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Englewood, Colorado 80110

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All equipment is selected upon a quality to value ratio weighted towards very good quality and a good price.
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Gold Sound Products are Recommended
by Many Major Magazines

Every product at Gold Sound is carefully chosen for superior sound quality, reliability & value. 
Recent issues of STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND recommend 100 of our products.

STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND give Prima Luna seven recommendations, the most of any amp company. 

ABSOLUTE SOUND has over 60 recommendations for equipment we carry. including Cambridge, Focal, Grado, Kimber Kable, Marantz, Ortofon, Parasound Halo, Prima Luna, Pro-ject,  Rega, Sumiko, VPI & more. 

Some of the following reviews are from the leading English audio magazines, including
WHAT HI-FI Sound & Vision, HI-FI CHOICE & HI-FI NEWS. 

CAMBRIDGE Digital - Analog Converter
DACMAGIC, list $480, now $429, Exceptional value, rated in same class as $1,000 models, "Ergonomically brilliant; glorious sound, well-defined bass, exquisitely extended highs & natural midrange; astonishing measured performance; killed DACs selling for 2 & 3 times the money." STEREOPHILE 

DACMAGIC Plus, list $660, now $499,
"With twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DAC chips at its heart, 384/24 upsampling & up to 192/24 via USB 2.0. asynchronous USB transfer, balanced & unbalanced analog outputs [XLR & RCA] & provisions for an optional Bluetooth input that can use Apt-X Bluetooth digital codec, this modestly priced DAC delivers big-time." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
More features: a headphone output & a volume control, so it can be used as a headphone amp  / or a preamp for digital sources.

CAMBRIDGE INT. AMPS
AX80, list $1100, now $999, includes remote control [which also runs Cambridge CD players], audiophile toroid transformer, A/B speaker switching, headphone jack, subwoofer output & built-in DAC with USB, toslink [optical] & RCA coax inputs.

"Highly recommended." ABSOLUTE SOUND 

ELAC SPEAKERS

"Some recent stars include the $499 Elac UB5, the $230 Elac B5 & the $280 Elac B6 - brilliant contenders that own their class." ABSOLUTE SOUND

ELAC DEBUT B5
$230/pair, "Sounds terrific, exquisitely balanced & musical; exceptional," ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/16 

ELAC UNI-FI UB5 $499/pair, "Compared to the B5, greater focus, much more controlled bass, competitive with  speakers much beyond its price. It might be the best $500 you'll ever spend." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/16 

ELAC DEBUT F5 $230/pair, "Builds on the strengths of the B5. More volume, rock level dynamics; a veritable gift to budget conscious audiophiles & the younger audience." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/16 

FOCAL SPEAKERS
made in France
705
Bookshelf
, $549/pair, Similar to 706, below "with a little less bass extension & output," ABSOLUTE SOUND

706 Bookshelf, $749/pair,
"Bass power & extension of many small floorstanding units. Very dynamic & visceral, it has a forward perspective that puts vocals right upfront. Shines on rock, blues & orchestral music. Highish sensitivity makes it an easy load for an amp - 50W is plenty in a moderately sized room. More bottom end than similar priced B&W." ABSOLUTE SOUND

906 Bookshelf, $1500/pr "S
onic character is vivid, fast, vibrant & dynamically engaging. Imaging is well focused & the soundstage is broad & unbroken. Commanding prescence; bass was rich & extended ; ideal combination of warmth, articulation & harmonic bloom. The explosive textures & tonal colors were exhilirating. The Aria 906 just gets music right & does so for a song."  ABSOLUTE SOUND

"The 906 is capable of resolving detail that other speakers simply cannot find & manages to do this without losing sight of the performance  as a whole."  AV FORUMS

926 Tower, now $3299, "The 926s are some of the most direct & communicative speakers I've encountered for a very long time. They're huge fun to listen to. You just put some music on & you think that's how it should be. You turn it up a bit louder than before & it's even more captivating. There's punchy, gets you where it matters bass here, both fast & well-extended; a seamless transition into the midband & a treble that's both sweetly controlled & capable of beautifully clean imaging & ambiance. I can't remember when I listened to so much music. These are gloriously enjoyable. Focal could well have a serious sales success."  Words & Music  Andreweverard.com

936
Tower, $3999/pair 
CONCLUSIONS
"A big spacious sound, tonally neutral with impressive dynamics & powerful bass. The 936 is more detailed & transparent; highs are particularly clean & extended without sounding forward or clinical [compared to the  discontinued 826W.] Soundstages are bigger & images within those soundstages are more precisely defined. The Aria 936 sings with a beautiful voice."
SOUND "Smooth. Very smooth. Bells, cymbal, etc., rang out freely with delicacy & without any harshness. The sound came surprisingly close to $33,000 speakers.  Extended highs transparent [but] did not add significant brightness. The treble was clean & extended. The use of flax in the sandwich construction of the midrange & bass drivers & judicious internal cabinet bracing must have played major roles in allowing the Aria 936 to be so free of any charecteristic "speaker sound." The soundstage & the precision of the images were first-rate."
MEASUREMENTS "Bass was extended; midrange & treble are extraordinarily smooth & even. Optimal crossover design; its measured performance [is like a far more] expensive speaker. That it costs just $3999 / pair makes it an extraordinary value."  
STEREOPHILE 

948 Tower, $5000/pair "Their strong bass foundation, along with the high fun factor; the dynamics & the rich timbre make the Aria 988 an audiophile treat. The 948 do it all." STEREOPLAY 

"If y
ou want something better, be prepared for a long search & a higher expenditure." STEREO 

  
FOCAL HEADPHONES

Spirit One, list $280, now $199, 5 STARS in Sound & Build Quality, TOP-RATED, "Sound is refined, subtle, expressive, dynamic, detailed & rewardingly communicative. They are transparent & revealing. They never approach sounding brittle, brash or unnaturally bright. It's a very clever design. Excelled in detail; instruments remained distinct & separate. Their finest part is the way it knitted all these elements & qualities together to imbue music with integrity, coherence & credibility. It presented a persuasive & exciting portrayal of music & one that fully engaged the listener. One can enjoy this optimal engagement without the discomfort of hot, sweaty, ears. The Spirit One receives a definite no-hesitation recommendation." HIFI CHOICE

GOLD LINE U.S. MADE 
DSP30 RTA, 1/3 Oct. RTA, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

GRADO Cartridges ALL MADE IN N.Y.
BLACK
, $75, "Admirable detail & treble 
extension with good bass & ambience." HI-FI CHOICE RECOMMENDED

GREEN, $95, "Thoroughly enjoyable for nearly all kinds of music." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
"Warm, yet pleasant balance, sweet treble; Lively
overall presentation." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND 
"Produces rich, open & expansive music. At it's price it simply can't be beaten!" SENSIBLE SOUND 

