Analog

Rega RP8 Turntable

February 4, 2016
Rega RP8 Turntable

Anthony Kershaw has posted a review of the Rega RP8 turntable ($2995) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “The RP8 is a fantastic piece of kit, decked out with appropriate accessories, all for a very reasonable price. Very highly recommended.” You can read the full review here.
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Grand Prix Audio Monaco 1.5 Turntable

February 4, 2016
Grand Prix Audio Monaco 1.5 Turntable

Tim Aucremann has posted a review of the Grand Prix Audio Monaco 1.5 turntable ($23,800) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “I felt more in touch with the presence and humanity of the music and the music makers. I heard new clarity and distinctness to mirrored vocals; just listen to Nora Jones sing “My...
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Ortofon, The Cartridge Man, Nagaoka and VPI/SoundSmith Phono Cartridges

February 4, 2016
Ortofon, The Cartridge Man, Nagaoka and VPI/SoundSmith Phono Cartridges

Kevin Walker has posted a review of the Ortofon 2M Black ($799), The Cartridge Man Music Maker III (£550), Nagaoka MP-500 ($799), and VPI/SoundSmith Zephyr ($999) phono cartridges at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “Although I may seem to appear a bit hard on these cartridges, I would use any of them over any...
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Channel D Seta Piccola Mk2 Phono Preamplifier

February 3, 2016
Channel D Seta Piccola Mk2 Phono Preamplifier

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Channel D Seta Piccola Mk2 phono preamplifier ($2498) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Its greatest asset is its transparency, so transparent that when listening to records I forgot it was in my system. That’s the nicest thing that I can say about a component where...
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Audio Origami PU7 and Uniarm Tonearms

February 2, 2016
Audio Origami PU7 and Uniarm Tonearms

Steve Dickinson has posted a review of the Audio Origami PU7 (£1999) and Uniarm (£1499) tonearms at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The PU7 is a very grown up arm, it brings confidence, gravitas, and insight, yet isn’t afraid to get down and boogie with the best of them. It also offers more options in terms...
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Soundsmith, Ortofon and Garrott Bros. Phono Cartridges

February 1, 2016
Soundsmith, Ortofon and Garrott Bros. Phono Cartridges

Peter Familari has posted review a review of the Soundsmith Zephyr ($2106), Soundsmith Otello ($675), Ortofon Cadenza Bronze ($2995), and Garrott Bros. P77i ($599) phono cartridges at 6moons. His conclusions: “The Ortofon Cadenza Bronze isn’t quite as detailed as the Zephyr but only a bee’s wing behind. It tracks as well and has the...
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Tavish Design Adagio Phono Stage

January 30, 2016
Tavish Design Adagio Phono Stage

Ron Nagle has posted a review of the Tavish Design Adagio phono stage ($) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Every once in a while I am privileged to introduce a high-end audio component that combines exceptional value and performance. This is that time, so go forth and find as I’m keeping the review...
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Oracle Delphi Mk.VI Second Generation Turntable

January 29, 2016
Oracle Delphi Mk.VI Second Generation Turntable

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Oracle Delphi Mk.VI Second Generation turntable ($9750) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I won’t be leaving my Garrard or my Thorenses by the curb any time soon, but during their absence from my system, the Oracle Delphi Mk.VI Second Generation entertained and fulfilled me in a way...
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Kronos Sparta Turntable, Helena Tonearm, and ZYX Premium Omega Phono Cartridge

January 27, 2016
Kronos Sparta Turntable, Helena Tonearm, and ZYX Premium Omega Phono Cartridge

WL Low has posted a review of the Kronos Sparta turntable ($21,500), Helena tonearm ($6500), and ZYX Premium Omega phono cartridge at av2day.com. His conclusions: “ndeed the Kronos Sparta is the best analog experience I’ve had till date, and I speculate that probably only the Kronos Pro Ltd can do better. For those who...
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Kronos Sparta 0.5 Turntable And Upgrade To Full Sparta

January 27, 2016
Kronos Sparta 0.5 Turntable And Upgrade To Full Sparta

Rick Becker has posted a review of the Kronos Sparta 0.5 turntable ($15,000) and upgrade to the full Sparta ($7500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Sparta is really two amazing turntables. I could happily live with the 0.5 for the rest of my life, but the full Sparta, there’s the lust.” You...
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Rega Aphelion Moving Coil Cartridge

January 26, 2016
Rega Aphelion Moving Coil Cartridge

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Rega Aphelion moving coil cartridge (£2998) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Aphelion one of those very rare cartridges that is so well thought out that you get detail down to the quietest sounds as well as musicality that cannot be beaten. Many cartridges are either...
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Karan Acoustics PH1 Phono Stage

January 25, 2016
Karan Acoustics PH1 Phono Stage

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Karan Acoustics PH1 phono stage (£7900) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In fact, the PH1 is good enough to render the Phono Reference pointless. Except… in those rare shoot-for-the-moon systems where money is no object, where every turntable has many arms, and were the idea of ‘compromise’...
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Encore 7 Eggshell Prestige PS5 Phono Stage

