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". . . Good quality, that is, until I compared them with the Stereo-Link Model 1200. This device, about the size of a hardcover novel, draws sound out of a PC or Mac U.S.B. port and sends it to the stereo through a cable that plugs into the stereo's Audio In jacks. Some kind of aural alchemy takes place within the box, resulting in a sound that is as rich and full-bodied as any that might be generated by playing a CD on the stereo.

The biggest drawback to the Stereo-Link is that once you try it you can't help viewing the cable solutions as lesser substitutes: they're like eating discount ice cream after you have gotten used to Häagen-Dazs. So the big question most people will need to ask themselves is whether the Stereo-Link is worth an extra $145, the difference between it and the $10 cables from RadioShack."

The above excerpt was part of an article that appeared in the New York Times "Circuits" section 24 January 2002 and was titled Digital Music, PC to Hi-Fi

"I just have to say... thank you for your kick-ass product! I received my 1200 today... hooked it up to an iMac running MacOS X... loaded up iTunes... and suddenly I'm hearing my MP3 collection coming out of my Denon stereo... CRISP AND CLEAN.
I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for a device to do exactly what Stereo Link does. And you guys have done it... and it works flawlessly."

Chris, 18 June 2001

Sound & Vision (January, 2001)

"I was pleased by what I heard from the Stereo-Link receiver-- rich bass response, a flat midrange, and a smooth high end, all with low noise and distortion... The Stereo-Link's 20-bit digital-to-analog(D/A) converter and quiet output electronics (decoupled from the noisy computer environment) supplied clean audio signals -- much cleaner than from most sound cards. The final proof: when I played CDs on my PC, the sound quality was excellent."

PC World (November, 2000)

"The SL1200 from Stereo-link connects to your PC via a USB cable and to your receiver or preamp with standard RCA jacks--there is no software to install...

The result is exceptionally sweet sound, particularly with high-bit-rate recordings: no more screeches on the high end, and much richer and fuller bass. I couldn't hear much difference between a CD of Garbage's "I Think I'm Paranoid" and a 192-bit MP3 version I have.

The SL1200 is well worth its . . . price if you consider sound quality your top priority."

"Have had my stereo-link for about 6 weeks and what a pleasant surprise out of the box. I was very skeptical that it was going to deliver on its promise; so to really hear it, I ran it into my mastering studio console into a pair of professional mastering studio monitors (Vergence A20). And WOW, did it deliver way more than I ever expected.
Thanks a million for your committment and passion in making computer audio worth listening to."

K Kinnon Thomas 9 June 2001
Via Media and Marketing

Mp3.com Hardware ****

"If you're like me, and have hundreds of MP3s and growing, it makes a lot of sense to have a quality stereo hooked up to your computer. Stereo-link makes this entirely possible, and at a very enticing price."

"Love your product!
My Model 1200 arrived yesterday. What a joy!!! The unit installed in a flash and has no problem carrying a terrific signal about 40 feet to my receiver on the other side of the room. The sound from the receiver and headphones is wonderful. I unplugged my CD changer to make room for the 1200 and probably won't miss it for a while. Thanks for this great product; it definitely goes to 11!"

AG 6 April 2001

"Just got my 1200 hooked up over the weekend. It is absolutely incredible. Very cost effective way to handle the computer into the stereo thing. I have the unit in my basement office and made an audio cable run of about 45' to my stereo equipment. Everything loaded up without a hitch. Had some friends out . . . Saturday night listening through outdoor speakers; they were simply amazed. Best of luck getting this wonderful product out to the masses. I know I'll do my best to move a few."
JD 15 January 2001

Time Digital (digitaldaily Fri., July 21, 2000)

"If you want to hear MP3s in glorious full stereo right now, and you have $200 to spend on it, then Stereo-Link has what you want...I can truly say I've never enjoyed streaming audio this much before."

I entered into a project to provide crystal clear internet based live concerts to customers at LuLu's Sunset Grill. Of course, the concerts are Jimmy Buffett's broadcasted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday live via Radio Margaritaville (http//www.margaritaville.com). Jimmy Buffett actually owns LuLu's Sunset Grill on Weeks Bay, AL.

...We tried the soundcard into the stereo thing and as you already know this sounds very bad, especially on outside speakers. The next day I get this email from MP3.com (I have a #1 song on MP3.com right now, BTW) showcasing your box. Being skeptical at first I decided to try it out since we didn't get anywhere close to an acceptable sound for customer listening with the soundcard. The box arrived the next day and the install went easy... What a sound! I could tell a difference between your box playing Internet radio and the CD player. The Stereo-Link sounded better."
Ken Keefover

"In my opinion the Stereolink is undoubtedly the best money you could spend if you listen to music or movies from your computer."

-User Review posted to the Headwize discussion forum.
  25 Mar 2001

"I have my Mac playing MP3s into a Krell/Martin-Logan system and it is sounding a lot better than I ever expected it would! ... great product!"
JP 30 Mar 2001

"The product rocks."
JT 22 Mar 2001

"It's always nice to get good tech support!"
AT 4 Jan 2001

"I'm using my old 200 MHz Pentium PC with 64 MB of memory. With a USB hard drive for storage, it makes a great dedicated player"
PA 31 Mar 2001

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