Analog

Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

December 19, 2014
Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 turntable ($1250) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “There is something ingenious about the simplicity of this little turntable. The Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1 is simple to set up and it has a simple, musical sound. So, where does the $1,300 Tri-Arts table fall...
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Kronos Audio Sparta Turntable

December 18, 2014
Kronos Audio Sparta Turntable

Marshall Nack has posted a review of the Kronos Audio Sparta turntable ($21,500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Control and focus run deep, allowing unprecedented resolution. But it is also maximally musical. You can have it all with the Sparta: the must-have Audio Check List items as well as equally strong performance on the...
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Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4Point Tonearm, and Car 40 Phono Cartridge

December 17, 2014
Kuzma Stabi M Turntable, 4Point Tonearm, and Car 40 Phono Cartridge

Paul Seydor has posted a review of the Kuzma Stabi M turntable ($19,225), 4Point tonearm ($6675), and Car 40 moving-coil cartridge ($2900) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Regular readers of mine will know that when it comes to vinyl, I like set-’em-up-and-forget-’em designs. This describes the Kuzma Stabi M/4Point/CAR 40 to a T:...
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Classic Direct Turntable

December 11, 2014
Classic Direct Turntable

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Classic Direct turntable ($30,000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The sound of the new VPI Classic Direct can be summarized with one word: big. Big sound. Big dynamics. Big bass. Not to mention that the Classic Direct’s quietness, neutrality, resolution and faithfulness to the music goes...
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Music Hall Ikura Turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

December 11, 2014
Music Hall Ikura Turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue Phono Cartridge

Robert J. Reina has posted a review of the Music Hall Ikura turntable and Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge (together $1200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Music Hall Ikura impressed me—it did just about everything I want a turntable to do, without any of the tradeoffs I’ve come to associate with inexpensive turntables. Its...
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LKV Veros One Phone Stage

December 10, 2014
LKV Veros One Phone Stage

Peter Davey has posted a review of theLKV Veros One phone stage ($6500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, there you have it. The LKV Veros One is now the holy grail of phonostages, in my opinion, and I implore you to try one if you haven’t already, there is definitely something you are...
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Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary Phono Cartridge

December 9, 2014
Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary Phono Cartridge

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Ortofon SPU 95 Anniversary phono cartridge ($3400) in his Listening column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “All in all, the SPU 95th Anniversary accomplishes precisely what Ortofon set out to do: It’s a well-behaved, notably modern pickup that is quiet and imperturbable in the groove, with lots...
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LAMM Industries LP2.1 Deluxe Phono Preamplifier

December 8, 2014
LAMM Industries LP2.1 Deluxe Phono Preamplifier

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the LAMM Industries LP2.1 Deluxe phono preamplifier ($8590) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Space is the final frontier and remains a challenge for two- channel audio relative to a multichannel system. And this is exactly why tube imaging continues to be relevant and why tube gear...
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Music Hall’s MMF 11.1 Turntable

December 5, 2014
Music Hall’s MMF 11.1 Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted an update to his review of the Music Hall’s MMF 11.1 turntable ($4495) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “With the three transit screws removed, the ‘table further opened up, producing greater dynamic punch blacker backgrounds and an overall more assertive personality. Just to be sure, of course I replaced the screws...
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Fonica F-901 Violin Turntable and F-03 rev.3 Tonearm

December 2, 2014
Fonica F-901 Violin Turntable and F-03 rev.3 Tonearm

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Fonica F-901 Violin turntable and F-03 rev.3 tonearm (€5500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In turn, quality produced records sounded just brilliant. The sound depth was exceptional with each one of them. The same with electronica. Morton Subotnick’s album The Wild Bull, difficult to play back...
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Avid Ingenium Turntable

December 1, 2014
Avid Ingenium Turntable

Chris Croft has posted a review of the Avid Ingenium turntable ($2499) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Pitch-perfect rotation, with no wow—or flutter—and no extraneous low-frequency noises: What more could you want from a turntable? This one’s a definite keeper! ” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more reviews...
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Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

November 26, 2014
Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM Phono Cartridge

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Mono SE MM phono cartridge ($650) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The standard 2M Mono with its conical tip is a very fine cartridge. At a little over half the price of the 2M Mono SE it makes a lot of sense for...
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Trilogy Audio 907 Phono Stage

November 24, 2014
Trilogy Audio 907 Phono Stage

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the Trilogy Audio 907 phon stage (£1995) at SoundRebels. His conclusions: “I will miss this sweetness and slight saturation while listening to my beloved discs, without influence on the openness and liveliness of the sound. I think, that there will not be many people, who would complain,...
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Dynavector 20X2-L Low Output Moving Cartridge

November 22, 2014
Dynavector 20X2-L Low Output Moving Cartridge

Todd Bromgard has posted a review of the Dynavector 20X2-L low output moving coil cartridge ($875) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “I lived with the Dynavector 20X2-L as my primary cartridge for one year. In that time it proved to be a reliable communicator of music which flawlessly performed its duties. It’s sound is...
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Rega RP10 Turntable

November 21, 2014
Rega RP10 Turntable

Jerold O’Brien has posted a review of the Rega RP10 turntable ($6495 Apheta MC cartridge) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As hinted at the beginning of this review, the RP10 does reveal more music throughout the range. Transients are cleaner, the bass carries a bit more weight, and the high end is even crisper than...
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Primary Control Tonearm

November 21, 2014
Primary Control Tonearm

Richard H. Mak has posted a review of the Primary Control tonearm ($5500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “There is always a downside to anything elegant and exclusive. Just like the bespoke suits of Savile Row, the Primary Control comes with an elegant price tag. The price ranges from around $5,500 to approximately $8,000, depending...
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Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Turntable

November 17, 2014
Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement turntable ($16,895-$17,895) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “If I had the space and money it would be a no brainer to own both the AMG and the Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement. Heck if I didn’t already own the AMG it would...
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VPI Industries Classic 2 Turntable

November 16, 2014
VPI Industries Classic 2 Turntable

Oliver Amnuayphol has posted a review of the VPI Industries Classic 2 turntable ($4000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “With a mildly retro sound to partner its totally retro looks, the VPI Classic 2 proved to be a high-performing, no-nonsense, musically capable turntable: Its warm, fulsome sound should be an outstanding match for those...
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Art Pro Audio USB Phono Plus USB Phone Stage

November 13, 2014
Art Pro Audio USB Phono Plus USB Phone Stage

Francisco Duran has posted a review of the Art Pro Audio USB Phono Plus USB phono stage ($79) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So the question all of you are asking is the Art USB a giant killer. Well it is and it isn’t. It is for its functionality. As far as its sound...
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Koetsu Blue Onyx Phono Cartridge

November 10, 2014
Koetsu Blue Onyx Phono Cartridge

Jimmy Hughes has posted a review of the Koetsu Blue Onyx phono cartridge (£7400) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Clearly, the Blue Onyx is one magnificent cartridge. It’s among the finest you could ever hope to hear, with few peers when it comes to turning those squiggly grooves into living breathing music. You’ll listen to...
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