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dCS Rossini Player/DAC and Master Clock (non Apex)

dCS Rossini Player/DAC and Master Clock (non Apex)

As a Brit living in the States, I always have one eye cocked east to see what new and interesting gear is coming out of the UK. Whether it's stuff from Linn or Naim, or even the revived Leak and Epos brands, I'm always curious to see what Blighty can...

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Veloce Audio LS-1 Battery Powered Linestage

Veloce Audio LS-1 Battery Powered Linestage

The Veloce Audio LS-1 Platino Linestage is an exceptional piece of audio equipment that, during its short run of production, has garnered significant praise in the high-fidelity audio community. Having lived with the LS-1 for almost a year now, I can...

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Audio Mirror REFLECTION 45W mono blocks SET class A

Audio Mirror REFLECTION 45W mono blocks SET class A

Audio Mirror's "REFLECTION" monoblocks deliver a very healthy 45 Watts per channel and offer the potential to be a fusion of visual elegance and auditory excellence. At their heart are the fairly unusual 6C33C power tubes. The 6C33C is a high-power,...

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Holo Audio May KTE DAC Review

Holo Audio May KTE DAC Review

The Holo Audio May KTE DAC entered my listening room in July 2023. I'd kept a close eye on the classified ads for a gently used Holo May for a year or more but noted with some dismay that the used prices on these things never seem to drop by more than...

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ProAc D40R Review

ProAc D40R Review

It's been some time since I last experienced a set of ProAc speakers. My most recent encounter was at Capital Audiofest 2022, where I had the opportunity to listen to a compact bookshelf model, thanks to the folks at Deja Vu Audio. The performance left...

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KRELL KSA 80 Power Amplifier

KRELL KSA 80 Power Amplifier

The KRELL KSA 80 is something of a legend in the world of vintage audio, a Class A power amplifier that has garnered a reputation for its exceptional build quality, uncompromising performance, and robust power delivery. The KSA 80 was introduced in 1984...

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Review: Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Speakers

Review: Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Speakers

When it comes US based high-end speaker manufacturers, Martin Logan is a name that stands out. Renowned for their electrostatic loudspeakers, Martin Logan has consistently pushed the boundaries of audio reproduction. The Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A...

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PS Audio Directstream PowerPlant 12 Review

PS Audio Directstream PowerPlant 12 Review

I've been a long-time user of PS Audio's power regeneration products. Well over a decade ago I used the P600 PowerPlant and later replaced it with a single P10. Recently I added a second P10 to handle power amp duties, and now, a new PS Audio PowerPlant...

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Simaudio Moon W5.3 Special Edition Power Amp Review

Simaudio Moon W5.3 Special Edition Power Amp Review

A couple of weeks back I took a drive up to Midlothian, VA to collect a pair of Sonus Faber Cremona M speakers, which I've written about here: Sonus Faber Cremona M review. Since the drive up to Midlothian was a 4-hour round trip, I decided to have a...

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Lyngdorf TDAi 2170 Review

Lyngdorf TDAi 2170 Review

Amplifier? Preamp? Dac? what exactly is the Lyngdorf TDAi 2170? I suppose the easiest classification would be an integrated amp, with an inbuilt DAC. But it doesn't really have a DAC, even though it converts bits into an analog output. If you mention...

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Altec Lansing VOTT A7 Vintage Horn Speaker Review.

Altec Lansing VOTT A7 Vintage Horn Speaker Review.

OK, this isn't necessarily a review of the Altec Lansing VOTT A7 speakers, it's more of an introduction to these classics and the opportunity to share some thoughts and impressions on how they sound and what it's like living with these behemoths in a...

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Dampening Altec Valencia 846b Horns (Altec 811-B)

Dampening Altec Valencia 846b Horns (Altec 811-B)

There are varying degrees to which horn owners will go to dampen the 'ringing' from horns. I've read about people painting the horns with bitumen and even baking the coated horn in the oven to get the tar to set. There's some debate over whether or not...

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Yet Another Audio-Technica VM95 Cartridge Review

Yet Another Audio-Technica VM95 Cartridge Review

Recently, the launch of Audio-Technica’s affordable VM95 moving magnet cartridges have piqued the interest of customers and reviewers alike. In this article, I take a close look at A-T’s upper-end models sporting advanced styli. All six models...

