Boston Acoustics CS26 Bookshelf Speaker

Monday, 15 February 2010 |


Conclusion
The CS 26 offers a very appealing combination of sonics, ergonomics, and aesthetics. It can stretch across many types of material, and look good in the process. None of its sonic shortcomings came at the expense of the whole sonic picture, which is critical at any price point. While I didn't find any one aspect of the CS 26 truly extraordinary, I also didn't find anything truly unappealing, either. It sounds good, looks good, and is easy to set up and drive. This is a solid performer.

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Mark Levinson No. 502...... The Best!

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Conclusion
Even their most bitter competitors are saying the Mark Levinson No. 502 is the best AV preamp currently on the market at this time. As high-end companies struggle to get a grip on their own relevance in a market that is being driven by consumer-grade retail powerhouses like Costco and Wal-Mart, Mark Levinson has made a true statement with the 502 AV preamp. Do they need a matching Blu-ray player? Without question, if they want to woo the Patek Philippe-wearing, Marquis jet-flying, non-audiophile demographic. At the same time, can you do any better in making your legacy music collection sound its best while pumping in master-quality sound via HDMI? Not without a Mark Levinson No. 502 in your rig. Even with the most feature-rich Japanese AV preamps costing from $3,500 to $7,000, the sound is unfortunately lean. With the Mark Levinson No. 502, you truly pay for your performance but, without question, you get the best of both the worlds of audio and HD video - right now in your theater. The Mark Levinson No. 502 is the cutting edge of AV preamps.

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Classe SSP 800...Simply Superb

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Conclusion
The Classe SSP 800 is an easy to use, intuitive, audiophile-grade AV preamp that, while not "cheap" by any standard, is a great value when considering the short list of audiophile-grade AV preamps on the market today. Sonics is where the SSP-800 shines the most. My system has never sounded better than with the Classe SSP-800 in the loop. The operation is now rock-solid after we upgraded firmware, changed out a few cables and dealt with a number of non-Classe issues during installation. The video pass-through is flawless, without any signs of coloration. The internal DACs are excellent, with an overall sonic performance that is worth every penny. You can get more features for less money in other AV preamps. What you can't get is this level of industrial design, system control and overall sound. The Classe SSP-800 is an audiophile winner, with home theater skills that can keep up with the most sophisticated AV systems anywhere in the world. Consider the Classe SSP-800 AV preamp a true breakthrough high-end AV product. I consider it a keeper, as I am going to write the check and make the Classe SSP-800 my new reference AV preamp.

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Rotel RSP 1570 Review

Tuesday, 9 February 2010 |


Conclusion

The overall design of the RSP-1570 is very refined and sharp, while the bulk and weight of the unit is very compact. The silver buttons laid out on the metal paneling of the component serve as an aesthetically pleasing element of the design, while also serving as a functional way to change from one audio source to another. For the amount of surround sound modes that you get with the RSP-1570, the retail price is a reasonable one for the home theater purist. The integration between the Rotel and the attached B&W CM9’s were flawless for this demonstration, which means that any consumer who wants to experience the full sonic impact his own high-end speakers should consider purchasing the RSP-1570.

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Yamaha RXV 1065 Review

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The Yamaha RX-V1065 is notable for its originality, which is something I don’t often say about an A/V receiver. If Yamaha wants its proprietary listening modes to have continued relevance, it will have to extend them to signals with higher sampling rates. But the dynamic range controls (both of them) do wonders for action movies. And the improved GUI makes the receiver a pleasure to use once you’ve gotten to know it. The Yamaha dynasty continues to produce some of the industry’s most thoughtfully designed and intriguing receivers.

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Bowers and Wilkins 803S Review

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Conclusion

The B&W 803S loudspeakers have a compelling and inviting vibrant sound that certainly accentuates any audio system’s dynamic range with its ability to compress mid-range musical notes and low-end bass sounds with a high degree of precision and clarity. The price tag that comes with buying a pair of these speakers for your own audio system is a fair price for the consumer who wants to upgrade to the big leagues when it comes to audio components, yet still wants to have some money left over to pay the mortgage. So if you are looking for speakers that not only can handle all the power that your mono amplifier or integrated amplifier can output, but can really enhance every CD in your music collection, you should really look into purchasing a pair of these immaculate speakers post haste.

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Marantz NR1501

Monday, 8 February 2010 |


Full featured, tons of inputs, and slim design all with the quality Marantz is known for? The NR1501 is really a no brainer for the the fledgling Audioholic that is working within the constraints of an existing piece of furniture or a spouse's decor. It is also perfect for the consumer that things small equates to high tech and doesn't mind spending a little extra. But that little extra nets you a receiver that is unlikely to run out of inputs as your system grows and isn't going to hiccup as you upgrade your speakers. In this case, a little extra nets you a lot of gain.

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Rotel Hard Hitting HiFi

Friday, 5 February 2010 |


Rotel RCD-1520 CD player,
RC-1580 preamplifier and
RB-1582 power amp

Rotel fleshes out its mainstream 15 series with
new stereo components

Summary:

...In most cases it is convincing, even the forward-sounding balance
had a positive effect by helping the system sound punchy and dynamic.
But it's the CD player that impresses us most of all. It still has a trace
of what was sounding suspiciously like the Rotel 'house sound'. It is a
little forward in balance, though only a little, but it is also surprisingly
sweet and open-sounding.

Image depth is impressive and lateral soundstaging is expansive. It
'breathes' in a way that contrasts favourably with other similarly priced
players. We also discovered that the Rotel player copes surprisingly
well with marked and damaged discs. It seems that a slot-loader
doesn't have to compromise usability, which is an obvious danger,
though it is worth practicing handling dics carefully to avoid getting
finger marks over the surface...

...Overall, the combination is tonally on the lightweight side of neutral
and there's a hint of untidiness, yet the presentation is also dynamic,
colourful and vivid.
Hi-Fi Choice issue 323, reviewed by Alvin Gold

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Review

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Conclusion

The Zeppelin raises the bar for sound quality of iPod speaker docks. Its’ powerful enough to fill a large room with rich detailed sound and refined enough to make musical listening pleasurable at any volume level. If you are looking for the portability of an all in one active speaker system for your vast iPod library, combined with high quality sound, you'd be hard pressed to do better than Bowers and Wilkins' Zeppelin iPod amplified speaker dock system.

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Rotel RA 1520 Intergrated Stereo Amp

Wednesday, 3 February 2010 |

Conclusion
The Rotel RA-1520 is a sonically dynamic integrated amplifier and the sound quality that this amplifier disperses speaks volumes about Rotel's dedication in designing high-quality audio components year after year. This amplifier breathes new life into audio formats that most critics have long ago left for dead, such as the audiocassette and the phonograph. With it's innate ability to process analog audio signals into something resembling the crisper quality of digital signatures, the RA-1520 should be looked at as the wave of the future when it comes to integrated amplifier design technology.

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