Home Entertainment - Amplifiers http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/34/0 en Parasound’s New Cost-Cutting 1,250-Watt THX Ultra 2 Power Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22567 <div style="text-align: justify">Parasound, the San Francisco based supplier of high performance audio amplifiers and components, has redesigned its Model 5250 power amplifier after six years as the flagship of its popular NewClassic family of products. The new Parasound NewClassic Model 5250 v.2 is designed for home theater enthusiasts who want the performance of a very high-powered amplifier, while pairing it with an affordable state-of-the-art surround receiver that has all the latest technology.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Parasound NewClassic 5250 v.2 offers the same THX Ultra 2 Certified, five-channel, 250-watts per channel power ratings as its predecessor, but with a more graceful front panel design, adjustable gain for each channel making it compatible with the preamp outputs of any AV receiver, and more than 60 other improvements to its operating features and circuitry.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22567">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22567#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Thu, 17 Feb 2011 09:03:05 -0800 MarkE 22567 at http://www.hemagazine.com Power in a Tiny Package For A Little Traveling Music http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542 <p><strong>JL Audio's Ultra-Compact 3-Channel Amplifie</strong>r</p> <p style="text-align: justify">JL Audio is now introducing the XD500/3, a three-channel, 500-watt amplifier designed to power a component speaker system plus a subwoofer system. JL Audio's efficient NexD<sup>TM</sup> switching amplifier technology allows the XD500/3 to produce huge power from a very compact package. The main channels produce 150-200W total, giving high-quality component speakers plenty of clean power, while the dedicated subwoofer channel can produce up to 300W of clean, low-frequency power. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;This is a perfect amplifier for powering simpler systems in pickup trucks, sports cars or any application with a single component system plus a subwoofer.&quot; said JL Audio's VP-Marketing, Manville Smith. &quot;Because of its tiny size, reasonable price and efficiency, we expect that it will also become very popular for Powersports applications.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22542#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:43:06 -0800 MarkE 22542 at http://www.hemagazine.com SAVANT™ Introduces 16-channel Multi-Room Class D Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22526 <div style="text-align: justify">Savant Systems LLC, having delivered the first Apple®-based home automation and control system, has announced the introduction of a 16-channel class D amplifier for distributed audio applications. AMP-1640 is in direct response to market demand for a multi-room audio amplifier that leverages Savant's industrial design, delivering the same look and feel as Savant's other rack mountable devices. AMP-1640 can be placed either on a shelf or within an equipment rack. </div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22526">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22526#comments Amplifiers Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products News Mon, 07 Feb 2011 17:28:47 -0800 MarkE 22526 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Proves Everything Old is New Again http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, the 60-year old audio manufacturer, has announced a new range of elite hi-fi separate components with a style reminiscent of the company's classic stereo models of the 1980s. All three models, the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player, incorporate Onkyo's new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC) to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference.Despite being beyond the normal range of human hearing, frequencies above 100 kHz are susceptible to clock pulses and other forms of distortion from digital devices., Such distortion in the super-high frequency range can generate &quot;beat interference,&quot; which in turn affects the character or atmosphere of the original sound.</div> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22508#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:32:47 -0800 MarkE 22508 at http://www.hemagazine.com Classé New Delta Series Amplifiers Honored with “Best of” Award at CES http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22364 <div style="text-align: justify">Classé has been honored by Consumer Electronics Association at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), being held in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. Classé has received &quot;Best Power Amplifier&quot; award for its CAM-600 monoblock amplifier. The original Classé Delta series amplifiers have an established reputation among audiophiles as well as the entertainment industry - being utilized in studios and mastering labs that produce music and movies.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The CAM-600's entire amplification process occurs on a single board, creating direct and transparent signal path. The miniaturized driver stage provides the output stage with nuanced, virtually noise-free signal, according to the manufacturer. