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Vacuum Tube Audio M-125 Mono-Tube Power Amplifier Review

The Vacuum Tube Audio (VTA) M-125 Mono-Tube Power Amplifiers offer performance rivaling products up to five times their price. But to get that performance, one has to give away some features. So how hair-shirt an audiophile are you? For those willing to read the owner’s manual, the Vacuum Tube Audio M-125 mono-tube power amplifiers offer amazing sound for the money – but are you up to the challenges?

MartinLogan Motion SLM X3 Soundbar Review

The MartinLogan Motion SLM X3 is a thin, wall mountable speaker to be used under or near a flat screen TV. The Motion SLM X3 is flexible in that it can stand alone on a shelf or mantle. Using high performance drivers and crossover, the MartinLogan Motion SLM X3 is designed to deliver uncompromising performance for the movie and music lover.

MartinLogan Crescendo X Networked Speaker Review

The MartinLogan Crescendo X is a stylish looking and great sounding networked speaker that can bring you your music from a variety of sources, whether they be wired or wireless. It incorperates the latest Blutooth functionality, is AirPlay certified and can be controlled in depth through the DTS: Play-Fi app on either Android or iOS devices.

McIntosh

McIntosh MA8900 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review

The McIntosh MA8900 stereo integrated amplifier follows a long line of classic solid-state integrated amplifiers from McIntosh. It features high power, autoformer speaker-coupling, and the usual generous array of McIntosh controls; all implemented with state-of-the-art technology. The McIntosh MA8900 offers the classic Mac sound, looks, and quality for the twenty-first century.

NAD Master Series M50.2 Digital Music Player

NAD Masters Series M50.2 Digital Music Player Review

What is the NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player? A handsome computer exclusively for music; it has software, hardware, storage, a touch-panel screen, a CD drive, and connects to the internet - Steve Jobs couldn’t have envisioned it any better. It combines the legacy NAD M50 Digital Music Player and the M52 Digital Music Vault into one all-digital component.

Power Sound Audio

Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer Review

The Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer sports not one, but two 18-inch drivers on opposite sides of its CNC-milled box. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) ICE plate amp of the Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer provides a continuous 1700 watts (4300 watts, peak). The 137-pound subwoofer is competition for any residential subwoofer on the market, and is a bargain for the price.

NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier

NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier Review

NAD’s Director of Advanced Development, Bjorn E. Edvardsen, has been so pleased with the Hypex UcD Class D tech from the D 3020 integrated amplifier, that he uses this “hybrid digital” module in the new NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier. Along with this sleek technology comes some other interesting advancements, such as built-in Chromecast and Wi-Fi streaming capabilities. It may not win any design awards for aesthetics, but the NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier can still deliver the sonic goods and can drive almost any speaker on the market.

Torus Power AVR20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer

Torus Power AVR20 Toroidal Isolation Power Transformer Review

Torus Power makes power isolation transformers for all applications. Their lineup includes the TOT, RM, AVR and wall-mount series. These products provide surge suppression and power isolation for high quality audio or home theater systems. The AVR20 model reviewed here is rated up to 20-amps and features automatic voltage regulation. It not only protects your equipment, but it allows your system to shine like never before.

Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block Amplifiers Review

Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block Amplifiers Review

The Audio by Van Alstine DVA 850 Mono-Block amplifiers offer the highest performance and technology currently available from their extensive lineup. With a mas -0sive power output of 850 watts, this hybrid tube/transistor design provides an extremely accurate reproduction, with virtually none coloration found in some all-tube or all solid-state designs.

ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System Review

The ELAC Uni-Fi Slim 5.1 Speaker System is a stylish and well-designed speaker line whose components can deliver resounding performance when used either individually or as a complete system. Designed by acclaimed speaker engineer Andrew Jones, ELAC’s Uni-Fi line is available in two versions. We are reviewing the “Slim” versions, which were originally designed for the European market and have narrower front baffles with deeper overall cabinets and two satin paint finishes. The “Standard” versions have wider front baffles, are not quite as deep and have a different brushed vinyl finish. Both versions are said to sound identical although the “Slims” command a higher price due to the aesthetics. Be assured though, the price-to-performance ratio of either version is quite exceptional. Thank you ELAC. It’s good to have options!

McIntosh D1100 2-Channel Digital Preamplifier Review

I know many audiophiles who have ditched their analog-based music setups and gone strictly digital. Whether that means entirely computer-based (be that MAC or PC), network-attached storage (NAS)-based, large racks of round plastic discs (CDs), or a combination of the above, these folks no longer use a single analog-based device. Their music lies entirely within the realm of zeros and ones. It is for this customer that McIntosh has designed their new D1100 2-Channel Digital Preamplifier.

Shure M97xE Phono Cartridge Review

If you're looking for a good quality mid-level phono cartridge to enable your dreams of vinyl nirvana (on a budget), then the Shure M97xE is definitely worth your consideration. While perhaps not the most revealing cartridge in the world, the Shure M97xE does provide a few notable features and has a sound signature that many should find to be smooth and fatigue-free. It has a particular knack for taming brighter recordings and, overall seems to be an excellent value and a solid, engaging performer.

Edifier RT1280T

Edifier RT1280T Powered Bookshelf Speaker Review

The Edifier RT1280T is a new brand of speakers that is finding advocates among people looking for inexpensive high-quality audio. The Edifier RT1280T powered bookshelf speakers retails for less than a hundred dollars and packs a punch in a nicely designed device that could be used with a computer, small stereo system or even as a plug in to a phone or media player. It consists of two speakers, one containing a power amp for both speakers, all the connecting cables for output and input, along with a mini remote.