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Charisma Audio Reference One Phono Cartridge

April 1, 2016
Charisma Audio Reference One Phono Cartridge

Rick Becker has posted a review of the Charisma Audio Reference One phono cartridge ($2000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “At less than $2000 it is an excellent starter cartridge for the Kronos Sparta, as well as an excellent cartridge for turntables that cost a whole lot less.” You can read the full...
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iFi micro iPhono Phono Stage

March 30, 2016
iFi micro iPhono Phono Stage

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the iFi micro iPhono phono stage ($) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “I would have to say that at this budget price range, the iPhono could kick those devices double or triple of its price. But beyond two grand benchmark, iPhono will face fierce competition and torture....
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak Phono Stage

March 27, 2016
Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak Phono Stage

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-P12SE Superpak phono stage ($12,500) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “The VK-P12SE Superpak produces excellent holographic soundstage and vivacious presentation that one yearned for in the listening session.” You can read the full review here.
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Transrotor Jupiter Turntable

March 27, 2016
Transrotor Jupiter Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Transrotor Jupiter turntable (~€3475) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “If you choose Jupiter, you’ll get a nice looking, good sounding turntable that will allow you to enjoy music, a lot! You can upgrade it later but it’s a choice. Just buy more records and enjoy listening...
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Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS Phono Stage

March 24, 2016
Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS Phono Stage

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Pro-Ject’s MM/MC Phono Box RS phono stage ($999) at AnalogPlanet. His conclusions: “The Pro-Ject Phono Box RS is a remarkably well-constructed, uniquely featured MM/MC phono preamplifier that offers for $999 fully balanced, dual-differential performance, low subjective noise and rich, fully bodied sonics.” You can read the...
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Lounge Audio LCR MK3 Phono Stage and Copla Step-Up Preamplifier

March 21, 2016
Lounge Audio LCR MK3 Phono Stage and Copla Step-Up Preamplifier

Frederic Beudot has posted a review of the Lounge Audio LCR MK3 phono stage ($300) and Copla step-up preamplifier ($270) at 6moons. His conclusions: “To be fully transparent, my first conclusion was to award the LCRMk3 because it is an outstanding MM phono preamp with no equal I know of at its price; but...
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Nagra VPS Phono Stage

March 17, 2016
Nagra VPS Phono Stage

Frederic Beudot has posted a review of the Nagra VPS phono stage (€6995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Overall I felt that in my system the Nagra did better with leaner cables like the Ocellias and more neutral cartridges like the Ortofon Quintet Black. That’s because it did not need any of the tonal or...
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Audio by Van Alstine Vision Phono Stage

March 16, 2016
Audio by Van Alstine Vision Phono Stage

Dick Olsher has posted a review of the Audio by Van Alstine Vision phono stage ($499) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “With its smooth textures and precise transient control, the Vision was able to hold its own in the company of far more expensive gear. Partnered with the new Audible Illusions L3A line...
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FM Acoustics FM 122 MKII Phono Stage, FM 133 Linearizer, FM 155 Preamplifier, and FM 108 Monoblocks

March 14, 2016
FM Acoustics FM 122 MKII Phono Stage, FM 133 Linearizer, FM 155 Preamplifier, and FM 108 Monoblocks

Jacek Pazio has posted a review of the FM Acoustics FM 122 MKII phono stage (10,920 CHF), FM 133 linearizer (10,680 CHF), FM 155 preamplifier (9,990 CHF), and FM 108 monoblock amplifiers (17,960 CHF/pair) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: ” I will recommend to listen to the tested system at your own leisure, in...
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SME Model 15/A Turntable

March 13, 2016
SME Model 15/A Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the SME Model 15/A turntable (~€10,200) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This turntable is both – precise and full of passion. It has its limitations but it manages to overcome them so that they don’t spoil the pleasure of listening to the music. It offers a well...
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Transrotor ZET 3 Infinity Turntable

March 12, 2016
Transrotor ZET 3 Infinity Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Transrotor ZET 3 Infinity turntable (~€4150-~€14,500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Original design of the device, an opportunity for many upgrades resulting in even better, and/or different performance is something that makes this deck a life-time choice. Whichever version, whichever state of upgrade, Zet 3 always...
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Stein Music Aventurin 6 Mk2 Phono Cartridge

March 12, 2016
Stein Music Aventurin 6 Mk2 Phono Cartridge

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Stein Music Aventurin 6 Mk2 phono cartridge (~€6975) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “In short – this cart offered a very rich, highly enjoyable performance. Sure there are few carts that are even more resolving, offer better definition, but still I liked this lively, soulful performance...
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Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Stage

March 12, 2016
Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB Phono Stage

Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Margules Audio Magenta FZ47DB phono stage ($799) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The little Magenta from Margules Audio isn’t better than any of those, but it is insanely good for the money, and it’s dang good for any price. If they had put it in an expensive...
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Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird Turntable