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">Further, full design attention has been given to the issue of heat. In conventional amplifiers, the exposed heatsink fins are passive and they can't help circuits reach their ideal temperature or keep them there throughout a listening session. They run at a temperature wholly defined by their environment and how loud they are playing. This can be far from ideal. Heat management in Classé's new Delta series amplifiers is provided by the ICTunnel<sup>TM</sup> (pronounced Icy Tunnel), a sensor- and microprocessor-controlled technology inspired by the heatsinks found in high-power laser and medical equipment. Mounted inside the unit, the ICTunnel<sup>TM</sup> actively regulates the amplifier temperature to ensure both optimum performance and reliability. From room temperature, the amplifiers warm up fast. They reach their ideal temperature in less than fifteen minutes and remain there regardless of how hard they are driven.</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Startling Specs:</div> <div style="text-align: justify">Frequency response 1 Hz - 100 kHz, -3dB</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Output power 600W rms into 8Ω (27.8 dBW)</div> <div style="text-align: justify">1200W rms into 4Ω (27.8 dBW)</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Harmonic Distortion &lt;0.002% at 1 kHz balanced</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&lt;0.004% at 1 kHz single ended</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Signal to Noise Ratio -120dB at peak output into 8Ω</p> <p style="text-align: justify">To learn more, <a href="http://www.classeaudio.com/delta/delta-cam600.htm" target="_blank">click here:</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP Classé CAM-600 $7,000</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22364">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22364#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Fri, 07 Jan 2011 09:07:11 -0800 MarkE 22364 at http://www.hemagazine.com Cary Audio Design Unveils New Power Amplifiers http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22346 <div style="text-align: justify">Cary Audio Design, North Carolina-based manufacturer of high performance AV equipment, is introducing two new power amplifiers. The Model SA-200.2 and SA-500.1 solid-state power amplifiers represent an all-new modular design that ensures consistency in performance, and ease of serviceability. The focus of the new design is improved performance and current-handling capacity while still maintaining the highest levels of sonic quality. </div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22346">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22346#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Tue, 04 Jan 2011 06:53:02 -0800 MarkE 22346 at http://www.hemagazine.com EarthQuake Sound Corp. Announces New Seven Channel Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22330 <div style="text-align: justify">Earthquake Sound's Cinénova series multi-channel amplifiers are known for their raw power as well as their transparency. The new Cinénova7 seven-channel amplifier represents a monaural design, producing 170 watts per channel measured with all channels driven at 8 ohms. The Cinénova7 can accommodate a diverse amount of audio set-ups. The manufacturer recommends the use of fully balanced XLR inputs in cases when the distance between the Cinénova and the audio source is excessive and susceptible to noise interference.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP: $4,200</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information, <a href="http://www.earthquakesound.com/" target="_blank">click here:</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22330">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22330#comments Amplifiers News Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:58:10 -0800 MarkE 22330 at http://www.hemagazine.com NuVo Technologies’ New Energy-Efficient Four-Channel Digital Power Amplifier is Now Shipping http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22251 <div style="text-align: justify">NuVo Technologies, a value-oriented manufacturer in whole home audio, has begun shipping the new four-channel D460 digital power amplifier. With each channel delivering 60 watts each, the amplifier consumes less power than a 60-watt light bulb. The D460 amplifier is an energy-efficient choice for a wide array of installations and complements NuVo's whole home audio systems, while it is also compatible with third party equipment.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22251">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22251#comments Amplifiers Multiroom Audio/Video News Thu, 16 Dec 2010 08:10:19 -0800 MarkE 22251 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Vinyl Corner: Parasound Ships Halo Phono Preamp http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241 <div style="text-align: justify">Parasound, the San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end audio components, has announced that it is now shipping the first production run of its much-anticipated John Curl designed Halo JC 3 Phono Preamplifier. Nearly 20 years ago Curl also designed the Vendetta Research SCP2B that is still regarded by many audiophiles as the preeminent phono preamp. As of this writing, the JC3 is so new, we beat the Parasound website to the punch; we could find no reference to it yet.