- Written by Brian Alvarez
- Published on 18 October 2010
What's in a Naim? For those not overly familiar with the brand (myself included), that has usually meant DIN connectors, the ubiquitous black casework, green lit circlet buttons and a reputation for an emphasis to PRat. This reputation for Pace Rhythm and Timing and a focus on hand built craftsmanship put Naim in a unique place amongst audio components.
- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 04 October 2010
Manley Labs designs and manufactures tube components. With the Stingray iTube, you can now plug your iPod directly into a dock on an integrated tube amplifier.The iTube can be switched between triode mode and ultralinear mode, giving you a choice in how much output the amplifier will deliver. It comes with a very unique remote control that you would only expect from Manley.
- Written by Rick Schmidt
- Published on 14 December 2009
The PrimaLuna brand needs no introduction to the tube-loving community, but I do (did). Though I've heard plenty of good sounding tube gear at shops, at various friends' houses and of course at shows, I generally listen to solid state equipment. So, having the PrimaLuna Dialogue Two here for review was a new, and very pleasant experience.
- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 23 August 2010
For nearly forty years, Nelson Pass has been designing simple, high-performance electronics. In 1991, with twenty years experience under his belt, he founded Pass Laboratories which has since become among the most highly regarded companies for high-end power and integrated amplifiers. His design goals couldn't be more clear: power, simplicity and performance.
- Written by Jared Rachwalski
- Published on 15 June 2009
Marantz is a name that has been around for a long time; refreshingly they continue to produce quality two channel gear despite branching out into both budget and high-end home theater. My own listening experiences have found their budget home theater receivers to be the most musical for the price. Where other budget offerings can do movies well, most make for mundane music reproduction.
- Written by Chris Groppi
- Published on 16 August 2010
I have always been a fan of integrated amplifiers, and they were the heart of all my audio systems up until recently. They offer the best value in terms of getting the most performance per dollar, but they take away one thing many audiophiles love: fooling around with their system. Several ultra-high end companies have recently introduced very serious integrated amps, for the audiophile who is done with fooling around.
- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 21 August 2008
Although I have always been interested in McIntosh products, I was really intrigued by the McIntosh MA6300 because I could finally afford one. Modest power output and all solid state construction will let you into the world of McIntosh ownership for just $3,000.
- Written by Jim Milton
- Published on 13 May 2010
Engineered Music Products (EMP) was founded in 2007 by industry professionals with over thirty years experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing high-performance loudspeakers for companies such as ParaSound, McIntosh, JBL, Destination Audio and Fosgate. EMP Tek is a sister company of speaker manufacturer RBH Sound. For years I have heard people talk about tubes ("valves" if you are British) and how warm and wonderful they sound. This is my chance to hear for myself. Can one find analog bliss in a digital world?
- Written by Michael Galvin
- Published on 19 June 2008
If the SDAI-2175 power amplifier has flaws, they were invisible in my system. Every other amplifier I have had sounded like "something", while this one simply does not. This product has no sound characteristics of its own, and this is a remarkable achievement.
- Written by SECRETS of Home Theater
- Published on 01 February 2010
No April Fools.........Winner of the Burson Audio PI-100 Integrated Stereo Amplifier is Tim Patchett.....Congratulations Tim! Thank you ALL for your support of the CAVE.....we will be announcing the next prize shortly!!
- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 08 November 2007
Following a product as revered and successful as the SP3 integrated amplifier, ONIX steps up and produces the new H6550. How could I possibly resist the temptation to request one for review? The good people at AV123 graciously offered to send it to me.