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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
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Todd Whitesel Picks


Pathos Logos Integrated Amplifier

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"Across dozens of discs, LPs and different cabling the Logos provided a very pleasurable listening experience. I had the good fortune to audition the amp for 3 months – about twice as long as most components I review – and came away ready to recommend this gorgeous machine to nearly anyone. Some solid state enthusiasts may want for more power – and if you have very difficult-to-drive speakers, a very large listening space, or demand the final word in solid state detail, the Logos might not be your huckleberry. But if you're looking for the best of both sonic worlds – tube and transistor, with superb construction - it's hard to imagine getting more amp for the money. Art meets audio with the Logos."

AudioControl AVR-1 Receiver


"The AVR-1 does it all, but it's in the sound department that it steps away from the competition. In the audiophile world, A/V receivers are often viewed with suspicion, not because they can't do nearly every trick in the book, but because they can do nearly every trick. The purest signal path is the grail, so incorporating exotic processing modes can only interfere with the signal chain and, ultimately, the final sound suffers. That AudioControl has produced a feature-laden unit to satisfy the tech-iest home theater buff while maintaining high-end sound is the AVR-1's greatest triumph. "

PenaudioPENAUDIO Rebel 3 speakers

"The Rebel 3s impressed me with their fluid yet detailed delivery of whatever I threw at them. My typical day often includes 8 to 10 hours of listening to music. The last thing I want is fatigue or a headache from too much high-end, shrill or otherwise. That I could sit with the Rebels for days and listen, never wanting to change or turn them off speaks loudly for a little speaker that does about everything right in the context of its design. For small to medium-sized listening rooms and backed by  modest amplification, the Rebel 3s will put the performance right in front of you – where it belongs."

Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamplifier

Rogue Audio

"Compared to my budget-priced Zphono, the Ares brought out more of everything in the music – more air, more detail, more presence, more weight, yet it never sounded “boomy.” The Ares is not for the casual analog kid – its $1,995 price tag ensures that – but if you're looking for a phono preamplifier that can bring out the best in your current system with the flexibility to grow and change with your needs, the Ares is easy to recommend. It's built to last in many more ways than one."


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