The Editor’s Equipment List

Below is a list of equipment that John E. Johnson, Jr. (Editor-in-Chief) utilizes at the main office in Redwood City, California, for reviewing products.

Lab 1 (Home Theater):

OPPO BDP-105 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player – Wireless Networked

Pass Labs XP-20 Stereo Preamplifier

Classé SSP-800 Surround Sound Processor

Emotiva XMC-1 Surround Sound Processor

Classé CA-5200 Five-Channel Power Amplifier (200 Watts per Channel)

Pass Labs X600.8 Power Amplifiers (4) (600 Watts/Each)

Audio Control Phase Coupled Activator (Sub-Harmonic Generator)

Carver Platinum Mark IV Ribbon Speakers

MartinLogan Summit X Hybrid Electrostatic Speakers (2) (Rear Left/Right)

MartinLogan Stage X Hybrid Electrostatic Speakers (3) (Center and Sides Left/Right)

Velodyne DD-18+ Subwoofer (3)

Sony VPL-HW55ES 1,920 x 1,080p Digital Projector

90″ (Diagonal) Stewart Grayhawk Projection Screen

Cables: Wireworld, Mogami

 

Lab 2 (Two-Channel Audio with Digital and Analog Sources):

OPPO BDP-105 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player – Wireless Networked

Balanced Audio Technology VK-5i Pure Class A Triode Stereo Preamplifier (Fully Balanced)

VPI-HR-X Turntable with Sumiko Blackbird MC Cartridge

Manley Labs Steelhead Phono Preamplifier

Pass Labs Xs Preamplifier

AURALiC VEGA DAC

Pass Labs Xs 300 Monoblock Power Amplifiers (2) (300 Watts/each)

Emotiva XPA-1 Monoblock Power Amplifiers (2) (500 Watts/Each)

Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Power Amplifiers (2) (1,000 Watts/Each)

Balanced Audio Technology VK-500 Solid State Stereo Power Amplifier (Fully Balanced) (250 Watts per Channel)

Carver Platinum Mark IV Ribbon Speakers

Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 Subwoofers (2)

PS Audio P500 AC Regenerator (Line Conditioner)

Custom Built Computer for Audio Analysis

Accupel HDG-3000 Digital Color Signal Generator (1080i capable), Component Video and DVI Output

ColorFacts Pro Video Test and Calibration Software, Version 6.0, Spyder Sensor

SpectraPlus Audio Analysis Software

Audio Precision SYS-2722 (Measurement Instrument)

Staco 3PN2210B-DVM 22 Ampere Variable Transformer (for adjusting line voltage to 120 volts during amplifier power output tests)

Cables: Wireworld, Mogami

 

Lab 3 (Two-Channel Audio):

OPPO BDP-105 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player – Wireless Networked

Balanced Audio Technology VK-5i Pure Class A Triode Preamplifier (Fully Balanced)

Balanced Audio VK-75SE Triode Two-Channel Power Amplifier (Fully Balanced) (75 Watts per Channel)

Magnepan 20.7 Planar Magnetic Full-Range Speakers

SVS SB12-Plus Subwoofer

Cables: Wireworld, Mogami