PREMIERE DESIGN

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 04, 2010 9 comments

When I first heard about the flagship 069 CD player from German high-end manufacturer <A href="http://www.burmester.de/en/">Burmester Audio</A>, I was surprised to learn that it is belt driven. Of course, many LP turntables use belt drives, but I'd never heard of a CD player with such a mechanism, which is said to decouple the platter from the rest of the chassis, eliminating vibrations and allowing the data to be read with considerably higher precision and less jitter.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Nov 29, 2010 1 comments
Last year, I profiled the incredible—and incredibly expensive—La Sphère speaker from French maker Cabasse. Utilizing and updating much of the same technology found in that model, the company will soon release L'Océan with a price tag only slightly less than its progenitor.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 16, 2010 0 comments
Departing from the spherical-enclosure paradigm as embodied in its La Sphère and L'Océan powered speakers, Cabasse this week announced the availability of a new floorstanding design, the Pacific 3SA. However, this speaker does incorporate the SCS (Spatially Coherent System) coaxial-driver design found in those models.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jan 26, 2010 2 comments

German speaker maker <A href="http://www.canton.de">Canton</A> was founded in 1972, deriving its name by combining the Latin word <I>cantare</I> (to sing) and the German word <I>ton</I> (musical tone). Nowhere is the company's dedication to exceptional music reproduction more evident than its Reference line, which is topped by the flagship Reference 1.2 DC.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 17, 2011 3 comments
Carbon fiber seems to be the cabinet material of choice for many speaker makers these days, including Austrian Carboton, whose designs are described as "a sensual experience for your eyes, too."
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Oct 07, 2010 2 comments
Founded in 1989, Cary Audio has made quite a name for itself among audiophiles. Now, after 17 years in production, the CAD-211 monoblock power amp has been updated to the Founder's Edition.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 05, 2010 4 comments

Great Britain has long been home to many excellent high-end audio companies, including <A href="http://www.chordelectronics.co.uk">Chord Electronics</A>. One of its newest offerings is the uncompromising CPA8000, Chord's ultimate 2-channel preamp.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Aug 16, 2010 2 comments
When I came across Stereophile's review of the SPM 14000 Ultimate monoblock power amp from UK-based Chord Electronics, I knew I had to cover it here. Hey, any product with the word "Ultimate" in its name is fair game for Ultimate Gear! And it's the perfect mate to the CPA 8000 preamp, which I profiled last April.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 19, 2010 13 comments

If $100,000 for the <A href="http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/ultimate-gear/cineversum_force_one_dlp_pro... One DLP projector</A> is too rich for your blood and/or you don't need to light up a 50-foot screen, <A href="http://www.cineversum.com">Cineversum</A> offers an attractive alternative&#151;the new BlackWing Four LCoS projector.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 09, 2010 4 comments
Home theater using Force One by Sphere Custom Design, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Christaan Beukes.

Last April, I profiled the magnificent Force One 3-chip DLP projector from French maker Cineversum. Now, just in time for the holidays, the company has announced a new model, the Force Two, and 3D capabilities for both.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Apr 08, 2010 1 comments

If you want a really big picture, you need a front projector. But the brightness of any projected image decreases as the screen size increases, and after a certain point, the picture is too dim to be fully satisfying, even in a dark room. Many home-theater projectors can't deliver adequate amounts of light to screens measuring more than, say, 10 feet wide or so, but not the new Force One from <A href="http://www.cineversum.com">Cineversum</A>, which the company claims can light up screens as large as 49 feet wide.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Sep 13, 2010 1 comments
For 30 years, Canadian Classé has been making audio electronics of distinction, and this year is no different. At the CEDIA Expo next week, the company will introduce four new power amps in its well-regarded Delta line.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 23, 2010 0 comments
With a dream team of audio engineers and designers, the newly formed Constellation Audio is bound to make some serious waves. Along with the Hercules monoblock power amp, which I profiled a few weeks ago here, the company's first offerings include the Altair 2-channel preamp, which sports one of the coolest-looking industrial designs I've ever seen.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Dec 02, 2010 1 comments
Founded in 2009, one of the newest kids on the audiophile block is California-based Constellation Audio. Not that its principal players are newbies by any means—in fact, Constellation has assembled a "dream team" of engineers and designers to create unparalleled audio products, among the first of which is the Hercules monoblock power amp.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jul 29, 2010 1 comments

During Michael Fremer's recent appearance on my podcast, he told the story about how he fell in love with a turntable he had reviewed for Stereophile—and how his wife had wholeheartedly approved of buying it, even though it cost as much as a high-end luxury car. That turntable is the Caliburn with Cobra tonearm from Continuum Audio Labs in Australia.

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