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Avalon Isis

Reviewed in Issue 46

We struggled to choose between the Eidelon Diamond and the Isis, but the flagship Avalon’s refinement so impressed Roy Gregory at the time it’s almost impossible to beat. Even today. 

Reviewed by Roy Gregory

Ayre KX-R 

Reviewed in Issue 62

Using Ayre’s sophisticated Variable Gain Transconductance volume control, the original KX-R line preamplifier so impressed Chris Thomas that he used it as his reference. Now replaced by the KX-R Twenty.

Reviewed by Chris Thomas

Benchmark HPA4 

Reviewed in Issue 167

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/benchmark-media-systems-hpa4-headphone-amplifier-1/

Benchmark is perhaps best known for its range of DACs, but the new HPA4 shows just what the brand can do with a take-no-prisoners headphone amplifier design. A real game-changer!

Reviewed by Tom Martin

Benz-Micro SLR Gullwing 

Reviewed in Issue 79

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/benz-micro-slr-gullwing-mc-phono-cartridge-hi-fi-79/

Until a cat took a swipe at the cantilever, the nude SLR Gullwing was the Editor’s reference moving coil thanks to its crisp, rhythmic, detailed yet inviting, and dynamic presentation.

Reviewed by Alan Sircom

Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond

Reviewed in Issue 81

The 802 Diamond featured an innovative diamond tweeter with one of the last iterations of B&W’s one-time signature Kevlar midrange. A powerful, yet domestically-acceptable, statement. Replaced by the 802 D3.

Reviewed by Jason Kennedy

Burmester 151 Musiccenter 

Reviewed in Issue 121

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/burmester-151-musiccenter-media-player/

Burmester famously keeps products in production for decades, so a media server needs to get things very right. Fortunately, in the 151 Burmester made a truly world-class CD-ripping music server.

Reviewed by Alan Sircom

Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk II 

Reviewed in Issue 121

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/computer-audio-design-cad-1543-mkii-digital-converter/

The austere CAD DAC has just one USB input and uses a ladder array of vintage Philips chips to deliver perhaps the best non-oversampling 16-bit PCM sound you’ll ever hear! Now in Mk III guise.

Reviewed by Jason Kennedy

Cardas Audio Clear 

Reviewed in Issue 66

Starting with the original Clear, Cardas has replaced many of its long-standing cables throughout the range with Clear-related versions. Clear is always neutral yet entertaining, and it can revolutionise systems!

Reviewed by Alan Sircom

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