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">The new Parasound Halo JC 3 is a high-performance dual-mono phono preamplifier. Like all phono preamplifiers, the JC 3 must multiply the tiny audio signal generated by a high-end low-output moving coil or moving magnet phonograph cartridge and make it strong enough to deliver to the input of a line level preamplifier. The JC3 uses the smallest possible amplifier circuit and the least amount of copper to reduce potential noise and distortion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22241#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:38:53 -0800 MarkE 22241 at http://www.hemagazine.com E = MC Tubed: Einstein MKII Audio Preamplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22058 <p><strong>Lets Listeners Select Input Tubes For Each Audio Source</strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Einstein Audio Components, a leading German designer and manufacturer of premium audio gear, is driving its preamplifier model &quot;The Tube MKII&quot; with a veritable forest of vacuum tubes - 19 dual triodes to be exact. Ingeniously, only 10 of the 6922 tubes operate at any given time, eight for power and two for whichever audio source happens to be playing. The tube-a-holic crowd will always wax ecstatic over the musicality of tube electronics. This Einstein piece will give them a lot to crow about. U.S. distributor Aaudio Imports tells us The Tubeb MKII is an exceptionally quiet and neutral-sounding preamplifier capable of ultra-quiet operation, explosive dynamics and fast transients, with a clear, musical presentation that captures the spirit of musical performances. Music is experienced as producers and artists intend.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22058">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22058#comments Amplifiers Hot Products Sat, 06 Nov 2010 15:44:41 -0700 MarkE 22058 at http://www.hemagazine.com Parasound’s JC 2 BP Crosses the Great Divide http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22046 <div style="text-align: justify">Since the beginning of time, the Land of the Audiophiles has been separated from the Tribe of the HomeTheaterites by a big valley. Snobby audio fanatics would never dare travel into the world of the Big Screen, nor would videots ever claim to care about audio in a deep way. But what if there was a middle way? Parasound, manufacturers of high-end audio components, has a new version of the widely acclaimed, John Curl designed, Halo JC 2 stereo preamplifier, the Halo JC 2 BP, which adds a home theater bypass function that allows this preamplifier and its companion power amplifier and speakers to be connected as the front left- and right-channels of a surround sound home theater system. Richard Schram, Parasound's president and founder, claims the new configuration provides total performance and control in both modes without compromising the performance of either mode. &quot;I hugely underestimated how many people would want to blend a JC 2 into their surround system. I put the idea to John Curl, and we eventually came up with a way to implement this without touching the L and R channel audio boards. The result is a perfect sonic duplicate of the original JC 2 with the added benefit of home theater bypass.&quot;</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The new Parasound Halo JC 2 BP allows audiophiles to use their high-end speakers and amplifiers for the left and right channels of a home theater system controlled by a surround receiver, or to switch back to stereo music under the no compromise control of the JC 2 BP's stereo preamplifier circuits. How? The potentiometer board now has four relays that short out the four-gang main volume control and both two-gang trim pots.  Fixed resistors set the outputs to unity gain when the bypass mode is selected.  Any one or more of the JC 2 BP's six inputs can be assigned as a bypass input. (There will be a test on this later). Parasound will also offer a retrofit to existing JC 2 owners for $500. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">Maybe we <em><strong>can</strong></em> all get along. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">MSRP $4,500</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information,<a href="http://www.parasound.com/halo/jc2bp.php" target="_blank">visit</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22046">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22046#comments Amplifiers Hot Products Other Audio Gear Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:28:02 -0700 MarkE 22046 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Launches Heavy Artillery Flagship Separates http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, known for its home theater receivers, has expanded its product line to include three new flagship, THX Certified separate components.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The PR-SC5508:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">A THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified, 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup>-ready, network-capable, 9.2-channel audio-video controller. The PR-SC5508's video performance comes in the form of HQV Reon-VX processing, 1080p upscaling, and individual ISF calibration capability for all video sources. This THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified system offers height channels, setup calibration, and state of the art processing from Dolby, THX, DTS, and Audyssey, including the latter's new MultEQ XT 32. The PR-SC5508's connectivity options includes 8 HDMI inputs, dual USB's, two balanced line-level XLR audio inputs, and nine XLR preamp outputs. The networking features offer DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 compatible connection to PC audio and Internet radio. The system is configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, Mediafly, Slacker, Napster, VTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.