Denon DCD-580 CD-player
CD-player Denon DCD-580

A 20-bit converter, instead of the usual 16 or 18-bit, designed with the help of the experts at Burr-Brown. The idea is to reproduce low signal voltages more accurately, by processing the digital signal in smaller, manageable chunks. Bitstream's technical advantage is its innately accurate resolution...
Yamaha RX-V777 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Yamaha RX-V777

Yamaha takes not only a considerable percent of the world AV-receivers, but is considered to be a leader in developing of innovative decisions for home cinema. The company has accumulated a huge experience in creating of audio components and combines it in the new models with the most digital advanced...
Rotel A14 Amplifier
Amplifier Rotel A14

Small in size but heavy A14 amplifier is identified externally exactly as Rotel. Outwardly the branded style is maintained well and this is traditional, classical amplifier. The power button is on the left, headphones input and the switch to select speaker systems are at the same place. The display and...
Yamaha R-N402 Stereo Receiver
Stereo Receiver Yamaha R-N402

Yamaha R-N402 like the older model (R-N602) is made in a consistent concept - this is a symbiosis of advanced network technologies and classical approach in the circuitry and in the design. This easily allows the receiver to pretend to the central place in modern musical system. MusicCast technology...
B&W 684 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers B&W 684

B&W 684 - 2,5-way system is equipped with dynamical heads of its own development and production. The patented Flowport bass-reflex port is directed forward that noticeably eases the installation of the speaker systems in a room. The diffusers of two bass heads are made of Kevlar - favorite material of...
Boston Acoustics VR2 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Boston Acoustics VR2

VR2 refers to the new series, consisting of three large floor standing speaker systems (VR1, VR2, VR3) and three-way center (VRC). New MF head is installed in VR2 (like in the flagship - VR3): a 15-mm sound coil, dip into the field of neodymium magnet (neodymium magnet is rarely used in MF speakers),...
KEF Q30 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers KEF Q30

KEF Q30 is two-way speaker system with the bass-reflex. An original patented solution, aimed to improve acoustic characteristics, is used in the system. The solution lies in spatial combination of high-frequency and low-frequency emitters: the tweeter's dome (diameter is 21mm) is placed in the center...
Sony CDP-101 CD-player
CD-player Sony CDP-101

Designed to fit into a midisized (350mm) format the Sony CDP-101 player is visually attractive with its upmarket Espritish styling and large, clear light action switches. It's a front loading machine with a powered drawer and with the open/close control switch mounted on the drawer front. This is a not...
Denon DCD-960 CD-player
CD-player Denon DCD-960

Visually, the one outstandingly different feature of the DCD-960 is how bland the designers have managed to make it look. If blandness was the intention, Denon has done an outstanding job, closely pursued by Kenwood with the DP-5030. Ergonomics has also taken a nosedive since most of the fancy features...
Aiwa XC-700 CD-player
CD-player Aiwa XC-700

Aiwa is Japanese in origin but a key part of this player, the digital converter, comes from Dutch Philips, and was probably made for Philips by its south coast based microprocessor subsidiary Mullard. So what this cosmopolitan mix offers is the cheapest application yet for the new Philips mega-BS converter,...
JVC XLZ-441 CD-player
CD-player JVC XLZ-441

Hallelujah! A CD player that isn't black. The XLZ-441 shows a little more styling finesse than usual for a budget level product from the ultra conservative House of Japan (Hi-fi) Inc, though when the thin disc tray rolls out of its central location, it is difficult to avoid thinking of a giant tongue...
Rotel RSX-1056 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Rotel RSX-1056

Let us start with the main thing: in the presence of all modern seven-channel decoders of surround there are only five power amplifiers in RSX-1056. At first glance the concept is not logical. However, how many "theatre lovers" install in their house the system with additional rear speakers? That's the...
Rotel RSX-1058 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Rotel RSX-1058

The front panel of Rotel RSX-1058 receiver looks simple, there are no lids, all the buttons are in sight. There are handles, simplifying the installation of this massive device (17.4 kg / 38.3 lb) into the rack with other devices. Judging by the number of buttons of direct access to source, there can...
Teac CD-Z5000 CD-player
CD-player Teac CD-Z5000

While some of the cheap players are overflowing with more or less useless gadgetry, more expensive models like the TEAC CD-Z5000 possess a sensibly pared down selection. The player is rational looking with a centrally mounted loading drawer and controls fitted for basic play operations. The remote...
Pioneer PD-9700 CD-player
CD-player Pioneer PD-9700

Some £400 plus players are respectable pieces of engineering by any standards. This is the case with this relatively trim looking heavyweight, which includes extensive antiresonance measures and sits on five feet. The headline feature, however, is the so-called 'Stable Platter Mechanism' in which...
Philips CD604 CD-player
CD-player Philips CD604

This is the least expensive full width component CD player to bear the Philips name. It is lightly built, but the deck looks well assembled and the controls feel as good as on players costing even three times as much. Features include a good quality display with a calendar type readout, random, intro...
Kenwood DP-5030 CD-player
CD-player Kenwood DP-5030

Roll every CD player in the universe into a single, average one and you have the DP-5030, anonymity incarnate. Even the name implies it. That doesn't stop it being well made, though. The loading drawer, which slows up near the end of its travel, is a particularly neat touch, and so is the dimming calendar...
Sony CDP-591 CD-player
CD-player Sony CDP-591

This model is a button pusher's delight. It is equipped with just about every search and programming feature under the sun, including some you've probably not even thought of. There is a suite of powerful features designed to help with dubbing CDs onto tape, plus a complex display with a calendar type...
NAD 5425 CD-player
CD-player NAD 5425

CD player is a cleverly engineered design built around a MASH converter. MASH was the first low bit technique ever used in domestic CD players, and it owes its genesis to Technics who developed the hardware in conjunction with Japan's telecommunications industry. The 5425's circuit topology is NAD's...
Panasonic SA-HE200 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Panasonic SA-HE200

The top model in the company's line implements the latest audio developments of Panasonic, particularly, the Remaster function (transfer of CD stream with the resolution of 16 bit/44 kHz in 24 bit/96 kHz), terminal amplifiers on field transistors (improved H+ scheme), decoding of any 6.1 signal and the...