Tom Frantzen | 16Dec2016 A "Big Mac" is always something special – at least in amp form – so kudos to the people in Binghamton for their successful transportation of a legendary design into the digital age. You can spot a McIntosh amp a mile off: the "blue eyes", in form of modern LED-lit VU meters are unmistakable. That’s as true with the MA 7900, the second most powerful model in the range of the

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Benjamin Mayo | 22Apr2016 I love the concept of streaming music around the home. There are a lot of great wireless Bluetooth speakers for wireless music on the move, but it’s still unclear what to choose for a static home environment. Apple’s answer is AirPlay, but it has flaws: no multi-room support from iOS devices, limited adoption by speaker manufacturers, and spotty reliability at best. I’ve been trying an AirPlay alternative, called Play-Fi, which is a competing industry technology

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What Hi-Fi? | 19 Jul 2019 Easy-going and well made entry-level floorstanders To the UK-based audiophile, Wharfedale needs little introduction. The game-changing Diamond speaker series from 1981 still tops the firm’s product list today – albeit in its 11th iteration. But here, we’re testing an even more budget-conscious line in Wharfedale’s arsenal. Compatibility (Image credit: Wharfedale) The D300 Series has been designed to run concurrently with the Diamond 11 range. According to Wharfedale, it harnesses

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What Hi-Fi? | 05 Jan 2015 The Vena’s a solid effort from Quad. Greater subtlety could turn it into a brilliant amp Compact stereo amps are all the rage at the moment. Products such as the Monitor Audio Airstream A100 and NAD D 3020 have been a breath of fresh air, bringing clever design, smart features and excellent sound to the world of hi-fi. They’re a great shout for those of us who consume music

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What Hi-Fi? | 07 Jan 2014 We love the way the C2500 looks and its comprehensive feature list. It has an engaging way with music replay too. McIntosh’s C2500 must be the most versatile high-end preamp we’ve ever tested. Look beyond the distinctively gothic appearance and you’ll find a forward-looking, comprehensively equipped product that can easily form the heart of any top-end stereo set-up. The visuals are all McIntosh. The brand has such a strong

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Hifi Pig | 14 Dec 2015   Keeping your records in pristine condition is vital to their longevity and the lifespan of your cartridges. Stuart Smith cleans up his act with the Clearaudio Smart Matrix Record Cleaning Machine at £775. German brand Clearaudio produce a couple of record cleaning machines (RCMs), the Double Matrix Professional Sonic and the less pricey Smart Matrix Professional which is the subject of this review. The unit retails in the

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Musicgooddeal | 28 Nov 2019   A wide range of amps. The XR3500, XR3000, XR2500, XR1500 and XR800 amplifiers deliver 1000, 700, 500, 330 and 200 watts per channel under 8Ω. They are equipped with XLR connectors, which facilitates cable management and assembly in daisy-chain or during installation in flight cases. They also benefit from thermal protection, boost, DC and on / mute pff. All models are also equipped with ultra-quiet variable speed fans. The

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Expert Reviews | 28 Nov 2019 Sasha Muller | Nov 2019 – Q Acoustics' 3010i and 3020i bookshelf speakers punch way above their weight – the sound quality is seriously impressive for the price. Instruments spread wide and deep, and there's more punch and impact than the old non 'i' models could muster. You just don't expect such a huge sound to come out of such compact boxes. The 3010i are the smaller of the two,

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Audiophil-Online | 17 Sep 2018 Yokohama, Japan | 2018 – The DP-750 is a new addition to the highly acclaimed Accuphase lineup of quality SA-CD Players. The supreme integrated SA-CD/CD player DP-750 accurately reads SA-CD information and brings out the full splendor of great musical performances. Quiet and ultra-smooth disc loading mechanism combined with a high-rigidity, high-precision SA-CD/CD drive extracts the full scope of the recorded information. The innovative MDSD (Multiple Double Speed DSD) D/A converter

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Audiophil-Online | 24 Oct 2018 Yokohama, Japan | 2018 – The A-75 is a new addition to the highly acclaimed Accuphase lineup of quality Stereo Power Amplifiers. Instrumentation amplifier topology using discrete semiconductors realizes ideal gain allocation. Balanced Remote Sensing optimizes efficiency of negative feedback. 10-parallel push-pull configuration in power amplification stage. The overall result is outstanding S/N ratio and amazingly high damping factor. Furthermore, constant-voltage drive handles even drastic speaker impedance fluctuations with ease. Power

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