Category: Audio & Video Equipment (Page 1 of 9)

Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A Converter

If other, more expensive DACs, about serving as reference Naim DAC, had the benchmark DAC1 USB (1300 Euro) slightly ahead, then it was on the one hand this depth, on the other hand the ability to the music even more momentum and life to breathe

  1. Benchmark DAC1 USB D/A converter
  2. Data sheet

The benchmark DAC 1 does the rack ears to decorating, but comes directly from the Studio world. Its sophisticated equipment brings but also HiFi fans on creative ideas: the compact unit replaced D/A converter, headphone amplifier and preamp – the latter even with balanced outputs. The 1300 Euro price are not cheap, but the equivalent in stable housing is enormous.

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Speaker Kiso Acoustic HB 1

The housing of the small Kiso acoustic HB 1 (13800 euro) can swing like an instrument. And thus gives her a unique natural music reproduction.

  1. Speaker Kiso acoustic HB 1
  2. Data sheet

There are many ways to back up the malice of his fellow men. As a Hi-Fi fan you get this in two ways. Either is there a lot of money for a source device – or for a small speaker in relation to the remaining system. If the latter even with thin walls is realized in lightweight design, you can be sure that you thus reap skeptical views in the most benign case. Anbiedern is no reason to buy the Kiso HB 1 for 13_800 euros. But what would be the incentive?

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Amplifier Luxman SQ 38u

Luxman sets the tube amp SQ 38 from 1964 to once again. And so that leaves a touch of melancholy…

  1. Amplifier Luxman SQ 38u
  2. Data sheet

With replicas, it is always an ambiguous thing. They may not be absolutely true to the original, since there are no longer many components and requirements (CE, various environmental regulations) make impossible a full replica. That replicas will reach the level of their role models or even modern devices under these circumstances, may safely be doubted. Why so the effort?

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Speaker Devil Ultima 800

Good news for cost-conscious Highender: Devil brings with the Ultima 800 a high-class Floorstanding speaker to fight price 3000 euros the pair.

  1. Speaker Devil Ultima 800
  2. Data sheet

Devil and Nubert, the place with the direct sale of loudspeakers via website and telephone, expand their product range gradually towards high end. Both provide standing speakers now for several thousand euros and occupy climes, who seemed so far reserved to stationary stores.

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Speakers PSB Image T 5 + Center

Character has tended the PSB image T 5 (1000 euros the pair) to take a more gentle, deliberate on thoroughness and race game.

  1. Speakers PSB image T 5 + Center
  2. Data sheet

The sixth candidate comes from PSB, a Canadian provider with about 40 years of experience. Appropriately attractive and timeless the image seems T 5, which is among the more elegant representatives of their class, eventually many optical reasons want to have no caliber as jamo and Nubert under the nose.

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Prepress Ayre KX-R

According to symmetrical connection with the feedback-loop loose Ayre CD player, the Ayre KX-R (19800 euro) spread Rocky-Mountains-esque, spacious soundscapes.

  1. Prepress Ayre KX-R
  2. Data sheet

That feedback in various circuits to circumstances unpleasant THD can cause higher-order, is at least since the mathematical models by James Boyk and Gerald Jay Sussman no question (www.its.caltech.edu/ ~musiclab/feedback-paper-acrobat.pdf). That Hansen prefers simple circuits and symmetrical layout other, nod experienced Highender also like to off.

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Amplifier Ayre MX-R

The power amplifier Ayre MX-R (19800 euro) went instead with the sister prefer a with German prepress of Thorens TEP 3200 a relationship. And an incredibly tingly.

  1. Amplifier Ayre MX-R
  2. Data sheet

Single pole RCA-comers can relatively perfect symmetrieren the input differential amp, serious Highender still only symmetrical clamp the KX-R. In the case of Mono blocks MX-R with home also from solid milled is not otherwise, because they make more sense way have only XLR inputs. They lead to a circuit that is quite similar in the preliminary stage. So first to a symmetrical and in the push-pull Feldeffektler Quartet, which weighed on the signal suppliers do not in the least with very high input resistance (to 1 Megaohm).

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Nubert Speaker NuBox 681 + Center

The bass chassis and midrange of Nubert nuBox 681 (980 euros the pair) are almost unbreakable through judicious choice of parameters.

  1. Nubert speaker nuBox 681 + Center
  2. Data sheet

An encounter with the nuBox 681 formative works in many ways. Key figures like 96 litres of gross volume or 310 Watts nominal power handling give an idea that the top model of the Nubertschen one dough erbauen series price related offers unusually high use of materials.

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Surround Set KEF KHT 8005

Audiophile sound from a design Surroundset? KEF with his tricky KHT 8005 (1300 Euro) shows how it’s done.

With the KHT 8005, KEF dares a hybrid company. It should be a classic set of 5.1 surround sound, visually, it resembles more a surround VIRTUALIZER. But where structures such as cantons simulate the surround DM 2 with intelligent electronics, the KHT 8005 with five discrete channels, which provide for the tried and true all around sound works.

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Turntable Thorens TD 309 + TP 92

With the Thorens TD 309 (1600 euro), voices sounded expressive and looser, and loud passages appeared less strained than with the Pro-Ject PerspeX (4/08).

  1. Turntable Thorens TD 309 + TP 92
  2. Data sheet

Whether the aggressive appearance of the new TD 309, one might suspect Thorens CEO Heinz Rohrer had only design-oriented buyer with the slope to the extravagant in mind. On closer inspection, however, the will not only look to put an exclamation point shows. The construction with a metal inner plate and spring decoupling although first reminiscent of old days, holds yet new. So is quite complex to build of the spring damper included in the feet and will make sure that the turntable is not ALZA or by equity movements interferes with the scanning process.

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