GOLD, $260, "Rich, open & expansive." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE RECOMMENDED
"Warm, yet pleasant balance; lively; dynamically expressive midrange; engaging openness. Cost-conscious buyers will appreciate the user-replaceable stylus mechanism." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND; EDITOR'S CHOICE

REFERENCE PLATINUM 1, $350, "Nice midrange, lively; cartridge of choice for the most cost restrained." EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

"Markedly more refined sound than the Gold. Increased resolution; competes nearly equally with m.c. cartridges 3 times its price. Compared to the Gold, tighter bass, more neutrally voiced & much more authoritative; significantly better tracking. More top-tier performance attributes & delivers greater musical enjoyment per dollar than any other $300 cartridge." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

REFERENCE SONATA 1, $600, "Improved detail, transient speed, more seductive midrange & improved hall sound very noticeable."  STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Far exceeded Clearaudio Aurum Beta in bass & high level dynamics."  
STEREOPHILE 
"Wonderful; naturally sweet treble, refined tone colors & very good detail, particularly in the midband."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

REFERENCE 1, $1500, "Beautiful sounding; enormously musical."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 
  
GRADO PH1 phono preamp MADE IN NY, $500, "Works well with high & low output cartridges. Open & easy sound with expansive soundstage, natural highs & bass with texture, tonal refinement & power." ABSOLUTE SOUND   EDITOR'S CHOICE

GRADO HEADPHONES
All except iGRADO are Handmade in N.Y.

iGRADO, $49, 5 STARS, TOP RATED, BEST PORTABLE HEADPHONES, "More detail, range, sense of of scale & sheer musicality than anything at this price." WHAT HI-FI AWARDS

SR60e  A leading consumer magazine, rated the $79 Grado SR60i above 26 more expensive models, including six Bose, two Beats by Dre, a $300 B&W, a $400 Sony, a $300 Monster, a $350 Klipsch, $400 PSB, a $350 Sennheiser, a $130 Audio-Technica, a $400 Shure & many other  headphones.   

"For sheer musical enjoyment, these are hard to beat." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE 
"Full bass & excellent detail resolution." 
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, same class as $400 'phones,
 STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 STARS, TOP RATED
,
above $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; $450 Shure 530; & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from an iPod or other digital player. Comfortable." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

"Great audio bargain. Has the signature Grado midrange excellence. lt delivers just enough  midbass warmth to satisfy." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND 

SR80e, $99, A leading consumer magazine rated the $99 SR80i as the best of all 37 headphones tested & a BEST BUY. The Grado SR80 is rated above 25 more expensive models, including six Bose, two Beats by Dre, a $300 B&W, a $400 Sony, a $300 Monster, a $350 Klipsch, $400 PSB, a $400 Shure, a $350 Sennheiser, a $130 Audio-Technica & many other  headphones.
 
BEST HEADPHONES up to $200 "Revealing, awesomely detailed,  musical, natural & simply beautiful."
WHAT HI-FI
BEST BUY, HEADPHONE UNDER $280,
HI-FI CHOICE
 "The Mighty Mouse of headphones; superb midrange transparency & natural dynamics. Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from an iPod or other digital player. Comfortable." 

SR125e, $149, "Neutral, detailed & warm sounding; extended frequency extremes & wide dynamic range. Sounds natural at a wide range of volume levels. Never aurally or physically fatiguing. Both musical & revealing, amazingly comfortable, more than any other headphone. Grado's biggest bang for the buck."  EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in same class as $430 headphones, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 STARS, TOP RATED
,
above $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; $450 Shure 530 & Sony MDRV700dj
 WHAT HI-FI

SR225e, $199, BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE 

SR325e, $295, BEST HEADPHONES up to $600, 
"
Musical, detailed sound makes them truly a top buy."
WHAT HI-FI
"Highly sophisticated & detailed sound with great extension." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE 
"Greater treble extension & more efficient than another companies' $600 headphones."
 
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED; rated in the same class as $600 headphones
"A unique, hear-through-the-veils kind of transparency." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"For under $650, you can achieve sound quality that costs thousands [with] Grado SR325 & RA1 headphone amp. Grados are chosen by the most discriminating sound pros." 
OPERA NEWS

GR10
 In-Ear headphone, $399, "The first thing I noticed was the quality bass response, which was mighty impressive.  One will surely appreciate their honest, yet deep reaching low-end frequency response, able to set off the part of my brain that responds to low-end thunder. Grado was conscious of the bass overpowering other frequencies & thankfully this does not occur. The GR10 midran
ge is most noteworthy." 

"The treble was well served by the GR10. It echoed not only the fine traits of the bass & midrange, but also reflected well on the Grado engineers' decision not to overtax the driver. The treble was well integrated, never drawing undue attention to itself, but at the same time demonstrating its ability to render any instrument very lifelike."

"The Grado GR10 is a significant advancement over the already fine Grado GR8 in-ear headphone. The GR8 is very reasonably priced & quite a fine product, but for only a C-note more one can experience even greater pleasure from a medium that all music lovers & audiophiles on-the-go will surely appreciate. The GR10 -- an outstanding, relatively affordable in-ear headphone that audiophiles can enjoy." Vivid, vibrant & engaging midrange. Sweet, silky smooth highs & taut, lively bass. Gobs of resolution & inner detail. Truly breath-taking openness. As much resolution as $16,000 speakers. That's amazing."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

RS1e, $695, "A music lover's component." 
INNER EAR
"I like these more than AKG K701 or Sennheiser HD650. Grado's luscious sound scores an immediate "wow". The hand-crafted, real-mahogany headphone has a technicolor-rich sound.  I'm right there with the musicians. l love these. Speakers capable of a glimpse of their astonishing clarity have stratosperic prices." 
HOME ENTERTAINMENT    
5 STARS, TOP RATED above AKG 301+K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; Sennheiser 485 & 585; Shure Se210, 530 & 530pth & Sony MDRV700dj
 WHAT HI-FI

GS1000e, $995, "Comfort personified & built for long listening sessions. Your ears will never feel more coddled than with these luxury foam headphones. Terrific; an unforgettably mind-expanding soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
EDITOR'S CHOICE BEST HEADPHONE

"Nothing comes close. If you want to hear what your music really sounds like, the GS1000 will prove irresistable." 
 
