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Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Two years ago I reviewed the Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge ($3500), at that time the highest priced Grado cartridge—the top of their Statement Series. Reviewed using my VPI Industries Prime Turntable, I was so impressed, it has remained as my reference since—it further pulled me into vinyl. After that review, I concluded that besides speakers (which are in general large and heavy), phono cartridges (always tiny and light) are examples of a component that can significantly change the sound quality of an audio system in a way that is immediately noticeable. 

The $6,000 Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge debuted this year.… Read the full article

Grado Labs GR 10e In-Ear Monitors

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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World Premiere Review of Grado Statement GS 3000e Headphones

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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Phono System Extraordinaire: EAT Forte S Turntable with Csharp 12 inch Carbon Tonearm, Grado Aeon MI Cartridge, WyWire Diamond Phono Cable, and the EAT Massive LP Weight

By | August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

EAT Forte S Turntable

After many many years as an audiophile delving into all forms of music reproduction in the home, I am most aware of the direction of the many twists and turns of our limitless hobby. The infinite variability of our quest enhances the fun and fulfillment waiting just after the next acquisition. Recently, I described a dynamite phono front end, intensely musical and realistic, with a solidity, clarity, dynamic soundstage, and overall definition close to my four times more expensive reference:  HERE for under $9500 retail for the entire package.… Read the full article

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Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

By | July 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

Grado Labs doesn’t rush new models to the market. The iconic Brooklyn-based firm moves at its own stately pace, befitting its rich history and high-end bona fides. Even so, it’s been nearly ten years since its last marquee headphone, which is a veritable lifetime in today’s sizzling personal-listening sector. Given the lengthy interval, who can blame Grado for anointing the PS2000e—its new Professional Series flagship—the best cans the company has ever produced. After a few months in my clutches, I’ve got to admit they ain’t kidding.… Read the full article

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Grado Lineage Series – Aeon Phono Cartridge World Premiere Review

By | June 29th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Grado Lineage Series Aeon Phono Cartridge

For the first time ever, I present my reviewer’s high-end balance sheet.

ROI (Return on Investment in High-end Audio)

  • Grado Epoch Cartridge: $12,000 “State of the Art”
  • Grado Aeon Cartridge: $6000 “85% Overall Performance of Epoch”
  • Savings selecting Aeon over Epoch: “$6000”
  • Aeon Gains: acquire up to 200 re-issue LPs from your favorite vendor
  • Aeon Losses: a small reduction of overall clarity; some dynamic bass impact and loss of definition.
  • Epoch/Aeon setup and ancillaries required: Identical.

ROI…how does it look to you?… Read the full article

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GRADO Truly The World’s Finest

By | June 7th, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

I love these old Grado tonearms. This would be perfect for a 78rpm cart which I am still looking for.

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Grado Releases the Second Lineage Cartridge, the Aeon

By | March 16th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Brooklyn, NY: Grado Labs is proud to release the second Brooklyn built phono cartridge in the new Lineage Series, the Aeon. The Lineage Series is a major step forward in phono cartridge design.

With the release of the Epoch phono cartridge last summer, reviews and responses to the Lineage Series have been overwhelming: “For me, a 10 out of 10 Star product is the Grado Epoch.” Harry Weisfeld / VPI; “If you have the money and are looking for an amazing cartridge for your record collection, the Grado Epoch is the one.” Steve Hoffman / stevehoffman.tv; “Audiophiles should not miss the chance to audition this contender for the title of Best cartridge money can buy.” Dr.Read the full article

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Grado Labs PS2000e Headphones

By | March 14th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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