Doug said: The C-2850 embodies the best of what a high-end hi-fi component is about—quality in every respect.
The gist: Extreme Japanese thoughtfulness throughout.
Howard said: [K.S. Park] set out on the apparently more difficult road of transformerlessness and has created something special in the directly coupled L-9000 OTL/OCL preamplifier, which sounds exceptionally immediate, detailed, and captivating.
The gist: Far from another me-too tube preamplifier.
Aron said: Audio Research’s Reference 6SE preamplifier is a big step forward from their Reference 6 in terms of transparency, and thus in terms of all the sonic nuances that a superior preamplifier can communicate.
The gist: Yet another in a long line of great ARC preamps.
Aron said: If you’re looking for a central hub for your system that can handle all of your analog and digital sources in one svelte, easy-to-use package, Classé’s Delta Pre is one to check out.
The gist: A do-it-all source component for the high end.
Doug said: From its extraordinary build quality, to its noiseless operation and extremely high-resolution sound, to its stellar performance on the test bench, which reveals that what I heard can be largely if not entirely attributed to excellent engineering and execution (note that our measurements are done after listening), to its compatibility with the various power amps I hooked it up to, I have no criticism of the LINEb—other than wishing it offered finer volume adjustment than increments of 1dB.
The gist: Solidly among the state of the art.
Aron said: The Director Mk2 was vanishingly quiet, dynamic, neutral, and exceedingly communicative of the music, particularly in the lower frequencies.
The gist: Competes well above its price point in terms of features and sound quality.