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B.M.C PureDAC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 31, 2015
B.M.C PureDAC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the B.M.C PureDAC headphone amplifier-DAC (£1,290) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “One of the ancient hi-fi laws laid down way back in the mists of time – probably somewhere around the seventies – is that sound quality stands in inverse proportion to style or functionality. Well, products...
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VTL S-200 Signature Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
VTL S-200 Signature Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the VTL S-200 Signature power amplifier (£11,500). Their conclusions: “This well thought-out design brings all the benefits of glowing ‘bottles’ with hardly any of the headaches. To say that the VTL gave fresh insights to everything played wouldn’t convey what this amplifier does. Put...
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Creek Evolution 50CD CD Player

January 31, 2015
Creek Evolution 50CD CD Player

David Price Has posted a review of the Creek Evolution 50CD CD player (£950) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Creek’s avowed intention with the Evolution 50CD is to produce an excellent all-round package – one that manages to combine real operational flexibility with convenience and top-notch sound. And overall it has succeeded – sonically...
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ModWright LS 36.5 Preamplifier and KWA 150S Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
ModWright LS 36.5 Preamplifier and KWA 150S Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the ModWright LS 36.5 preamplifier (£7995) and KWA 150S power amplifier (£6795). Their conclusions: “With this hybrid system, the sound bears the hallmark of long and thoughtful development by a dedicated designer, with careful component choice and attention to every detail, and it really...
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T+A P3000HV Preamplifier and A3000HV Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
T+A P3000HV Preamplifier and A3000HV Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the T+A P3000HV preamplifier (£9500) and A3000HV power amplifier (£11,900). Their conclusions: “T+A’s ‘no compromise’ HV series components are designed for the luxury audiophile market. In that context, this latest amp combo is sensational value. And as the preamp has tone controls, even the...
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Krell Duo 300 Power Amplifier

January 31, 2015
Krell Duo 300 Power Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Krell Duo 300 power amplifier (£9500). Their conclusions: “Assuredly solid-state in its demeanour, Krell’s Duo 300 doesn’t, for a moment, suggest the (sonic) warmth of a true Class A amplifier likes its ancestors … which may be music to the ears of those...
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Lampizator’s 5th Generation DSD DAC

January 30, 2015
Lampizator’s 5th Generation DSD DAC

Brian Moura has posted a review of the Lampizator’s 5th Generation DSD DAC ($3760) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Lampizator’s 5th Generation DSD DAC is one of the few audio components I have heard that makes an immediate impression. You know that you are hearing a very special product, one that will improve the...
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Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier and X600.5 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

January 30, 2015
Pass Labs XP-20 Preamplifier and X600.5 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Pass Labs XP-20 preamplifier ($8600) and X600.5 monoblock power amplifiers ($22,000/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The XP-20 and X600.5 are the kind of components which fit the buying pattern of “once and done.” They bring an intensely pleasurable enormous feel to any system and will always...
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Audience Au24 SE Interconnect, Au24 SE Speaker Cable, and Au24 SE Power Cable

January 30, 2015
Audience Au24 SE Interconnect, Au24 SE Speaker Cable, and Au24 SE Power Cable

Jacob Heilbrun has posted a review of the Audience Au24 SE interconnect ($1290), Au24 SE speaker cable ($2095), and Au24 SE power cord ($1175) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Suffice it to say that the Audience speaker and interconnect cables may be relatively diminutive but they will never short-change your system, whether it...
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Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver

January 30, 2015
Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz SR7009 home theater receiver ($1999) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The $1999 Marantz SR7009 is a one-chassis amusement wonder. It can serve a family’s every conceivable need. On top of all that it features classic Marantz design. Make no mistake, the power of economies...
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Klaudio CD-CLN-LP 200 Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Cleaner V.4 and Silencer

January 30, 2015
Klaudio CD-CLN-LP 200 Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Cleaner V.4 and Silencer

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Klaudio CD-CLN-LP 200 ultrasonic vinyl record cleaner V.4 ($3999) and Silencer ($1499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Kudos to the design team at KLaudio for continuing to improve upon an excellent product and last year’s PF Product of the Year. While the new Silencer equipped model...
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Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet Preamplifier

January 30, 2015
Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet Preamplifier

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Atma-Sphere Music Systems Ultraviolet preamplifier ($2800) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “At the bottom of all I hear is my fervent desire to escape the bondage of my small room and step into another reality filled with music. The natural organic way the UV-1 triode...
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Constellation Inspiration Preamplifier, Stereo Amplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers

