STEREO Magazine Issue 24
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2 Editor's Lead In
Back To The '70s?
Editorial By Michael Lang
Tube, Transistor, Or Hybrid?
Three amplifiers, all alike in dignity? We take a closer look at some of the finest amps one can get for just below 10,000 Euro.
B&W Formation Duo
A multi-room system from B&W? Wireless and Active? The British delivered an impressive first performance in this new field.
Clearaudio Balance V2
Why compromise? This is a preamp within a preamp, ready to use with either
active speakers, headphones or a power amplifier.
Bluesound Vault 2i
This streaming and ripping device from Bluesound dispels all concerns one may have about
"computer controlled" music reproduction. Going digital has never been easier.
These boots may be made for walking, but these headphones are not. The Arya is specifically designed for use with stationary equipment.
Monitor Audio Platinum PL 100 II Standmount Speaker
Heart of platinum.
Review By Michael Lang Of STEREO Magazine
Recently we tested the Gold 200 from Monitor Audio. But we wanted more than gold – and ordered the Platinum PL 100 II standmount speaker from the
Brit's top series. This compact two-way speaker from England deserves a price for its meticulous attention to detail that we
haven't seen anything like in a long time. The Platinum 100 is manufactured neatly and lovingly right down to the last
The newest member of the Technics family comes ready to use without the need for a preamp or pickup. Though it remains below the 1000 Euro mark, the SL-1500C inherited some of the best genes from its bigger siblings.
Gone are the days of naturally clean power supplies. But are there any ways to regain clear currents and thus improving the sound of one's system? There are. Plenty.
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