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Anthem Amp 2 Power Amplifier

Anthem Amp-2 Power Amplifier (small)

“An equally important contributor to the excellent sound in the new room has been the Anthem Amp 2 power amplifier. A hybrid design the Amp 2 is an attempt to combine “the musicality and finesse of vacuum tubes, with the solidity and control of solid state.” It may sound like brochure copy (probably because it is) but, based on what I’ve been hearing over the past couple of months, it rings amazingly true…”

Assemblage D2D-1 Upsampler and DAC 2.6

Rotel RCD-991

“There’s been both misunderstanding and skepticism about the process of upsampling digital data. In recent months several DACs have appeared which do this data interpolation and bit creation, which is said to provide better sound by creating a 96-kHz/24- bit signal from a 44.1-kHz/16-bit source…”

Redgum Integrated Amp and CD Player

Redgum System

“Redgum is an Australian hardwood that, when finished in a glowing lacquer as on this company’s products, looks stunning. It’s used for the faceplate of both the amplifier and CD player, the latter flipping down to reveal controls and disc drawer. Redgum audio is an Australian company(obviously), based in suburban Melbourne, which makes amplifiers and CD players….”

Paradigm Stylus Indoor/Outdoor HT System

Klipsch Synergy Quintet Home Theater Speaker System

“It seems everybody’s making very compact home theater speakers these days, and in looking at and measuring these from Paradigm, not to mention listening to them, I saw many possible configurations. Now, not many people would want to have an outdoor home theater system, especially those with neighbours, though over the years there’ve been a few people living next door…Ah, let’s not pursue that one….”

Mirage OM-7 Omnipolar Loudspeaker

Mirage OM-7

“What is Omnipolar you ask? Here’s how the Mirage design team (Ian Paisley, Andrew Welker, and Stefan Hlibowicki) put it: “Mirage research and development centers on how the ear/brain processes sound. To realistically portray a recorded sound, a loudspeaker must control both direct and reflected sound within the listening space. The reflected sound must be optimally shaped by the off axis dispersion qualities of the drivers and the form of the enclosure….”

Acoustic Energy Aegis Two Loudspeaker

Acoustic Energy Aegis Two

“Just as the regular Acoustic Energy speaker line, led by its famous AE1, seems overly expensive, paradoxically, the new Aegis line seems almost too inexpensive, when you actually examine what is offered in the Aegis Two. The first indication of this is the finish, which is a very oak-like vinyl. These little towers are solidly made at about 30 pounds each, with front and rear panels of over-an-inch-thick MDF, with sides, top and bottom of 3/4″ MDF…”

Quad ESL 989 Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Quad 989 ESL

“Rip Van Winkle would have owned Quad loudspeakers. Awakening after a 20 year nap, he would find that while much has changed some things have not. He would not be shopping for new Quads since the ones he went to sleep with are still the current models. Has there ever been a speaker manufacturer who in its more than 40 year history has introduced, until now, only two models? Think back to the late 50s (some of us were alive then) and the introduction of the first Quad speaker which came to be known as the ESL-57…”

Wharfedale Loudpanel NXT Loudspeaker

Wharfedale NXT

“A revolutionary way to go about reproducing sound, NXT panels have some significant advantages over traditional, pistonic transducers. Among them are wide and very uniform dispersion characteristics, reduced room interaction, no need for an enclosure or crossover, and the practicality of a smooth, flat surface which can sit on the wall or even be integrated right into it..”

Rotel RCD-991 CD Player

Rotel RCD-991

“Initial impressions indicated that the family resemblance between the 991 and the 951 was strong, with the former being more musically inclined than its smaller sibling. With a head for detail the 991 came off sounding more refined, making the 951 sound a touch coarse by comparison. Both players sound quite laid back and very smooth, but direct, level matched comparisons confirmed that the 991..”

