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Valvet E2 Stereo Power Amplifier

Valvet High-End Audio, of Bargteheide, which is near Hamburg in northern Germany, has been making high quality audio components since 1982. Owner and designer Knut Cornils has a goal for all of his components: “(T)he transmission of music free from artefact or manipulation, music that stimulates the senses! A simple but well-thought-out circuit, short signal paths and the best, reliable components”.

Focal Sopra No1 Loudspeaker

Focal of France has been in the loudspeaker business for many years. They are a well-regarded supplier of raw drivers for speaker builders. Many of their drivers are used in commercial products from other loudspeaker manufacturers.


Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

Emerald Physics EP100.2SE Stereo Power Amplifier

The Emerald Physics EP100.2SE digital stereo power amplifier, in its latest silver enclosure is a beautiful looking and powerful component. It weighs 16.5 pounds with its large toroidal power transformer and has a rated power output of 100 Watts per channel stereo and 270 Watts mono. It has a retail price of $2,200 and is regularly discounted to around $1,500.

PS Audio Stellar S300 Stereo Power Amplifier

The new PS Audio Stellar S300 stereo amplifier is a delightful surprise. At a list price of only $1,499, the sound of the Stellar S300 has characteristics of some of the best amplifiers available, at any price.

Bryston BDA-3 Digital-to-Analog Converter

Two events prompted me to write this planned review at this time. The Absolute Sound magazine has a review of this DAC this month which I will read after this review is “in the can”. Having virtually no experience of this unit – positive or negative – it is better to put my observations on paper before reading anyone's opinions. The second event is a post on Audio Asylum regarding the ongoing analog (LP) vs.

Straight Wire Pro Thunder Power Cable

Straight Wire is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of audio cables.


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