Analog

Allnic AUT-2000 Step-Up Transformer

April 19, 2015
Allnic AUT-2000 Step-Up Transformer

Nicolas Ripley has posted a review of the Allnic AUT-2000 step-up transformer (£1395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Allnic AUT‑2000 is that rare thing in consumer electronics; a device with no obvious downsides. While a few world‑class MC stages might not see a big improvement in adding an SUT of Allnic’s calibre, the rest...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 651P Phono Stage

April 17, 2015
Cambridge Audio Azur 651P Phono Stage

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 651P phono stage ($249) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “I’ve auditioned somewhere between 15 and 20 phono stages, but until the Cambridge Audio Azur 651P, I hadn’t heard one that could hold a candle to the phono stage of my Linn Majik-1P integrated...
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Leema Essentials Phono Phono Stage

April 16, 2015
Leema Essentials Phono Phono Stage

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Leema Essentials Phono phono stage (£495) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Leema Essentials is a remarkably revealing phono stage, it has less gain than average, which can undermine dynamics, but its transparency to pace and detail is top notch. It would suit turntables like the...
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Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

April 12, 2015
Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

Dave Berriman has posted a review of the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (£2495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Summing up, the Performance DC turntable may not have the vibration isolation of some (often rather more expensive) suspended sub‑chassis turntables, but it offers a high standard of vinyl record reproduction, is beautifully made, looks great, and...
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Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

April 12, 2015
Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 phono stage (£7495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” It preserves the timing, flow and phrasing, emotional and expressive qualities, the colour and weight that explain top‑end vinyl replay’s benchmark status, reminding you just how musically addictive records can be. Facilities and...
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George Warren Turntable

April 10, 2015
George Warren Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the George Warren turntable ($4200) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “While many other turntables at or near its price point challenge it—for instance I look forward to reviewing VPI’s MDF-plinthed Prime, which sells complete with 3D printed arm for $3999—few can match the G-W’s curvaceous wood beauty. Sometimes,...
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

April 10, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable ($42,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “TechDAS’s designers ensure hat each model represents a osition in the brand’s hierarchy defined by price and technology: more money equals better performance. The Two is among the finest turntables you can...
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Merrill Audio Jens Phono Stage

April 10, 2015
Merrill Audio Jens Phono Stage

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Jens phono stage ($15,499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The vanishing low levels of the Merrill Audio Jens phonostage noise floor showcases why it took so many years, and so many ears, to perfect this moving coil phono amplifier. In my experience the...
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Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

April 9, 2015
Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity Merlin audio system (£799) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I have to admit to coming to this system with divided thoughts. Yes, I expected good things given the brand, but still couldn’t quite dismiss from my mind the worry that this might be...
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Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Turntable

March 27, 2015
Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Turntable

David Robinson has posted a review of the Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond turntable ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The combination of the Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Level V, the Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amp, and the Soundsmith Hyperion OCL MI phono cartridge is simply the very best turntable system that...
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Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference Phono Stage

March 26, 2015
Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference Phono Stage

Mark Pearson has posted a review of the Hagerman Audio Trumpet Reference phono stage ($7200) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “There is something very ‘right’ about the Hagerman Trumpet Reference and I hope that those who are interested in a top level tube phono section will have an opportunity to hear Jim Hagerman’s best...
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Ortofon Quintet Bronze Phono Cartridge

March 26, 2015
Ortofon Quintet Bronze Phono Cartridge

John Hoffman has posted a review of the Ortofon Quintet Bronze phono cartridge ($839) at Positive Feddback. His conclusions: “The ability to make a direct connection to the music is what defines the Quintet Bronze, and is what justifies spending several hundred dollars on this cartridge. I can certainly recommend searching out the Quintet...
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Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Preamplifier

March 25, 2015
Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Preamplifier

Francisco Duran has posted a review of the Mrgules Audio Magenta FZ47DB phono preamplifier ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “This is not a bargain basement product by any means, but in the grand scheme of pricing in the ever increasing scale of high end audio, this unit is very affordable. And its performance...
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K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out Phono Preamplifier