HI-FI CHOICE AWARDS
"The Rolls Royce of headphones. The most alluring trait was its mind expanding soundstage."
ABSOLUTE SOUND 
"I gush over the way they clarify live recordings. The sound seemed to surround me, with a rare ability to resolve depth, just as in a concert hall. Ditto for revealing rock & jazz CDs. Grados have always been exciting. The bass is deep, yet more controlled & precise than ever before. They are a natural for home theater. Their unfailing resolution of micro-details revealed the spatial cues & ambience of each locale. Their sound really pulls you into the music, so much so it's hard to stop listening." 
HOME ENTERTAINMENT    
5 STARS, "Amazing performance, simply awesome," TOP RATED above AKG 301xtra & K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; Sennheiser 485 & 585; Shure Se210, 530 & 530pth; & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI

PS1000e, $1695, "It builds on Grado's
signature midrange excellence by offering a more extended sound on both ends of the frequency spectrum. It really shines by delivering low-level detail in an effortless, relaxed way." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
EDITOR'S CHOICE   

GRADO Headphone Amp
handmade in NY

RA1, $350, "With tube-like timbre & a sweet, relaxed sound, it makes extended headphone listening a joy. Though battery-driven, it's more at home in your equipment rack than on the road. A beautiful wooden case finishes off this gem." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
"Perfect for high-end road warriors. A specialist that brings out the best." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND 
EDITOR'S CHOICE
"High-end headphone amp for any system. With
Grado top-notch headphones, it's a sumptuous personal listening experience."
OPERA NEWS
"For less than $650, you can achieve sound quality that typically costs thousands [with] the Grado SR325 headphones & RA1 headphone amp."  OPERA NEWS    

"Excellent value for the money. Clearly a music lover's component." INNER EAR 

KIMBER SPEAKER CABLE
U.S. MADE  
"The braided construction resists hum. I use Kimber 4PR, 4TC,  8TC & Postmaster binding posts." A rated, Ivan Berger, AUDIO 
4PR $3 / foot, HI-FI CHOICE,
RECOMMENDED
ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS in HIGH END SPEAKER CABLE, 
ABSOLUTE SOUND, "Really enjoys the music, admirable for the levels of analytical detail it allows through."
HI-FI CHOICE 

4TC $11.50 / ft, 
ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS in HIGH END SPEAKER CABLE, ABSOLUTE SOUND 

8TC $21/ft, ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS in HIGH END CABLE, ABSOLUTE SOUND 
TWICE Speaker Cable of Year, "Detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality & dynamic contrasts with very realistic, holographic soundstage.
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR's CHOICE
"Fine detail. T
he cable of the decade; we've used it for well over 15 years." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
              STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
R, TOP RATED, WHAT HI-FI 
      SENSIBLE SOUND RECOMMENDED 

12TC 
$32.50/ft, SPEAKER CABLE of the YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND; EDITOR'S CHOICE "I
t's not easy surpassing a legend like the Kimber Kable 8TC - one of the most cost-effective, sonically assured & commercially successful wires in audio history. But Kimber has come up with a suitable encore in the 12TC. Not only does it retain the 8TC's characteristic balance of detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality & dynamic contrasts, but the 12TC also expands dynamics & breathes a bit more in all dimensions, auguring well for this legend-in-the-making.
   
BIFOCAL-X
, $72.50/ft, "Among the very best."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

SELECT,  GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND 

 KIMBER Digital Interconnects U.S. made
DV30, BEST BUY
, $105, 1 meter, "Superb performer." HI-FI CHOICE

DIGITALINKSTEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

SELECT KS2020, $880, 0.75M, BEST DIGITAL INTERCONNECT, "Brings improvements to even the chapest CD. When you use it on high end audio, wow!" HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND 

ORCHID, $695/1 meter, "The best AES/EBU link I've used. Loved the midrange liquidity & detail. A stunner." 
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

KIMBER Analog Interconnects U.S. made 
TONIK, $80, 1.0 meter pair, "Musically & sonically fine; bass depth & bass impact both superb; took the place of $1295 cable & every song had all of the considerable force & momentum I expected to here. The Kimbers offered clarity without brightness& reasonably good amounts of color, texture & touch. For $80, that was A-okay." STEREOPHILE 
 

TIMBRE, BEST BUY, 1.0 meter, $140/pair "A very neutral cable that will complement even very upmarket systems." HI-FI CHOICE 

     5 STAR, TOP RATED, above Audioquest, Monster & more, WHAT HI-FI

HERO, Ultraplate, 1 meter, $160/pair, ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS in HIGH END CABLE, "Hero's bass lives up to its name, prodigious in amplitude & definition. Dead neutral with dynamicsat once powerful, yet finely resolved in an essentially grain-free presentation." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

twice INTERCONNECT of the YEAR, "Lives up to its name, prodigious in amplitude & definition.  Dynamics powerful yet finely resolved.
ABSOLUTE SOUND 
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
 
KCAG 147, $1140, 1 M pair "Astonishingly transparent",
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

SILVER STREAK, Ultraplate, $410, 1 M pair "A major performance breakthrough for the price." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
 
KIMBER AC CORD U.S. MADE  
PALLADIAN PK10, $1500, 8 foot, "Adds considerable transparency; music sounds more relaxed," ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED
 
PALLADIAN PK10AG
, $350, 4 feet 
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
 
POWER KORD 10
, $230 for 5 feet, "In my system noted tremendous difference." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

MARANTZ AV SEPARATES
AV7005 Preamp processor, $1499, "Least expensive preamp-processor I've used or reviewed. Looks & feels like a winner. It did everything with great distinction & sounded clean & balanced in ways I hadn't heard from a pre/pro or AV receiver for under $2000. It's hard to fault the AV7005 for sound, appearance or ergonomics." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
The $6000 McIntosh MX121 uses the same remote control, video control & processing board, on screen GUI & other parts as the MARANTZ AV7005 Surround Processor, for $1599, or about 75% less than the price of the McIntosh!  HOME THEATER,
TOP PICK, HOME THEATER 
MM7055, 8 channel power amp, $1200, MOST AFFORDABLE


QUAD ELECTROSTATICS

HI-FI CHOICE chose the top hi-fi of all time. Quad is the highest ranked speaker. "The British Gold Standard; first practical full-range electrostatic; wide dynamics & delicate transparency weaves an unmatched spell."  Models can have black grills & tops; or in classic finish with gold weave grills & solid mahogany wood tops.  

ESL988, A rated, $6499/pr, black; $7149/pr, classic; in same class as $39,000 models. 
"World class resolution, superb soundstaging, spectacular transient response" STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
 

    5 Star, top rated, above B&O, B&W, Bose, Dali, Dynaudio, Revel & more.
WHAT HI-FI
     "It will play at natural levels with a purity & accuracy will spoil you." 
 ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

REGA Turntables
ALL MADE IN ENGLAND & INCLUDE TONEARM & HINGED DUST COVER. ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDS 3 REGA TURNTABLES, THE MOST OF ANY COMPANY. THE ONLY TURNTABLES ABSOLUTE SOUND CALLS "ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS of HIGH END AUDIO" are the REGA RP1 & RP6.

