Arcam Delta 170 & Black Box 3 CD-player
CD-player Arcam Delta 170 & Black Box 3

Advantages of two boxes include reduced levels of mutual interference between the control microprocessors, servo motors and display panels, and the audio circuits and DAC. Another plus is the ability to upgrade selectively the DAC or transport as the state of the art improves. Disadvantage are obvious:...
Marantz CD-94II CD-player
CD-player Marantz CD-94II

The original CD-94 was released in 1987, and the Mk II was introduced a couple of years later, making it positively geriatric by today's world of tomorrow's world players. This is no bitstream player, but a multi-bit design using the highest grade of Philips TDA1541 DAC, doubled up in a differential...
Cambridge Audio CD3 CD-player
CD-player Cambridge Audio CD3

One of the most innovative digital engineers in this country is Stan Curtis, who dreamed up the CD3 as an 'affordable' high tech project at Cambridge Audio following the success of his CD1 two box player. But Stan's design skills were never matched by his ability to manufacture to the requisite standards,...
Harman/Kardon PM635i Amplifier
Amplifier Harman/Kardon PM635i

The PM635i clearly takes over from the older PM635, though there are few visible differences between the two. Harman has sought to improve the '635 with binding posts rather than the tatty spring clip terminals fitted to the original model, though these do not include 4mm sockets. The styling of the...
Harman/Kardon HK6100 Amplifier
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK6100

Harman Kardon has revamped its entire amplifier range, beginning with the budget PM635i which has been superceded by this HK6100. However, I think the term 'restyled' might be more appropriate here, since the HK6100 betrays little technical advance on the PM635i, while the aesthetic changes include a...
Kenwood KA-4010 Amplifier
Amplifier Kenwood KA-4010

The Kenwood KA-4010 effectively replaces the earlier KA-660D and joins the hierarchy alongside the KA-5010 and KA-7010. Like its companions, the KA-4010 features a satin-black alloy fascia, in this case dominated by a dual-concentric volume control. To the right lie two identical function selectors,...
Technics SU-V660 Amplifier
Amplifier Technics SU-V660

Top of Technics' fully-fledged integrated amplifier range the SU-V660 is a solidly built 100W design decked out in the company's traditional gold and bronze livery. The fascia is dominated by a huge rotary 4-gang volume control with two independent logarithmic scales. These correspond to 'normal' or...
Kenwood KA-5010 Amplifier
Amplifier Kenwood KA-5010

The front panel is hewn from a satin black alloy, punctuated with a series of large controls catering for volume, input and record-out selection. Both MM and MC cartridges are accommodated, plus three tape, CD, tuner and auxiliary inputs. A source/direct option permits bypassing unnecessary functions...
Marantz PM-50 Amplifier
Amplifier Marantz PM-50

Marantz has long adopted a policy of continuous development, rather than changing a product each year simply for the sake of it. Consequently the arrival of this PM-50 middle-market amplifier is something of an event, this model effectively replacing the stalwart PM-45. The design has minimalist pretentions,...
Kenwood KA-7010 Amplifier
Amplifier Kenwood KA-7010

Commanding a premium of £90 over the KA-5010, there appears to be little to distinguish this costlier KA-7010, which is fitted with the same satin-black fascia, indentical volume control, input and record-out selector knobs, tone, balance and source direct option. In fact only the - 20dB muting...
Marantz PM-65AV Amplifier
Amplifier Marantz PM-65AV

In an attempt to bridge the gap between audio- and video-philes, Marantz has introduced this versatile, high quality AV amplifier as part of its current range. Dubbed the PM-65AV is built around the same chassis as that employed for the more conventional PM-55 amplifier. The alloy fascia is split into...
Musical Fidelity B1 Amplifier
Amplifier Musical Fidelity B1

The sculptured matt alloy fascia is flanked by black plastic side cheeks and carries three rotary controls - volume, input selection and independent record-out selection. Inputs are provided for both MM and MC cartridges (switched on the case rear), alongside five line sources. The construction quality...
Aiwa AD-F810 Cassette Deck
Cassette Deck Aiwa AD-F810

This deck is a tremendous success on a variety of levels. The transport, for example, is about the most stable of any deck I have encountered in this price range. There wasn't the slightest instability of pitch in sustained piano or woodwind notes. Missing, too, was that subtle hardening of tone that...
Denon DRM-710 Cassette Deck
Cassette Deck Denon DRM-710

The DRM-700A's replacement is also a three-head deck, of course, which provides the user with the security that comes from being able to confirm the integrity of recordings as they are being made. The other benefit of the three-head package-deal is specialised record and playback heads, rather than composite...
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),...