• SoundStage! Shorts - McIntosh Laboratory MA252 Integrated Amplifier (November 2017)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Hegel H90 and H190 Integrated Amplifiers (October 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - How Hegel's SoundEngine Works (October 2017)
  • SoundStage! InSight  - Estelon History and YB and Extreme Loudspeakers (September 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - What Makes Hegel Different? (August 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - Estelon Extreme Legacy Edition Loudspeaker (July 2017)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Amphion Overview and Technologies (July 2017)
  • SoundStage! Insight - Totem Acoustic Signature One Loudspeaker (June 2017)
  • SoundStage! Encore - The Cowboy Junkies'
  • SoundStage! Shorts -- Anthem's STR Integrated Amplifier (May 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts -- Paradigm's Perforated Phase Alignment (PPA) Lenses (March 2017)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Paradigm's Persona 9H Loudspeaker (March 2017)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Contrasts: Dynaudio's Contour and Focus XD Speaker Lines (February 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - New Technologies in MartinLogan's Masterpiece Series
  • SoundStage! Shorts - Dynaudio/Volkswagen Car Audio (December 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Gryphon Philosophy and the Kodo and Mojo S Speakers (January 2017)
  • SoundStage! Shorts -- What's a Tonmeister? (November 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - AxiomAir N3 Wireless Speaker System (December 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90 (November 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - Gryphon Diablo 120 Integrated Amplifier (October 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Dynaudio History and Driver Technology (October 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - The Story How Gryphon Began (September 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - Devialet History, ADH Technology, and Expert 1000 Pro (September 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - Devialet's Phantom Loudspeakers (August 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - McIntosh Home Theater and Streaming Audio (July 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - McIntosh MC275 Stereo Amplifier (June 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - McIntosh History and Autoformer Technology (June 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - NAD Viso HP50 Headphones (May 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - GoldenEar Technology's Anechoic Chamber (May 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts - PSB's M4U 4 Earphones (April 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight - GoldenEar Technology's Triton Two+ and Three+ Loudspeakers (March 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts -- KEF's LS50 (February 2016)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Monitor Audio's Platinum II Series (January 2016)
  • SoundStage! Shorts -- Pryma 0|1 Headphones (December 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- KEF's Blade Two Loudspeaker (November 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- KEF and the Uni-Q (October 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Monitor Audio Acoustics & Aesthetics (August 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- PSB's Imagine T3 Loudspeaker (June 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- Hegel's H160 Integrated Amplifier-DAC (April 2015)
  • SoundStage! InSight -- MartinLogan's Neolith Loudspeaker (February 2015)

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To Colin Smith,

I just read your article on sources, "Audio 101 Part 6: Sources Continued," and I'm actually in the process of watching for a good deal on a new Mac Mini. I have a handful of SACDs and was wondering how I would go about ripping a hi-rez copy to the Mac. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Chris

The problem SACDs have always faced is that they require a proprietary drive to read them, a fact which really limited their mass appeal. Unfortunately, I've never heard of an SACD drive for computers so I doubt you can rip your discs to a PC or Mac. At this point the only way to get high-resolution music onto a computer is to download it or copy it from a DVD disc or other drive, if the files are in a computer-readable format like WAV or FLAC. . . . Colin Smith

To Doug Schneider,

I have a question about the Bryston 2B SST2 power amplifier. I never see any reviews on it. Is it any good? 

Robert B. 

You’re right, there aren’t many reviews on the 2B SST2, probably because it’s Bryston’s least-expensive power amplifier and reviewers tend to gravitate toward the more expensive components in a line. That’s actually unfortunate because there are a lot of budget-conscious audiophiles in the world. But we actually reviewed it, just not on this site. The 2B SST2 was reviewed by Bob Wood on SoundStage! Hi-Fi, our sister site. We even measured it too. I just looked up the price and the 2B SST2 retails for $2750 today.

Is it any good? I’ve never heard it, but I suspect it is, not only because of Bob's review. Bryston says that all their amplifiers share the same circuit design and build quality, so, therefore, they tend to sound the same. The biggest difference is the power output, which has mostly to do with how loud you can play the speaker it's partnered with. The 2B SST2 is said to deliver 100Wpc into 8 ohms; the larger and more expensive 3B SST2 is rated to deliver 150Wpc into 8 ohms; and the still larger and even more expensive 4B SST2, which I have here, is rated at 300Wpc, again into 8 ohms. There are more powerful Brystons yet. In a nutshell, the 4B SST2 is excellent, so if the 2B SST2 sounds just like it and simply delivers less power, it must also be very good. You can read a recent article about the 4B SST2 on SoundStage! Hi-Fi. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

I’m curious if you guys have any reviews of the newest Aperion speakers coming up. So, are there some Aperions lying around that we’ll learn more about? 

Donald P. 