RP1, $445, STEROPHILE's most affordable recommended turntable; includes installed diamond needle cartridge.  
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE "Compared to the P1, the RP1 has more drive, better focus & was more confident, purposeful & authoritative. The RP1 looks good, is easy to set up & plays records like it means it. It's not just that I can't imagine $445 buying more happiness; I can't imagine so modest an investment in money & effort buying more music. The RP1 Performance Pack Upgrade was easy to install & resulted in a bigger soundstage, deeper silences & greater resolution of low-level detail. A no-brainer." STEREOPHILE, 4/16

WHAT HI-FI, 5 stars, "Excellent budget product; terrific performer for the money; easy to use & set-up; fine build"
includes cartridge, improved tonearm & phenolic platter, l7.4xl4x4.5"

"Rega's entry level table sells for roughly the same price it did 20 years ago, meaning that Rega's commitment to value remains paramount. You get the pace, musical interplay & involvement  that make analog special." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

RP1 Performance, NEW in SEALED BOX, 3 YEAR WARRANTY; made in ENGLAND. List $645, Now $495 with a  better cartridge & more. "Easy to install & resulted in a bigger soundstage, deeper silences & greater resolution of low-level detail. A no-brainer." STEREOPHILE 

BEST BUDGET TURNTABLE in its PRICE CLASS, WHAT HI-FI 

RP3, $895; with $300 Rega Elys 2 cartridge, $1095
  A
significant step forward. The result is deeper bass, lowe
r noise, more dynamic pop, increased detail & improved staging. Things get better yet with the optional TT PSU power supply, $375" ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE. In same class as $2000 turntables. "Compared to the P3-24, the RP3 sounded leaner & cleaner with a tighter & better controlled bottom end. The RP3 is a plug'n'play package that's beautifully built, well engineered & sounds wonderful. Compared to the VPI Traveler, the RP1 consistently produced faster transients & more aggresive, precise imaging for an overall sound that was snappy & exciting."
STEREOPHILE, 4/16 

"Another virtuoso turn from Rega. Few rivals are as fuss-free or sound so good – easy to set up and use." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR

RP6, $1495; with $700 Rega Exact 2 cartridge, $1995. "The RP6 comes standard with the TT PSU power supply, a must for top performance. Note the large improvements in dynamic nuance & explosiveness, tonal & textural detail, size & depth of stage & sheer musicality." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

RP8, $2995; with $700 Rega Apheta 2 moving coil cartridge, $3995.  ABSOLUTE SOUND  EDITOR'S CHOICE

In same class as $6500 'tables. "Setup quick & simple; produced a powerful, dynamic, coherent overall sound with solid, well-defined images; clean, articulated bass, exceptional resolution of detail & outstanding dynamics. Rega's new turntable-tonearm combo is the most exciting & truly revolutionary turntable in quite some time." STEREOPHILE, 4/16 

REGA CARTRIDGES
Rega Elys 2 $295, Exceptional value; in  same class as $800 cartridges. 
STEREOPHILE

REGA PHONO PREAMPS
Rega Fono MM $395, "A great all-rounder that continues to deliver sonic excitement to any budget set-up." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR

REGA TONEARMS
ALL MADE IN ENGLAND 

RB303, $595, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in the same class as $9,750 tonearms. STEREOPHILE

REGA Integrated Amps 
INCLUDES MM PHONO PREAMP & REMOTE CONTROL

BRIO R, $895, 50W/ch, Rega's most affordable integrated amp. "There's a lot to be said for an amp that doesn't sound conspicuously solid state or tube but suggests the strengths of both. The Brio-R impressed with a forthright balance of weight, tonal density & authority. Particularly well-suited for smaller floor standers  & compact speakers." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

Rega Elex R
, $1795, 60-90W/ch,"An agile, articulate performer that gets to the heart of the music with a fast, agile sound that's rhythmically assured." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR

Rega Elicit R, $2995, 105W/ch,
"This really is the best stereo amplifier we've heard at this price. What makes it truly impressive is how musical and interesting it sounds." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR

OSIRIS
, $9995, 
Rega's best integrated amp, 162W/ch. 
"Deliver's almost mind-bending levels of dynamic agility, subtlety & clout. An eerily effective & 3-dimensional sounstager." ABSOLUTE SOUND  EDITOR'S CHOICE

REGA CD Players
ALL MADE IN ENGLAND 

Apollo-R, $1095, "A" rated, in the same class as $12,000 & $13,000 CD players.  "The Apollo-R has a confident, solid sound with an analog sense of certainty. Its performance was a revelation & stunning in the way it got things so rhythmically right" STEREOPHILE

SATURN-R, COMBINED DAC & TRANSPORT. $2995. BEST BUY; nothing I have heard in digital audio delivers resolution & musicality in such convincing & entertaining fashion as the Saturn-R." EAR MAGAZINE

ISIS, $9995, 
Rega's best CD. 
"Rega's lsis CD player optimizes everything in the disc reading processl. The resulting sound is exceptionally three dimensional." ABSOLUTE SOUND, EDITOR'S CHOICE

REGA Digital-Analog Converter MADE IN ENGLAND 
Rega DAC, $1195, "had a richness, a fulness of tone, an analog sense of ease that l hitherto heard from digital. The most analog sound I've heard from a DAC. The filter settings allow the user to change the sound significantly." STEREOPHILE  
"The Rega is musically at home in leagues well outside its price point." ABSOLUTE SOUND, EDITOR'S CHOICE

ROGERS SPEAKERS -
5 year parts & labor warranty

"The Rogers brand is revered for the legendary LS3/5a recording monitor, one of the first mini
speakers embraced by audiophiles."
SOUNDSTAGE 10/12/14

The Legendary LS3/5A, One of the Most Important Speakers Ever Made

The Absolute Sound chose the most significant speakers made & the Rogers LS3/5A was the most compact speaker chosen & one of the few in production for almost 40 years.

"The LS3/5a was a BBC design, but the Rogers version swept the US in the late 1970s. This small 2-way (7x12x6") offered startlingly realistic vocal reproduction & a remarkably expansive & boxless sound picture. For a whole generation, it redefined the possible for small speakers. But none quite seized the imagination as did the LS3/5a. It has stood the test of time as few others have."
 
ROKSAN
MADE IN ENGLAND, 5 year parts & labor warranty
 
KANDY K2 BT
, with Bluetooth input, $1900. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED in same class as $7000 amps. "Notable for offering a phono stage, a Bluetooth input, 3 line level inputs, preamp-out jacks, [remote control with LCD screen] & AV bypass, it delivers 140W/ ch/8 ohm & 200W/ch/4 ohm. The phono was the best I've heard in a moderately priced amp - it played LPs in living color."

