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Inspire Fire-Bottle SE Stereo Power Amplifier

It was a sad day when we heard that Dennis Had, founder and guiding light of Cary Audio, was retiring. Under his leadership, business acumen and engineering genius, Cary Audio became one of the most successful producers of audio equipment. Several Cary Audio products, both tube and solid state, have been reviewed here on 10 Audio, and this writer purchased many of the review samples.

JL Audio Fathom f112 Subwoofers

Let’s ignore the bass for a few minutes and talk about the midrange. The midrange is the most critical band of sound because this is where most of our music lives and breathes. Middle C is 262 Hertz, which is not very high above the bass. Voices, bass harmonics, and the fundamental notes of almost every instrument are found in the midrange. We can usually live with sound that is missing most of the bass, and often do.

Jones Audio PA-M300 Power Amplifiers

The new Jones Audio PA-M300 monophonic amplifiers finally and definitively make obsolete the idea that solid-state sound cannot be as pleasing and involving as tube sound. The aural distinctions between the two technologies have been fading over the years as parts quality and design experience has advanced, but each type of amplifying device has been easy to identify with a short audition. No longer.

Koetsu Jade Platinum Moving Coil Phono Cartridge - MINI REVIEW*

The Koetsu Jade Platinum moving coil phono cartridge has always been a dream component for me. For many years, I would look at ads that offered the cartridge and pay particular attention to newsgroup threads that mentioned it. I have owned all of the non-platinum Koetsu cartridges, from the Black to Urushi Tsugaru (see Reviews here on 10 Audio).

Koetsu Moving Coil Cartridges

The name Koetsu has long been held in high regard by audiophiles. Almost mystical attributes have been associated with the name. The buzz surrounding the release of the original Red signaled a new paradigm was available to the audio world.

Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum Moving Coil Cartridge

From the Urushi review:
"...with the Urushi, the feeling of arriving at a plateau of satisfaction is clear."

Krell Phantom III Preamplifier

The Krell Phantom III Preamplifier is a solid state, solidly built remote controlled preamplifier that carries a list price of $5,500. It has a zero-feedback dual-mono design and is available in anodized silver or black with an optional digital-to-analog converter (DAC) plug in board. The unit under review here does not have the DAC option.

Krell S-275 Stereo Power Amplifier

The Krell S-275 solid-state stereo power amplifier is one of the newest products from long-established Krell Industries. Krell gained recognition about 30 years ago for its pure Class A power amplifiers. At the time, the heavy weight and tremendous heat output of its Class A products went against the popular fashion of efficient solid-state circuits.

Marantz MA-9S2 Reference Series Power Amplifiers

It is the holiday season and I am going to give you a present. This is the culmination of a long and winding and interesting and frustrating and expensive journey from that first audio component to hearing one that had me saying, “That’s the one!” It is the story of developing specific ideas about good sound reproduction, validating or replacing those concepts, and finding that some of these tenets no longer applied.

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