Stereophile April 2006 edition
Mar 11, 2006 at 10:26 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 15

Welly Wu

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Pick it up as it contains these articles:

Stereophile 2006 Recommended Components (highlights):

Class A+
dCS P8i, Esoteric P-70

Class A
Ayre CX-7E
Cary Audio Design CD-303/300
Denon DVD 5910!!!
McCormack UDP-1
Naim CD5X
AKG K-1000
Benchmark Media Systems DAC-1
Grace Design m902
HeadRoom Desktop
Ultimate Ears Ue-10 PRO
Cardas Golden Reference Power cable
Sennheiser HD650
Brick Wall PW8R15AUD
PS Audio P300 Power Plant & P500
Panamax Max 2 Sub & MAX5510 Pro Line Conditioner
Recommended Acessories:
Vibrapod Isolators & Cones

Review of the HeadRoom Desktop D/A headphone amplifier by Wes Phillips
Olive Symphony WiFi music server
Grace m902 Reference D/A headphone amplifier
Music Hall cd25.2 CD player and a25.2 integrated amplifier
dCS P8i SACD player

Recording of the Month: Mozart: Violin Concertos 3-5 with Andrew Manze violin and Andrew Manze dir and The English Concert
 
Mar 12, 2006 at 4:40 PM Post #5 of 15

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The P-70 is a a discontinued model. I wonder why they didn't use the P-03 instead?
 
Mar 12, 2006 at 5:06 PM Post #6 of 15

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Originally Posted by Welly Wu
Oh yeah, Grace m902 fans: be prepared to weep over Wes' review of the tricked out HeadRoom Desktop.


Wow, if the Desktop module is a Class A...then where does that leave the Home or Max modules? Congrats to HeadRoom.
 
Mar 12, 2006 at 5:23 PM Post #7 of 15

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Was the 5910 rated class A as an audio source? I have one and have a hard time believing that. IMO the stock 5910 as an audio source is ok, but no better than the 3910.
 
Mar 12, 2006 at 6:24 PM Post #9 of 15

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Originally Posted by Welly Wu
Yes, the Denon DVD 5910 is rated Class A by Stereophile in their April 2006 edition.



That surprises me. Don't get me wrong. I'm always happy when one of my components gets a Class A or better rating from Stereophile, but from personal experience, the 5910 really doesn't sound all that great through its analog outs. I never even considered it as my main 5.1 source and am looking at a few other sources for that purpose. As far as video, it is definitely Class A+ IMO.
 
Mar 12, 2006 at 11:30 PM Post #10 of 15

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Originally Posted by Sleestack
Was the 5910 rated class A as an audio source? I have one and have a hard time believing that. IMO the stock 5910 as an audio source is ok, but no better than the 3910.


I have read from consumers that the Denon DVD 2910 does not sound much better than the Denon DVD 5910. No offense, I am just the messenger here.
 
Mar 13, 2006 at 12:04 AM Post #11 of 15

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Here are some other Stereophile 2006 Recommended Products:

FM Tuners (very serious for me):
Class A
Fanfare FT-1A
Magnum Dynalab MD-108

Power Line Conditioners:
American Power COnversion S15
CablePro NoiseTrapper NANA power strip
JPS Labs The Digital AC Cable
Shunyata Anaconda Helix Alpha / VX / Hydra Model 8
Siltech SPX-30 Classic G5 Mk.2
PS Audio Power Director 3.5 surge protector, Ultimate Outlet
Belkin PureAV Home Theater Battery Backup AP30800-10

SA-CD, DVD-A, & CD Players & Transports
Class A+
Ayre Acoustics C-5xe
Bel Canto PL-1a
SONY SCD-XA9000ES
Esoteric X-01

Class A
Arcam DV-79
Simaudio Moon Orbiter

DACS (I know this stuff is hot at Head-Fi.Org):
Class A+
dCS Delius Elgar Plus Purcell Verona
Lavry Engineering DA2002
Class A
Wavelength Brick

Headphones & Headphone Amplifiers
Class A
Musical Fidelity X-Can v3
Sennheiser HD-600
Shure E5c
Sugden HeadMaster
Ultimate Ears Ue-5c

Miscellaneous Acessories
Audio Research Tube Damping Rings
CAIG ProGold Wipes
WBT 0101 RCA Plugs
Stabilant 22 contact enhancer

Supporters
Cardas/Ayre Myrtle Blocks
AudioQuest SorboGel Q-Feet
Black Diamond Racing Pyramid Cones
Gingko Audio Cloud 11

Well, that's not all, but that's it for tonight. I got to go to BN for a mandatory company meeting soon.
 
Mar 14, 2006 at 12:23 PM Post #13 of 15

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Originally Posted by insomniac
Cool, I was the original owner of the Grace m902 that Wes Phillips offers his take on this issue.


Your Brush with Immortality. It’s all down hill from here.
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Mar 14, 2006 at 7:18 PM Post #14 of 15

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Oski
Wow, if the Desktop module is a Class A...then where does that leave the Home or Max modules? Congrats to HeadRoom.


Class A++ and Class A++++.
 
Mar 15, 2006 at 2:19 AM Post #15 of 15

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Originally Posted by Yikes
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I'll have to brace myself for the slide!

Oski and aerius, the Desktop model reviewed by Stereophile this month had Max modules and Max DAC along with stepped attenuator and the Desktop PSU. Basically all the upgrades possible on it.
 

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