You’re likely referring to the new Verus line. It’s not a formal review, but Jeff Fritz did write about the new Verus Grand Tower on our sister site, Ultra Audio, in an article called “Benchmark Systems, Part 3: The $5000 Full-Ranger.” A full review of the Grand Tower is coming March 15 right here. Currently, we’re trying to bring in-house the Verus Forte Tower, which is released this month and sells for $990 per pair. We’re pretty confident we’ll get a pair for review. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

I read about the PSB Imagine Mini and am wondering if you’ll be reviewing it. I’m looking for a bookshelf speaker that’s less than $1000 per pair and I noticed it. Anything you can tell me?

Jordan R.

It’s funny you should bring the Imagine Mini up. We covered it in our CES 2011 report on SoundStage! Global and it’s been a hot topic since. I was talking to PSB’s Paul Barton today and he’s going to try and supply us with one of the first samples. The speaker is actually not on the market yet, but we hope that our sample will arrive here next week. What we don’t know at this time is if we’ll publish the review here on GoodSound! or on SoundStage! Hi-Fi, our sister site. Either way, I have no doubt that you will see a review of the Mini on the SoundStage! Network fairly soon. . . . Doug Schneider 

To Doug Schneider,

How do I know what makes a good-quality speaker and how much it will cost? I need speakers for an expo. It will be busy and noisy, so they need to be good quality. They can’t be too loud, just clean and crisp and clear. It would be great if I could get some help! 

Elsa H. 

What makes a speaker “good” varies depending on the situation. Your situation is different than that of a home. If you’re going to be using the speakers at an expo where it’s noisy, they will have to play quite loud to overcome the sound around them, and they’ll also have to be very durable as well as easy to carry around. With that in mind, I’d recommend looking at speakers from companies that cater to the pro-audio/public-address side of things such as Peavey, Roland and Yamaha. I looked up what they’re currently offering and found some powered speakers in their lines that aren’t too expensive and would likely suit your needs quite nicely. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

Have you ever heard of the NAD 3140 integrated amplifier? I saw one at a garage sale and I am wondering if it’s any good.

Shawn R.

Have I heard of it? I used to own one -- in 1981. It was considered a great amp for the price back then; however, that was 30 years ago, so I’m not sure how it would stack up today. My biggest concern nowadays wouldn’t be how good it is, but, rather, if it still works. Integrated amps last a long, long time, but many of the components in them do deteriorate and wear out. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

[I need a] sound system for my husband’s 1986 Ford F150 truck. He loves the old truck, but it only has an AM radio and one working door speaker in it.

Cathy B. 

We don’t deal with car audio, only home audio, but I can tell you this: pretty much any half-decent car stereo is going to be better than what your husband has now. My suggestion is to go to a car audio retailer and ask them for the cheapest system they can recommend and have them install it. Chances are it will have an AM/FM radio, a CD player, and something to connect an iPod to. I suspect that if your husband likes the truck as much as you say, he’ll find a way to keep it running and the small investment you make in his sound system will be worthwhile. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

I bought a pair of speakers just over a year ago and the wood veneer is starting to come loose and peel away. Is this normal? Is this covered under warranty? What should I do?

Steve

It’s not normal and it should definitely be covered under your warranty. First, contact the store that you bought them from and they should take care of it. If you can’t get satisfaction that way, go directly to the manufacturer. If it’s a reputable company, they’ll get it straightened away. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

Are you still recommending the NAD C 565BEE CD player?

Bill Grant

Yes, of course -- in fact, I own one. The only thing that’s different between now and when I reviewed it (on SoundStage! in December 2009) is that there are probably some other competitors on the market that can be considered. But if you get (or have) the C 565BEE, you can rest assured that it’s still an outstanding player. Also, be aware that it’s capable of accepting high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz through the TosLink digital input on the back panel in case you want to hook it up to your computer system (your computer would have to have a TosLink output or you can use a USB-to-TosLink converter, which is what I use). . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Schneider,

I want to thank you for your response to my question in October about the Harman Kardon 990 integrated amp. I’m thinking about getting it but have not heard it as of yet because we have no dealers in Atlanta. Even though it has its own phono section, I have my own phono preamp from Cary Audio that I would use instead. What do you think about my tube phono preamp being used with this solid-state amp?

Ron Arceneaux 

There’s no reason you can’t use your tube-based phono stage with the 990 -- people often get tube-based products to achieve a particular sound, which is probably why you want to use the Cary. What you’ll need to do is simply connect the turntable to the phono stage, and then the phono stage to one of the 990’s line-level inputs. . . . Doug Schneider

To Doug Blackburn,

I am trying to find the infrared (IR) sensor on [the Sony CDP-CE375 CD player].  I have a universal IR remote control I need to attach to the product.

Thanks,
Dale

The remote sensor is in the lower-left corner of the display area. If you have any trouble locating it, you can put a piece of aluminum foil over the front of the component's handheld remote control and put a pinhole in the aluminum foil directly in front of the LED IR emitter. The small pinhole will localize the IR remote signals enough so that you will have to precisely aim the remote control at the sensor to get a response from the component. Within a few tries, you should be able to pinpoint the exact “aim point” you need for an IR emitter. . . . Doug Blackburn