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PS Audio NuWave Phono Stage and USB Converter

August 25, 2015
PS Audio NuWave Phono Stage and USB Converter

J. Loh has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave phono stage and USB converter ($1895) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Understandably, the NPC will not outshine other standalone phono stages at its price range. If you want to get the best dedicated phono stage for your money, you may find more bang for...
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Ikeda KAI Phono Cartridge

August 24, 2015
Ikeda KAI Phono Cartridge

Angelo Jasparro has posted a review of the Ikeda KAI phono cartridge (€2600) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “If we consider then that this IKEDA ranks in the middle range (!) of the market, we can say that you can safely nominate the IKEDA KAI as an eligible candidate among the cartridges to be...
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Clearaudio Perforrmance DC Turntable

August 23, 2015
Clearaudio Perforrmance DC Turntable

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable ($5995) at AVHub. His conclusions: “It’s so mind-bogglingly good that I seriously thought about concluding this review by writing something along the lines of: ‘If you’re thinking about buying the Clearaudio Statement, why not save yourself $183,000 and buy the Performance DC...
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EAT C-Sharp Turntable and C-Note Tonearm

August 20, 2015
EAT C-Sharp Turntable and C-Note Tonearm

Paul Rigby has posted a review of the EAT C-Sharp turntable and C-Note tonearm (£2500) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Finally, the soundstage was both full and wide, giving the music a real epic nature while detail could be heard at each extremity, doubtless the result of the excellent arm performance…”...
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RCM Sensor 2 Phono Preamplifier

August 19, 2015
RCM Sensor 2 Phono Preamplifier

Jerry Siegel has posted a review of the RCM Sensor 2 phono preamplifier ($3990) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “All other phono stages are inferior in one or more ways, and none so far are so reliably enjoyable. The Sensor 2 presents compelling performances that sound very natural and complete. The RCM Sensor 2...
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VPI Industries Scout Jr. Turntable

August 15, 2015
VPI Industries Scout Jr. Turntable

Karl Sigman has posted a review of the VPI Industries Scout Jr. turntable ($1500) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “The Scout Jr. is an exquisite entry-level but audiophile quality turntable that won’t intimidate anyone; it will lure one of all ages into a new (old?) world of audio that any audiophile would and should enjoy....
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Aurorasound VIDA Phono Stage

August 15, 2015
Aurorasound VIDA Phono Stage

Key Kim has posted a review of the Aurorasound VIDA phono stage ($4990) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Aurorasound VIDA represents an outstanding accomplishment at its price point. The VIDA’s overall presentation was free of grain and edge, with stark quietness. I really enjoyed my vinyl collection immensely with the VIDA; its black...
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DS Audio DS-W1 “Nightrider” Optical Phono Cartridge

August 5, 2015
DS Audio DS-W1 “Nightrider” Optical Phono Cartridge

Jonathan Valin has posted a review of the DS Audio DS-W1 “Nightrider” phono optical cartridge ($8500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “If sheer niftiness and excellent sound at a substantial savings vis-à-vis other ultra-high-end cartridge and phonostage combos are high on your analog agenda, the Nightrider is definitely a cartridge I’d seek out.”...
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Linn Majik LP12 Turntable System

August 3, 2015
Linn Majik LP12 Turntable System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Linn Majik LP12 turntable system (£2700) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “It’s been almost a quarter of a century since I last spent time listening to an unmodified LP12, but it proved to be something of a homecoming. If you spend some time with the Majik –...
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Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside Phono Stage

August 3, 2015
Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside Phono Stage

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside phono stage (£8995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside is probably the most compact phono stage in its class, but it proves that small is beautiful when it comes to revealing sonic character and musicianship. There are very few...
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Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable

August 1, 2015
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon turntable ($3000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon continues the brand’s outstanding run of sonic and technical improvements in affordable vinyl playback. In fact, throughout my evaluation it never seemed out of its league, even facing the...
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Remton LCR Mk2 Phono Stage

July 31, 2015
Remton LCR Mk2 Phono Stage

René van Es has posted a review of the Remton LCR Mk2 phono stage (£3250) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Remton lets the music flow into the room in such a natural way, it has an ease that is seldom disrupted, no matter what you throw at it. Classical, jazz, pop, male or...
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Tenor Audio Phono 1 Phono Stage

July 31, 2015
Tenor Audio Phono 1 Phono Stage

Mike Malinowski has posted a review of the Tenor Audio Phono 1 phono stage ($50’000) at 6moons. His conclusions: ” Stunning in its presentation, there were explosive dynamics, bass resolution, bloom and air. There was no single element which made the Phono 1 so outstanding. It was the cumulative effect of them all that...
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

