SME: 3009 Series III tonearm – test review

J. Gordon Holt writes: The third iteration of SME’s 3009 is one of the most versatile tonearms around. For the same reason, it is also one of the most tedious to set-up because, since every parameter is adjustable, every parameter must be adjusted. To continue reading please click HERE. Also https://www.facebook.com/groups/581515375550854/ Also ….. Please click […]

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SME: Model 30/2 turntable test review

  Stereophile write …. Dense, compact, and built to run O-rings around the competition, SME’s flagship turntable makes every other design I’ve encountered—with the possible exception of Rockport’s System III Sirius—look almost homemade. I don’t mean to insult the many fine, well-engineered designs out there, but I’ve seen nothing else to compare with SME’s tank-like approach to […]

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LINN: Ekos SE tonearm, Keel LP12 subchassis, & Trampolin turntable base – test review

Visit www.stereophile.com and look at the Vote Results for June 17, 2007: You’ll see that when we asked our readers to name the one audio product that’s spent the greatest amount of time in their systems, the most common answer by far was the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable (footnote 1). Little wonder that Scotland’s most famous record player […]

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SPENDOR: D7 loudspeaker test review

Stereophile write ….. Hi-fi firms have begun in garages. The English Spendor company was started in a bathtub. Or was it a kitchen sink? By days in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Spencer Hughes worked as part of the BBC’s loudspeaker research team. Among other accomplishments, he helped develop the 5″ midrange/woofer for the […]

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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 […]

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ARCAM: FMJ AVR750 test review

It’s probably fair to say that Arcam doesn’t rush its AV receivers to market. It’s been four years since the launch of the brand’s last flagship, the AVR600, which in the world of home electronics is something of an age. At least the brand doesn’t undersell them when they arrive. The AVR750, it says, is […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 integrated amplifier test review

Stereophile Magazine ….. It was fall 2000. I’d just begun working at Stereophile, and I clearly remember sheepishly, innocently putting this question to former senior editor Jonathan Scull. I think the question confused him—not because he didn’t know the answer, but because the answer seemed so obvious, the question itself should have been unnecessary. How […]

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SPENDOR: SA1 test review

HiFi Choice writes:  “The SA1 might appear to be very costly for such a small loudspeaker, but its superior standard of presentation and sound quality provides ample justification. It’s a fine solution for those seeking high quality with minimal physical intrusion and who are prepared to accept some constraints on maximum loudness.” MORE   Also […]

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AUDIOLAB: 8200CD test review (extract)

“The Audiolab 8200CD is a most versatile CD player, and ideal as a primary digital source component in a modern hi-fi system. The extra inputs extend the player’s span to take in almost any other digital product you may have in your living room too. A quartet of digital filters means the player or converter’s […]

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ARCAM: FMJ A19 test review

FOR Big, room-filling sound Open, dynamic and cohesive Subtle and revealing detail Deep and authoritative sound Remarkable composure and control Good build and connections AGAINST Requires careful system matching Its strengths might not be immediately apparent The Arcam FMJ A19 is a new integrated stereo amplifier that joins the ranks of Arcam’s high-end FMJ series – and […]

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ISOL-8: MiniSub Wave recommended by Hi-Fi Choice

Jimmy Hughes gives the MiniSub Wave “Recommended” status for Hi-Fi Choice “I felt things had moved to a different level. The music seemed to flow better, and was somehow more lucid and coherent.” “Improves your hi-fi, irrespective of mains quality” Full review at http://www.isol-8.co.uk/article28.html More information HERE Also ….. Please click HERE to access the […]

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ARCAM: FMJ integrated test review

FOR Detail and musicality are both highly developed in this understated amplifier, but don’t let its calm manners put you off guard for more dramatic moments AGAINST Some may find the degree of control excessive Can seem a touch polite at times “A winning combination of sonic virtues with vices that are so minor, most […]

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