Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson

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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
"Well, there's another new development—sort of," Channel Island Audio's Dusty Vawter said. "We've upgraded our $599 VDP-1 by essentially removing the entire circuit board and replacing it with a better circuit."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
"I have a theory," I said to Jon Iverson. "There are two types of rooms at CES: The ones that make you want to sit down and listen forever and the ones that make you want to cover your ears and run into the halls screaming. This room," I said, encompassing Naim's $85,000 system with my sweeping arm, "is one of the former."
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Music Hall's new $999 Trio CD receiver puts a CD player, tuner, and integrated amp together. What makes it different? Tubes, for one thing—you get 50Wpc of tubey goodness. Just add speakers and cook!
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 2 comments
If you're PrimaLuna, it's the DiaLogue, an integrated tube amp available in two models: the $2199 DiaLogue One and the $2499 DiaLogue Two. Both amps deliver 21Wpc in triode operation and 30Wpc in ultralinear mode. What's the difference? The Two comes with Genalux KT88s, Solen capacitors, fast recovery diodes in the power supply, and a high-gloss hand-rubbed finish.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 4 comments
Eneke (left) and Jaclyn Vandersteen flank Vandersteen's new composite Ebony Quatro ($10,700/pair). The wood Quatros are quite different from the speaker cloth covered $6950/pair Quatro Michael Fremer reviewed in Stereophile.
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That's what MSB's Larry Gullman called MSB's iLink, $2000 package that makes your iPod "better than CD."
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An inside look at PrimaLuna's adaptive auto-bias. Sometimes simpler is quite complex.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 1 comments
"What's new?" We'd just walked into the Channel Islands Audio room and spotted Dusty Vawter.
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We caught up with Ultimate Ears' Mike Diaz at the Taqueria. "Check this out," he said, plunking a pair of earbuds in front of us with his iPod Mini. We cued up The Carpenters' "Close to You" and inserted the 'phones.
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Hansen Audio needed a speaker that wasn't quite as, um, lordly as its $65,000/pair King floorstanders, so Lars Hansen designed the $49,000/pair Emperors. The four driver three-ways are constructed of Hansen's composite matrix material in an enclosure that employs Sound Wave Refraction Distortion Elimination technology. The midrange (7.2") and bass (10.6") drivers are all multilayer composite sandwiches.

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