Legacy Audio Powerbloc2 and Powerbloc4 Amplifiers $1,800, $2,950 Review

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” The Powerblocs’ pricing places them smack in the middle range of new Class D amps—not exactly cheap, but far from expensive in this context. At day’s end, about the only complaint I can summon against Legacy’s amps is their configurations. With only two- and four-channel options, supplying a five- or seven-point-whatever system means a single channel is doomed to idleness. I think I see Legacy’s problem, however. A single-module, one-channel ICEpower design would necessarily be almost as expensive as a two-channel one. A three-channel job would be too specialized, and five- or seven-channel models would mean mixing mono and stereo modules.”

BorderPatrol Digital to Analogue Converter’s $1,350 Review

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” The BorderPatrol was changing the tonal balance, softening transients, sweetening the overall sound, but that’s sometimes a good thing. For instance, when I played the Rolling Stones’ horribly compressed and harsh 2016 album, “Blue & Lonesome,” I really enjoyed the music. That wasn’t possible with the Brooklyn converter — the music’s grit and glare came roaring back. Ah, but a great recording like Kraftwerk’s “Minimum- Maximum” live album on the BorderPatrol was a marvel. The BorderPatrol makes music — even electronic music — come alive.”

AEQUO AUDIO ENSIS SPEAKERS REVIEW

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“The Outer Shell is a sandwich construction of hard woods on the outside and softer woods on the inside pressed with special in-house built hydraulic press with 20t of force. A total 9 layers of wood are pressed together into a compact shell strong enough to support the weight of a car: 3 layers of ultra-stiff wood, followed by 2 layers of softer wood, each of different thickness and divided by another thin layer, then finished with another 3 layers of ultra-stiff wood. This combination is still very thin but with the lowest possible amount of resonance in the entire frequency spectrum.”