TEAC CD-RW 800 Recorder

TEAC RW-800

“The TEAC RW-800 has a single tray, recording entirely from external sources, but unlike many other double decks has some interesting features of its own, including microphone inputs on the front panel with their own level controls beside the 1/4″ input jacks. Analog line (RCA) and Toslink and coaxial (RCA) inputs and outputs are provided on the rear panel…”

MSB Link III 96/24 DAC

MSB Link III DAC

“First, let’s look at a common misunderstanding: upsampling is not oversampling. In the case of the latter process, data is multiplied, sometimes with interpolation algorithms operating to provide data that looks more complete and can be better decoded to analog; however, that data is still going into a 44/16 DAC, so a good deal of the oversampling is, in my view, wasted…”

Supersounds (Fall 2000) - New Sounds From Old Tapes

Supersounds

” I’ve probably touched on this theme before in relation to great jazz recordings being reissued, but it doesn’t stop amazing me how good many of these recordings from the late 50s and early 60s sound. As a recording engineer, I’m pretty familiar with what it takes to get good sound, whether one is recording classical music, jazz, or anything else. As I’ve said to people before, Rudy Van Gelder is my recording god, because he got such great sound consistently in his New Jersey studio, and made the transition to stereo so effortlessly…”

Yamaha RX-V1 Home Theater Receiver

Yamaha RX-V1 Home Theatre Receiver

“Yamaha’s statement receiver, the RX-V1 has in it just about everything you could imagine for a home theatre system, and a few more things you might never have thought about at all. As such, it is a very complex component that should be installed and set up by a professional. Once that is done, and the parameters relating to room size and shape with respect to multichannel operation are optimized, it is quite simple to operate….”

Marantz SR-7000 Dolby Digital Receiver

Marantz RS-7000 Home Theatre Receiver

“There are now Dolby Digital/DTS receivers at almost all price points above about $700, and the Marantz SR-7000, while not the least expensive, appears to be one of the most attractive in its mix of features and user convenience. Its look is substantial without being massive like the Yamaha RX-V1, and it does not ring the DSP chimes, but provides features for practical use, including “multiple DC triggers for custom installations”, according to the Marantz brochure….”

Rotel RB 1090 Stereo Power Amplifier

Rotel RB-1090 Stereo Power Amplifier

“…Don’t let its big size and big numbers give you the wrong idea. It will be easy for many to write off the 1090 as a simple brute, another megawatt amp with all the poise and finesse of a diesel locomotive, but anyone who spends some time with it will quickly realize that this beast wears velvet gloves and moves most gracefully indeed. In terms of watts the 1090 is certainly overkill for most systems, including mine, but I think it’s important not to fixate on its power rating, just as single ended triode freaks don’t kvetch about underpowering their speakers…”

Rotel RQ-970 BX and Anthem Pre 1P Phono Preamplifiers

Anthem Pre 1P Phono Stage

“Vastly different in both design and price these two phono preamps have also made major contributions to my blah busting system over the past several weeks. They both accept moving coil and moving magnet cartridges, but beyond that the similarities end…”

AIG Back Issues: Fall 2000

Fall 2000 Issue

Highlights Include: Sharp SM-SX 100 Digital Integrated Amplifier, Redgum RGi 120 Integrated Amplifier, Dream Vision DL 500 Video Projector, The 1st installment in our special feature on AC power and power conditioners, Yamaha RX-V1 HT Receiver, Mirage OM-7 Omnipolar Loudspeaker, Paradigm Stylus HT System, Assemblage D2D-1 Digital Upsampler and 2.6 DAC, Pioneer PDR-W739 CD Changer/Recorder, Rotel RCD-991 HDCD CD Player, Rotel RB 1090 Power Amplifier, and much more…

FT Audio Passive Preamplifier

FT Audio LW1

“Passive preamplifier is a kind of oxymoron, passive devices not being able to amplify, which is perhaps why this device is described by its makers as a “passive controller”. The FT Audio LW1 switches 5 inputs, marked CD, Tuner, Video, Aux, and Tape, providing 2 output paths, with an additional switched tape out…”

Talk Electronics Integrated System

Talk Electronics Duo

“I think the product names of this company from England are an inside joke about talking about the weather. But, as I joked myself to distributor Angie Lisi the other day, they’re unlikely to call a product, the Downpour or the Monsoon…the Tempest, maybe, with its Shakespearean implications. At the moment they’ve covered Storm, Hurricane, Tornado, Whirlwind and the other meteorological phenomena noted above. How about the cold spring this year, eh?..”


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