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Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver Review
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive II Preamplifier Review
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Monday, 01 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Marantz CD5004 CD Player Preview
Aimed at Audiophiles who like their CD players simple, well made, single tray, and optionally rack mountable, Marantz has announced the CD5004 CD Player.  The CD5004 plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs and will play CD-DA (PCM) alongside MP3 and WMA formatted files at 42, 44.1, and 48kHz sampling frequencies.  Though this is not a networkable machine, the CD5004 does have the ability to read metadata on MP3s and WMA files as well as text-data encoded CDs.Marantz's CD5004 has a very impressive 0.002% THD (total harmonic distortion) rating thanks to its "SACD-quality" digital to analog converter, though sadly the machine does not support that format.  This means you won't find distortion due to resistor matching errors, performance drift over time and temperature, or excessive clock jitter (aka time-domain irregularities).The CD5004 also features HDAM-SA2, the company's proprietary Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules which ...
Monday, 01 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
McIntosh MCD1100 SACD Disc Player Preview
Audiophiles, gather round and take out your wallets.  The premium sound gurus from McIntosh have announced the MCD1100 SACD Disc Player, which is engineered to deliver extended functionality and maximum musical fidelity from CD, CD-R, CD-RW, SCACD, Hybrid SACD, MP3, and WMA stereo music discs.  And, it doesn't require a separate preamplifier to deliver warm, rich and emotionally engaging sound from today's many digital music sources.  The MCD1100 can be added to any existing system or used as a standalone component with a set of high quality headphonesThis is what McIntosh President Charlie Randall had to say about the MCD1100: "In creating McIntosh source components, our designers and engineers have always strived to deliver all the emotional content in recorded music. For the first time, we now offer superlative McIntosh performance for not only a compact disc library, but any ...
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Music Hall MMF-2.2 LE Turntable Review
Last month I stopped into a large retailer with the initials “BB.” I wasn't shopping, per se, but verifying reports that among the rows of compact discs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs were dozens of new LPs. In 2010, who would have guessed that the venerable 33 rpm would enjoy a renaissance that not only includes big-box retail sales but those same establishments offering turntables among the scores of personal media players, flat panel TVs and other home theater accessories. Consumers shocked to see record players back on the shelves would do well to look beyond such stock and discover the numerous options for spinning vinyl that exist outside the strip malls. My discovery came several years ago, when I picked up a couple audio publications. One was a buyer's guide that included recommended components across several price and performance points. ...
Thursday, 09 September 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Apple iPod Touch Review (2010)
The iPod Touch has been the staple of Apple’s iPod lineup for the past few years, specifically for those looking for all the functionality of the iPhone, just without the hefty AT&T contract.  Apple recently announced their new lineup of iPods, releasing revamped versions of the Shuffle, a much smaller iPod Nano and a version of the Touch that holds many similarities to the iPhone 4.  Much of the focus on upgrading this year’s version of the Touch came on the internal hardware side, which also allowed for new features to pop up on the Touch (heavily supported by new apps).  Features:There’s a ton of new functionality in the iPod Touch, mostly due to the inclusion of the hardware from the iPhone 4.  You are going to find the speedy A4 CPU powering the Touch as well as 512MB of ...
Thursday, 09 September 2010 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Apple iPod Nano Review (2010)
Since 2005, the iPod Nano has been the mid range portable audio player for Apple.  It’s always been targeted at consumers looking for more control and versatility over the Shuffle, but with increased portability over the iPod Touch.  Over the last five years, its classic design has included a full color screen and a click wheel to navigate through songs.  Apple went in a completely different direction with the release of the new Nano; ditching the click wheel and opting for a small touchscreen instead. It looks radically different than previous models, closer to a Shuffle in size.  This is a player that could easily get lost if you aren’t keeping up with it.  It’s also more appropriate for people into fitness or simply want to attach it to their clothing for their daily commute.   The player is about .35” ...
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