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Miyajima Saboten L Phono Cartridge

By | June 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The Saboten L moving-coil design from Japanese specialist cartridge designer Noriyuki Miyajima has a cantilever made from the spine of a cactus… (Click image above to enlarge.)

The Miyajima Saboten L (the ‘L’ indicates that it has a nude line-contact diamond stylus) is a low-output moving-coil (MC) design where the line-contact diamond stylus is fixed to a short, tubular end-piece of aluminium, which is cemented to the end of the cactus spine in such a way that the stylus tip very close to the central axis of the cantilever and coil assembly.

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Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

MAGNIFYcation At the most recent RMAF I was using my handheld, foldable 3x-to-8.5x magnifier to align an Ortofon A95 cartridge on a manufacturer’s turntable. The little Carson Triview is inexpensive (I think I got it at Staples), and it works great to get a nice, clear picture of where that tiny stylus is in relation to the “bullseye” on the protractor. I’m easily dazzled by the benefits of these small things, and it got me thinking about the upper limits of magnification.… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 2—The L2 Phonostage Module)

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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It would be instructive before reading my thoughts about the L2 phono stage module to read the full line stage review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier.

Skinny audio seems to be all the rage these days. Fewer boxes, smaller boxes, fewer cables and a much lighter lifestyle footprint. While this trend can look the part and put a few more dollars in your pocket, the sound trade offs can be quite powerful. It’s why flying cars never took off, pardon the pun.… Read the full article

Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling | Stereophile.com


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Stenheim Alumine 3 speakers, CH Precision C1 D.A Controller, D1 SACD / CD Drive, L1 preamp, P1 phono stage, X1 power supplies, and A1.5 2-channel amplifier; Technics SL1000R turntable, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, Harmonic Resolution stands, Etc.

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Stenheim Alumine 3 speakers, CH Precision C1 D.A Controller, D1 SACD / CD Drive, L1 preamp, P1 phono stage, X1 power supplies, and A1.5 2-channel amplifier; Technics SL1000R turntable, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, Harmonic Resolution stands, Etc. | Stereophile.com


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Vandersteen Quatro loudspeakers and M5-HPA monoblocks, Jeff Rowland Corus Stereo preamplifier + PSU and Conductor phonostage, Brinkmann Nyquist Mark 2 DAC and Bardo turntable with 10.0 tonearm & Lyra Delos cartridge, Roon Nucleus, Etc.

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Vandersteen Quatro loudspeakers and M5-HPA monoblocks, Jeff Rowland Corus Stereo preamplifier + PSU and Conductor phonostage, Brinkmann Nyquist Mark 2 DAC and Bardo turntable with 10.0 tonearm & Lyra Delos cartridge, Roon Nucleus, Etc. | Stereophile.com


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OAD UP1 MM-MC Phono Preamplifier

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Australian manufacturer OAD Ultrafidelity has released a new two-chassis phono stage, the OAD UP1 MM-MC. (Click on any image on this page to enlarge)

The OAD Ultrafidelity UP1 is a direct-coupled low-noise phono preamplifier that has separate circuit boards for the left and right audio channels, plus an ultra-low noise linear regulated power supply that is fitted with a 30,000µF capacitor bank. DIP switches allow users to select a wide range of input resistance values (from 22Ω to 47kΩ), add additional capacitance, and adjust overall gain (40dB to 80dB).… Read the full article

Egglestonworks Nico speakers; Technics SL-1200G turntable; Bryston Amplifiers 7B3 amplifier, BP17-3 preamplifier, BP-2 MM/MC phonostage, MPS-2 power supply, and BDP-3 digital player; Audience cabling; Target stands

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If Scott Walker Audio had staked out a mini-empire on floor 3, Sunny Components of Covina, California, did the same on floor 6. The first room I visited, of the four from Sunil Merchant, included Egglestonworks’ 87dB-efficient Nico speakers ($4250/pair), which had not finished breaking in. Nonetheless, wireless Qobuz streams of St. Vincent’s “Smoking Section,” Billy Eilish’s “Hostage,” and a 24/96 file of Kurt Elling & Lee Ritenour’s “River Man” showed the speakers and their Bryston roommates capable of conveying fine, natural, appealing timbres.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject RPM 10 Turntable, Sumiko Songbird MC Cartridge, VTL TP-2.5i Phono Stage and VTL TL-5.5 Series II Line Stage, Meridian 218 Zone Controller, Vandersteen M5- HPA Monoblocks and Vandersteen Quatro Loudspeakers, AudioQuest Cabling

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Pro-Ject RPM 10 Turntable, Sumiko Songbird MC Cartridge, VTL TP-2.5i Phono Stage and VTL TL-5.5 Series II Line Stage, Meridian 218 Zone Controller, Vandersteen M5- HPA Monoblocks and Vandersteen Quatro Loudspeakers, AudioQuest Cabling | Stereophile.com


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Ortofon Super OM 5E Phono Cartridge

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Danish manufacturer Ortofon has added a new phono cartridge to its famous OM 5 Series—the Super OM 5E. (Click on image to enlarge.)

Though it’s very obviously based on the entry-level OM 5, Ortofon says this ‘Super’ version has a more extended frequency response and increased separation between left and right channels, plus it has an elliptical stylus, for improved tracking and reduced distortion. ‘Designed with sophisticated computer simulations and built using incredibly precise machining, the Super OM 5E is the pinnacle of the OM 5 Series,’ said Sam Encel, of Interdyn, which distributes Ortofon in Australia.… Read the full article

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