Analog

Shure V15 V Phono Cartridge with Gyger Stylus

June 29, 2015
Shure V15 V Phono Cartridge with Gyger Stylus

Chris Templer has posted a review of the Shure V15 V phono cartridge with Gyger stylus at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “In all honesty apart from the likes of some very expensive high end cartridges I’m not convinced this can easily be beaten. Only one other cartridge I have heard or owned has sounded...
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Langer Audio No.7 Turntable

June 29, 2015
Langer Audio No.7 Turntable

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Langer Audio No.7 turntable (€5980) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “But most of all I love the direct, uncomplicated and uncompromising clarity of its musical performance, the expressive range and temporal anchor with which it underpins the performance of your ‘arm and cartridge. Like any...
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Kiseki Purple Heart NS Phono Cartridge

June 25, 2015
Kiseki Purple Heart NS Phono Cartridge

Tom Lyle has posted a review of the Kiseki Purple Heart NS phono cartridge ($3299) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “After living with the Kiseki Purple Heart most if not all vinyl-loving audiophiles will be amazed at what they can hear hidden in the grooves of their favorite records, and how it can...
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JR Transrotor Orion Reference FMD Turntable with TR 5009 Tonearm

June 22, 2015
JR Transrotor Orion Reference FMD Turntable with TR 5009 Tonearm

Andre Jennings has posted a review of the JR Transrotor Orion Reference FMD turntable ($30,000) with TR 5009 tonearm at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Add an outer ring clamp like the optional Transrotor Rotor Ring (be sure to use the center weight when doing so) for those less-than-flat records, choose your cartridge (and...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 610LP Phono Stage

June 17, 2015
Simaudio Moon Evolution 610LP Phono Stage

Jason Thorpe has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 610LP phono stage ($7500) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “So. Bass? Check. Treble? Yep. Imaging? You bet. The 610LP did it all right. But it’s how the Simaudio put it all together that makes this phono stage truly valuable.” You can read the...
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VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable

June 16, 2015
VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the VPI Scout 1.1 turntable ($1995). Their conclusions: “What more can I say, exploring my record collection with the Scout has been enlightening, engaging and downright good fun! If ever I needed another reason to listen to more vinyl – the VPI Scout has given me one....
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VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable and Luminous Audio Arion Phono Stage

June 10, 2015
VPI Scout 1.1 Turntable and Luminous Audio Arion Phono Stage

John Gatski has posted a review of the VPI Scout 1.1 turntable ($2000) and Luminous Audio Arion phono stage ($6395) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: ” If you are a vinyl stalwart with a bit of disposable income, the VPI Scout 1.1 and Luminous Audio Arion are two worthy candidates for purchase. If...
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Perreaux Audiant VP3 Phono Stage

June 10, 2015
Perreaux Audiant VP3 Phono Stage

Ian Ringstead has posted a review of the Perreaux Audiant VP3 phono stage (£1950) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “I know it’s cliched in reviewer speak but I will be very sorry when the VP3 goes back. My Whest Two is very good for it’s price £800 , but at less than half the...
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Transfiguration Proteus Phono Cartridge

June 8, 2015
Transfiguration Proteus Phono Cartridge

Myles Astor has posted a review of the Transfiguration Proteus phono cartridge ($6000) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The cartridge delivers much of what the best transducers do at a fraction of the cost. The Proteus is quick, clean and resolving and really does justice the both the musicians and recording engineers intent. The...
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TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

June 5, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Two Turntable

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable ($28,898) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The TechDAS Air Force Two is one of those turntables that takes ‘Awesome’ in its stride. It always sounds awesome, even when it’s resolving something straightforward like Tom Waits voice. But when faced with an orchestra,...
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ZYX Sigma Premium Diamond Phono Cartridge and Premium Artisan Phono Cartridge

June 4, 2015
ZYX Sigma Premium Diamond Phono Cartridge and Premium Artisan Phono Cartridge

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the ZYX Sigma Premium Diamond phon cartridge (€11,750) and Premium Artisan phon preamplifier (€9975) phono at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The top ZYX system sees the world in a colorful, good way. Neither the Dynavector DV XV-1t, nor the Air Tight PC-1 Supreme, and not even the...
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TechDAS Air Force Turntable

June 4, 2015
TechDAS Air Force Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the TechDAS Air Force Two turntable (€35,375) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Listening to music using AF2 is sort of intellectual challenge. It brings a lot of surprises no matter if one listens to well known, or totally unknown recordings. It is also an emotional challenge –...
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Miyajima Laboratory Mandake Phono Cartridge

June 4, 2015
Miyajima Laboratory Mandake Phono Cartridge

Wojciech Miyajima Laboratory Mandake phono cartridge (~€5975) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The best cartridge so far from this legendary brand. It offers everything that Shilabe and Kansui do and than some more. It is perfect.” You can read the full review here.
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Parasound JC 3+ Phono Stage

June 2, 2015
Parasound JC 3+ Phono Stage

Lim Juan has posted a review of the Parasound JC 3+ phono stage ($2999) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “The incremental improvement in performance goes quite some way toward making up for the higher sticker price (see ‘But’, uh, below) which the JC 3+ now commands, by my reckoning. It may be different for you...
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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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