JELCO: SA-750D tonearm test review

Right then, let’s start out with a quick quiz. Mobile phones away, please, no conferring and fingers on buzzers. “What links Acoustic Research, Revolver, Avid, Acoustic Signature, London Acoustical Developments, Sumiko, Audioquest, Pro-Ject and Ariston?” If you’re thinking turntables, very good – award yourself a point. Now to part two – “who links all the […]

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ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE: Triple X turntable & TA -1000 tonearm – test review.

Stereophile: In a bizarre but happy turn of events, recent consumer trends have given even the most socially awkward audiophile something to talk about at cocktail parties and family gatherings at which normal people predominate: the PonoPlayer and vinyl. These are hot topics; each is among the best-sounding music sources available, and both offer hope […]

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LINN: Sondek LP12 turntable + Klyde phono cartridge – test review

STEREOPHILE: If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able to draw me into […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor Audio: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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PARASOUND: The unusually usefully featured Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier – test review

Steve Guttenberg writes: Full bass management is a rarely found feature in stereo integrated amps, but the Parasound Halo has it, along with superb sound. The Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier may appear rather conservative, but once you look a little deeper you’ll discover its rather unusual feature lineup. First, it offers the sort of true […]

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WILSON BENESCH: Full Circle turntable, ACT 0.5 tonearm, & Ply MC cartridge – test review

“Hello, I’d like to apply for a Federal Grant? For what? Oh, to design and build a new, high-tech, very expensive turntable. What’s that? It plays records. Yes, that kind of turntable. Ofcourse they still make records. Why? How much time do you have? Oh, I forgot—you’re a federal employee, you have all day! Well, I didn’t mean […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were being […]

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LYRA: Clavis Da Capo moving-coil phono cartridge – test review

Stereophile writes as follows: Scan-Tech builds low-output moving-coil cartridges for a number of companies, including AudioQuest, Linn, and Spectral (footnote 1). It also markets its own line, under the Lyra brand name (Lydian, Clavis, Parnassus), which is imported and distributed by Immedia out of Berkeley, CA. To continue reading please click HERE.

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SENTEC: EQ11 phono preamplifier test review

Stereophile write: With quiet elegance, the Sentec EQ11 phono stage and equalizer entered my expanding world of gramophone dreams. The EQ11 ($2500) is a modestly sized, tubed phono stage with the industry-standard RIAA phono equalization and five other EQ curves. These additional curves are for records pressed by companies that did not fully or promptly […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Herb Reichert (Stereophile magazine) writes: It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. […]

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Gramophone Dreams #6 – test review

Stereophile: I used to get invited to these highly secret audio soirées, held in a basement workshop at the end of a dark, garbage-filled alley in Manhattan’s Chinatown. There was no street address—only a wire-glass window in a metal door—and if you didn’t know the password (ie, if you weren’t carrying some type of audio […]

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ORTOFON: MC-2000 MC phono cartridge – test review.

STEREOPHILE: Although the idea of a $1000 moving-coil cartridge no longer shocks audiophiles, it is still not exactly what I’d call “Mainstream Hi-Fi.” Audio magazine’s 1984 Equipment Directory—the most complete such compendium published in the US—lists only 10 models in this price range, not counting the Kiseki Lapis Lazuli at a whopping three-and-a-half grand! I have not tested […]

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GRAHAM ENGINEERING: Phantom B-44 tonearm – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

The Graham Engineering 1.5 tonearm, originally introduced in 1990, was a thoughtfully executed design that logically addressed all of the basics of good tonearm performance—geometry, resonance control, rigidity, dynamic stability—with effective, sometimes ingenious ideas, while providing exceptional ease and flexibility of setup. Over time, designer Bob Graham came up with ways to significantly improve the 1.5’s performance, […]

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SPENDOR: A3 test review

“It’s odd. There are a lot of loudspeakers that don’t put a foot wrong, but very few that command such respect from practically everyone in the business. This is also the kind of speaker that proves the virtue of listening at length. A two minute burst of music through the A3 will do nothing apart […]

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Revel Ultima Rhythm2 powered subwoofer – test review

Stereophile: Powerful, massive, and expensive, Revel’s Ultima Rhythm2 subwoofer ($10,000) swept me off my feet when I first saw it in Harman International’s suite at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. It outsizes, by 49 lbs and 2.6 cubic feet, Revel’s previous flagship model, the Ultima Sub30, which I reviewed in the November 2004 issue. Its […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. I’ve owned my […]

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GLOW AUDIO: Amp One test review

Derek Brooks writes: The Amp One from Glow Audio is an amazing feat.  It is a tube pre and power amplifier, contains a USB DAC, has speaker and headphone outputs, is mostly point-to-point wired, and costs less than $800. And oh yeah, the sound is gorgeous. I’ve never seen point to point wiring at $800 – […]

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: Azur 851A integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile write:  The more integrated amps I review, the more I want to tell manufacturers: Please, skip the DAC, omit the phono stage, lose the Bluetooth—just give me the best sound quality, and the most vivid, most transparent line stage and control center (with pre-out) you can design. Make sure this line stage has appropriate […]

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The Well-Tempered Arm – test review

Stereophile: Remember Rube Goldberg? He was a cartoonist during the late 1920s to early 1950s who specialized in devising the most outlandish and ingenious devices ever conceived by man, before or since. A Rube Goldberg mousetrap, for example, would occupy an entire small room. In taking the bait, the mouse would tip a balance beam, […]

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Lehmann Audio Black Cube Statement test review

The original Black Cube was introduced in 1995, and quickly won itself a reputation for offering both good performance and value for money. Since then this little 103x108x45mm metal box has undergone several modifications to keep it competitive. The current model boasts an entirely passive RIAA network using ‘high precision foil capacitors’, and an MKP […]

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Triode TRV-88SER Integrated Amplifier – test review

Marc Rushton writes:  The compact TRV-88SER integrated amplifier features KT88 valves (Triode branded) as the model number suggests, operating in class AB mode and ‘push-pull’ operation.  A double triode 12AX7 operates the input stage, while two 12AU7 tubes drive the KT88 valves. Hand assembled with beautiful timber flanks, the high quality finish across the whole […]

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