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Ultrasonic Record Cleaning

Ultrasonic Record Cleaning

Here's my two penneth on recent vinyl washing experiences, with a bit of context. I've around 3000 LPs, perhaps two-thirds or more are still in a storage unit in Wisconsin waiting for me to get back there from VA to pick them up. There's a lot of other...

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Basis Audio Debut Gold Standard Turntable Review

Basis Audio Debut Gold Standard Turntable Review

I've gone through a few different turntables in the past year or two, including two different Dr. Feickert Volares, an Origin Live Resolution, a Dr. Feickert Woodpecker, a Wilson Benesch Full Circle, and now, the Basis Audio Debut Gold Standard. The...

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First Watt J2 Review – Early Listening Impressions

First Watt J2 Review – Early Listening Impressions

The First Watt series amps have been on my radar for a few years. So when a First Watt J2 appeared locally, I decided to hop in the car and take a drive across the border into North Carolina to pick it up. I justified the purchase loosely on the basis...

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AMR AM-777 SE Integrated Amplifier

AMR AM-777 SE Integrated Amplifier

I should probably file the following under 'Housekeeping'. I received an email the other day from a visitor to this website. He'd noticed a blurb on our homepage almost a year ago announcing an upcoming review of the Abingdon Music Research AMR AM-777...

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Piega C40 Speaker Review [Retro]

Piega C40 Speaker Review [Retro]

If you’re new to this website you may wonder why I’m writing about a speaker whose production was terminated before the internet became popular. Yes, the Piega C40 is that old, but is it still relevant in 2022?….

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Spatial Audio X3 Speaker Review

Spatial Audio X3 Speaker Review

These are Spatial Audio’s top-of-the-line speakers and cost a whopping $9,000. All Spatial’s current models appear to hold their value pretty well on the used markets, so it was a big outlay and an even bigger gamble –

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Spatial Audio X3 Review Part II

Spatial Audio X3 Review Part II

(Continued from here) Spatial Audio X3 Review Part II - LISTENER FATIGUE I went around in circles with the Spatial Audio X3 for several weeks, trying to get them to work well in my space. This wasn't an acquisition intended solely for a review, these...

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Denafrips Terminator DAC Review with GAIA DDC

Denafrips Terminator DAC Review with GAIA DDC

Initially, the Denafrips Terminator DAC was slotted into my system as a straight replacement for my Sim Audio Moon 380D, using the same Aurender N100H and Cambridge Audio Azure 851c sources.

For the first week or so I listened mostly to the Denafrips Terminator DAC using my Cambridge Audio Azure 851C as a transport, connected to the DAC via a Synergistic Research Digital Corridor No. 2 RCA Digital Coaxial/SPDIF, and later via AES/EBU….

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Dunlavy SC-III Speakers [Retro Review]

Dunlavy SC-III Speakers [Retro Review]

This isn’t really a review of the Dunlavy SC-III, per se, it’s more of a shout-out to prospective future owners of this remarkable speaker. I bought my pair of Dunlavy SC-IIIs coming up on 3 years ago, after reading a good deal of positive information on the Dunlavy range, but never having heard them in the flesh.

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Allnic Audio A-6000 300b SET Monoblock Review

Allnic Audio A-6000 300b SET Monoblock Review

At the time of production, the A-6000 monoblocks were Allnic Audio’s top-of-the-line power amplifier model. The A-6000 has been superseded in the range by the A-10000 DHT Monoblocks, which will set you back a cool $89,000….

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Art Audio Carissa Signature Review

Art Audio Carissa Signature Review

The Carissa delivers 16w/channel from a pair of 845 tubes, and they are 16 glorious watts the like of which I haven’t heard in my system since playing with some old Jadis gear many moons ago. That’s not to say the Carissa sounded anything like the Jadis JA30

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Klipsch Klipschorn Speaker Review

Klipsch Klipschorn Speaker Review

The K-horns are designed to fit tightly into the corners of the long wall, where the adjoining sidewalls become an extension of the bass horn itself. Thusly placed in the corners of a 16′ wall, the speakers cross at a point around 4 feet in front of the listening position, which is 16′ from the….

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Bob Carver Corp Closes Its Doors – For The Final Time?

Bob Carver Corp Closes Its Doors – For The Final Time?

I was sad to read today that Bob Carver Corp (Bob Carver Corp website) has closed its doors on new product production as of April 24th, 2024. There's a recap of events leading to the company closure on one of the Carver forums, but the main thing to be taken away here...

