Within reason, it's difficult for me to conceive of a more musical presentation."

Applied Research and Technology DI/O Digital Processor

“My ears heard greater dynamics and an expanded image.”

 

Vol. VIII, No. 2 —“2002 Consumer Electronics Show: Las Vegas Revival,” by Arnis Balgalvis;

“2002 CES, The $1,000,000 System: Serendipity”
by Ross Wagner,

“2002 CES, The $1,000,000 System: Gonzo Journalism Meets Wisdom Audio” by Russ Novak,

”Heidi Lowy: Good News From New Jersey
,” by Benjamin Ivry, and

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei: 50 Years of Vox Records”
by Benjamin Ivry,

REVIEWS

Richard Grey’s Power Company Model 1200S Power Correction Device

“The 1200S allows the subtle sounds to come through with clarity, openness and expression.”

Margules Magenta ADE-24 A/D Enhancer

All areas of the presentation immediately showed improvement.”

Ikonoklast3 Loudspeakers

These speakers give a strong sense of the recorded space.”

Compaq iPAQ Personal Mini-CD Player PM-1

“Compaq’s PM-1 even let me forget I was listening to MP3 files.”

Marantz ST-17 AM/FM Tuner

“A true high-fidelity tuner, with outstanding FM reception, and a far-above-average AM section.”

Simaudio Moon Eclipse CD Player

“...an absolute joy – full, big, rich and tonally correct sound.”

Phase Technology Premier PC 9.1 Loudspeaker

“These speakers simply make great music.”

 

Vol. VIII, No. 1 —“Music Against Evil: Christoph von Dohnanyi's Story,” by Benjamin Ivry;

“Exclusive Interview: Chris Thomas King, who played Tommy Johnson in 'Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”
by Donald E. Wilcock, and

“Five @ 4: Records That Changed Us” by Arnie Goodman, Jon Tiven, Michael Tearson, and Donald E. Wilcock

Dynaudio Contour 1.8 Mk II

"...fine sound, beautifully built and crafted.”

Roksan Caspian IA Integrated Amplifier

“Fine sounding; at $1500.00, it's a steal."

SOTA LP Record Cleaner

“Highly recommended to the serious audiophile.”

Tivoli Henry Kloss Model Two Radio

“...simply outstanding, a comfortable companion.”

Lumen White Whitelight Speaker System

“...easily one of the most revealing and satisfying speakers I've heard.”

Rogue Model 99 Tube Preamplifier

“...that excellent tube sound at a modest price.”

Buggtussel Amygdala Speaker System

“...versatile, suited to a wide variety of music, but can handle very complex passages.”

Rio 800 MP3 Audio Player

“...the best small MP3 audio carry-along recorder/player.”

 

Vol. VII, No. 5 —“The REAL Convergence,” by Open Globe's Bernie Sepaniak;
“Computer RFI - Get The Noise Out!”
by Bernard Kingsley, and
“Billy Holiday Complete: The Columbia Box Set” by Benjamin Ivry

Yamaha RP-U200 Personal Computer Receiver

"Terrific little receiver with some unique features!”

Rosinante Dulcinea Monitor

“Clarity is one of this speaker's biggest strengths.”

Innersound Eros Electrostatic Speakers

“A great speaker for the money; in the sweet spot, sweet it is!”

Jolida JD202A Integrated Amplifier

“This amp makes going high-end easy.”

Induction Dynamics S1T Tower Speakers

“...allow you to get lost in the music, sit back and enjoy.”

 

Vol. VII, No. 4 —“Nine LP-to-ROM Burners” by Bernard Kingsley,
“Cathedral Sparrows: Boy's Choirs,”
by Benjamin Ivry, and0
“Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy” by Bernard Kingsley

Art Audio PX-25 Power Amplifier

"...sweet warmth of tubes plus ample dynamics.”

Roksan Kandy Tuner

“...good performance with a decent signal.”

Tivoli "Henry Kloss Model One" Radio

“A thing of beauty and practicality.”

Aperion Audio512D Loudspeaker

“So, what does that DiAural crossover do?”

Nearfield Acoustics Pipedreams Reference 21 Speaker System

“...nothing short of stunning!”

