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Yamaha DSP A1 Home Theater Control Center

Yamaha DSP-A1

“The most interesting thing I noted in listening to the DSP-A1 was the fact that it was wholly satisfying with 4 or 5 channels in terms of dynamics, imaging and surround excitement, especially with the discrete formats, but also with Pro Logic using only the enhanced mode. As with all really good products, it’s hard to say a lot about it because there’s so little to criticize…”

Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amplifier

Audio Research CA50 Integrated Amplifier

“Audio Research is known not only for its superb-sounding products, but also for its service, which is very important for a company that has made its mark with tubed products. Their CA50 is a tube integrated amplifier, the initial gain stages being a pair of of 6922s, followed by a driver stage using another pair of the same tubes, followed by a push/pull output using a matched pair of large 6550C tubes…”

Panasonic DVD-L10 Portable DVD Player

Panasonic DVD L10 Portable DVD Player

“The DVD-L10 has a 16:9 CD screen that measures 5 1/4″diagonally, and is 5″W x 2 9/16″H. It’s a double clam-shell design, with the screen section flipping up first, and then the DVD/CD lid. Power switch, headphone jack, and volume control are on the left side, while S-video and mini-jack A/V in s and outs, and an optical digital out are on the rear…”

Energy e:XL 25 Loudspeaker

Energy e:XL 25 -- Click For Review

“I first heard these speakers at the Festival d Son et de L’Image in March after a recommendation from AAM; he’d been very impressed at what he heard from this particular model. Our review samples of the e:XL-25 came in the same attractive Northern Light Birch vinyl that graced the Sound Dynamics RTS-P100, much less of it covering this smaller, less expensive speaker…”

Monarchy Audio SE 100, KAB Souvenir TCA and Bryston Power Pac 120 power amps

Monarchy SE 100 Delux

“Many single-ended amplifier fans don’t really want to know that the phrase “harmonic richness” is just a euphemism for harmonic distortion. And if you think that prejudices my thinking about the amplifiers here reviewed, read on. Too many reviewers confuse this over-articulated harmonic structure with increased detail, when, in fact, the truth lies in the opposite direction: the increased harmonics actually cover up real detail…”

Bryston 9B Home Theater Power Amplifier

Bryston 9B ST -- Click For Review

“Until now, this Canadian company has relied on its several stereo models, its 4-channel (8B/$3500), and 3-channel (5B/$3050) amplifiers to feed the growing home theatre market. But with the powered subwoofer now a fixture, and discrete 5-channel surround sound coming on fast, Bryston decided it had to provide a matching power amplifier…”

AIG Back Issues: Summer 1998

Summer 98 Issue

Highlights Include:Energy e:XL-25, Pioneer DVL-909 LD/DVD Player, Bryston 9B 5 Channel Home Theatre Amplifier, Audio Research CA50 Integrated Amplifier, Monarchy SE-100 Solid State, Single Ended, Monoblock Amplifiers and much, much more….

AIG Talks with Bob Carver

Bob Carver

“Few figures have engendered more controversy among audiophiles than Bob Carver. Virtually every product he developed at Carver Corporation, which he founded in 1978, contained an unusual feature with an impressive-sounding name. Supporters hailed these features as important innovations. Detractors dismissed them as gimmicks. Carver preamplifiers had Sonic Holography, a fancy handle for interaural crosstalk cancellation. His amplifiers had Magnetic Field power supplies. His tuners and receivers had the Asymmetrical Charge-Coupled FM detector…”


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