January 29, 2015
Constellation Inspiration Preamplifier, Stereo Amplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Constellation Ispiration preamplifier ($9000), stereo amplifier ($10,000), and monoblock amplifiers ($20,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Preamp 1.0, mated to the Stereo 1.0 or a pair of Mono 1.0s, bring a level of transparency, resolution, refinement, and soundstaging to this price segment once reserved...
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Triode Lab’s 2A3PSE Power Amplifier

January 29, 2015
Triode Lab’s 2A3PSE Power Amplifier

Noam Bronstein has posted a review of the Triode Lab’s 2A3PSE power amplifier ($5999) on Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “Having the first Triode Lab 2A3-PSE stereo amp was an honour, and using it was a joy. The amp consistently made me smile; it made me want to rifle through my records to find...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson Headphone Amplifier

January 29, 2015
Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson Headphone Amplifier

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Crimson headphone amplifier ($2850) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Amp reviewing can be a challenge. I am a tube fan and I appreciate what tubes bring to the chain. Reviewing a piece of gear designed to not have a signature is an interesting exercise....
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Tekton SEAS Pendragon Loudspeaker

January 29, 2015
Tekton SEAS Pendragon Loudspeaker

John Richardson has posted a review of the Tekton SEAS Pendragon loudspeakers ($2500/pair) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “For buyers looking for the type of speaker that the Pendragons are, I’m not sure you could do any better for $2500 (though, perhaps you can — they’re currently on sale for 30% off). Now, I’ve...
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Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM And MC Phono Stages

January 29, 2015
Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM And MC Phono Stages

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM and MC phono stages (£399) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The duo of HotHeads are incredibly well judged designs in terms of specification and sound quality, add to this their extremely compelling pricing then it’s clear Benedict Audio have a...
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RAL KEB02iP Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 29, 2015
RAL KEB02iP Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the RAL KEB02iP portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($350) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “With my Audeze LCD-X, the RAL sounded far bigger than I ever imagined it would, considering its diminutive size. If you’re on a search for a technically capable and musically-pleasing portable headphone amp/DAC (with...
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Diesis Aura Loudspeaker

January 28, 2015
Diesis Aura Loudspeaker

Stuart Smith has posted a review of the Diesis Aura loudspeakers (€15,190/pair) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “These speakers are at their very best when fed with very well recorded music that is simpler in its nature, but to a lesser extent they can do rock music too when partnered with a suitably refined...
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Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4point Tonearm, and CAR-50 Phono Cartridge

January 28, 2015
Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4point Tonearm, and CAR-50 Phono Cartridge

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Kuzma Stabi M turntable (£13,995), 4point tonearm (£4995), and CAR-50 phono cartridge (£4495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If the mark of a great transducer is to step aside and let the music speak then the CAR-50 certainly qualifies, with the Stabi M and 4POINT helping it...
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Transfiguration Phoenix S Phono Cartridge

January 28, 2015
Transfiguration Phoenix S Phono Cartridge

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Transfiguration Phoenix S phono cartridge (£1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I get it now. I understand why Transfiguration does not need a website. When you make cartridges that are this good, the world will come to your door. The Phoenix S does it all and it...
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Goldenear Triton One Loudspeaker

January 28, 2015
Goldenear Triton One Loudspeaker

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Goldenear Triton One loudspeakers (£5000/pair) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Overall, GoldenEar’s Triton One stands as a highly effective and surprisingly affordable alternative to some of today’s more inaccessibly priced (albeit excellent) top-tier loudspeakers. As I mentioned near the beginning of this review, the Triton Ones give...
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B.M.C. Audio CS2 Integrated Amplifier

January 28, 2015
B.M.C. Audio CS2 Integrated Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the B.M.C. Audio CS2 integrated amplifier (£4595) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I think B.M.C. is the intelligent choice in high-end audio right now. Aside from the monoblock option, you have to spend more – vastly more, an order of magnitude more in fact – to achieve any...
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Emotiva XPA-1L Class A/Class AB Monoblock Amplifier

January 28, 2015
Emotiva XPA-1L Class A/Class AB Monoblock Amplifier

The Poor Audiophile has posted a review of the Emotiva XPA-1L Class A/Class AB monoblock amplifiers ($1198/pair). His conclusions: “he adage “you get get what you pay for” is unfortunately applicable to the XPA-1L. Indeed, my major beef and reservation about the XPA-1L surrounds its materials and build quality—not in its sonics. There’s just...
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VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

January 27, 2015
VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PI Prime turntable ($) and JMW 3D tonearm ($) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The dynamic presentation, powerful bass and extended, clear treble offer very enjoyable listening sessions with remarkable see-through connection to the music. Notice that I did not write “at this price”. The VPI...
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