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Conrad Johnson Premier 15 Series 2 Phono Preamplifier

Think of the cardboard drink carrier that you get at the counter of a fast food restaurant when you order several drinks. The carrier doesn’t interact with the drinks in any way. The carrier doesn’t make the drinks colder or warmer or sweeter. It is simply a means to conveniently transport the drinks from one location to another.

Dali Euphonia RS3 Loudspeakers

What is the highest frequency you can hear? The common belief is that the range of human hearing is from 20 Hertz (cycles per second) to 20,000 Hz. Young people can often hear frequencies at or near 20 kHz, but as we age and our hearing is damaged by years of loud music, gunfire (hopefully from sporting arms), civilization, and possibly vocational noise, our hearing acuity decreases in the upper frequencies.

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Dodd Audio Battery-Powered Preamplifier

The Dodd Battery-Powered Preamplifier is a revolutionary component for two reasons:
1. It absolutely redefines the level of preamplifier performance that audiophiles should expect for under $10,000. The list price is $3300.
2. It sets new standards for tube preamplifier performance in the very important criteria of signal-to-noise ratio.

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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