Product Reviews

Arcam FMJ CD17 CD Player Review

October 10, 2011
Arcam FMJ CD17 CD Player Review

I have to admit that I haven’t owned a CD player in three and a half years. I ripped my entire 1300+ CD collection to hard disk in 2005, losslessly of course, and stored my CDs away. I immediately rip and store new CDs to my music server as I acquire them. I sold...
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Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Review

October 1, 2011
Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Review

At the risk of stating the obvious, unless you are interested in a headphone-only system, an integrated amplifier is the centerpiece of any entry-level high-end system. Why not a preamplifier/power amplifier combination you may ask? Why buy two chassis, two power supplies and a set of cables, when that money could be better spent...
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Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

September 15, 2011
Music Hall dac25.3 DAC and Headphone Amplifier Review

  A year or so ago, Sam Tellig reviewed the Music Hall dac25.2, the predecessor to the dac25.3 I have in house for review. What did Sam use as a source? Internet radio, and in particular KCSM, a San Francisco jazz station. KCSM broadcasts at two bit-rates: 32kbps for dial-up and 64kbps for broadband....
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Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

September 1, 2011
Living Sounds Audio LSA.5 Loudspeaker Review

I first became aware of Living Sounds Audio (LSA Group) at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2010. They were demoing their new LSA1 Statement monitor loudspeakers driven by the standard version of their hybrid integrated amplifier. Even with Aurum Cantus folded ribbon tweeters, the sound was relaxed, which was a welcome relief after listening...
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Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

August 15, 2011
Halide Design USB to S/PDIF Bridge Review

By way of background, I use a custom music server fitted with an ESI Juli@ soundcard running Windows 7 and iTunes. Normally, I run the coaxial digital output of the soundcard directly into one of the digital inputs of my Meridian DSP5500s digital active speakers, although when listening to analog components, I use either...
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