January 25, 2016
Encore 7 Eggshell Prestige PS5 Phono Stage

Mike Cox has posted a review of the Encore 7 Eggshell Prestige PS5 phono stage (£1999) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “Compared to my regular Whest, it has a warmer tonality and is easily on the pace, playing the tune without sounding slow or lacking in rhythm. Whilst the PS5 lacks the gain and...
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TriangleART Symphony Turntable

January 24, 2016
TriangleART Symphony Turntable

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the TriangleART Symphony turntable ($6950) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The hardest thing about this review was bearing in mind that it wasn’t fair to be continually comparing it with turntables that cost a minimum of twice as much. What I’m trying to say is that the TriangleART...
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Kronos Pro Limited Production Turntable

January 17, 2016
Kronos Pro Limited Production Turntable

Dato’ Danon Han has posted a review of the Kronos Pro Limited Production turntable at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “As for its price of admission, I would say that purchasing a Kronos Pro Ltd, is really a “No Brainer”, even if you have more money to spend. I own some of its competitors....
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Thales TTT-Slim Turntable and Easy Tonearm

January 17, 2016
Thales TTT-Slim Turntable and Easy Tonearm

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Thales TTT-Slim turntable and Easy tonearm ($5800)at Dagogo. His conclusions: “After years of listening to turntables and owning three different linear tracking setups, and admitting my unrelenting, persisting love for a really good 12-inch pivot tonearm, I think either the tonearms from Thales or linear tracking...
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Channel D Lino Phono Stage

January 16, 2016
Channel D Lino Phono Stage

Dave Clark has posted a review of the Channel D Lino phono stage ($1199) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “We understand what people want from their LPs regardless the genre. It is the music. It is the engagement. It is being transported to someplace else. The Lino did that with anything we tossed its...
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Triangle Art Concerto Turntable

January 13, 2016
Triangle Art Concerto Turntable

Dave Clark has posted a review of the Triangle Art Concerto turntable ($3995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “For those who need the bits as opposed to whole… the Concerto did bass amazingly well with a clean and airy high end. Slam and oomph galore. Nice. And the Concerto was articulate and dynamic, it...
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Hana S Range Moving Coil Phono Cartridges

January 13, 2016
Hana S Range Moving Coil Phono Cartridges

Ian Ringstead has posted a review of the Hana S range of moving coil phono cartridges (£447) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “Both cartridges work well in both budget and higher-end turntable/ arm combinations and are well worth seeking out.” You can read the full review here.
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Luminous Audio Technology Arion Phono Preamplifier

January 12, 2016
Luminous Audio Technology Arion Phono Preamplifier

Malcolm J. Gomes has posted a review of the Luminous Audio Technology Arion phono preamplifier ($6395) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If you already have a great turntable, tone arm and cartridge, but suspect that your phone stage is holding the sound quality back, you would be well advised to give the Arion a...
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Electrocompaniet ECG-1 Turntable and Tonearm

January 11, 2016
Electrocompaniet ECG-1 Turntable and Tonearm

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Electrocompaniet ECG-1 turntable and tonearm (together £2760) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In a way, I’d love to see the ECG-1 available as a complete turnkey kit (with that SoundSmith cartridge) and just as a turntable with a range of cut-outs for different arms. The Jelco is...
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Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner Turntable Motor Controller and Eagle Power Supply

January 10, 2016
Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner Turntable Motor Controller and Eagle Power Supply

Peter Davey has posted a review of the Phoenix Engineering RoadRunner turntable motor controller ($235) and Eagle power supply ($525) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “You simply can’t go wrong with these devices—perfect addition to any AC motor based table. And, at this price, you’d be crazy not to make the shift! ” You...
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Bob’s Devices Cinemag Sky 30 Step-Up Transformer

January 10, 2016
Bob’s Devices Cinemag Sky 30 Step-Up Transformer

Jon Eben Field has posted a review of the Bob’s Devices Cinemag Sky 30 step-up transformer ($1250) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “In listening to the Cinemag Sky 30, I was distinctly aware that this device is not an emotional instrument. It is, rather, a transparent, analytical, and musical device that reveals a...
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Acoustic Signature Invictus Turntable and TA-9000 Tonearm

January 3, 2016
Acoustic Signature Invictus Turntable and TA-9000 Tonearm

Jonathan Valin has posted Part 1 of his review of the Acoustic Signature Invictus turntable and TA-9000 tonearm (together, $123,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “I will have a good deal more to say about this standard-setting turntable and tonearm in future installments of this blog, and when I review the entire system...
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Ortofon MC A95 Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

January 3, 2016
Ortofon MC A95 Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

Andre Jennings has posted a review of the Ortofon MC A95 moving-coil phono cartridge ($6499) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “While the A90 was Ortofon’s highest-performance cartridge nearly five years ago, the A95 is much better sounding in every respect. Although it doesn’t outperform it, the A95 nips at the heels of the...
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