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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-95 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player - Wireless Networked

Pass Labs XP-20 Stereo Preamplifier

Classé SSP-800 Surround Sound Processor

NAD M51 Direct Digital DAC

Two Classé CA-M600 Monoblock Power Amplifiers (600 Watts/Each)

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

Audio Control Phase Coupled Activator (Sub-Harmonic Generator)

MartinLogan CLX Full-Range Electrostatic Speakers (2) (Front Left/Right)

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-95 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

Anthem Statement D2v SSP

Pass Labs Xs 300 Monoblock Power Amplifiers (2)

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

Two Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 Subwoofers

PS Audio P500 AC Regenerator (Line Conditioner)

Custom Build 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)

Threshold (Audiostatic) ES-500 Full Range Electrostatic Speakers

SVS SB12-Plus Subwoofer

Cables: Wireworld, Mogami