Analog

Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon Turntable

April 30, 2016
Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pro-Ject RPM-5 Carbon turntable ($) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “RPM5 Carbon stands out not only by its appeal but also with its performance. It offers, especially in the mid-band, a combination of highly resolving and vibrant sound. All records sound good with it, which makes...
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Gold Note Meditteranneo Turntable, B5.1 Tonearm, and Tuscany Gold Cartridge

April 29, 2016
Gold Note Meditteranneo Turntable, B5.1 Tonearm, and Tuscany Gold Cartridge

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Gold Note Meditteranneo turntable and B5.1 tonearm (together $5445-$6445), and Tuscany Gold cartridge at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “As a bonus, the Meditteraneo sound quality is also excellent. I can’t emphasize this enough, as its sonically performed well above its price class, and let the...
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Luxman EQ-500 Phono Preamplifier

April 28, 2016
Luxman EQ-500 Phono Preamplifier

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Luxman EQ-500 phono preamplifier ($7490) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “But for everyone else—and especially for the LP enthusiast who uses an analog front end with multiple tonearms and an assortment of cartridges—it’s difficult to imagine another contemporary product offering this combination of flexibility and superior sound....
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EAT C Sharp Turntable and Koetsu Black MC Phono Cartridge

April 27, 2016
EAT C Sharp Turntable and Koetsu Black MC Phono Cartridge

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the EAT C Sharp turntable (£2500) and Koetsu Black MC phono cartridge (£4288) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “At £2500 plus cartridge this turntable/arm will be music to the ears of most that listen, but do consider carefully the best cartridge for your set up. For those...
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Audio Consulting Silver Rock Toroidal Phono Amplifier

April 26, 2016
Audio Consulting Silver Rock Toroidal Phono Amplifier

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Audio Consulting Silver Rock toroidal phono amplifier ($34,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “With links to the past in its naturalism and aspects of contemporary in its dynamics and resolution—it bears little resemblance to modern digital. If, like me, you have preconceived notions of battery powered...
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Charisma Audio Reference Two Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

April 26, 2016
Charisma Audio Reference Two Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Charisma Audio Reference Two moving coil phono cartridge ($2695) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “For what it represent and how far Bernard Li managed to push his current flagship cartridge final sonic results exemplary shows how dedication and proper design choices can result with the...
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DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge EQ System

April 26, 2016
DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge EQ System

Dato’ Danon Han has posted a review of the DS Audio DS-W1 optical phono cartridge EQ system ($8500) at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “The finished product spoke for itself in build quality and performance, at an asking price of a high end phono cartridge only (without the necessary phono stage). If you are...
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Pre Audio GL-1102N Turntable

April 22, 2016
Pre Audio GL-1102N Turntable

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Pre Audio GL-1102N turntable (£4700) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “I have heard many turntables in my life, indeed I already own 13, all with their plus and minus points, but this turntable, complete with the capable AT 33Sa cartridge gave me more fun than I...
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DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge, Part Two: The Sound

April 21, 2016
DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge, Part Two: The Sound

Jack Roberts has posted part two of his review of the DS Audio DS-W1 optical phono cartridge ($8500) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “I don’t know if it’s the best cartridge in the world. Not only I have I not heard them all, most of us can’t agree on what the best would sound like....
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Sony PS-HX500 Turntable

April 20, 2016
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PS-HX500 turntable ($599) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Compared with other USB-enabled turntables, the Sony PS-HX500 offers far more highly evolved and sophisticated digital capabilities, along with a nice straightforward software to make the transfers as easy as possible. I was sufficiently impressed by...
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Fuuga Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

April 17, 2016
Fuuga Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Fuuga moving-coil phono cartridge ($8975) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “This is simply the most engaging and satisfying cartridge I’ve come across in years: a future classic — now. It’s not perfect and there are qualities that exist in other cartridges I have in house...
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Kuzma 4POINT 14 Tonearm

April 16, 2016
Kuzma 4POINT 14 Tonearm

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Kuzma 4POINT 14 tonearm (£6250) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “e 4POINT is the very model of analogue set-up sanity. It allows you to optimize the arm for the chosen cartridge and then set that cartridge up, with every parameter separate, independently, and easily adjustable. If only...
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Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable

