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EAR 88PB Phonograph Preamplifier

I was becoming complacent auditioning phono preamplifiers. It was as if I was standing in a long line for my turn on one of the good rides at Disneyland. If I was tolerant and patient, I would eventually be rewarded with a phono stage that would make all the waiting worthwhile.

Electronic Visionary Systems 500M Power Amplifiers

These amplifiers may be all black on the outside, but on the inside, they are green, as in ecologically and environmentally friendly. They are small and lightweight – just 7 pounds each, which makes them friendly to your listening room and to you since they are easy to move around and to install in any convenient location.

Element Signature Apollo Speaker Cables

This review of Element Signature Apollo speaker cables presented some unusual challenges. What is the inherent sound of this component? Are there any particular characteristics which affect the sound in a positive or a negative way? What is the magnitude of the difference? Every review presents the same challenges, but these questions are usually resolved in fairly short order.

Emerald Physics 4.7 Loudspeakers

The new Emerald Physics EP4.7 loudspeakers will rock your world. Although open baffle technology has been in the public domain for decades, only recently have commercial products become available that use this concept effectively. Open baffle speakers have no enclosure, only a mounting board to which the drivers are attached.

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Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

The Emerald Physics EP100.2SE digital stereo power amplifier, in its latest silver enclosure is a beautiful looking and powerful component. It weighs 16.5 pounds with its large toroidal power transformer and has a rated power output of 100 Watts per channel stereo and 270 Watts mono. It has a retail price of $2,200 and is regularly discounted to around $1,500.

Exogal Comet Digital-to-Analog Converter

The Exogal Comet digital to analog converter is a modern DAC that can process up to 32 bit 384 kHz, and DSD64 and DSD128 digital signals from the USB input. Using the AES-EBU XLR or S/PDIF BNC connections, processing is limited to 24 bit 192 kHz datastreams. TOSlink can do 24 bit 96 kHz. The compact chassis $2995 Comet can be controlled by the Exogal remote control (included) or a Bluetooth smart phone app.

Final Sound Model 500 Electrostatic Speakers

Final 500 SpeakersThe Final 500 electrostatic loudspeaker can be an excellent performer when used correctly. This is a special use speaker that requires a compatible system to work optimally.

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Five Balanced Interconnect Cables

I was just sitting there listening to music. I was enjoying the apparent sound stage created between the loudspeakers and wondered how my system would sound without the equipment rack sitting between the speakers and then the trouble began. My “rack” is 750 pounds of sandstone from a local quarry. There are four shelves, each 48” x 18” x 1.25” and weighing about 90 pounds each.

Focal Sopra No1 Loudspeaker

Focal of France has been in the loudspeaker business for many years. They are a well-regarded supplier of raw drivers for speaker builders. Many of their drivers are used in commercial products from other loudspeaker manufacturers.

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