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Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamp Review & Test

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Maybe Parasound should provide ‘Work in Progress’ signs with its JC 3 phono preamplifier, because it’s definitely a work in progress, with both Parasound’s owner, Richard Schram and his designer, John Curl, now on the third iteration, with both apparently unwilling to jettison the original ‘JC 3’ model number. So in the beginning there was the JC3, which begat the JC 3+, which begat the JC 3 Jnr.… Read the full article

Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

The Greek word tessera refers to the number four. Zesto Audio uses that definition (tessera; τέσσερα) to name its latest phonostage. The word is fitting in function since the Andros Téssera ($12,000) phonostage supports four inputs. The word téssera is also defined as an individual tile in a mosaic. What the reader will find out is the “individual tile in a mosaic” is correspondingly applicable to this component since the Andros Téssera also serves as a tile in the mosaic of analog music reproduction.… Read the full article

Cambridge Audio Duo Phono Stage and Headphone Amp Preview

By | December 1st, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Little box, big, ballsy sound.

That’s the first thing you notice about the Cambridge Audio DUO Moving Coil/Moving Magnet Preamplifier with integrated Headphone Amplifier.

The second is the immediacy and resolution to the reproduction. With a weight and full-bodied presentation to piano and guitar, realistic tone, timbre and real meaty depth to percussion that belies it’s budget-conscious pricing.

The detail of mouth movement in relation to a trumpet’s embouchure in Miles Davis’ case on ’Round About Midnight (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Mono, mastered by Krieg Wunderlich and Shawn R.… Read the full article

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World Premiere Review:  Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage from Zesto Audio

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Andros Deluxe Vacuum Tube Phono Stage

With six Zesto creations under my reviewing belt, I believe I have a good idea what each do well, and how each ranks in the high-end audiophile pantheon. I rarely keep gear, but the Zesto Allasso became a welcome addition to my vinyl playback earlier this year. That said, I was bowled over by the Bia 120 Amplifier and stunned by the Tessera (colossal) Phono Stage. That said, though I have overused the term “World-Class” a bit, I cannot conjure up any more worthy gear to carry that moniker than the Andros Deluxe reviewed here.… Read the full article

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The New Apartment Lounge: It's an Analogue World Part 1 – The Sutherland Engineering 20/20 Phono Stage

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

When Less Offers More

In Issue 96 (this review has taken far too long, about which more in Part 2), I previewed several knockout products that had taken up temporary residence here at the Lounge (HERE). One of the new arrivals, Ron Sutherland’s knockout 20/20 phono preamp, a unit that has been available to music lovers for some time, really tickled my fancy. Introduced to the listening public in 2011, the third year of the Obama Administration (man, that really seems like a long time ago), the 20/20 follows on the heels of its smaller, less-expensive sibling, the KC VIBE phono stage that I raved about in issue 94.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject releases the Phono Box ultra 500

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

It is a great honor and pleasure for us to present our new Anniversary-Edition, the Phono Box ultra 500.

The “500“ in the name as well as the general availability, worldwide limited to 500 pieces, celebrate the 500,000th Phono Box that Pro-Ject shipped in early 2018. We took this milestone as an occasion to create a one-of-a-kind phono preamp:

Phono Box ultra 500 is like no other phono preamplifier in its segment. The polished chrome surface outshines every competitor in this price segment and offers undeniable aesthetics.… Read the full article

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DIY Tube Phono Project Part 5: Circuit Board – Chassis Integration

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

The finished WOS – Tubecad Tetra Phono Project…..and friends

DIY All-Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 5, Circuit Board–Chassis Integration

The Finish Line

By Steve Graham

This is it. We wrap it all up here. I hope I’ve enticed a few people to give this project a try. Yes, there have been many long attachments detailing the build procedure, but it’s the pictures that take up a lot of space. If you tackle this project, just take it step by step. Scrolling down to the attachment links below will get you to the finish line.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Jeff Rowland Design Group and the Ultimate Phono Pre for Multiple Tonearms

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lucien Pichette of the Jeff Rowland Design Group is an old friend of ours. He grew up in Montrose, Colorado, where Colleen and I lived for a few years, and I used to drive past his boyhood home nearly every day. I was happy to visit with him in the Rowland room at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and talk about Colorado, but I kept getting distracted by the beautiful shiny faceplates of the gear in the room.

If you’ve ever seen a Rowland product, you know exactly what I mean—even though this was just a static display of the current Rowland models, attendees were wandering in, mesmerized by these shimmering amplifiers and preamplifiers.… Read the full article

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DIY All-Tube Phono Stage Project: Part 4, Assembling The Circuit Boards

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

DIY All Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 4, Assembling the Circuit Boards

By Steve Graham

What’s your kryptonite?  Chances are if you’re reading this it’s the warm glow of tubes.  Welcome to my club.

No more preamble, straight to work.  Open and save the attachments below, detailing the assembly of the three(!) circuit boards.  Three?  You’ll see.

The power switch instructions also lists the tools needed for the remainder of the assembly documents.

Link to: Attachment Power Switch PCB Assembly, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly Standard 6DJ8 Version Part 1, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly Alternate 12AT7 Version Part 1, PDF

Link to: Attachment Amplifier PCB Assembly All Versions Part 2, PDF

Link to: Attachment Power Supply PCB Assembly, PDF

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Simaudio Aims to Improve Vinyl Playback with New Phono Preamp

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Quebec’s Simaudio has introduced a little black box for vinyl enthusiasts who are looking to up their game.
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