Analog

Soundsmith Carmen Phono Cartridge and MMP3 Phono Stage

May 28, 2015
Soundsmith Carmen Phono Cartridge and MMP3 Phono Stage

Herb Reichert has posted a review of the Soundsmith Carmen phono cartridge ($799) and MMP3 phono stage ($649) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Soundsmith Carmen’s ultra-low-mass MI assembly plays with more agility, is more naturally detailed, and sounds less stressed than any MC I’m aware of. Its treble is not dull or rolled off—it’s...
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Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

May 22, 2015
Clearaudio Maestro V2 Phono Cartridge

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Clearaudio Maestro V2 phono cartridge ($1200) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “In the months I spent listening to Clearaudio’s Maestro V2, I never felt I was missing anything. Instead, I was given an entirely different perspective on some very familiar recordings. Can a greater compliment be paid...
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Dared Audio LP-100

May 19, 2015
Dared Audio LP-100

Marc Rushton has posted a revew of the Dared Audio LP-100 ($1799) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “Certainly, better results can be achieved climbing a few more rungs of the ladder, but with the law of diminishing returns in mind, the LP-100 is a great investment that allows future cartridge upgrades without the need to...
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Acoustic Signature Triple X Turntable

May 11, 2015
Acoustic Signature Triple X Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable (~€3650 without tonearm) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Triple X didn’t sound warm, nor soft, as suspended designs usually did – it was a mass-loader after all. The lowest bass wasn’t as perfectly defined as by top mass-loader performers , neither...
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Remton LCR MM Phono Stage

May 10, 2015
Remton LCR MM Phono Stage

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Remton LCR MM phonostage (€3480) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “But it is dense, rich, palpable and vibrant. Its sound is perceived as organic – it is a great pleasure to listen to the music via this system. That’s what Japanese love such systems with step-up...
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iFi Audio Micro iPhono Phono Stage and iDSD DAC

May 9, 2015
iFi Audio Micro iPhono Phono Stage and iDSD DAC

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the iFi Audio Micro iPhono phono stage ($399) and iDSD DAC ($499) at Part-Time Audio Audiophile. His conclusions: “Not every single detail is happening right in front of you, but you are there, seeing the action, and absurdly close to those who spent several times more. Both...
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Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable

May 6, 2015
Pro-Ject Elemental Turntable

Chris Croft has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Elemental turntable ($229) at AVHub. His conclusions: “During the reviewing process, the Pro-Ject Elemental’s performance was good enough that I was constantly having to remind myself that it was, literally, an entry-level turntable…so entry-level that I think it’s the lowest-priced turntable I have ever reviewed.”...
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ZYX Omega Diamond Cartridge

May 5, 2015
ZYX Omega Diamond Cartridge

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the ZYX Omega Diamond phono cartridge (€24,500) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “A wonderful stylus that is very expensive for sure but that is very different from other medium-high range products. Its sound is always natural and for this characteristics it will not appeal at the first...
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Manley Chinook Phono Stage

April 30, 2015
Manley Chinook Phono Stage

Mauro Cittadini has posted a review of the Manley Chinook phono stage (€2900) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “Few contradictions, many merits. The Chinook casts a spell on me. I suggest to read the scheme summary below. I have though a lot before giving the Spark in the Dark, since Manley has already received the...
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Pro-Ject Audio Essential II Turntable

April 27, 2015
Pro-Ject Audio Essential II Turntable

Lim Juan has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Essential turntable (£200) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Pro-Ject has done it again, presenting a product for which auditioning is compulsory if one is shopping at the price point. I dare say one has to be ultra-demanding (one should not lose sight of the price) if...
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Audio Origami PU7 Tonearm

April 26, 2015
Audio Origami PU7 Tonearm

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Audio Origami PU7 tonearm (£1999) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “There are tonearms that appear more exotic or refined, are prettier to look at or way more expensive to buy, but there few — very few — that make listening to LPs quite as much...
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Oracle Paris MKV Turntable

April 25, 2015
Oracle Paris MKV Turntable

Giuseppe Trotto has posted a review of the Oracle Paris MKV turntable (€4900) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “The listening is enjoyable with all kind of music, with good sound and musical coherence. Unfortunately, its cost does not help to consider it as an affordable machine to compare with other competitors. Nevertheless, it is a...
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Allnic AUT-2000 Step-Up Transformer

April 19, 2015
Allnic AUT-2000 Step-Up Transformer

Nicolas Ripley has posted a review of the Allnic AUT-2000 step-up transformer (£1395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Allnic AUT‑2000 is that rare thing in consumer electronics; a device with no obvious downsides. While a few world‑class MC stages might not see a big improvement in adding an SUT of Allnic’s calibre, the rest...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 651P Phono Stage

April 17, 2015
Cambridge Audio Azur 651P Phono Stage

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 651P phono stage ($249) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “I’ve auditioned somewhere between 15 and 20 phono stages, but until the Cambridge Audio Azur 651P, I hadn’t heard one that could hold a candle to the phono stage of my Linn Majik-1P integrated...
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Leema Essentials Phono Phono Stage

April 16, 2015
Leema Essentials Phono Phono Stage

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Leema Essentials Phono phono stage (£495) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Leema Essentials is a remarkably revealing phono stage, it has less gain than average, which can undermine dynamics, but its transparency to pace and detail is top notch. It would suit turntables like the...
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Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

April 12, 2015
Clearaudio Performance DC Turntable

Dave Berriman has posted a review of the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (£2495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Summing up, the Performance DC turntable may not have the vibration isolation of some (often rather more expensive) suspended sub‑chassis turntables, but it offers a high standard of vinyl record reproduction, is beautifully made, looks great, and...
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Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

April 12, 2015
Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 Phono Stage

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Zanden Audio Systems Model 120 phono stage (£7495) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” It preserves the timing, flow and phrasing, emotional and expressive qualities, the colour and weight that explain top‑end vinyl replay’s benchmark status, reminding you just how musically addictive records can be. Facilities and...
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George Warren Turntable

April 10, 2015
George Warren Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the George Warren turntable ($4200) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “While many other turntables at or near its price point challenge it—for instance I look forward to reviewing VPI’s MDF-plinthed Prime, which sells complete with 3D printed arm for $3999—few can match the G-W’s curvaceous wood beauty. Sometimes,...
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

April 10, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable ($42,000) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “TechDAS’s designers ensure hat each model represents a osition in the brand’s hierarchy defined by price and technology: more money equals better performance. The Two is among the finest turntables you can...
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Merrill Audio Jens Phono Stage

April 10, 2015
Merrill Audio Jens Phono Stage

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Merrill Audio Jens phono stage ($15,499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The vanishing low levels of the Merrill Audio Jens phonostage noise floor showcases why it took so many years, and so many ears, to perfect this moving coil phono amplifier. In my experience the...
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Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

April 9, 2015
Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity Merlin audio system (£799) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I have to admit to coming to this system with divided thoughts. Yes, I expected good things given the brand, but still couldn’t quite dismiss from my mind the worry that this might be...
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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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