MUSICAL FIDELITY: AMS 35i – test review

David Price writes:  Talk to Antony Michaelson about his prodigious product portfolio and there are a few select designs about which he speaks with particular affection, the A1000 being one of them. This was one of the first British battleship integrateds. Of course, Japanese marques like Sansui once specialised in the breed – producing massive, […]

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BASIS AUDIO: Ovation turntable test review

Stereophile wrote in 1993 …. As audio enters its second digital decade, it gives me great pleasure to proclaim a great audio truth: to groove is divine, to error-correct ain’t so benign. To my mind, analog is audio. I’m tired of the digital-processor-of-the-month parade, in which each new contender pretends to massage the same old […]

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AIRTANGENT: Their tonearm – test review

Stereophile writes ….. Tonearms, like Rodney Dangerfield, never get no respect. When was the last time you heard someone actually argue the merits of a tonearm? Right, not recently. “Hey, I just got that new Gizmo tonearm!” “Oh yeah? What cartridge are you using?” People pick out the cartridge for praise and consideration time after […]

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VPI HR-X turntable & JMW12.6 tonearm test review – by Brian Damkroger / Stereophile

  VPI Industries’ TNT turntable and JMW Memorial tonearm have evolved through several iterations over the last two decades. Some changes have been large, such as the deletion of the three-pulley subchassis and the introduction of the SDS motor controller. Others have been invisible—a change in bearing or spindle material, for example, or the way […]

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AUDIO RESEARCH: Vsi60 – test review

Audio Research Corporation’s new VSi60 integrated valve amplifier is highly reminiscent of the classic VSi55 it replaces. That’s no bad thing, opines David Price… It was back in 2003 that I reviewed Audio Research’s VSi55 integrated ‘tube’ amplifier, concluding that it was a superb product that would appeal to a completely new sort of valve […]

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NAGRA: Jazz line preamplifier test review

Stereophile magazine write: Branding can be powerful—a well-developed brand connotes strong images in the consumer’s mind. Apple means ergonomics, elegance, ego. Fremer means analog, exuberance, fastidiousness. Rolex means Swiss-made, precision, expensive. Nagra means Swiss-made, precision, expensive. I’ve heard the occasional Nagra product at audio shows, but infrequently. When I have, I’ve been in awe of […]

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ROGUE AUDIO: Pharaoh Integrated Valve Amplifier

Incredible value true high end sound versatile amplifier I have used pre/power amplifier combinations for over 30 years, and for the past 8 years the power depended on valves. Well I decided I wanted fewer boxes and wires. In addition I had one of those bad output valve periods when interesting mini firework displays attended […]

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BASIS: Debut Mk.V turntable test review

  Stereophile writes ….. As it did for so many other designers and manufacturers of specialty audio gear, the current occupation of Basis owner/designer A.J. Conti began as a hobby and personal quest. A longtime audiophile and home-based dealer of brands like Krell and Quicksilver, Conti decided to build his own “killer” turntable using a […]

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VTL TL-5.5 Series II Signature line preamplifier test review

Stereophiule magazine write: As I’ve lately had the pleasure of reviewing some impressive tubed components, I asked myself why I hadn’t ever reviewed anything from VTL Amplifiers. My history with VTL goes back to the 1986 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago (wouldn’t it be great if CES returned to that city?), where Vacuum Tube Logic […]

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LINN: Ekos SE tonearm, Keel LP12 subchassis, & Trampolin turntable base test review – by Art Dudley / Stereophile

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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The Tri-Planar Tonearm – test review.

While brushing my teeth this morning, it occurred to me that there are significant similarities between a toothbrush and a tonearm/cartridge. The bristles would be analogous to the cartridge and the brush handle to the tonearm. In either case it is the business end of the device that does all the work. The bristles track […]

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Simon Yorke Designs Series 9 turntable & tonearm test review – by Michael Fremer / Stereophile

Simon Yorke is an artist, a machinist, an electronics wiz, and a political idealist. He’s also an analog enthusiast who melds aesthetic and technical considerations into eye-catching, densely packed, compact record-playing devices that are ruggedly built and functionally elegant. His turntables’ smooth, matte-gray, metallic finishes and efficient lines make them among the most visually pleasing […]

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STAX SRS-4170 Earspeaker System test review

Stax has been making electrostatic earspeakers (please don’t call them headphones) since 1960, when the company introduced the SR-1. Stax still makes a range of earspeaker systems beginning with the $565 SRS-002 on up to the $1,775 SRS-4170. Stax also has several more expensive “separates,” including the flagship $4,450 SR-009 (earspeakers and $2,150 SRM-007tII amplifier. This review will concentrate […]

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SOTA Star Sapphire turntable test review – by Steven W. Watkinson, Various / Stereophile

The SOTA Sapphire was the first, and the most successful in terms of sales, of the new generation of high-end American turntables. As such, the SOTA can be viewed as leading this country’s resurge ence of interest in high-quality turntable production. At the time of the SOTA’s introduction in 1981, it was the only high-end […]

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TRANSPARENT CABLE: Transparent PowerWave 10 Power Conditioner test review

Andrew Robinson ….. Power products are practically a dime a dozen, with most costing far more than a dime while offering about that level of performance, but don’t despair. There is one power conditioner on the market that delivers: the PowerWave 10 from Transparent. Better known for audio/video cables, Transparent has been making top-flight power […]

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PARADIGM: Studio Monitor loudspeaker – test review

Paradigm is not a new name to US audiophiles, but the Canadian loudspeaker company hopes to increase awareness of its products with their Monitor series, all members of which incorporate a similar design philosophy and drive-units. Heavy and apparently massively constructed, the top-of-the-line Paradigm Studio Monitors ($1899/pair) are the first commercial loudspeakers to pass my […]

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Brinkmann 9.6 tonearm – test review

Brinkmann’s 9.6 tonearm ($3990) resembles the German company’s longer, more expensive 10.5 and 12.1 arms, which in turn resemble the legendary Breuer. The new arm includes the same headshell, armtube, mounting socket, and cueing device used in the other arms. The bearing system differs, though the Swiss-made ball bearings are identical. While the more expensive […]

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