</p> <p> <strong>The PA-MC5500:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">This nine-channel THX-Ultra2 certified analog power amplifier is 8-ohm rated at 150 Watts per channel, and up to 400 Watts dynamic power into 3 ohms. It utilizes Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) design philosophy, which proscribes low negative feedback, low distortion, extended frequency response, and a power supply with high instantaneous-current capability. To achieve all this, the PA-MC5500 uses large, custom output transistors in push-pull configuration and a massive power supply consisting of a large toroidal power transformer and two 22,000 µF storage capacitors. A three-stage inverted Darlington circuit preserves sonic subtlety. The 51-lb PA-MC5500 has a rigid, anti-resonant chassis, gold-plated inputs and outputs, plus multi-zone and bi-amp capability to allow full utilization of all channels no mater what the system configuration.</p> <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>The BD-SP808:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo's THX Certified and DLNA 1.5 Certified Blu-ray Disc Player features Video On Demand, premium Marvel Qdeo<sup>TM</sup> video scaler, and studio-master quality Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio<sup>TM</sup> sound. A highly rigid chassis and a balanced, center-mounted drive minimize vibration. An Ethernet port enables interactive Profile 2.0 BD-Live features such as picture-in-picture and web-sourced firmware updates. An SD card slot allows playback of downloaded web content or stills and video from a digital camera. In HDMI Source Direct mode, the player can output the video signal in its native resolution for optional external processing.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MSRP: PR-SC5508 Controller $2,199, PA-MC5500 Amplifier $1,699, BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player $599</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information visit <a href="http://onkyousa.com/" target="_blank">www.onkyousa.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016#comments Blu-ray Players Amplifiers Hot Products Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:48:34 -0700 MarkE 22016 at http://www.hemagazine.com Audioengine’s New Premium Desktop Audio Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21984 <div style="text-align: justify">Your desktop is your command center and attention should be paid to it. You've already got streaming video  in HD. It's about time you completed the upgrade with advanced audio. That's why today, Audioengine announced the debut of the model N22 premium desktop integrated amplifier. It is designed to finally offer true audio performance for the desktop format. No toys - the real deal. Connect the N22 to iPod, PC or Mac computer and speakers or headphones. No software is required. The N22 will drive desktop speakers for a high-end mini system. Variable line output provides subwoofer connectivity. The N22's vertical design allows it to sport a cool 22 watts per channel from class A/B amplifiers without need for a fan or a bulky heat sink. Headphone enthusiasts will appreciate the high-performance Burr-Brown/TI amp, which works well with all types of headphones and in-ear buds. iPod fans will value the USB charge / power port. MSRP is $199. Companion P4 passive speakers start at $249 per pair. Both are available from authorized Audioengine dealers or online direct from <a href="http://www.audioengineusa.com" target="_blank">http://www.audioengineusa.com</a></div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21984">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21984#comments Amplifiers Hot Products News Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:06:38 -0700 MarkE 21984 at http://www.hemagazine.com Goldmund's Newest Power Amplfiers http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21890 <div style="text-align: justify">Goldmund, one of the world's prestige audio lines made in Switzerland, has introduced two new power amplifiers: the Telos 352 (2 channels) and 353 (3 channels). They have been designed to support the Proteus 2-channel technology developed by Goldmund but can also be used as regular stereo or 3-channel amplifiers. Proteus is a mathematical modeling technique created by the Goldmund fundamental research team. It computes acoustic corrections that align the frequency response, the phase response and the time response of a speaker. The corrections are included in a configuration file that is loaded inside the preamplifier and each driver is then amplified separately.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21890">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21890#comments Amplifiers Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:24:18 -0700 MarkE 21890 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Pioneer Two-Channel Audio System http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_CD_Amplifier_two-channel <p><a href="http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/" target="_blank">Pioneer Electronics</a> has introduced their new G-Clef components, which include luxury CD players and amplifiers that provide a professional-grade listening experience at an affordable price point. </p> <p>The Elite G-Clef line includes two amplifiers, the SX-A6MK2 and the SXA9MK2, as well as two CD players, the PD-D6MK2 and PD-D9MK2. Every model was inspected by an AIR Studio sound engineer to ensure the most accurate recreation of the original recording. Internal components deliver signals to create a dynamic two-channel hi-fi experience.