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AV News Forum Topics:'s Top 100 of 2003 Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2003
Article Index's Top 100 of 2003
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We have changed up the format for our Best Of awards this year to reflect the top 100 audio-video and home theater products in the world. Any product found on this list is worthy of consideration for any good AV system. While we pay due respect to ultimate products that cost a fortune, special attention is paid to more affordable gear. You’ll see high-performance gear that doesn’t break the bank making its way towards the top of the list this year. If the list seems controversial, that is okay with us. The gear mentioned has been reviewed by us and is still current (to the best of our knowledge) in the marketplace.. The rankings for the list have been compiled from the opinions of’s reviewers and editors. Final say was determined by’s publisher Jerry Del Colliano. Products on the Best Of list receive a framed award, as well as art for their website.

100. PS Audio P600 (AC power)
The originator and heavyweight champ of the AC power regeneration world, the P600 is an impressive design. Its large size and limited ability to work with all amps bumps it down our list.

99. Outlaw Audio ICBM (bass management device)
Not all AV preamps or high-res players have very good bass management. This affordable device allows you to send the frequencies that you want to the speakers that you own in a way that guarantees your DVD-Audio and SACD sound their best. Many systems cannot live without this component.

98. Slappa Storage (CD-DVD storage)
What a unique way to take your music and movies on the road. A number of AR reviewers mentioned their desire to ditch their jewel cases completely and store their music in Slappa cases.

97. Klipsch SA3 (outdoor speakers)
People say that you should enjoy your music in the quietest environment possible. Southard says his Meridian-Levinson system sounds best outside, while a fine filet can be heard grilling in the background.

96. SAS Checkpoint (speaker setup tool)
You can’t eyeball the placement of your speakers, but with this laser tool, you can get your imaging to come to life.

95. Camelot Technology Roundtable 2 (DVD player)
One of the best-sounding DVD players we have heard for music as well as film soundtracks. This player is built like a brick shithouse and includes a fancy video processor.

94. Escient Fireball (music storage device)
This unit goes head to head with the Request server and offers the user incredible flexibility in creating playlists and archiving of music collections, all in once place.

93. Jolida JD202a with Level One Mods (integrated amp)
Another value-oriented audiophile product that captures the passion of music without damaging your credit rating.

92. Crystal View 2 (CRT projector)
All writers argue that CRT projectors still make the best picture one can buy. Crystal View continues the tradition of big-bun, big-dollar projectors, but offers a new twist: in-home set-up and performance mods.

91. Mark Levinson No. 390s (CD player/preamp)
The No. 390s are all you need, other than an amp and a pair of speakers, in order to have a high-end audio system that rivals the best.


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