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PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

April 14, 2014
PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter ($1895) at 10Audio. His conclusions: “The NuWave Phono Converter has an interesting combination of features: a high quality phono preamplifier that is compatible with the vast majority of cartridges available today, and a similarly high quality AD converter for making digital...
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Rega Research RP8 Turntable

April 11, 2014
Rega Research RP8 Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Rega Research RP8 turntable ($2995) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “Despite a few speed bumps along the way, and despite the arm’s lack of azimuth and VTA/SRA adjustability, Rega’s new $2995 RP8 turntable/RB808 arm combo is the most exciting and truly revolutionary turntable to be introduced in...
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Timestep T-01MC Phono Stage

April 6, 2014
Timestep T-01MC Phono Stage

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Timestep T-01MC phono stage (£995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “One of the joys of high-end is finding diamonds in the rough – those products that deliver high-end performance without an asking price that does a lot of asking. The Timestep T-01MC is just such a diamond...
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Brinkmann Bardo Turntable

April 5, 2014
Brinkmann Bardo Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Brinkmann Bardo turntable (~€6000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “With this deck it doesn’t really matter what genre of music is your favorite – flamenco, jazz, blues, electronic music, but also rock, and even heavy metal and large symphonic music sounded equally convincing and realistic. Acoustic...
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TechDAS Air Force One Turntable

April 4, 2014
TechDAS Air Force One Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of thee TechDAS Air Force One turntable (~€71,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “TechDAS has designed a fantastic turntable. Not “perfect” or “ideal” as these are boundary terms that leave no room for improvement. I am convinced that sooner or later there will be something even better than...
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Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner

April 3, 2014
Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Audio Desk Systeme vinyl cleaner ($4450) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “After using the Vinyl Cleaner for many months, I refuse to be without it, while my other cleaning machines have sat unused. I will pull them out soon to reacquaint myself with them, although...
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VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable

April 3, 2014
VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the VPI Classic Direct Drive turntable ($30,000) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The presentation of the Classic Direct is remarkably close to that of a master tape on a great open-reel deck, which Weisfeld just happens to have next to his equipment rack for his own comparisons. He...
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Transfiguration Axia Moving Coil Cartridge

March 31, 2014
Transfiguration Axia Moving Coil Cartridge

Peter Davey has posted a review of the Transfiguration Axia moving coil cartridge ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I’m not one to go on and on with 10 pages of writing about any piece of audio gear, well, that’s because we all have better things to do than to read and like, you...
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Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner

March 28, 2014
Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner

Fred Crowder has posted a review of the Audio Desk vinyl cleaner ($3995) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Audio Desk is the best record cleaning method I have tried. In fact, it is far superior to any other cleaning regime so long as you include a final rinse with ultra-pure water. It is also...
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Acoustic Signature Manfred MkII Turntable

March 26, 2014
Acoustic Signature Manfred MkII Turntable

Maurizio Fava has posted a review of the Acoustic Signature Manfred MkII turntable (€2450) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “In conclusion a fine turntable, both in the appearance (we like most the silver version) and acoustically. The making is exemplar and the design is between tradition and innovation thanks to the material of the bearing...
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Abis SA-1 Tonearm

March 18, 2014
Abis SA-1 Tonearm

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Abis SA-1 tonearm ($2350) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Abis just plain damn played music, dammit. Melodies in that Schubert symphony were more compelling than I remember hearing through my hi-fi in a very long time, and with the SA-1 and the Miyabi 47 on my...
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Bob’s Devices 1131 Step Up Transformer

March 17, 2014
Bob’s Devices 1131 Step Up Transformer

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Bob’s Devices 1131 step-up transformer ($1195) at Part-time Audiophile. His conclusions: “But were I a betting man, and I had me a system I already liked, and my phono pre didn’t have an SUT and did have an MC as well as an MM input, then...
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ZYX Universe II Moving Coil Cartridge

March 17, 2014
ZYX Universe II Moving Coil Cartridge

Myles Astor has posted a review of the ZYX Universe II moving coil cartridge ($8495) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Nakatsuka’s cartridges (and other products) are once again being handled in North America by SoraSound in North America. Setting up and aligning the Universe II in the VPI Classic 10.5i arm was more difficult...
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Reed 3P Tonearm

March 16, 2014
Reed 3P Tonearm

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Reed 3P tonearm ($6110) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Now along comes the Reed 3P tonearm as a replacement for the DFA and I don’t recognize the sound of this front-end anymore. This arm brought a characteristic sound that is extrovertedly analogue. It is not neutral,...
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Audio Research Reference Phono 10 Phono Preamplifier

March 12, 2014
Audio Research Reference Phono 10 Phono Preamplifier

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the Audio Research Reference Phono 10 phono preamplifier ($30,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “This much I can say with confidence: If truth of timbre, bass and power-range weight and color, dynamic authority, and 3-D imaging on a vast 3-D soundstage are your foremost sonic priorities...
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Clearaudio Da Vinci V2 Moving Coil Cartridge

March 12, 2014
Clearaudio Da Vinci V2 Moving Coil Cartridge

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Clearaudio Da Vinci V2 moving coil cartridge (£3850) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There are few audio decisions that are more personal than cartridge choice. There are those that seek even-handedness or resolution above all else. There are those who just want speed. There are those for...
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U-Turn Orbit Turntable

March 11, 2014
U-Turn Orbit Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the U-Turn Orbit turntable ($179) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “I could have reviewed the $179 U-Turn Orbit turntable taking into account its low price and letting it off easy for the few small issues I had with it since most buyers will plug it in play and...
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Audio Additives Digital Stylus Force Gauge

March 10, 2014
Audio Additives Digital Stylus Force Gauge

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Audio Additives digital stylus force gauge ($79) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “I found the Audio Additives to be accurate, reliable, easy to use and just as easy to recommend. If you have a spring suspended turntable, be sure to let it come to a rest after...
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Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

March 8, 2014
Pro-Ject Xtension 10 Turntable

Wayne Garcia has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Xtension 10 turntable ($2999) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Because what I really want to say, as I wrap up, is that I honestly didn’t expect to be as knocked over as I am by Pro-Ject’s Xtension 10. No design is perfect and my...
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Pre-audio BT-1301 Turntable

March 7, 2014
Pre-audio BT-1301 Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pre-audio BT-1301 turntable (~€625) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The Polish turntable does many things in a fairly average fashion, but it’s not its fault as much as the limitation of the price you pay for it. If you are not too finicky (I meant to...
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