March 11, 2016
Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Dr. Feickert Analogue Firebird turntable ($12,500) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “But if you’re looking for an all-in-one turntable that avoids the hassles of outboard tonearm and motor pods and can accommodate two or more 12″ arms, the Firebird is well worth considering. I greatly enjoyed my...
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GEM Dandy PolyTable

March 11, 2016
GEM Dandy PolyTable

Julie Mullins has posted a review of the GEM Dandy PolyTable ($1495) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “If you’re an analog lover who doesn’t have a big living space and/or a big budget, this high-value, small-footprint, belt-driven turntable could be just your ticket. From setup to playback to overall musical enjoyment, I found...
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Nagra VPS Phono Stage

March 10, 2016
Nagra VPS Phono Stage

Frederic Beudot has posted a preliminary review of the Nagra VPS phono stage (€6995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Overall I felt that in my system the Nagra did better with leaner cables like the Ocellias and more neutral cartridges like the Ortofon Quintet Black. That’s because it did not need any of the tonal...
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Audio Tekne TFA-9501 Preamplifier, TM-8801 Phono Stage, and TEA-8695 Monoblocks

March 7, 2016
Audio Tekne TFA-9501 Preamplifier, TM-8801 Phono Stage, and TEA-8695 Monoblocks

Jacek Paziohas posted a review of the Audio Tekne TFA-9501 preamplifier (€69,000), TM-8801 phono stage (€60,000), and TEA-8695 monoblocks (€69,000/pair) at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “It will take a while for me to return to the pre-review state of mind. Usually I required only a few days of reset. How it will be this...
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Onkyo CP-1050 Turntable with OC-105 Phono Cartridge

March 7, 2016
Onkyo CP-1050 Turntable with OC-105 Phono Cartridge

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Onkyo CP-1050 turntable with OC-105 phono cartridge ($499) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The CP-1050 seemed to have its own sound, and would match well with a slightly better, lively sounding, moderate-cost cartridge with elliptical stylus from Audio-Technica or Ortofon. If you’re in the market to...
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SOTA Moonbeam Turntable

March 7, 2016
SOTA Moonbeam Turntable

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the SOTA Moonbeam turntable ($1086) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The SOTA Moonbeam, made in the USA, is an attractive, modestly priced turntable fitted with the excellent Rega RB202 die-cast tone arm. It was a warm, solid sounding performer “stock” but could be greatly improved with some “add-ons”.”...
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Pro-Ject Primary The Rolling Stones Edition Turntable and Phono Box E Phono Stage

March 6, 2016
Pro-Ject Primary The Rolling Stones Edition Turntable and Phono Box E Phono Stage

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Pro-Ject Primary The Rolling Stones Edition turntable (~€349) and Phono Box E phono stage (~€75) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It’s a really good, budget turntable, and a cool piece of audio equipment too. But to be clear I have to write a bit about its...
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Audio Tekne TFA 9501 Preamplifier, TEA 9501 Phono Stage, and TM 9502 Power Amplifier

March 6, 2016
Audio Tekne TFA 9501 Preamplifier, TEA 9501 Phono Stage, and TM 9502 Power Amplifier

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Audio Tekne TFA 9501 preamplifier (€69,000), TEA 9501 phono stage (€89,000), and TM 9502 power amplifier (€155,000) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “After a spending few weeks with a system like THAT I can only say that I understand why people who can afford it would...
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Octave Audio Phono EQ.2 Phono Stage

March 6, 2016
Octave Audio Phono EQ.2 Phono Stage

Oliver Amnuayphol has posted a review of the Octave Audio Phono EQ.2 phono stage ($1899) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for something that can properly load your cartridge, makes marathon listening a breeze, and — most important — never fails to make compelling music, do yourself a solid and check out...
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J. Sikora Reference Turntable

March 5, 2016
J. Sikora Reference Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the J. Sikora reference turntable (~€12,500) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “This deck offers an ultra-stable performance that allows to uncover even deepest layers of every recording and of recorded music. This device combined with Kuzma’s tonearm and cartridge differentiate recordings in the most remarkable way. This...
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Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

March 5, 2016
Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable (€4865 deck; €10,950 system) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “he Mediterraneo turntable looks, sounds and makes one feel like a wonderful, high quality Italian product should. Chic and style plus many years of experience. It is not a perfect all-rounder as some...
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Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier

March 3, 2016
Parasound Halo JC 3+ Phono Preamplifier

Maurice Jeffries has posted a review of the Parasound Halo JC 3+ phono preamplifier ($2995) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The JC 3+ hits well above its price and weight class, delivering near reference-caliber performance for a very fair tariff. In a perfect world, I would be forgiven for requesting a bit more in...
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