 

Vol. VII, No. 3 —“Le Festival Son & Image - Montreal,” “Cathedral Sparrows,” & “Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy”

Krell KAV-300iL Integrated Amplifier

"Great things do come in small packages.”

Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 5-Channel Amplifier

“Sound is transparent, detailed and smooth.”

Dynaudio Audience 42 Loudspeaker

“Highly recommended! Whatever Dynaudio is doing, it’s right!”

Vince Christian E6 Studio Loudspeaker & B12 WP Subwoofer

“The key adjective for the Model E is ‘musical.’”

Perpetual Technology Exact Power 2000

“...can help systems that have a.c. power problems.”

Totem Acoustics Arro Loudspeaker

“Unless you just want to spend more, give the Arros a try!”

 

Vol. VII, No. 2—“CES 2001: Multi-Channel Madness,” “CES 2001: The Chuckster’s Faves,” “CES 2001: The Dirty Dozen (Multi-Channel SACD & DVD-A)” & “Verdi Anniversary.”

Loof-Lirpa Fire Cable interconnect

“Wire so hot it’ll burn you.”

Edge Electronics Si-1 Preamplifier & M8 Amplifier

“Powerful amp; both present a very wide soundstage.”

Legend Audio Design Starlet Integrated Amp

“Economy of integrated design, the sound of tubes.”

Bryston BP-25 Preamplifier

“...outstanding improvement in my system, that extra step toward reality.”

Sony SCD-777ES SACD Player

“ ...if you want to have SACD, the Sony SCD-777ES provides excellent value for money.”

Musical Design Dm 100B Amplifier & Sp-2b Tube Line Preamp

 “The amp is accurate, neutral and stable; the preamp offers sound that is open, airy, and sweet.”

 

Vol. VII, No. 1—"Vinyl Records: Like The LP Never Left" by Arnie Goodman & "In the Matter of Noise" by David Blair and Bill Eisen.

Technics DVD-A10 DVD-Audio/Video Player

"It will play almost every format, but its real advantage is its ability to deliver six channels of uncompressed sound.""

Full Review - Correction: Cary CAD-2A3SE Amplifiers

"These amps pull you into the music; they're deep and transparent."

Jeff Rowland Design Group "Synergy" Linestage Preamplifier

"I had nothing but the best of experiences while using and listening to the Rowland Synergy preamplifier."

Induction Dynamics ID-S1/1W Loudspeakers

"A good-sounding speaker system that can be custom-installed into a wall or mounted on a stand."

Audio Products International S3 Loudspeakers and P3 Subwoofers

"The Athena S3 paints a very convincing image, with flat response throughout the frequency spectrum.."

Cambridge Audio S700 Isomagic D/A Converter

"Both a D/A converter and an isolation platform, Cambridge Audio's S700 Isomagic is outstanding in its double-duty."

Bowers & Wilkins LM1 Loudspeakers

"Makes my short list of 'impressive for the size and price."

Revel Performa F30 Loudspeakers

"High on my list of the really good equipment I've had the good fortune to audition."

Vol. VI, No. 6—"High-End Audio in 2010" by Tony Cordesman & "Dueling Haydns" by Benjamin Ivry.

Music MMF-5 Turntable & Goldring 1012g Cartridge

"I’m delighted! If this is the sound of vinyl, play on!"

Eminent Technology LFT-11 Multimedia Speakers

"Bring a new dimension to PC sound."

Audio Research LS16 Preamplifier

"…narrows the gap between recorded and live."

Anthem 2L Preamplifier, 1P Phono Preamp, and MCA 2 Power Amplifier

"…enjoyable preamp, very good phono stage, and powerful amp."

TacT RCS2.0 Digital Room Correction Preamplifier

"Erases room problems; very impressive."

Yamaha RP-U100 Personal Computer Receiver

"Terrific little receiver; use with your computer recommended."

Sony TAE-9000ES A/V Stereo Surround Preamp

"Sounds very good, has state-of-the-art processing, and can be upgraded."

