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Pioneer PDV-LC10 Portable DVD Player

Pioneer LC-10 Portable DVD Player

“…In listening, this player was outstanding with DVD audio discs like the Chesky Remembrances by Jon Faddis (CHDVD176), the big band sound beautifully portrayed through the player’s 24/96 DAC. I also listened carefully to our Chuck Israels CD, The Bellingham Sessions, Volume 1, and liked what I heard from this disc that I know better than just about anything else…”

Yamaha DVD-C900 5-Disc DVD Changer

Yamaha DVD C900 DVD Player

“This year it’s DVD carousel changers, and next season it will be 100-to-300-DVD jukeboxes, the path already followed by CD. The DVD-C900 handles 5 discs, and has quite a few features you wouldn’t expect on a changer, including 96 kHz audio playback, though it outputs only a 48 kHz digital signal…”

NAD L 40 CD Player/Stereo Receiver

NAD L 40 CD Player/Stereo Receiver

” If the reviews in this issue are any indication, the CD/receiver is the hottest new category in electronics, at least for stereo systems (in home theatre it seems to be multidisc DVD players). The NAD L40 comes without speakers, so I thought a good coupling would be with the wonderful Paradigm Reference Studio 40, though Paul Barton, designer for NAD sibling company PSB might not agree…”

Jeff Rowland Concentra Integrated Amplifier

Jeff Rowland Design Group Concentra Integrated Amplifier

“Though the name Concentra may suggest a new Japanese compact car, one look at its lustrous, thick front panel tells you that, whatever it is, this ain’t no econobox. An inch thick, this machined aluminum fascia appears to have contours and depth, as if it were an acrylic surface, with visible gentle vertical curves that aren’t there when you run your hand along its smooth surface: The curvature is an illusion created by the manner in which the aluminum has been machined and polished. This process must take many hours of meticulous work. And it’s simply gorgeous!..

Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Edition 5 Channel Power Amplifier

Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Amplifier

Bob Carver is being typically modest when he describes this new powerhouse amplifier, capable of 405 watts per channel (and a whopping 810 at 4 ohms) as a “magnificent amplifier”, and “my best amplifier design ever. I’ve spent over twenty years developing it, and cannot imagine how I could make it any better, or refine it any further.” Does that mean that the Cinema Grand Signature is the last amplifier we’ll see from Bob the man? Somehow, I doubt it. In fact, I’ve seen and heard prototypes of a tiny 12-volt amplifier driving a small cube subwoofer…..


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