Analog

Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable

January 21, 2015
Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable

J Loh has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Elemental turntable ($229) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Simply put, the Elemental has set a new benchmark for budget turntables. Pro-Ject has delivered a musically satisfying performance with a budget turntable that anybody can afford. While some may lament the fact they can’t fiddle around with...
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Avid Ingenium Turntable

January 14, 2015
Avid Ingenium Turntable

Ed Selley has posted a review of the Avid Ingenium turntable (£1015 with tonearm) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The Ingenium is comparatively light on features and while I am rather fond of its appearance, which results from the triumph of function over form, there are undoubtedly prettier turntables on the market. What the...
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Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Turntable

January 12, 2015
Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Xtension 9 turntable (£2200). Their conclusions: “The careful downsizing of the original Xtension design, plus the addition of an updated and improved tonearm results in a turntable combination with few vices. Add in a superb cartridge at a discounted price and the...
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Inspire Hi-Fi Black Magic Si Turntable

January 12, 2015
Inspire Hi-Fi Black Magic Si Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Inspire Hi-Fi Black Magic Si turntable (£560). THeir conclusions: “By keeping things simple and investing in the areas that matter, Inspire has created a vinyl spinner that sounds superb for the money, with a neutral tone that delivers bags of musical detail. Add...
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McIntosh MT5 Turntable

January 12, 2015
McIntosh MT5 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the McIntosh MT5 turntable (£7495). Their conclusions: “Although the MT5 may have been intended as an addition to an existing McIntosh system, it stands up well in out-and-out performance terms. If you can look beyond its ‘bling’ then you may be smitten.” You can...
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Rega RP8 Turntable

January 12, 2015
Rega RP8 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Rega RP8 turntable (£1598). Their conclusions: “The RP8 embodies the fullest realisation of Roy Gandy’s ideas yet. It rewards with a sound that has depth, purity and realism that belies its moderate price. Its stylishness is just the icing on the cake.” You...
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VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable

January 12, 2015
VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the VPI Scout 1.1 turntable (£1975). Their conclusions: “The original Scout was something of a game-changer for those wanting a more user-friendly approach to high-end vinyl replay, and this new model promises even greater long-term enjoyment. The improved platter, PSU and superbly engineered tonearm...
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STST Motus II Turntable

January 12, 2015
STST Motus II Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the STST Motus II turntable (£4995). Their conclusions: “STST has quite successfully reinterpreted the idea of direct-drive from an audiophile perspective. Used with the Vertex arm, the Motus II gave a sound with tremendous stability and very ‘black’ backgrounds, free of any noticeable colorations...
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Luxman PD-171 Turntable

January 11, 2015
Luxman PD-171 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Luxman PD-171 turntable (£4950). Their conclusions: “The Luxman PD-171’s stylish if retro exterior conceals a design that is absolutely contemporary. With stunning engineering and intelligent digital control electronics the PD-171 is a delight to use. It offers a captivating musical performance.” You can...
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Esoteric E-03 Phono Preamplifier

January 10, 2015
Esoteric E-03 Phono Preamplifier

Greg Weaver has posted a review of the Esoteric E-03 phono preamplifier ($5999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Esoteric E-03 represents an exceptional achievement at this price point. With its striking, stylish appearance, intelligent circuit design and execution, and stirring sonics, it readily distinguishes itself from much of its competition. Considering its...
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EAT C Sharp Turntable

January 10, 2015
EAT C Sharp Turntable

Steve Harris has posted a review of the EAT C Sharp turntable (£2498) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “With this model, EAT really is offering a lot of turntable for the money. The Czech company’s unique advantage, of course, is its close association with Pro-Ject’s manufacturing resources, and many of the...
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ModWright Instruments PH 150 Phono Stage

January 5, 2015
ModWright Instruments PH 150 Phono Stage

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Modwright Instruments PH 150 phono stage (~€8000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Dan Wright promised a “reference phonostage” and in my opinion he kept his word. It is a well thought-through design based on high quality components, that is surely more user-friendly (due to all important...
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Kuzma Stabi S Turntable

