Analog

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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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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Lenco L-175 Turntable

February 23, 2015
Lenco L-175 Turntable

Sujesh Pavithran has posted a review of the Lenco L-175 (€419) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Those wanting to dip their toes into vinyl wonderland but are put off by the basic and plasticky offerings from other brands will be keen to hear what the Lenco L-175 offers. And they won’t be disappointed.” You can...
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The Funk Firm Flamenca

February 22, 2015
The Funk Firm Flamenca

Andrew Simpson has posted a review of the The Funk Firm Flamenca turntable (£850). His conclusions: “Looks-wise the Flamenca certainly doesn’t stand out from the crowd as much as other decks from The Funk Firm’s stable. But it only takes a few minutes of hearing it to know that the Flamenca is blessed with...
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Analogue Works Turntable One

February 21, 2015
Analogue Works Turntable One

Andrew Simpson has posted a review of the Analogue Works Turntable One (£1200) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “You really don’t need to spend all that much time with this turntable to realise that Analogue Works has carefully considered every aspect of its design, engineering it for maximum performance while ensuring that it remains...
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Soundsmith Mezzo and Nautilus Phono Cartridges

February 20, 2015
Soundsmith Mezzo and Nautilus Phono Cartridges

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Soundsmith Mezzo ($3800) and Nautilus ($4400) phono cartridges at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Both the Soundsmith Mezzo and Nautilus both won me over. They are better than any other phono cartridges I’ve ever heard anywhere near each of their prices. Most importantly they reproduced the...
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Ayon Spheris Phono Stage

February 19, 2015
Ayon Spheris Phono Stage

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the Ayon Spheris phono stage (€28,000) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “The timbre of the reproduced sound, which appears without any constraints or limitations to its resolution, is just another asset. I do not know how you see it, but for me the only “issue” with the...
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Music First Audio MM Phono Stage

February 19, 2015
Music First Audio MM Phono Stage

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Music First Audio MM phono stage (£9840) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “Not for the wallet-shy audiophile, it is designed with a “cost is no problem” philosophy, clearly shown not only in its component choice and the sound, but also in the way it has all...
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Pro-Ject Classic Xtension 10 Evolution Turntable

February 18, 2015
Pro-Ject Classic Xtension 10 Evolution Turntable

Oliver Amnuayphol has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Classic Xtension 10 Evolution turntable ($3499) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Nonetheless, the combo of Pro-Ject Classic Xtension 10 Evolution and Sumiko BlackBird is a thoroughly enjoyable record-playing system — one with eminently musical chops, fine sound, and fuss-free setup and operation. It’s one of...
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EAT E-Flat Turntable and Tonearm

February 17, 2015
EAT E-Flat Turntable and Tonearm

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the EAT E-Flat turntable and tonearm (£4100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I can’t help but like what the E-Flat does to LPs. There is something inherently unforced and natural about the sound from the arm, and it sounds positively ‘right’. Couple that to a precise, pitch-stable turntable...
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Lehmannaudio Decade Phono Stage

February 16, 2015
Lehmannaudio Decade Phono Stage

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Lehmannaudio Decade phono stage ($2099) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The last word in phonostages? Not quite. However I am confident that few will find the Decade to be less than excellent when compared with anything else at anywhere near its price. Just like the...
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iFi Audio iPhono Phono Stage

February 9, 2015
iFi Audio iPhono Phono Stage

Richard H. Mak has posted a review of the iFi Audio iPhono phono stage ($399) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The iPhono is a fantastic anchor for your first analog setup. Few others can compete with its sonics and there is nothing near it’s price that can compete with its feature set. It also offers...
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Vincent PHO-700 Phono Stage

February 6, 2015
Vincent PHO-700 Phono Stage

Peter Stanton-Ife has posted a review of the Vincent PHO 700 phono stage (£549) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “With cheaper cartridges, this unit, although not as clinical or analytical as the Whest, does about 85% of its work and is probably slightly more forgiving of the weaknesses of those cartridges. It might therefore...
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