"The headphone [amp] was more dynamic,detailed & fun than I've heard from any other integrated amp. Its phono stage was the best l've heard in a moderately priced integrated. The Roksan sounded more relaxed & natural. Highly Recommended!"
STEREOPHILE 
 
"At a time when most other amps, [NAD, Linn, Primare & Naim], are without phono stages, Roksan's inclusion of same in the Kandy K2 may be that product's greatest  distinction. With every speaker, the K2 distinguished itself as a clear, big-sounding, rhythmically accomplished amp with a slightly - darn near imperceptibly - rounded-off top end. That bit of softness, coupled with its nearly complete lack of timing distortion, distinguished the K2 as one of the most listenable entry-level components. The phono section deserves special mention, not just for its freedom from hum & noise but for [its] slight & pleasant roundness. The K2 strikes me as the sort of amp one can grow into for quite some time before wanting more; a neat balancing act, carried off here with rare success. It's is built like Schik Brithouse, offers very good value for the money & I enjoyed every minute spent listening with it. Highly recommended." STEREOPHILE on line

SME TURNTABLES ALL MADE in ENGLAND

20/3 Turntable & Series IV.Vi,
$17,000, GOLDEN EAR AWARD "Background quietness struck me as the best I had ever experienced. Impressive ease & authority, dynamic window & ability to project that eIusive character of life & vitality. The improvements in mass & damping result in an equivalent increase in isolation. This earns the this 'table an easy place among the finest vinyl playback components regardless of price. It almost qualifies as a bargain." ABSOLUTE SOUND  

SPIN CLEAN Record Washing System, $79

ACCESSORY of the YEAR "The Spin Clean Record Cleaner is a pure manual design - nothing to plug in. A little elbow grease & fresh air do all the work. Fill the yellow basin with distilled water, add a capful of cleaning solution & spin the record between the brushes. Ambient air & a couple of swirls with the supplied lint-free cotton cloths do the rest. lt's a truly green product - totally off the grid. The results speak for themselves - clean surfaces mean less noise & more fully resolved music."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

"Meet my new best friend, the Spin Clean Record Washing System. Operationally, it's a breeze. The result is a disc that is suddenly as shiny black as the day you brought it home. Less noise means more clearly resolved music. On a prized disc that hadn't been cleaned in years, the difference was  an overall reduction in backgroud noise - removal of most tiny snaps & crackes from the lead-in groove  right through to the end. Is Spin Clean as slick as the fully robotic machines [like the VPI]? Probably not. But for lighter duty it's pretty tough to beat. Not to mention avoiding the hidden costs like worn styli & further degradation of the surfaces of your prized LPs." ABSOLUTE SOUND 

EXCEPTIONAL VALUE
,
"Got the job done." 
  STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 

MONITOR AUDIO RADIUS
"Versatile; midrange / treble transparency; midrange openness & clarity; bass warmth & smoothness. Excellent high-frequencies & transient speed; brings film soundtracks alive." PERFECT VISION EDITOR'S CHOICE

MONITOR AUDIO Speakers
C265LCR In-ceiling,$598/pr, PRODUCT OF the YEAR "The 3-way design & convex shape of Monitor's Inverted Dual Concentric pivoting midrange / tweeter enables placement flexibility
so you can fill a room with realistic sound." ELECTRONIC HOUSE
 

RX8, $1750/pair, "The British speaker-maker Monitor Audio enjoys a reputation as a pioneer in the development of metal diaphragm-equipped drivers & is known for building value-oriented products that look & sound better than they have any right to for the money. A perfect case is their newly released Silver RX8 floorstanders, which are sophisticated enough to offer many of Monitor's more advanced technologies, yet affordable. They dramatically outperform their predecessors [with]...accurate tonal balance... excellent transient speed & definition, plus astonishingly high levels of resolution & detail. An exceptional performer at its price."  ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE  

PL200, $8499/pair, "Outstanding build quality, superb soundstaging & high levels of  transparency & resolution. An impressively engineered, beautiful-looking speaker." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

Music Hall USB-1, $249, Turntable, 33/45 rpm, includes phono preamp, Analog to Digital Converter, USB output [enables easy transfer of LP to CD, computer hard drive, lpod, etc.], Audacity software, USB cable, +/-10% pitch control, strobe & detachable RCA cables.
RECOMMENDED, STEREOPHILE

ORTOFON Cartridges
 -
Made in Denmark
"Ortofon, founded in 1918, is relatively large for a 21st century company specializing in cartridges, employing 65 people. The firm's heart & soul is rooted in hi-fi. Even the least expensive cartridge is assembled from many tiny parts & requires much handwork. Making moving coil cartridges includes hand-winding coils over tiny armatures & under microscopes by highly skilled workers. My visit to Ortofon was impressive. Having the infrastructure for machining & crafting rubber parts [for cartridge suspensions] puts them in an enviable position in both quality & pricing. Ortofon has perfected its MC technology. I bought an Ortofon cartridge as a reference."
STEREOPHILE

2M RED, $99, THE GREATEST BARGAIN in a HIGH END CARTRIDGE; "One sophisticated cartridge for the money." ABSOLUTE SOUND 
PRODUCT of YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND 
"Screaming deal - entry level cartridge at its finest. It's like the Shure V15 with stronger mids." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Sophisticated, musical" ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

2M BLACK, $719, PRODUCT of YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND  "Superb performer & value; compared to Shure V15 V, Ortofon is in its own world, plumbing the complexities of orchestral depth & dimension with a more resolved character & better soundstage precision & dimension. Its Shibata stylus has a wider groove contact area & better stability, which extends frequency response & reduces record wear." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND;
EDITOR'S CHOICE
"
Transparent, unravels the complexities of orchestral music; velvety finess & harmonic finish."
ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Lighter, faster, more resolved than Shure V15V. More transparent." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Ridicuously good; bright open sound with surprising heft & slam." Rated in same class as $3000 models. 
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

RONDO RED, $639, CARTRIDGE of the YEAR; "Its smooth, warm character is supported by excellent mids & a sweet if slightly soft top end. Easygoing & natural on vocals of all stripes." ABSOLUTE SOUND; Chosen for ABSOLUTE SOUND's HIGH END AUDIO BUYER's GUIDE; EDITOR'S CHOICE, 
     CARTRIDGE of the YEAR
; only cartridge rated BEST BUY "Brings high-end detail & resolution; we loved it; delivers detail, power & resolution & is very well priced."
HI-FI CHOICE 

RONDO BLUE
, $879, "Offers many of the advantages of higher-priced moving coils without breaking the bank - natural midrange, extended but not aggressive treble & strong bottom end. Dynamic presentation powerful, but delicate & nuanced, too. Particularly wonderful with voices. A great cartridge & a great value." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Smooth & warm; pleasant overall balance." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND

RONDO BRONZE
, $1159, "lmpressive freedom from surface noise & excellent detail; very strongly recommended." Rated in same class as $3500 models.
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

CADENZA BLUE
, $1799, "Detail, space,  integrity & vitality; hard to beat at the price."  OUTSTANDING PRODUCT; HI-FI NEWS YEARBOOK

CADENZA BLACK, $2599, "Here's a fast, tonally balanced, low coloration cartridge that has outstanding transparency, tonal neutrality & openess without any brightness or stridency, plus very good soundstaging & dynamics. It approaches the sound of a mastertape & is a great value!" 
ABSOLUTE SOUND

SPU Meister Silver II, $1879, "Thunderous dynamic peaks; one heck of a fine pickup."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

SPU Synergy A
, $1799, "A bargain." A Rated, in same class as $15,000 models.
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

ORTOFON MC Cartridge Transformer - Made in Denmark
VERTO
, $969, "The Ortofon Verto transformer has a heavily chromed front plate & is enclosed in a neat black box. The Verto has only one pair each of input & output jacks, but it provides two primaries, rated at 30db & 24db of gain. Melodies flowed brilliantly well & timbral colors & textures were very good."  Exceptional value. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

PARASOUND

STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND
give Parasound 9 
recommendations, the most of any solid-state amp. 

