Review

Soundstage, April 2008

North Star Design Sapphire CD Player_Review followup – John Crossett   English First off, the $2500 USD Sapphire is, to my eye, a fine-looking machine — coming out of the “beauty is as beauty does” school of design. While there are only so many ways to distinguish a rectangular-front, sliding- drawer CD player, North Star […] Read more

Apr, 04, 2008

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Soundstage, February 2008

North Star Design Sapphire CD Player – Alfred Fredel   Sound: “I found the unit to be extremely transparent, allowing me to enjoy delicate nuances in several selections without ever getting in the way. The musical information conveyed was smooth, with none of the glare and shrillness that can present themselves at higher frequencies.” “Very […] Read more

Feb, 04, 2008

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The Stereo Times 2007 Most Wanted Component Award

North Star – Sapphire – Giancarlo Corsi   English With sophisticated styling and good looks to boot, this wonderful combo of separate transport and DAC from Italy at no time failed to please. In fact, my initial and long-lasting opinion was that they had a deliciously, seductive sound, full of character and musically true. I […] Read more

Dic, 04, 2007

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Audioreview novembre 2007

North Star – Sapphire – Giancarlo Corsi   italiano La qualità che subito emerge anche da una semplice occhiata alle misure effetuate sul player North Satr è l’altissimo grado di linearità, unito ad un rumore tanto basso da essere trascurabile rispetto a quello di quantizzazione proprio dei 16 bit del formato CD. … il Sapphire […] Read more

Ott, 04, 2007

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Music Emotion 09/2007

Referentiekwaliteiten in voordeliger jasje – Werner Ero   Nederlands Conclusie Met de gloednieuwe Sapphire weet North Star Design een lang gekoesterde ambitieuze droom waar te maken. Hun eerste d-speler is namelijk meteen van wereldklasse en bijzonder geslaagd. Zowel wat betreft vormgeving, afwerking als gehoormatig is het een zeer overtuigend product zonder hiaten en zwakke plekken. […] Read more

Set, 04, 2006

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Stereophile, September 2007

Analog Corner – Michael Fremer   English Almost tube-like The North Star Design Phonostage offered a rich, quiet, fullsounding, nonmechanical sound, with good macrodynamics and excellent microdynamics. Italiano Quasi simile al valvolare Il phonostage della North Star Design offre un suono ricco, tranquillo, pieno, assolutamente non meccanico con una buona macrodinamica ed una eccelente microdinamica. […] Read more

Set, 04, 2006

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Audioforum augustus 2006

Northstar Design T-192 Transport & Extremo DAC; AWARD OF THE MONTH ! – Roeland Vereecken   Nederlands/vlaams De winnaar van de ‘component van de maand’-award gaat deze maand naar het Northstar transport en DAC-duo. Ons aller opperhoofd Marco Lisi heeft deze combi aan de tand gevoeld en langs alle mogelijke invalshoeken in de diepte bekeken. […] Read more

Ago, 04, 2006

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Audioforum 21-7-2006

Italiaanse meersterwerken: North Star Design T 192 loopwerk en Extremo DAC – Marco Lisi   Nederlands/vlaams Deze North Star combo maakt muziek, muziek van de zuiverste soort. Muziek met emotie, bezieling en een enorme betrokkenheid. Al het goede van analoge weergave (rust, vanzelfsprekendheid, vloeiendheid, easy listening) weten deze apparaten te combineren met een enorm doorzichtige […] Read more

Lug, 03, 2006

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Stereo Times, june 2007

North Star Design – Model 192 DAC & Transport Stylish Good Looks and Musical Sounds To Match – Bill Wells   English The really good news is that the North Star units enabled me to enjoy the music and basically forget about reviewing them. In fact, before I knew it – the CD had played […] Read more

Giu, 04, 2006

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Hi-fi world, May 2006

Star Quality – Channa Vithana   English Italian company North Star Design manufactures a stylish transport and DAC combination that uses a specially implemented 24/192 12S cable connection between them. They have almost all the redoubtable ability of the £6,190 Chord Electronics BLU/DAC64 combination but at approximately only half the cost and therefore, in a […] Read more

Mag, 03, 2006

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