March 24, 2015
K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out Phono Preamplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the K & K Audio Premium Maxxed-Out phono preamplifier ($4449) aat Positive Feedback. His conclusion: “It is not the sound of modern analog, which tries to incorporate the best aspects of digital playback. (And has come increasingly to resemble it.) It recalls the analog we grew up...
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

March 23, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Alistair McKeough has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable ($42,000) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The AF2 provides a turntable where the audiophile no longer needs to compromise to find a source tuned for their preference. It has it all. Bass and mids are faithful to the recording, with the AF2...
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Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable

March 22, 2015
Soulines Kubrick DCX Turntable

Marc Rushton has posted a review of the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable ($6500 without tonearm) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “Though this is a turntable review rather than a cartridge or tonearm review, one can only essentially review the turntable as part of the combination. I can only conclude then, that the Kubrick DCX offers...
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Andros 1.2 Phono Stage

March 19, 2015
Andros 1.2 Phono Stage

Robert H. Levi has posted a review of the Andros 1.2 phono stage ($4700) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The new Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 Phonostage Preamplifier clobbers the original, and may just be the best piece of audio gear designed by George Counnas to date. Combine trend setting flexibility, head turning design, glorious...
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Koetsu Azule Platinum Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

March 17, 2015
Koetsu Azule Platinum Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Koetsu Azule Platinum moving coil phono cartridge ($10,950) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “On the other hand, the new stone body Azule Platinum is a totally different animal and is the first Koetsu that I would welcome with open palms into my system with zero reservations....
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VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable and VPI 12″ 3D Tonearm

March 17, 2015
VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable and VPI 12″ 3D Tonearm

Anthony Cordesman has posted a review of the VPI Classic Direct Drive turntable and VPI 12″ 3D tonearm (together, $30,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “d a key to letting your own taste help shape the sound and the resulting illusion of musical realism. Moreover, it has been a long time since I...
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Miyajima Kansui Phono Cartridge

March 15, 2015
Miyajima Kansui Phono Cartridge

Rafael Todes has posted a review of the Miyajima Kansui phono cartridge (£2395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Miyajima Kansui is a cartridge capable of some uniquely intelligent and ear-opening sounds. It has an old-world feel to it, but needs careful partnering with other components to get the energy levels right. While naturally introverted...
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Jadis DPMC Phono Preamplifier

March 14, 2015
Jadis DPMC Phono Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Jadis DPMC phono preamplifier ($6900) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Jadis DPMC’s tube signature is unmistakable. It romances the soul, and I for one could not resist its siren call. With a good mm cartridge in tow, the DPMC is musically compelling. It celebrates...
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Oyaide Across 750 RR V2, Tunami II SP-B V2, and Tunami GPX-R V2 Cables

March 5, 2015
Oyaide Across 750 RR V2, Tunami II SP-B V2, and Tunami GPX-R V2 Cables

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Oyaide Across 750 RR V2 interconnect (~€200), Tunami II SP-B V2 speaker cables (~€800), and Tunami GPX-R V2 power cord (~€700) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “A sound of new Oyaide cables is very rich and dense. Both sound range extremes are slightly rolled off, although...
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Audiodesksysteme Vinyl Cleaner

March 4, 2015
Audiodesksysteme Vinyl Cleaner

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Audiodesksysteme vinyl cleaner ($4490) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “As for myself, I’ve laid in a good supply of fresh, new Original Master Sleeves from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, and I’m trying to clean as many records as I can before the Vinyl...
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Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie Turntable

March 3, 2015
Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie Turntable

Chris Croft has posted a review of the Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie turntable ($449) at AVHub. His conclusions: “…while I’ve had a few niggles about the Project RPM 1.3 Genie in this review, you need to regard them in the context of its asking price. So at less than $500 for the complete package...
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CLONES Audio PA-1 Phono Preamplifier

February 25, 2015
CLONES Audio PA-1 Phono Preamplifier

Tony Bender has posted a review of the CLONES Audio PA-1 phono preamplifier ($900) at Serving the Music. His conclusions: “At this price point there are far more misses than hits on the market. In any number of solid state phono preamps, reasonable accuracy can be expected. The gift of the CLONES PA-1—and for...
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