What great audio products have managed to go under-reviewed in the audio press?

What great audio products have managed to go under-reviewed in the audio press?
Here's one or two
92% (135 votes)
Don't have one
8% (12 votes)
Total votes: 147

Reader Mike Agee asks: "I'd like to hear about great audio products that have managed to go under-reviewed in the audio press. I realize there are many reasons why this might happen, from manufacturer reluctance [to submit review samples] to bad timing in the marketplace, but we all know there are a real winners out there that never made a recommended list."

Steve Cortez's picture

The Wavac PR-T1 preamp, Kharma Exquisite Reference Signature speakers, Conrad-Johnson Art 3, FM Acoustics FM 266 Mk-II, and Spectral DMC-30SS.

J R's picture

Gryphon Antileon Signature Mono Amp.

John K.'s picture

Both for the print press: Nova Physics Memory Player and "open baffle" loudspeakers.

Chris Armstrong's picture

Klipsch Reference RB-5. Incredible speaker, incredible value—rarely reviewed. (Except in Canada!)

TMawhinney's picture

Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1s

Danny Tse's picture

Pioneer Elite A-35R stereo integrated amp

Bob Gibbons's picture

The biggest improvement in sound I have ever heard in my decidedly low budget system was switching the Sumiko Oyster cartridge that came with the Pro-Ject 1.2 for an Ortofon Super OM-20. This had an even more pronounced improvement than the Belarri VP29 preamp vs the phono preamp built into the Yamaha receiver. On another front, the Tivoli iPAL radio makes a fantastic headphone amp. I run my E-Mac to the iPAL using a stereo mini-plug. It blows away the computer headphone output in every way. It also sounds amazing to just listen to radio through phones. The iPAL gets excellent reception, and hearing songs through this little box and my Grado SR125 phones is startlingly revealing.

Doctor Fine's picture

Agreed it is a classic moving magnet cart.   An excellent value too.

Jared Gerlach's picture

It may be a little early on in the life of the product for a review, but I would really like to see the Wadia 170iTransport given the once over. It looks like the sort of product that would make any 21st century audiophile (like myself) jump with joy. I have yet to see any reviews of this item even though it was announced back in January.

Stefano Lindiri's picture

Linkwitz Orion and Pluto

Paul Haischer's picture

The Audio Note AN-1s and Wilson-Benesch ACT .5 tonearms.

Paul Burns's picture

One-box solutions, eg, Arcam Solo and Linn Classik.

ken buell's picture

Shaktii Hallograph. Remarkable room acoustic effects! Most important "new device" in my 40+ years of audiophile pursuits.

Travis Klersy's picture

This is more of a concept, but I'd like to see more coverage of speakers that don't require large amounts of power. They don't necessarily need to be SET friendly, but my next speakers need to do what I want them to do on a solid, legit 50W or less. I have no desire to buy a mediocre sounding muscle amp when for the same money I can buy a nice integrated like a Naim Nait or one of the many push/pull tube units using a single pair of power tubes per channel.

joc3721's picture

Clayton Audio, Blue Circle, Green Mountain Audio, and Westlake Audio.

amoore's picture

Blue Circle & Green Mountain Audio

mac5u's picture

Reynaud Speakers Salk Speakers

Frank, Portland OR's picture

Stereophile hasn't reviewed an Avalon loudspeaker for 17 years? What's up with that?

Glenn Bennett's picture

MiniDisc. It gave us an early example of how much fun to put together a bunch of songs we love that was super easy to record, had much more flexibility than a CD-RW (you can buy a 5 pack for under $10) and the later models sounded very good. It was (and for me still is) just a lot of fun to use. A lot of people missed out on this one.

BitMap's picture

Audio Aero and especially Nuforce: tons of online reviews but not a lot from the mainstream print mags.

Bob Lennox's picture

The JBL Cinema Sound speaker series is truly outstanding, for both music and movies. In fact, the slim towers all the way around with the matching 10 inch sub and surrounds blow away many highly regarded surround sound systems, many of which cost ten times more.This system really sings with Dolby True Surround and the new DTS Master Audio. Wow! I'm using the new Sony STR-5300ES reciever and the matching Sony BDP-2000ES Bluray player. Outstanding system performance.

JR's picture

McIntosh! This great company is on an incredible product roll and they rarely are acknowledged in your pages. Such products as the new XRT1K and XRT2K speakers and the new MC1.2KW solid state and MC2301 tube amplifiers would be particularly interesting review subjects.

Jeff Bookwalter's picture

Linkwitz Orion +, no review due to lack of B&M stores, but ranks as one of the best, superior to the Audio Artistry Beethoven, also designed by Linkwitz.

Frandy's picture

Anthony Gallo & Zu speakers

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Besides the well-known brands, there are a few excellent German electronics companies that don't get any coverage from the press. Not even in Europe.

Bob D's picture

The Valve Audio line from South Africa is fantastic! The only review I've seen was one in Hi-Fi World about eight years ago that was a total rave. The line is very highly regarded in South Africa (where BAT and several others had their origins, remember!) and most serious audiophiles have traded their Krells and MLs for VA Black Widows and Genesises.

Roy Chan's picture

Harmonix Remeiyo DAC/CD. Japanese high-end like Accuphase and Luxman. In-depth reviews of products from Harbeth, Lavardin, DNM (with measurements, please)

Johnny Rasmussen's picture

http://www.neeper-acoustics.com. Perfection One loudspeaker. A bargain in sound, design and quality. Resent: Small new company

g.e.  smith's picture

Klipsch Heresey III

Carl E.'s picture

VanAlstine www.avahifi.com Hybrid DAC, phase spliters, preamps, superb SS MOSFET amps, hybrid amps, superb sound, super reliable, priced for mortals.