Vol. VI, No. 5—"Digital FM—Satellites Fly," What’s Really Goin’ on in Audio Today," "Tom, the Dancing Bug and The Dewey Decimal System, & "Remembering Gaby Casadesus"

Linn Classik CD Player, AM/FM Tuner, Preamp, and Amp

"This one, if you need an all-in-one."

NBS Monitor II Cables

"Can assist in the quest for superior sound."

I-Jam IJ-101 MP3 Player

"Everyone likes it."

Purist Audio Dominus Cables

"Richer, fuller sound with a quieter background."

DeHavilland Aries Single-Ended Triode Amplifiers

"Sweet sounding, strong, and a bargain, too."

Analysis Plus Hollow Oval Speaker Cable

"The one to use every day."

Kenwood CD4700M Internet CD Changer

"Nearly unique, it can download artist, title, and track data."

Vol. VI, No. 4—"The Dorian Saga" & "Internet Audio on Hold"

Velodyne HGS-15 Subwoofer

"Now THIS is a SUBWOOFER!"

Michell Gyro SE Spyder Turntable

"Put this one on your short list."

Grado The Reference Phono Cartridge

Sony MDR-DS5000 Digital-Surround Cordless Headphones

"In serious toy country…."

Piega Pro Loudspeaker

"It just sounds right."

Vol. VI, No. 3—"Low Bass on CDs—How Low Can You Go?" & "Three Anniversaries: Bach, Copland and Weill"

TacT Millennium Digital Amplifier

"May be what all future amps look like"

Samsung Yepp Portable MP-3 Recorder

"Great technology, but tough to install."

B&W Nautilus 801 Speaker

"Perhaps the best around."

Simaudio I-5 Integrated Amplifier

"Good sounding and a good bargain."

PS Audio P300 Power Plant

"Quite noticeable improvements."

Terratec M3PO CD Audio/MP3 Player

"State of the art for the audio-computer crossover."

 

Vol. VI, No. 2—"2000 CES, Biggest Show Yet" & "Base Practices: Vibrapod and Audio Spice Component Comforter"

Atma-Sphere MA-1 Mk II Tube Amplifiers

"This amp has an uncanny quality to unravel complex harmonic structure."

Phase Technology Teatro 7.5 Loudspeaker

"Moves the performance of this price class forward."

Soliloquy SM-2A3 Loudspeakers

"They just do too much too well."

Vol. VI, No. 1—PC-ABX: Testing on the Net, Savoy Jazz Originals, & Prestige 50th Anniversary Edition

Sony SCD-1 Super Audio Disc Player

"A new era in superior sonics? Probably!"

Rogue Audio M-120 Tube Amplifier

"A terrific buy, with sound that’s open, detailed, tight, and smooth."

Sunfire True Subwoofer Signature

"After good results with a variety of other speakers, I’m enthusiastic."

Legend LM-Triode Amplifier and LAD-L2 Preamplifier

"A blockbuster combo that will give years of satisfaction."

Richard Gray’s Power Company

"…a more stable power source and lower line noise."

Vol. V, No. 6—"MP3 4U & Me!" & "Philips Great Pianists Collection"

Accuphase DP-65V CD Player

"How does it sound? Mighty fine!"

AIWA AM-F70 Portable Minidisk Recorder

"…lots of features and very decent sound."

Manley Labs Stingray Integrated Amplifier

"All in all, the Stingray is a great little amp."

Argent RoomLens Acoustic Room—Tuning Device

"As much a tweak as a real-world working tool."

Myryad MT100 FM Tuner

"Until digital FM comes along, it’s hard to imagine any FM tuner doing better."

Whise Techtonic 130 Active Speakers

"Overall, this is a fine audiophile-grade monitor that looks good, too."

Adcom GFP-750 Preamplifier

"This preamplifier is an outstanding piece of audio gear."

Vol. V, No. 5—"A Funny Thing Happy Thing Happened on the Way to the Internet" & "Arthur Rubenstein Collection"

PBN Montana XP Speakers

"The XP will turn a great recording into something heavenly."

Sim Audio Moon P3 Preamplifier

"Superb musical performance in a well-made piece at a reasonable price."

Reynaud Euterpe Loudspeakers

"The Reynaud Euterpes are gentle, warm and rich in their sound."