April 15, 2016
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon turntable (£1500). His conclusions: “The Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon is undoubtedly a highly sophisticated turntable and its minimalist style combines well with the modern materials that are used in its construction. The carbon-fibre structure of the 9CC Evolution tonearm matches well with...
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DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge, Part One: The Technical Side

April 15, 2016
DS Audio DS-W1 Optical Phono Cartridge, Part One: The Technical Side

Jack Roberts has posted part one of a review of the DS Audio DS-W1 optical phono cartridge ($8500) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The wow factor of the bass was fun from the first set of outputs, but I found the second set of outputs to have better PRaT (Pace Rhythm and Timing); voices were...
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AVID HIFI Acutus Reference Mono SP Turntable

April 12, 2016
AVID HIFI Acutus Reference Mono SP Turntable

Canada has posted a review of the AVID HIFI Acutus Reference Mono SP turntable (£25,000). His conclusions: “Lower noise floor, extension of both bass and treble responses and a significant dynamic improvement surpassing the Acutus Reference. But even more startling is the naturalness and intimacy of the performance as it truly enters your space...
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Avid Sequel SP Turntable

April 11, 2016
Avid Sequel SP Turntable

Ernest Denman has posted a review of the Avid Sequel SP turntable ($11,445) at AVHub. His conclusions: “If you love vinyl, you should rush down and audition an Avid Sequel SP right now. I can assure you that you will never, ever, regret that you did!” You can read the full review here.
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Remton 383 Mk 2 Phono Stage

April 11, 2016
Remton 383 Mk 2 Phono Stage

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Remton 383 Mk 2 phono stage (£1050) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “There are many phono-stages at this price point, but very few have the musicality, richness and warmth that this design brings to bear. This product is well worth an audition and it got me...
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BAT VKP6 Phone Stage

April 10, 2016
BAT VKP6 Phone Stage

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the BAT VKP6 phone stage at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: ” However, on the vocal part of songs in Jazz and slow rock, tube amplification haunting tone keeps me hesitating to change my gears. The full tube combination has the virtual holographic sensation that solid-state amplification is...
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Merrill Audio Jens Phono Preamplifier

April 9, 2016
Merrill Audio Jens Phono Preamplifier

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Jens phono preamplifier ($15,499) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “In the end, the Jens is a very accomplished sonic performer. My opinion after 10 minutes wasn’t altered after 10 hours, 10 days or even 10 weeks. The Jens is just fantastic. Sonically, I haven’t...
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TriangleART Symphony SE Turntable and Osiris Tonearm

April 4, 2016
TriangleART Symphony SE Turntable and Osiris Tonearm

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the TriangleART Symphony SE turntable ($15,995) and Osiris tonearm ($5800) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “So, I’m finally through and I can promise you the TriAngle ART Symphony SE is a truly world class turntable. I think it is a good bargain and it has an incredible Wow...
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Charisma Audio Reference One Phono Cartridge

April 1, 2016
Charisma Audio Reference One Phono Cartridge

Rick Becker has posted a review of the Charisma Audio Reference One phono cartridge ($2000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “At less than $2000 it is an excellent starter cartridge for the Kronos Sparta, as well as an excellent cartridge for turntables that cost a whole lot less.” You can read the full...
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iFi micro iPhono Phono Stage

March 30, 2016
iFi micro iPhono Phono Stage

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the iFi micro iPhono phono stage ($) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “I would have to say that at this budget price range, the iPhono could kick those devices double or triple of its price. But beyond two grand benchmark, iPhono will face fierce competition and torture....
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak Phono Stage

March 27, 2016
Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak Phono Stage

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak phono stage ($12,500) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “The VK-P12SE Superpak produces excellent holographic soundstage and vivacious presentation that one yearned for in the listening session.” You can read the full review here.
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Transrotor Jupiter Turntable

March 27, 2016
Transrotor Jupiter Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Transrotor Jupiter turntable (~€3475) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “If you choose Jupiter, you’ll get a nice looking, good sounding turntable that will allow you to enjoy music, a lot! You can upgrade it later but it’s a choice. Just buy more records and enjoy listening...
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Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS Phono Stage

March 24, 2016
Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS Phono Stage

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS phono stage ($999) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “The Pro-Ject Phono Box RS is a remarkably well-constructed, uniquely featured MM/MC phono preamplifier that offers for $999 fully balanced, dual-differential performance, low subjective noise and rich, fully bodied sonics.” You can read the...
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