January 4, 2015
Kuzma Stabi S Turntable

WL Low has posted a review of the Kuzma Stabi S turntable ($2075) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “To sum up, the Kuzma Stabi S excels in near total transparency and truthfulness due to it’s low noise factor. It also trumps on big dynamics factor and projecting big music scale. It’s sound staging may not...
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Kiseki Blue and PurpleHeart Phono Cartridges

December 31, 2014
Kiseki Blue and PurpleHeart Phono Cartridges

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Kiseki Blue ($2299) and PurpleHeart ($3299) phono cartridges at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “There are mega cartridges like the Lyra Atlas, the Clearaudio Goldfinger and a couple others that occupy the stratosphere of analog reproduction. For those, you need a mega turntable and system to match, and...
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Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

December 28, 2014
Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the Miyajima Madake moving coil phono cartridge ($5895) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The perception of a more tangible sound stage, with real musicians performing in 3-dimensional space, is very involving. Please let me emphasize that the Kansui continues to provide very musical and satisfying performances. It...
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Karan Acoustics KA Phono Reference Phono Stage

December 27, 2014
Karan Acoustics KA Phono Reference Phono Stage

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Karan Acoustics KA Phono Reference phono stage (£14,995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “It’s engaging, demonstrative, and uncluttered presentation makes so much sense that it simply slaps a musical gauntlet across the face of competitors and skeptics alike, allowing the recording to state its case. Then you...
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Brinkmann Balance 2 Turntable

December 24, 2014
Brinkmann Balance 2 Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Brinkmann Balance 2 turntable (£17,495). Their conclusions: The Balance 2 offers both intelligent engineering and superb sound. Both tonearms tested offer their own slightly different takes on proceedings and can be used to fine-tune the end result, as can the addition of the...
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Clearaudio Master Innovation Turntable

December 23, 2014
Clearaudio Master Innovation Turntable

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Clearaudio Master Innovation (£14,500). Their conclusions: “This model embodies most of Clearaudio’s signature technical advances. It does seem that the special bearing and drive system give it a sound with exceptional detail retrieval, as well as a stable, neutral and open quality.” You...
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Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

December 19, 2014
Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 turntable ($1250) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “There is something ingenious about the simplicity of this little turntable. The Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 is simple to set up and it has a simple, musical sound. So, where does the $1,300 Tri-Arts table fall...
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Kronos Audio Sparta Turntable

December 18, 2014
Kronos Audio Sparta Turntable

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Kronos Audio Sparta turntable ($21,500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Control and focus run deep, allowing unprecedented resolution. But it is also maximally musical. You can have it all with the Sparta: the must-have Audio Check List items as well as equally strong performance on the...
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Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4Point Tonearm, and Car 40 Phono Cartridge

December 17, 2014
Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4Point Tonearm, and Car 40 Phono Cartridge

Paul Seydor has posted a review of the Kuzma Stabi M turntable ($19,225), 4Point tonearm ($6675), and Car 40 moving-coil cartridge ($2900) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Regular readers of mine will know that when it comes to vinyl, I like set-’em-up-and-forget-’em designs. This describes the Kuzma Stabi M/4Point/CAR 40 to a T:...
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Classic Direct Turntable

December 11, 2014
Classic Direct Turntable

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Classic Direct turntable ($30,000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The sound of the new VPI Classic Direct can be summarized with one word: big. Big sound. Big dynamics. Big bass. Not to mention that the Classic Direct’s quietness, neutrality, resolution and faithfulness to the music goes...
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Music Hall Ikura Turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

December 11, 2014
Music Hall Ikura Turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the Music Hall Ikura turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge (together $1200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Music Hall Ikura impressed me—it did just about everything I want a turntable to do, without any of the tradeoffs I’ve come to associate with inexpensive turntables. Its...
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LKV Veros One Phone Stage

December 10, 2014
LKV Veros One Phone Stage

Peter Davey has posted a review of theLKV Veros One phone stage ($6500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, there you have it. The LKV Veros One is now the holy grail of phonostages, in my opinion, and I implore you to try one if you haven’t already, there is definitely something you are...
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Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary Phono Cartridge

December 9, 2014
Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary Phono Cartridge

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary phono cartridge ($3400) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “All in all, the SPU 95th Anniversary accomplishes precisely what Ortofon set out to do: It’s a well-behaved, notably modern pickup that is quiet and imperturbable in the groove, with lots...
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