Bel Canto SET 80 Mk II Amplifier

"With these amps, sound emerges with stunning musical intelligibility."

Magnum Dynalab MD 102 FM Tuner

"The MD 102 is close to being the king of all FM tuners."

MSB Technology Link D/A Converter

""Not just great for the price, a great D/A period!"

Vol. V, No. 4—"Hi-Fi ’99 Show" & "Just The FAX-Man: Lyra Clavis de Capo vs. Rega Exact Moving-Coil Phono Cartridges"

Berning Siegfried Power Amp

"What’s the lowdown on the Siegfried amp? Wow! And again, Wow!"

Enigma Oremus Loudspeaker

"The Oremus gives a comfortable sound with a variety of equipment."

Kimber KS 3033 Loudspeaker Cable

"…good sound and a moderate price."

Greybeard KB/2/2 Loudspeaker

"The KB/2/2 speakers rank high in the ‘goose bump’ department."

Custom House Barracuda Cables

"If you want cost-effective cables, look no further."

Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones

"An absolutely outstanding, altogether essential product."

Vol. V, No. 3—"Five Great Musicians Without Hype" & "Bulletproof Your System"

Lehman Black Cube Phono Preamp

"Without the slightest hesitation, I can wholeheartedly recommend the Lehmann Audio Black Cube."

Target Floor Protectors

"If speaker spike damage is a problem, then the Floor Protectors offer a solution that appears to work quite well."

Disc Doctor’s Record Cleaners

"They’ve established a permanent home next to my LP player."

Wilson Benesch A.C.T. 1 Loudspeaker

"A must-audition" for those who value precise and minimally colored reproduction of music."

Vol. V, No. 2—1999 CES Show Coverage

Diamond Rio MP300 MP3 Digital Recorder

"Music via the internet...one of the ‘neatest’ forms of portable music."

McIntosh MS6850 Integrated Amplifier

"Distinctively McIntosh styling...an excellent performer, irrespective of cost."

Black Diamond Racing Cones Mechanical Isolation Devices

"...when installed properly, the effect is like taking a heavy blanket off the front of your speakers."

Krell KAV-250cd Compact Disc Player

"The look and build-quality ... is first-rate; it performed flawlessly, and has an unabashed low price tag."

Tact RCS 2.2 Room Correction System

"After making the indicated corrections, my sound stage was noticeably improved and the low bass spectacularly so."

Vol. V, No. 1—"Angels of Transfer" & "Audiophile Grooves"

Parasound P/PH-100 Phono Preamp

"A good performer, with improvements that are easy to hear; a good bargain."

Lexicon DC-1 Digital Controller

"...probably the most complex and sophisticated device ever offered audiophiles or videophiles" for Dolby Digital or Prologic, THX or DTS.

Denon DVD-5000 DVD Player

"From both performance and reliability standpoints, this is a very good choice."

Magnepan Model 10.1 Loudspeaker

"...a clean, lucid transducer, revealing on the majority of recorded information."

Coda 04r Preamp and 10.5 Amp

"...a clean, dynamic, and lively duo ... I recommend a serious demo without hesitation."

 

Vol. IV, No. 6—"Recordable CDs" & "The Tweaker--Hearing vs. Testing"

Transfiguration Temper Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

"After more than six months, this is the happiest I’ve ever been running one cartridge consistently."

Art Audio Diavolo Single-Ended Triode Amplifier

"...the Diavolo produced excellent, wide range, dynamically powerful, involving music."

Sim Audio Moon P-5 Preamplifier and Moon W-5 Power Amplifier

"...were I replacing dated electronics, these two Moon pieces would have to be near the top of my shopping list."

Sony CDP-XA20ES CD Player

"Every aspect of music reproduction was improved with the CDP-XA20ES as compared to [my old player]."

Monster Cable 1.2S Speaker Cables

"I was genuinely impressed by the product, [and ] never felt it to be sonically out of place in my system."

Acoustic Technology International Swans M1 Loudspeakers

"...the Swan M-1s ... deliver the music’s nuances and subtleties."

