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Monday, 17 May 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Opera Consonance LP 6.1 Turntable and T988 Tonearm Review
Turntables are back. Actually, they never really went away, but during the dark decade of 1990 when compact discs threatened to make vinyl records extinct, it sure seemed so. Although we're living in the age of digital downloads, vinyl lovers have a bounty of spoils to satisfy their analog Jones. There is a constant flow of LPs being reissued by labels such as Rhino, and new turntables and accessories make 2010 a superb time to get into or rediscover vinyl. At one time, the Japanese held a significant share of the turntable – and hi-fi – market, with brands such as Technics and Denon enjoying widespread popularity across the U.S. Now, China has moved into high-end audio, and some of the greatest bargains are coming from The People's Republic. And the build quality can be very good. I've had great success with ...
Thursday, 29 April 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Marantz SA-11S2 SACD/CD Player Review
Marantz has been in the home electronics game for over 50 years now. I won't go into their long and storied history, but it has covered a lot of territory.  From its beginnings as Saul Marantz’s vision of high quality home entertainment products to the large Japanese conglomerate it is today, Marantz has certainly had its ups and downs.  While it’s simple enough to do a Google search on their various owners, today it is owned by D&M Holdings; the same folks who own McIntosh Labs.  They have been on a mission to preserve the Marantz legacy and their current crop of products in their Reference line is proof of an excellent job. Marantz has had many famous, illustrious engineers and designers under their roof, and to this day, they offer cutting edge products well reviewed by the high-end audio ...
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Naim CD5 XS CD Player Review
U.K. based Naim has had a steady following since their inception in the mid 1970's. They have been a constant on the high end audio scene and are known worldwide for their broad product line that includes amplification, CD players, loudspeakers, cables, DAC's and Music Servers. They are also known for making long-lasting products as many Naim legacy products are a decade old and still strong. Naim is also known for only discontinuing products if they feel the design can be improved upon; not for marketing purposes.Naim is famous for being quirky, for lack of a better term. For years their components were produced with only DIN connectors.  Instead of the usual phono or XLR connectors, they believed in the superiority of the DIN connector. They also prefer customers utilize an all Naim system. They finally relented a few years ...
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Electrocompaniet Prelude PC-1 CD Player Review
The last few months of 2009 have taken me on a lovely audio journey across Scandinavia, with stops in Denmark and Norway for a look and listen to accessories, speakers and amplifiers. I recently reviewed Norwegian audio manufacturer Electrocompaniet's Prelude PI-2 integrated amplifier, a new addition to the company's lineup offering budget-minded audiophiles a point of entry into the Electrocompaniet sound. The PI-2's Prelude companion PC-1 CD player ($2,499) proved my final destination within the Kingdom of Norway this year, and a fine one it was. FeaturesClean lines and little to clutter the experience are hallmarks of the PC-1, and all Electrocompaniet components for that matter. The PC-1 is almost austere in its design. Five buttons and a blue LED display adorn the front panel; the back panels boasts an AC in, one pair of balanced outputs, a pair of ...
Monday, 14 December 2009 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD/CD Player Review
Being in business – any business - for 30 years is reason enough to celebrate, but when you've enjoyed a long-running position at the top of your field there's even more cause for rejoicing. That's the story behind Marantz's SA-KI Pearl components, a limited-edition run (500 worldwide) of “gifts” from Ken Ishiwata to those in the audio community who have enjoyed his innovative designs during his Marantz tenure. Ishiwata drew on his vast experience to design what can be described truly as a custom SACD/CD player. The SA-KI Pearl SACD/CD Player (“KI” stands for Ken Ishiwata) in many ways is a summation of Ishiwata's artistic philosophy and his goal to offer a component “to reproduce music exactly as the original artist and the recording engineers intended.” Ishiwata is reported to have personally listened to and/or tested each internal part. Considering ...
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