"Parasound [is] built on making audio components that look & sound expensive, but sell for much less than it appears they should &
on the 
substantial legend of audio engineer John Curl, designer of enduringly influential classics [Mark Levinson, Vendetta Research, Grateful Dead electronics, etc.]" STEREOPHILE 11/15 

PARASOUND Z

Z PHONO phono preamp, $199 "An impressive showing," EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, favorably compares to $600 model,
STEREOPHILE
"Excellently built & makes very nice sounds: large sound stage, excellent layering & bloom with remarkably good balance, dynamic range & detail." ABSOLUTE SOUND 

"Remarkably high neutrality; superbly built.  ONLY RECOMMENDED PHONO STAGE UNDER $500. 
BUYER'S GUIDE, ABSOLUTE SOUND 
RECOMMENDED, SENSIBLE SOUND

Z PHONO USB, Phono preamp with USB output, list $400, now $249 "Impressed by the quality & quantity of the heavy bass, as well as by the size of the soundstage & the wealth of recorded detail," STEREOPHILE 

Z DAC, v. 2,  Digital to Analog Converter, $475 "Offers an immaculate sound stage with velvety black backgrounds devoid of electronic hash or noise. It is all about space & ease in reproducing the timbre & texture of acoustic instruments & voice." ABSOLUTE SOUND 

Z AMP, v.3 stereo power amp, $349, 45W/ch, 
     8 ohm; 60W/ch, 4 ohm, 90W/ch, 8 ohm, 20-20k
"I've used a couple of Zamps for years. They've powered my rear surround speakers, my officie & filled in for other amps around the house. The Z amps are totally reliable & sound nice."  
STEREOPHILE

"One helluva 45 watt amp, regardless of price tag & chassis size," THE AUDIO CRITIC
"The smoothness & naturalness of the Zamp's midrange was exceptional: clean, sweet, realistic & musical. If you're in the market for an inexpensive amp, run - do not walk- to check out this amp. It's a fabulous value for the money."
audioXpress

PARASOUND Classic Amps

2100, $695, Stereo Preamp, "I don't know of another preamp with all these features - Subwoofer output with variable crossover; Phono input, switchable to moving magnet, coil or line; Remote control; Tone controls; & Front panel MP3 input. The sound is clean, transparent, airy highs, tight & controlled bass. Distortion is so low we couldn't measured it." ENJOY THE MUSIC .COM
"High-end stereo preamp with unique capabilities for integration into home theater systems & custom installs." EXCITE AWARD, CUSTOM RETAILER

PARASOUND HALO
INTEGRATED AMP

"The Halo integrated's overall sound was spirited, naturally detailed & alluringly three dimensional. This combination of amp & speakers made for pure audio joy. Soundstages were enormous & tangible. The  imaging was glorious. One of the best-ever audiophile systems for under $5000." STEREOPHILE

"The Parasound Halo integrated amp uses the latest generation ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC for decoding PCM up to 384khz / 32 bit & DSD & has a full complement of digital inputs including asynchronous USB 2.0."
ABSOLUTE SOUND 

PARASOUND HALO
POWER AMPS

A21, power amp, $2495, 250W, 8 ohm; 400W/ch, 4 ohm "Very fine amp at exceptionally fair price. Midrange & bass excellent; sounded fundamentally similar to $20-40,000 amps." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Excellent amp, 250W/ch/8 ohm, 400W/ch/4 ohm." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

A23, power amp, $995, 125W/ch, 8 ohm; 200W/ch, 4 ohm; "Reasonably priced amp, musically quite involving." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

JC1 Power Amp $8988/pr, 400W, 8 ohm; 800W, 4 ohm; 1200W, 2 ohm,  EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; "Powerful, refined, smooth, dynamic, transparent; rated 400W, does 586W." PRODUCT of the YEAR; in SAME CLASS as $55,000 AMPS. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

"The build & sound quality of my JC1 mono amps, my reference amps, is first rate. If they were made in America, it would cost a lot more.  $30,000 for a pair of Halcros? I'll take  Parasounds. I heard both & I did."
STEREOPHILE
"I [Sam Tellig] own a pair of JC1 amps. They're a steal. I've used the JC1's with 24 different speakers & never ran out of power. In a large room - especially one with cathedral ceilings & open space - you need increased power."
STEREOPHILE
"A revelation; impressively coherent; transparent & detailed soundstage."
STEREOPHILE
"Effortlessly powerful, silky smooth, crystal clear abundantly detailed."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

HOME THEATER
highly recommended;
Tested Power: 8 ohm, 499W, .1% dist; 582W, 1% dist.; 4 ohm, 609W, .1% dist; 836W, 1% dist.

"The JC1 apparent bass response was far better than I'd ever heard before, demonstrating low-end reach that I just didn't expect. Subtle ambiance, imaging & the soundstage were all staggering. The placement of instruments had a more realistic feel. On Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," the crisp highs & Stevie Nicks liquid vocals never sounded so good. I no longer felt the need to integrate a sub into my two channel listening." 

"Parasound's Halo amps get my complete standing ovation. The JC1 left my jaw on the floor & the A51 proved to be a superb complement with multichannel music & soundtracks. They made me a true believer. It's rare that any amp wil have such a profound effect, but these provided one I never wanted to let go of & the JC1 / A51 combo has now found a permanent home in my reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation than that." 

