Josh said: While it may be considered for some to be expensive, its performance capabilities in so many areas frankly exceed what could be achieved in preamplifier-amplifier separate combinations at far loftier price points, therefore making it an attractive proposition as a statement amplifier for those slightly short of space or for those demanding electronics capable of the very highest standards.
The gist: Sound that is said to strike a near perfect balance between tube and solid state.
Brent said: The industrial design is great, the sound is very good, and the ergonomics are excellent. I wish more of the products I review were this well executed.
The gist: All the features you want and great sound too.
Brent said: What I love about them is that there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about their sound -- just as there’s nothing spectacular or exaggerated about the sound of a great violin, tenor saxophone, or singer. If you want something spectacular, that’s fine -- but if you want headphones you can enjoy day after day with all kinds of music, I strongly recommend the AR-H1s.
The gist: One of an elite group according to Brent.
Rad said: The more I listened, the less I liked AKG’s N60 NC Wireless noise-canceling headphones.
The gist: These pretty much sucked.
Brent said: Most of the focus with the R-220s is on the mids and treble, which are clear and largely uncolored. There is some bass -- and it’s precise, well-defined bass -- but it’s low in level relative to the rest of the sonic spectrum.
The gist: Treble-heavy and bass-shy pretty well sums it up.
Prices: $1750 per 4’ pair for speaker cables and 766 per 0.5m pair for interconnects
Roger said: You could spend even more on cables from some other manufacturers, but in my system, Analysis Plus’s Silver Apexes provided absolutely stellar sound.
The gist: Competes with the best for less.
Roger said: I can’t overstate how impressed I was by the execution of its overall design. In my years as an audio reviewer, the STR Integrated is one of the most impressive examples of a fully fledged audio product I’ve come across.
The gist: Anthem Room Correction puts this powerful integrated over the top.
Brent said: They have a full, natural tonality, lots of detail, and a gorgeous, enveloping sense of space.
The gist: Heavy and bulky is the only real drawback in an otherwise stellar product.