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_CD_Amplifier_two-channel">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_CD_Amplifier_two-channel#comments Amplifiers Audio News Other Audio Gear Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:46:34 -0700 liz123 21847 at http://www.hemagazine.com Linn Majik DS-I Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review <p><strong>Brèagha ceòl: Linn's new Majik DS-I combines the best bits of their digital player, preamp and digital amplification, all squeezed into one package. </strong></p> <p>To be honest, I think Linn is an odd company. </p> <p>Looking at their product lines, you have to wonder if they lack a decent spell-check or are just lifting names straight out of the Ikea catalog. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Linn_Majik_DS-I_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:38:36 -0700 geoffm 21815 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pass Labs INT-30A Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review <p><strong>The Pass Laboratories INT-30A integrated amplifier doesn't do much, and that's what makes it great!</strong></p> <p>I've probably reviewed well over a hundred amplifiers, but I can't say I've ever really heard one. I'm always listening to an amplifier driving a speaker, so the sound is really the combination of the two. </p> <p>I'm pretty sure Nelson Pass has not only listened to more amps and speakers than I have, he's designed more than a few of my favorite high-end amps. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Fri, 02 Jul 2010 02:37:18 -0700 geoffm 21791 at http://www.hemagazine.com Wadia 151PowerDAC mini Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review <p><strong>Don't let the size fool you</strong></p> <p>Wadia is the maker of one of my favorite products of the past few years: the <a href="/node/Wadia_170iTransport_Review" target="_blank" title="Wadia 170iTransport">170iTransport</a>, the only digital iPod dock. </p> <p>It was clearly a success for them, as the 151PowerDAC mini was designed to match up with the 170, with a nearly identical form factor. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Wadia_151PowerDAC_mini_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:05:23 -0700 geoffm 21783 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com NaimUniti Review http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review <p><strong>Premium Blend<br /></strong><br />The NaimUniti combines all your stereo favorites in to one unifying package.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review#comments Product Reviews All-in-One System Reviews Amplifiers Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Receivers Mon, 21 Dec 2009 03:25:09 -0800 geoffm 21471 at http://www.hemagazine.com Hegel H100 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review <p><strong>Mix together one part amp and one part DAC and you get Hegel's H100 Integrated Amp.</strong> </p> <p>I am loving the influx of high-end audio gear that plays nice with computers. </p> <p>It's taken long enough, but it seems like the audiophile companies are embracing computer-based digital audio for the future that it is. <br />    <br />Whch brings us to this, the Hegel H100 Integrated Amp. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:20:11 -0800 geoffm 21462 at http://www.hemagazine.com McIntosh 60th Anniversary Special Edition System Review http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>The 60th Anniversary Limited Edition C22 Tube Preamplifier and MC75 Tube Monoblock Power Amplifier aren't exact replicas of the originals—they're better! <br /></strong><br />McIntosh is commemorating its 60th anniversary with 120 sets of its legendary C22 stereo preamplifier and MC75 monoblock power amplifiers for the U.S. market. Like the re-born, retro-styled, Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, these components look the part and seduce the eye with classic styling, but inside, they feature modern design touches.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/McIntosh_C22_MC75_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Pre-amps &amp; Processors Mon, 16 Nov 2009 03:05:29 -0800 geoffm 21416 at http://www.hemagazine.com Marantz SC-7S2, MA-9S2, and SA-7S1 Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Marantz goes for truth in nomenclature with their new Reference series <br /></strong><br />The Reference Series is Marantz's no-holds-barred line of audio components, which includes several amps, preamps, integrated amps, control amps and disc players.  </p> <p>The flagship components in my review system are two MA-9S2 monaural power amplifiers, the SC-7S2 Control Amplifier and the SA-7S1 CD/SACD player.</p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_SC-7S2_MA-9S2_SA-7S1_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:41:34 -0800 geoffm 21414 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fatman iTube Red-i and Peachtree Audio Nova Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>When Digital Met Analog</strong></p> <p>Ditch the transistors and go tubing with old-fashioned, oh-so-analog vacuum tube audio gear from Peachtree Audio and Fatman.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Speakers Mon, 19 Oct 2009 03:18:00 -0700 geoffm 21367 at http://www.hemagazine.com Viva Solista MkII Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII <p><strong>The Light Fantastic </strong></p> <p>“See me, touch me, hear me!” Those would be the Solista MkII's first words, if it could talk. </p> <p>The amplifier's flowing lines and voluptuous shape couldn't be from anywhere but Italy. And it is, entirely hand-crafted in Vicenza. The chassis' undulating curves and exquisitely machined knobs show this is no ordinary high-end amplifier. Listen to your favorite tunes and it becomes clear the Solista MkII was designed to preserve, above all else, the essence of the music.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Thu, 17 Sep 2009 02:53:14 -0700 geoffm 21303 at http://www.hemagazine.com