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Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 03, 2011  |  0 comments
According to Erick Lichte in his CES 2011 report for Stereophile, the SS-101 2-channel power amp from Denmark's Vitus Audio sounded great. How could it get even better? By putting each channel in its own chassis with its own power supply—and thus, the SM-101 monoblock was born.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jun 09, 2011  |  0 comments
Last week at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA, I heard the G2 Giya speaker from Vivid Audio for the first time. This is the newer, smaller sibling to the original G1 Giya, both of which I profiled here.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Mar 15, 2010  |  5 comments

When it comes to hotbeds of high-end audio, South Africa is not the first place that comes to mind. Yet this is the home of <A href="http://www.vividaudio.com">Vivid Audio</A>, maker of beautifully curvaceous speakers, including the flagship Giya, which is available in two versions&#151;the original G1 and the new, smaller G2 introduced at CES 2010.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Dec 27, 2010  |  0 comments
It seems that many high-end optical-disc players these days also serve as processors for digital-audio files from a computer via USB—for example, the recently profiled Ayre DX-5. Another new entrant in this emerging product category is the S7i from American digital-audio stalwart Wadia.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 14, 2010  |  0 comments

As I was looking for products to profile in this blog, I came across something astonishing - a tube-based monoblock power amp that costs $350,000/pair! Hand-built by Japanese boutique maker Wavac Audio Lab, the SH-833 isn't new - it was reviewed in Stereophile in 2004 - but when I saw that price tag, I knew I had to include it here.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Apr 03, 2009  |  1 comments

After 60 years of making some of the finest audio components available, <A href="http://www.mcintoshlabs.com">McIntosh Laboratory</A> is celebrating its quadquindecennial with the reissue of two classic models—the C22 preamp and MC75 monoblock power amp that were first introduced in the early 1960s. Both units have been updated with the latest features and manufacturing techniques and will be sold as a limited-edition "Classic System" including one C22 and two MC75s.

Bob Ankosko  |  Sep 23, 2015  |  1 comments
Poet Audio Pandoretta 360° Wireless Sound System

When I stumbled upon Poet Audio’s Pandoretta, I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at. I knew it was a speaker and not some sort of fancy air-filtration system, but what kind of speaker? Was it a new take on Yamaha’s Digital Sound Projector with an array of tiny drivers behind all those holes? It didn’t occur to me that the stainless steel “grille” might be an elaborate design element. Yet that’s exactly what it is.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 27, 2010  |  4 comments

Few speakers are more highly regarded than the venerable WATT/Puppy from Wilson Audio. After eight model revisions, Wilson decided to implement some upgrades that warranted a new name—and the Sasha W/P was born.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 15, 2010  |  3 comments
With his magical hammer Mjöllnir, the Norse god Thor is said to have produced thunder. So there is no more appropriate name than Thor's Hammer for the ultimate subwoofer from Wilson Audio. In fact, this monster might have put Thor himself to shame, since it can reproduce frequencies even lower than natural thunder.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jul 15, 2010  |  0 comments
Wilson Audio is well known for ultra-high-end speakers, but most of its products are designed for 2-channel listening. To create a full surround system, all you need do is mate any of Wilson's superlative L/R models with a center, surrounds, subwoofer, and controller from the WATCH (Wilson Audio Theater Comes Home) lineup.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Feb 16, 2011  |  5 comments
Note: This is NOT an UltimateAVmag.com contest; the name of the company profiled here is Win Analog.

One of the coolest-looking single-ended triode (SET) monoblock power amps I've seen in a long time comes from California-based Win Analog. Two versions are available—the S and V Series.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  1 comments
Well-known for its high-end, in-wall, line-source speakers, Wisdom Audio has just announced two new on-wall models, the LS3 and LS4, which are designed—and priced—for the ultra-high-end market.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Jan 22, 2010  |  1 comments

Among the myriad speakers introduced at CES were three new additions to the Sage Series from <A href="http://www.wisdomaudio.com">Wisdom Audio</A>. All three&#151;L150m, L100m, and C150m center-channel&#151;are on-wall models based on Wisdom's planar-magnetic, line-array design and intended to be placed behind an acoustically transparent projection screen.

Scott Wilkinson  |  Aug 25, 2010  |  2 comments
Wolf Cinema is well known for its DCX series of high-end home-theater DLP projectors—in fact, I've profiled them here and here. Now, Wolf is tackling the challenge of LED illumination in its new DCL-200FD.
Scott Wilkinson  |  Aug 10, 2010  |  2 comments

Last year in this blog, I profiled the high-end DCX-series 3-chip DLP projectors from Wolf Cinema. Last week, I joined Tom Norton and Shane Buettner for a tour of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, where DCX projectors are being used in two historic screening rooms.

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