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Professional HDCD D/A Processor
($8895; reviewed by Robert Harley, Vol. 18 No. 5,
May 1995; and Thomas J. Norton, Vol. 18 No. 11,
Runners-Up (in alphabetical order):
Audio Alchemy DTIˇPro ($1295^; reviewed by Robert Harley, Vol. 17
No. 11, November 1994, and Vol. 18 No. 3, March 1995)
Krell KPS-20iL CD player/digital control center ($11,000; reviewed
by Martin Colloms, Vol. 18 No. 10, October 1995)
Mark Levinson No. 30.5 HDCD D/A processor ($15,950; reviewed
by Robert Harley, Vol. 17 No. 10, October 1994, and Vol. 18
No. 4, April 1995; and John Atkinson, Vol. 18 No. 3, March 1995)
Muse Model Two D/A processor ($1700; reviewed by Shannon
Dickson, Vol. 18 No. 7, July 1995)
Sonic Frontiers SFD-2 Mk.II HDCD D/A processor ($5295; reviewed
by Robert Harley and John Atkinson, Vol. 18 No. 3, March 1995; and
Thomas J. Norton, Vol. 18 No. 11, November 1995)
Sony DTC-2000ES SBM DAT recorder ($2500; reviewed by J.
Gordon Holt, Vol. 17 No. 11, November 1994)
^Since replaced by the Audio Alchemy DTIˇPro 32.
Yet, along with JA's reference system, which features the more costly Levinson No. 30.5, the full blown Spectral/Avalon/MIT system that Goodwin's Hi-Fi demoed at HI-FI '95 in Los Angeles has been one of the very few hi-fis that caused WP to forget about digits, grooves, or lunar phases, and just merge with the music. To paraphrase RH: regardless of the cost, what more can one say?
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