Reviews

Reviews of hi-fi stereo equipment, typically examining the design, engineering, and what I like and dislike about hi-fi equipment.

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Fidelity Research XF-1 Moving Coil Step-up Transformer Review

This is a review of the phenomenal Fidelity Research XF-1 moving coil step-up transformer. The short story – if you ever see one, grab it! Fidelity Research is one of the most iconic and revered names in vinyl. No other brand has quite the same status and FR cartridges and step-up transformers have become legendary …

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Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier Review

I have been lucky enough to have a brand new Primare R32 Phono Preamplifier to audition over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my experiences in this review. The Primare R32 phono preamplifier is designed in Sweden and is a fully discrete, solid-state, DC-coupled, class-A phono preamplifier. The Primare R32 has three …

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Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive Turntable Review

When the Technics SL-1200 direct drive turntable hit the market in 1972, there was nothing else like it. This turntable really was a game-changer. In fact, the SL-1200 was so popular that over one million units were manufactured, when production finally ended in 2010. With the resurgence in vinyl, thousands of people have petitioned Matsushita …

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Headphone Bargain: Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000 Review

I want to tell you about a headphone bargain, in the interesting world of speakers you wear on your head – the Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000. Every once in awhile you find a bargain and doesn’t it feel good?!   I have just purchased a pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 4000, on-ear, sealed-back headphones, for use out-and-about, and …

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Kenwood KD-500/KD-550 Turntable Review

Kenwood’s legendary KD-500/KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classics from an era when things were built to last. Indeed, if decks like the KD-500/KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were manufactured now, they would cost many, many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s recently been reissued and costs thousands. This …

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