Analog

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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Dynavector DV-20×2 Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

February 5, 2015
Dynavector DV-20×2 Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

Geoff Husband has posted a review of the Dynavector DV-20×2 moving-coil cartridge ($850) at TNT Audio. “Part of this is down to the Audiomod being a giant-killer*** of Jackobean proportions but it also shows how even, fun and simply competent the DV 20×2 is. More than this is the level at which I’m ‘gilding...
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VPI Nomad Turntable

February 4, 2015
VPI Nomad Turntable

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the VPI Nomad turntable ($995) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the VPI Nomad, Harry and Mat Weisfeld have designed a superb-sounding, cost-effective record player, and included an excellent headphone amplifier and a superb phono stage, to create an entire vinyl-playback system for the headphone set. And...
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Allnic Audio H-1201 Phono Stage

February 2, 2015
Allnic Audio H-1201 Phono Stage

George Engler has posted a review of the Allnic Audio H-1201 phono stage ($3275) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Yes, the Allnic Audio H-1201 is ‘distinctively individual’—and yes, some may even say it’s verging on ‘quirky’—and you’re certainly paying for the fact it’s all made almost entirely by hand, and that each one is individually...
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Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM And MC Phono Stages

January 29, 2015
Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM And MC Phono Stages

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Benedict Audio HotHead JFET MM and MC phono stages (£399) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The duo of HotHeads are incredibly well judged designs in terms of specification and sound quality, add to this their extremely compelling pricing then it’s clear Benedict Audio have a...
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Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4point Tonearm, and CAR-50 Phono Cartridge

January 28, 2015
Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4point Tonearm, and CAR-50 Phono Cartridge

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Kuzma Stabi M turntable (£13,995), 4point tonearm (£4995), and CAR-50 phono cartridge (£4495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If the mark of a great transducer is to step aside and let the music speak then the CAR-50 certainly qualifies, with the Stabi M and 4POINT helping it...
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Transfiguration Phoenix S Phono Cartridge

January 28, 2015
Transfiguration Phoenix S Phono Cartridge

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Transfiguration Phoenix S phono cartridge (£1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I get it now. I understand why Transfiguration does not need a website. When you make cartridges that are this good, the world will come to your door. The Phoenix S does it all and it...
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VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

January 27, 2015
VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PI Prime turntable ($) and JMW 3D tonearm ($) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The dynamic presentation, powerful bass and extended, clear treble offer very enjoyable listening sessions with remarkable see-through connection to the music. Notice that I did not write “at this price”. The VPI...
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Abis TA-1L Tonearm

January 27, 2015
Abis TA-1L Tonearm

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Abis TA-1L tonearm ($1999) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I continue to look forward with pleasure to the return of the bigger-bottomed Abis SA-1, the sound of which fit my Thorens TD 124 hand-in-glove. But in the here and now, the TA-1L is...
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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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