July 25, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable (£28,898) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The TechDAS Air Force Two is one of those turntables that takes ‘Awesome’ in its stride. It always sounds awesome, even when it’s resolving something straightforward like Tom Waits voice. But when faced with an orchestra,...
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“Booplinth” Bamboo Replacement Plinth for Linn LP12 Turntable

July 25, 2015
“Booplinth” Bamboo Replacement Plinth for Linn LP12 Turntable

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the “Booplinth” bamboo replacement plinth for Linn LP12 turntable (£1650) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The booplinth represents the biggest and most musically fundamental upgrade I’ve yet heard to the LP12 – and that includes all the various Linn parts. For anybody who has played with bamboo in...
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S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

July 21, 2015
S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius Phono Stage and Amati Integrated Amplifier

Artjom Avantinjan has posted a review of the S. A. Lab Luthier Range Stradivarius phono stage ($11,000) and Amati integrated amplifier ($11,000) at 6mmons. His conclusions: “Whilst appraising components, it is customary to talk of levels of construction and musicianship. For the S.A. Lab Luthier Series pair, it’s sufficient to say these two devices...
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Dynavector DV-20X2 Phono Cartridge

July 19, 2015
Dynavector DV-20X2 Phono Cartridge

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the Dynavector DV-20X2 phono cartridge ($850) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “If not the ultimate word in any of these categories, this MC cartridge will still provide substantial listening enjoyment with terrific musicality. Provided your phono preamp is up to handling low-output MC cartridges, this is an easy...
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Bob’s Audio Devices CineMag SKY 20 Step-up Transformer

July 18, 2015
Bob’s Audio Devices CineMag SKY 20 Step-up Transformer

Darryl Lindberg has posted aa Bob’s Audio Devices CineMag SKY 20 step-up transformer ($1250) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “I really liked the SKY 20—it was impossible not to like it. For a relatively reasonable outlay of the old skrilla ($1,250), you get a very well made SUT that should satisfy even the most...
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VPI Prime Turntable

July 18, 2015
VPI Prime Turntable

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the VPI Prime turntable (£3750) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This would be an extremely competent turntable from the drawing board of an established expert with decades of experience under his belt, but from a comparative newcomer, the Prime is a true star. Very highly recommended.” You can...
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VPI Classic Two Turntable

July 16, 2015
VPI Classic Two Turntable

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the VPI Classic Two turntable ($3995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “Small details aside, the VPI Classic Two is one of the finest turntables available for $3,995. As with the Classic One, we are proud to award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2015.” You can...
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Rothwell Audio Rialto Phono Stage

July 15, 2015
Rothwell Audio Rialto Phono Stage

Noam Bronstein has posted a review of the Rothwell Audio Rialto phono stage ($849) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “I found the Rothwell Rialto to be something of a scalpel. There is no euphonic, pleasant harmonic distortion here. No cream or other liquid colourations. No 12ax7 tube to roll. It just doesn’t bring...
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Viv Lab Rigid Float 7/Ha Tonearm

July 14, 2015
Viv Lab Rigid Float 7/Ha Tonearm

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Viv Lab Rigid Float 7/Ha tonearm (£2995) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Rigid Float is a rather unconventional arm and one that ignores traditional approaches to cartridge alignment, but like another idiosyncratic design, the Well Tempered, it produces superb results. It’s one of those analogue...
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Lamm Industries LP1 Signature Phono Stage

July 13, 2015
Lamm Industries LP1 Signature Phono Stage

Marc Mickelson has posted a review of the Lamm Industries LP1 Signature phono stage ($32,790) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “he LP1 Signature will work with every combination of turntable, tonearm and cartridge and bring out the best in it all. It is Vladimir Lamm’s finest product to date — the one whose...
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Swedish Analog Technologies Tonearm

July 12, 2015
Swedish Analog Technologies Tonearm

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Swedish Analog Technologies tonearm ($28,000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I’d never heard most of what I’ve played in the last few weeks “like that”—which was why, at the end of each of those late-night listening sessions, I laughed in delight.” You can read the full review...
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Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas Turntable and Cornet 2 Tonearm

July 12, 2015
Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas Turntable and Cornet 2 Tonearm

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas turntable ($5995) and Cornet 2 tonearm ($2195) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “For some, Pear Audio Analogue Blue’s Kid Thomas turntable and Cornet 2 tonearm will sound too damped and rich in the midrange. Others, especially those who listen mostly to classical...
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