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PS Audio xStream Resolution Reference Speaker Cables

What do you expect from a speaker cable? Think about this for a moment and I am sure that you will find it in today’s very crowded cable marketplace. It seems that a new cable company is literally popping up every day to offer you their version of the best. “The Best” could be the best sound they can offer or the best value for the money.

QUAD Platinum Stereo Amplifier

The QUAD Platinum Stereo amplifier is the latest in a very long line of hi fi products from QUAD of England. QUAD, which is an acronym for Quality Unit Amplifier Domestic, has been making components since 1953 and has received many awards for the sound quality of their products, including the world-renowned Quad ESL loudspeakers and Quad II vacuum tube power amplifier.

Quicksilver V4 Power Amplifiers

This is not an easy review to write. For several months, the Quicksilver V4 amplifiers have been the primary amplifiers in my ever-changing audio system. I have connected them to four different preamplifiers and four different speakers, and numerous cables and power conditioners. I have replaced the Graham 2.2 tonearm with a Phantom on my Kuzma Stabi Reference turntable.

RCM Sensor 2 Phono Preamplifier

The new RCM Sensor 2 phono preamplifier follows the successful RCM Sensor Prelude IC that was reviewed here on 10 Audio in December, 2012. I did not have the older version on hand for direct comparison, but I will tell you this without qualification or reservation: The RCM Sensor 2 sounds wonderful.

RCM Sensor Prelude IC Phono Preamplifier

This is a very good time to be an audiophile. We all benefit from the bewildering explosion of extremely expensive gear, targeted at the few with unlimited budgets. Those buyers fund the R&D that enables trickle-down technology that makes possible great sounding and affordable components. The availability of great sounding affordable components is why this is a good time to be an audiophile.

REL Stadium II Subwoofer

Stadium III wondered why I had to readjust my Velodyne F-1200R for almost every disc. After a couple of months of adjusting the controls - frequency and gain - it should have been right.

Response Audio Bella EXtreme 100 Power Amplifiers

I’m speechless. Or wordless. I had quite a lot to say about the new Response Audio Bella EXtreme 100 mono tube amplifiers during the first 400 hours of use while the Teflon® capacitors and other parts were slowly breaking in. Let me tell you a little about the amps themselves, and in the mean time, I’ll try to think of something to say about the way they sound now.

Revel Performa M126Be Loudspeakers

The new Performa Be series of loudspeakers offers an upgrade from the well-received Performa3 series from Revel. The Be speakers feature the Revel’s latest beryllium tweeter that was first introduced more than a decade ago in the Ultima2 series. Revel is a member of the Harman International family of brands which includes Mark Levinson, JBL, Arcam, and Infinity. 

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