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Acoustic Imagery Atsah Power Amplifiers

The Acoustic Imagery Atsah power amplifiers are rated at 400 Watts per mono chassis and carry a list price of $8995 per pair. Besides a power rating that would be a good fit in a system of any size, the amplifiers have a signal-to-noise ratio of 128 dB, which means they can be expected to add very little of their own character to the musical signal passing through. Let’s see if this assumption is true.

Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho Preamplifier - MINI REVIEW

The new Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho preamplifier visited my listening room following the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Like the naming of the Atsah amplifier reviewed here, "Jay-Sho" is also a Navajo word, in this case meaning "buzzard". This Jay-Sho was previously scheduled to visit another interested party, so my time with it was limited to just a few weeks.

Acoustic Zen Satori and Hologram II Speaker Cables

This is what it is all about. I mean the search for great components. What goes into your decision to try or buy some hardware? Friends telling you they just found the Holy Grail? A review like this? Salesmen in your local shoppe? Or a home trial and evaluation?

Adcom GFA-555se Stereo Power Amplifier

The Adcom GFA-555 stereo power amplifier has a long history. The original version was introduced in March, 1985. Designed by Nelson Pass, the amplifier weighed 30 pounds and cost about $680. The newer SE version is a redesigned amplifier that weighs 36 pounds and carries a list price of $1299. Adcom retained the styling of the original model, so look closely and you will see “model GFA-555se” above the power switch on the front panel.

Aesthetix Calypso Signature Preamplifier & Atlas Stereo Power Amplifier

This review took over a year to come to fruition. I had been in contact with Musical Surroundings, the distributor of the Aesthetix product line, for several years. Garth Leerer, the head of Musical Surroundings and a nice guy, offered for me to pick up the Calypso Signature preamplifier at the close of last October’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

Amazon Referenz Turntable and MØRCH DP-8 Anisotropic Tonearm

“Stop reading this review and go listen to music. Enjoying my favorite music is far more interesting and rewarding than reading another review.” This is how you will feel when you have an Amazon Referenz turntable and MØRCH DP-8 Anisotropic tonearm waiting for you in your listening room.

AMG Teatro Phono Cartridge & Musical Surroundings Nova II Phono Preamplifier

AMG has received a mountain of positive press over the past couple of years with their high performance Viella 12, AKA ‘V12’, turntable. This turntable has been included in display systems by a significant number of exhibitors at various audio shows in lieu of brands that might be more familiar to the audio public.

Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 8 Speaker Cable

The Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 8 speaker cables are the best sounding cables to date from Analysis Plus, not including their gold-plated cables. I have already written about the Oval 9, and that review should serve as the basis for this one of the Solo Crystal Oval 8. There seems to be widespread agreement that the Oval 9 speaker cables are one of the better bargains in audio-land.

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