PARASOUND HALO PREAMPS

JC2 Preamp, $4295, PRODUCT of the YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND  GOLDEN EAR AWARD; EDITOR'S CHOICE

"Neutral & natural, transparent, quick & delicately detailed; a masterwork." 
BUYER'S GUIDE, ABSOLUTE SOUND 

"Like the JC1, the JC2 is up there with the best of them, but down to earth in price. Competes successfully against preamps, solid-state or tubes, that sell for twice the price or more. It excels at reproduction of space; helps the JC1 amps throw a huge soundstage."
STEREOPHILE 
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; IN SAME CLASS as $37,000 PREAMPS
"Excellent reproduction of space; music emerges intact with body, bloom & dynamics, with definition & detail form an utterly silent background. Perhaps the finest solid-state line stage I've heard."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

"Remarkably detailed & shockingly realistic sound. Rock solid build quality; parts quality absolutely first rate. JC1 & 2 sound strikes a keen balance between superlative resolution & sounding beguilingly sweet & natural. I'm totally absorbed by CDs that previously bored me. Experience the Parasounds first hand. Bring your favorite music & hear it like never before."
HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
 
"The BEST BARGAIN in a HIGH END PREAMP
. This is the closest I've heard solid state come to a fundamentally neutral sound. It preserves fine harmonic & dynamic detail, air & bloom in the midband; [plus] the frequency extremes, which is unique in a solid state preamp. EXTREME RARITY - A REFERENCE QUALITY PRODUCT THAT MANY of us can ACTUALLY AFFORD." GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND

JC3+ Phono preamp, $2850, GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND - The only other phono preamp chosen was $19,000! "Built by Parasound but designed with the inspiration & insight of the legendary John Curl, the JC3 seems destined to  embarass much pricier phonostages for the forseeable future. With a fully isolated dual- mono layout inside its full-sized chassis, each channel is housed in its own extruded aluminum  vault. As a result, backgrounds are eerily quiet; instrumental timbres are rich; channel separation is exquisite. There's a sweet kiss of romance through the the mids & an uncanny ability to extract & define low-level information in acoustic space. Capable of handling all but the lowest of the low output moving coils on the market, the JC-3 truly is an affordable examplar of Curl's passion for a format once given up for dead." ABSOLUTE SOUND


P7 $2295,
HOME THEATER, highly recommended; "The perfect choice for those looking for a preamp that won't be outdated a year later & who want an audiophile grade preamp for 2 channel & multichannel sources. At $2295, its value is a testament to Parasound's ability to deliver world-class audio at prices that are actually realistic & attractive. With the right front-end device, you have everything you need for an involving sonic experience that'll knock your socks off." 

"Delightful sound"
 STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

Parasound Halo AV Amps
A51
, Surround sound power amp, 250W, 8 ohm; 400W, 4 ohm x 5 channels, $4795, "My reference amp is the Parasound A51. I purchased this amp last spring after wanting to own it for more than 10 years & I consider it to be one of the best amps that money can buy." SOUND & VISION, 10/14

EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Powerful power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS

HOME THEATER, highly recommended; tested power: 8 ohm, 301W, .1% dist; 330W, 1% dist 4 ohm, 357W, .1% dist; 423W, 1% dist

The same issue has a test of a $6000 McIntosh MC8207, 7 channel power amp, with the same power as a $8500 MC207 amp. Parasound's A51 amp is $1500 - 4000 less, has 40% more 8 ohm power, won a higher value rating & is the amp the reviewer purchased.  

"Parasound's Halo amps get my complete standing ovation. The JC1 left my jaw on the floor & the A51 proved to be a superb complement with music & soundtracks. They made me a true believer. It's rare that any amp has such a profound effect, but these provided one I never wanted to let go of. This combo is now my permanent reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation than that." 

A31, $3295, 3 channel power amp "The A31 is rated at 250W/ch, 8 ohms; 400W/ch, 4 ohms, all 3 channels driven 20Hz-20k. I was struck by the A31's treble; it seemed to reveal more detail across the soundstage & subtleties of texture. The remarkable definition continued into the mids & bass. The bass was firm & extended & never lacked for power & weight. The A31's clean, luminous sound was distinguishable from the slightly opaque treble of the $6000 Bel Canto Ref1000Mk2 monoblocks. The A31 is slightly less powerful than the $10,000 McIntosh MC303 into 8 ohms & more powerful into 4 ohms. The Mac's treble was a bit recessed in comparison." STEREOPHILE

PRIMA LUNA TUBE POWER AMPS

PROLOGUE 5, "The 36W/ch tube Prologue is more authoritative than its rating would lead you to expect & offers a warm, rich presentation. Produces clean, deep, tight bass & grand soundstaging."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

DIALOGUE 7 mono block power amps, "These surprisingly powerful monoblocks are just the right tonic to make you fall in love with your system again. They reproduce music with the natural lushness & sense of space one hears in live music, while maintaining transient quickness without a hint of tube sluggishness. Their soundstaging & truth of timbre are reference quality. The supplied remote lets one switch between the more dynamicallly explosive, incisive & tonally balanced ultra-linear sound or the more beautiful & palpable triode sound. It's like getting two amps in one."
ABSOLUTE SOUND 
 

PRIMA LUNA TUBE
INTEGRATED AMPS

PROLOGUE ONE, $1799 "My astonishment at the level of value couldn't  be more genuine. 42W/ch into 8 ohms; 47W/ch into 4 ohms. Boy oh boy can I recommend this amp. Lustily, heartily & enthusiastically recomended."
STEREOPHILE 

"If there were a Nobel prize for bringing affordable audio to the masses, I'd nominate [Prima Luna's owner] Kevin Deal. Prologue One is built like a $3000 amp. The  Prologue One is right up there with the best. put tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." "A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

PROLOGUE PREMIUM

PROLOGUE PREMIUM INTEGRATED
, $2299, rated in same class as $6,500 amps "The solidly built Prologue Premium is rated at 35W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." STEREOPHILE 

"My go to moderately priced integrated amp is the $2299 Prima Luna ProLogue Premium. It worked well with the Focal Aria 936. While it had just a bit more tube character & a bit less transparency than the $13,500 CAT preamp / Mcintosh 275 power amp duo, the Focal/Prima Luna pairing is one I could live with quite comfortably. I also listened to a $23,000 Simaudio preamp & power amp; my preference remains with tubes."
STEREOPHILE 

DIALOGUE PREMIUM

Class A, rated in same class as $34,000 amps "Prima Luna's  top-of-the-line integrated amp is rated at 32W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 43W/ch with optional KT120s. It uses Prima Luna's Adaptive AutoBias feature for easy swapping of output tubes & has a bad tube indicator, power transformer protection & output transformer protection circuitry. Extremely quiet & sounded bigger than its power rating suggested, with a rich midrange & an excellent sense of timing; a dream come true."
STEREOPHILE 

"A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

DIALOGUE PREMIUM HP $4,199, 70-85W/ch "Excellent value. Prima Luna has another winner. Built to a high standard, with very useful features -Adaptive AutoBias, Bad Tube indicator, switching between triode & ultralinear modes from the remote control & headphone output - the sound quality closely approaches reference Class A $16,000 preamps & power amps. The similarities [to  $16,000 amps] were more evident than differences. Both had the smoothness & musicality that tube aficionados appreciate, but without the excessive warmth & rolled off treble of some tube gear. Background noise was absent & both amps' power transformers were quiet. The difference was surprisingly small - & smaller than the price difference suggests. It had a smooth musicality & an easy-on-the-ears quality that is quite beguiling. With its all-tube built-in headphone amp, I've never heard my Grado headphones sound so good."  STEREOPHILE 