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Western Electric 91E At Carytown Sound in Richmond VA

Western Electric 91E At Carytown Sound in Richmond VA

Just a short post to report on a fun trip up to Carytown Sound, in Richmond, VA. I took a drive up to see a couple of new items that are on my radar, including a nice Moon Audio 700i integrated and a Synthesis Titan A100 integrated. Surprise surprise but the first...

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EQUIPMENT REVIEWS IN THE WORKS

dCS Rossini Player & Rossini Clock review

dCS Rossini Player & Rossini Master Clock

It’s here, finally, a review of the dCS Rossini Player/DAC & Rossini Master Clock. Powerhouse of digital tech from the UK, but is it worth the money?  Review of the dCS Rossini Player/DAC & Rossini Master Clock. 

Backert Labs Preamp Review

Backert Labs Preamp

Upcoming review of an early issue Backert Labs linestage.  Watch this space.

 

 

 

Audio Mirror REFLECTION 45W mono blocks SET class A

Audio Mirror REFLECTION 45W mono blocks SET class A

An upcoming review of the Audio Mirror REFLECTION 45W mono blocks SET class A.  Project has started, follow here…

 

 

 

Review of Holo Audio May KTE DAC

Holo Audio May KTE DAC

Review of the legendary Holo Audio May Kitsune Edition DAC. Is it as good as they say? Read review here. 

 

Sonus Faber Cremona M reviews

Sonus Faber Cremona M Floorstanders

Here’s a ‘sneak peek’ of the Sonus Faber Cremona M speakers. Finished in graphite, these speakers look stunning, but do they sound better than the Cremona M stand mounts that were reviewed here some months ago?

Sonus Faber Cremona M Review

 

 

Altec Lansing VOTT A7 Review

Altec Lansing VOTT A7

The Altec Valencias were sold without my itch for vintage horns being fully scratched. Enter the mighty Altec Lansing VOTT A7 –

Altec Lansing VOTT A7 listening impressions and project overview.

 

Altec Lansing Valencia 846B restoration

Follow Our Altec Lansing Valencia 846B Resto Project

I’ll be doing some basic resto work on the classic Altec Lansing Valencia 846B, using the custom Altec Model 19 XO from Great Plains Audio, and hopefully, a fully active system from Phil Marchand.

Click Altec Lansing Valencia 846B Resto Project to monitor progress and join in.

Dr Feickert Woodpecker Review

Dr. Feickert Analog Woodpecker

Our new review deck came and went – the Dr. Feickert Analog Woodpecker with Sbooster upgraded linear power supply, Kuzma Stogi S 12 VTA arm and Benz Micro LP-S 

Read the review of the Dr. Feickert Woodpecker / Kuzma combo here

Quad ESL 57

Quad ESL57 - Classic 1957 design built in the mid 80's and stored for over a decade...

The last pair of Quad ESL 57 I owned was left curbside for the garbage collector when I moved from the UK to the USA 25 years ago.

Quad ESL 57 Review Here

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Spatial Audio X3 Speaker Review –

Speakers come and go, but for the last year or more, I’ve been looking for a permanent replacement for my Dunlavy SC-III speakers. When I bought the Spatial Audio X3 it was with the intention of keeping them as a long-term reference in much the same way as I had with the SC-III. So let’s find out what went wrong – Spatial Audio X3 Speaker Reviewed Here

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Audiophile Equipment Reviews From Audio Resurgence

At Audio Resurgence we have many years’ experience reviewing high-end audio components and audiophile-quality systems. Selecting the right high-performing home audio components is a tough task, particularly in this day and age where most audio enthusiasts have limited opportunities to actually get out and listen to audio gear in an optimized setting.  

We bring in carefully selected items for review, then provide an honest and thoughtful evaluation of how each component performs in our review system(s). We try to change things around so that we get to hear each piece of gear in a variety of configurations so our reviews are more beneficial to a wider range of people. We also appreciate the fact that many audiophiles seek value from the used markets, so our ‘Retro Reviews’ focus on integrating older, out-of-production gear into modern-day systems.

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This is our philosophy here at Audio Resurgence where we aim to provide our readers with fair and honest reviews and assessments and not to fill your heads with intoxicating hyperbole that encourages you to spend more than is reasonable for quality sound.

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