Kimber Kable Hero, Silver Streak SE, and KCAG Interconnects

"The Silver Streak falls in between the Hero and the KCAG in almost every respect; ...there is some added harshness and sibilance relative to the KCAG but the bass of the Streak is tighter and more detailed than the Hero’s."

Z-Man Audio Enhancer

"With an CD portable from 1988, ... there was a slight smoothing on horns and hard-hitting percussion as well as a warming of the bass."

Vol. IV, No. 5—LP Mastering & Steve Lacy Portrait

Audio Prism Mantissa Line Preamp

"...very accurate sounding, ... bass is quick and tight, ... high end is extended but not shrill edged. Expensive, but finely crafted."

Miller & Kreisel MX-350 THX Powered Subwoofer

"...put out large quantities of very high quality bass and ... can be a good value with the right satellites and settings."

Sonic Frontiers Processor 3 D/A Converter

"If you want your CDs to sound their best, the Sonic Frontiers probably can’t be bettered for the foreseeable future."

Atma-Sphere M-60 Mk-II Monoblock Amplifier

"If I could use only one word to describe the sound, it would have to be ‘live.’ Listen to that attack, wonderful."

Denon DL-103 Phonograph Cartridge

"...deserves the acclaim it received [when introduced], ... holds its own against today’s far more expensive designs."

Vol. IV, No. 4—Hi-Fi ’98 Coverage

Coincident Speaker Technology Triumph Speaker

"I love these wondrous little speakers.... The Triumphs are good speakers ... really good speakers. You should definitely check these guys out."

Music Reference RM-10 Amplifier

"Here we have a unit that strikes a very gratifying balance between accuracy and musicality."

Placete Audio Line-Stage Preamplifiers

"A reasonably priced line-stage preamp with a no-holds barred volume control that doesn’t appear to alter the sonics in any substantial way."

Paradigm Mini-Monitor Speaker

"Add a good subwoofer and you’ve got a giant killer. How do they make them so inexpensive?"

Hsu Research TN-1220HO Subwoofer

"There is something very special about the [Hsu subwoofer’s] spread of bass energy, enveloping the listener with the cleanest and most coloration-free sound I’ve heard yet from a sub."

TeknaSonik C10 and C12 Anti-Vibration Devices

"This is the best tweak I’ve ever used, hands down, and it’s pretty cheap too ... with the biggest impact of any tweak I have tried so far."

Wipe Out CD Repair Kit

"Does it work? In a word, yes, ... well enough to fix every scratch it was reasonable to fix."

Vol. IV, No. 3—WCES ’98 Coverage & Component Stands

Wadia Model 27 Digital Decoding Computer

"I would not be surprised if one exposure to the Model 27 would convince you to make the Model 27 an essential part of your musical experience."

Alpha-Core Goertz AG-1 Center Stage Speaker Cable and Sapphire Interconnect

"The effect of this particular wire geometry is that the inductance goes way down and the wire becomes very insensitive to a.c. line or r.f. interference."

Paradigm Reference Servo-15 Subwoofer

"...one of the best subwoofers I have ever used, whether for music or for home theater."

Rogue Audio Sixty-Six Preamp

"It is not a world-beater, but it does play on a level playing field with many highly regarded, far more costly unit."

ELP LT-1XA Laser Turntable

"The best-kept secret in the audiophile world is that the optical laser LP disc player really works."

Vol. IV, No. 2—’98 WCES Coverage & 24/96 CDs

Rogue Audio Eighty-Eight Power Amplifier

"This feisty little tube amp walks all over similarly priced competition and can play with some of today’s fidelity giants, regardless of price!"

Assemblage DAC-2 Upgrade

"Is it worth it? The answer is yes. ... Without large sums of money, kit building is a way to satiate my need for good sound."

Sonogy Black Knight Power Amplifier

"The virtues of this mid-priced amp make it a value at anywhere near its asking price."

Wilson Benesch Carbon-One Phono Cartridge

"There may be better phono cartridges around, but the Carbon-One will provide them lost of competition."

Klipsch KLF 20 Loudspeaker

"The KLF 20 is a pleasant surprise and offer first-rate value in this world of super-kilobuck high-end lines."