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Tempted to just cut'n'paste his earlier Arcam integrated amplifier review into his rundown of the Arcam FMJ CD23 CD player, Lonnie Brownell explains that, "after all, it's the same story: British manufacturer gives highly praised product a slick new case to entice those who find their Alpha line too downscale in appearance, adds a few internal tweaks to make it a bit more interesting, and kicks the price up by $400." Instead, he does the right thing in a complete review that even answers the vital question: Should this Arcam be your last CD player?

In his review of the Paradigm Reference Studio/100 v.2 loudspeaker, Robert Deutsch points out that Paradigm is one of the few manufacturers to actually make practically all of the parts that go into their products: "Virtually every part of every speaker bearing the Paradigm logo is made in their own manufacturing facilities. They even machine the metal molds that they then use to make the plastic parts." But does such a control-freak approach result in a great loudspeaker? Deutsch files his report.

Our bonus piece this week is John Atkinson's Follow-Up to Robert Deutsch's review of the Dunlavy SC-IV/A loudspeaker. JA digs into the bottom end of the Dunlavy and shares his results.

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