PRIMA LUNA TUBE CD PLAYER

PROLOGUE 8, "An amazing value! Closes in on even the most expensive competition. It's blessed with plenty of boogie factor, superb clarity, sensuous mids & lovely harmonic bloom. Its soundstage is wonderfully transparent." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

PRO-JECT Turntables
ALL MADE IN EUROPE & INCLUDE TONEARM & CARTRIDGE
Xpression III, $699, "Wide, deep soundstage, clarity & smoothness." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 
Chosen for ABSOLUTE SOUND's HIGH END AUDIO BUYER's GUIDE 

BEST BUY  "Well designed; revealing sound"
HI-FI CHOICE, RECOMMENDED
BEST BUY; great value, sounds remarkable" above Goldring, Sota, Technics & more.
WHAT HI-FI

RM-9.2, $2499; reviewed with Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II Cartridge, $3999  "Notably easy & relaxed, rhythmically incisive & dynamically explosive; warm & rich, yet detailed & transparent." 
Chosen for ABSOLUTE SOUND's HIGH END AUDIO BUYER's GUIDE, EDITOR'S CHOICE 

RM-10.1, $3499; reviewed with Sumiko Blackbird Cart., $3999  "The RM-10 improves upon the fine performance of the RM9.1 by adding a longer arm, a more massive plinth & platter,  isolation base & magnetic repulsion. These enhancements produce blacker backgrounds, more solidity in the bass & a cleaner window on the soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

PRO-JECT
HEADPHONE AMP HEAD BOX SEII
, $399, allows connection of two headphones each with its own volume control, 4x3x6" 5 STAR TOP-RATED above more expensive Musical Fidelity." WHAT HI-FI, AWARDS 

PRO-JECT PHONO Preamps
Phono Box USB, $198, GREATEST BARGAIN, ABSOLUTE SOUND  
"Surprised by the image focus & colorful harmonic presentation; a no-brainer." EXCEPTIONAL
 VALUE, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
 

Tube Box, $549, "Sturdily built, attractive & compact; a relaxing, graceful sound; rich tubey sound, suprisingly quiet." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED  

SUMIKO
BLUE POINT SPECIAL II
$399,"Improved resolution, superior 3-dimensionality, richer & more potent bass & smoother highs." ABSOLUTE SOUND 

PHONO CARTRIDGE of YEAR
"Affordable, easy-to live with, high-output moving coil cartridge. Compared to others, it offers 3 compelling advantages: superior resolution of low-level sonic details, faster & more precise transient response & ability to produce broad, spacious, 3-dimensional soundstages. Significant improvements over Bluepoint Oyster, richer & more powerful bass & markedly smoother highs." ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED; EDITOR'S CHOICE

BLUE POINT SPECIAL EVOIII
, $499, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, "Tight clarity, rhythmic certainty, excellent tracking," STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"One of the best entry level, high output, moving cartridges." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
BEST BUY
"High frequency refinement & nimble, artculate & revealing sound." HI-FI CHOICE

BLACKBIRD
$1099, "This high-output moving coil is smooth yet detailed, with a wide soundstage & fine low-end authority. Midrange instruments are particularly seductive." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Strong bass power, extension & focus. Wide-open soundstage, plenty of detail & shimmering, well-balanced top end without brightness or edge." In same class as $1600 cartridges.
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED

PALO SANTOS PRESENTATION
$3999, CARTRIDGE of the YEAR "Well balanced & neutral in the mids. This beauty draws you into its naturalistic web & conveys complexities of timbre & space that are arresting & authentic."  ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

"This moving coil has an open-construction body of tuned wood. Its overall sound - smooth, sweet, but stil sunny & nicely detailed - makes it a great choice for the music lover with eclectic tastes who wants to bridge the gap between analytical & romantic sound." A rated, in same class as $15,000  cartridges. 
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
"This beauty draws you into its naturalistic web & conveys complexities of timbre & space that are nothing short of authentic." 
from ABSOLUTE SOUND's HIGH END AUDIO BUYER's GUIDE 
 OUTSTANDING PRODUCT, Hi-Fi News  
 

THORENS Turntables 
All made in Germany; include cartridge
TD309
, $1699, "BEST EUROPEAN TURNTABLE, EISA AWARD
"This eye-catching turntable is clearly the most novel design to emerge from Thorens in the last decade. It is ready within minutes of unpacking & offers more than a glimpse into the world of the glorious vinyl sound, which is growing in popularity among general consumers & audiophiles alike. The TD309 is a stylish & affordable passport into the realm of the vinyl LP." HIFI NEWS 

 "Excellent imaging, great bass, fine rhythm, absolutely outstanding." OUTSTANDING PRODUCT, Hi-Fi News  

VIBRAPODS - U.S. MADE  
"Vibrapods are small, flexible vinyl pucks that can transform a system. Put them under speakers & electronics & hear bass extension & smoother highs. Vibrapod Cones - use them as stand alone footers or combine with Vibrapods to get even more out of your system." 
ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED; EDITOR'S CHOICE
"PIaced under CDs, DACs & preamps, the 1" x 3" dia. Vibrapods isolate & enhance performance. Five different models are rated for loads of 2 - 28 lbs. each; match the quantity to the component. I keep a box of them around so that no component goes without. A favorite." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 
  
VPI TURNTABLES 
U.S. MADE; Models below include tonearm & base; cartridge & dust cover are optional 

TRAVELER, $1349 with $240 Grado cartridge. The Traveler features include:
1] 10" tonearm for reduced tracking error.
2] 24 lb. total weight, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance.  
3] 8 pound platter weight, for better speed consistency.
4] Large AC motor, for better speed consistency.
5] RCA jacks, allowing easy cable upgrades.
6] Four 2" high conical aluminum feet, with rubber tips, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance.  

No other turntable anywhere near the Traveler's price has all these features [except for other VPI models].

"Best new product."  AV Showroom

"Piano sounded far more delicate, natural & controlled than I'd ever heard. Outstanding low end control & awesomely silent backgrounds. I began sending delirious text messages to audiophile friends. Intoxicating, almost magical."

"Traveler was easily the best; spacious, open, silky smooth & well controlled, a wide, deep soundstage. The VPI kept time perfectly. I can't imagine a happier way of listening to LPs than with the Traveler.  The Traveler isn't merely reasonably priced - it's a remarkable bargain, built to last a lifetime. And it's made with love, right here in the U.S." Stereophile 

YAMAHA AV RECEIVERS 
RX-A1060, List $1300; now $1199
"Best AV receiver under $1800" WHAT HI-FI 12/16

RX-A3060, List $2200; now $1999
"Best AV receiver at any price" WHAT HI-FI 12/16


YAMAHA SPEAKER REVIEWS

WX-030 "TOP PICK; better sound than Polk, Monster, etc. more power than most wireless speakers." SOUND & VISION 6/16 

YAS-206 "TOP PICK; Outstanding value; least expensive sound bar  with Top Pick award." SOUND & VISION 12/16 


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