During the 1980s I had a Sumiko Talisman S sapphire low-output moving coil cartridge, which was a great match for my Sumiko Premier MMT tonearm. It had a beautiful midrange to go along with a rich natural sound. By the time it wore out, that model Talisman had been continued. I did find a less expensive Talisman A (aluminum) to replace it. I was pleased as the Talisman A was close enough to the Talisman S in performance. Unfortunately, after a few years, the stylus got caught on the turntable felt mat when I was lifting the tonearm at the end of a record and was ruined.… Read the full article
Austria (December 8, 2018): Pro-Ject has launched the Ortofon Century Anniversary-Turntable in celebration of the 100 years jubilee of one of the company’s closest partners, Ortofon.
Built on The Classic SB, the Ortofon Century incorporates ‘a few tweaks which result in even better performance. We took the already incredible Classic SB and exchanged the sub-platter for a more sophisticated aluminium one.’ The company promises ‘stunning aesthetics’ with the piano black chassis and the ‘silver aluminium sub-chassis.’
The supplied cartridge is a limited edition Ortofon Concorde Century in celebration of the jubilee.… Read the full article
Introduction – A bridge between two worlds for the music enthusiast
Rek-O-Kut enjoys a long and storied history in the evolution of turntables for studio, broadcast, and home use. Esoteric Sound are the owners and curators of the Rek-O-Kut brand since 2004 and have continued the tradition of serving varied industries, archivists, and hobbyists. Eight years ago this month, it was on these Dagogo pages where Philip Holmes first explored the modern Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3 and how it served as a universal turntable for all types of vinyl software.… Read the full article
Listening to high-end vinyl playback means experiencing music recreated collectively by a turntable system and phono stage. Significant changes in the caliber and character of an analog system can very often occur by changing cartridges, as long as is the cartridges are compatible in mass to the tonearm used. To many, this constitutes the most prevalent fun factor of the hobby, and it is unique to the vinyl format, unsurpassed by any other format to this day.
Parts 3 and 4 of this survey will focus on cartridges and tonearms, starting with the 9-inch Audio Note UK Arm Three/II tonearm and IoI (Io “one”) moving-coil cartridge.… Read the full article
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I recently retired after spending the past forty years as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Constantine Soo suggested that I try something both new and different, such as writing about audiophile gear for his Dagogo webzine. Since I do not own or have access to the super expensive gear that most reviewers have, I decided to start writing about phono cartridges that I have owned and used over the years that are still readily available. I reviewed my favorite cartridge, the Hana EH high-output moving coil, for my initial review.
I can scarcely believe that it has been seven years since my introduction to the original Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101. Since that time, the 101 has not only been my reference, but has always proved to be the under-stated silent star in the sound of my analog system. It was therefore quite surprising when earlier this year I received word from co-designer and turntable legend George Merrill that he and Robert Williams had made some refinements to the R.E.A.L. 101. I was then offered the chance to review the new fruits of their labor as soon as the summer months.… Read the full article
I have been using the Hana EH high output moving coil phono cartridge for the past two years, and I had a chance to meet the man responsible for the Hana cartridge distribution, Mr. Masahiro Shibazaki of Sibatech when I was in Japan last year. His company, Sibatech, was originally contracted to do worldwide export distribution for cartridge manufacturer ExcelSound Corporation, which designs and builds the Hana cartridges. The cartridge would be sold under the brand name Abis Hana. There are four moving coil models available.… Read the full article
This is my third TriangleArt turntable to review. I’ve reviewed the Symphony, the Symphony SE and now the Maestro. The two Symphony turntables have been discontinued, and the Maestro has taken the place of both. All three turntables have had a few things in common. They all are eye-catching, they are all high mass designs, and they have all sounded great.
I thought the Symphony SE was one of the best turntables I had ever used, so I asked Tom Vu, the founder of TriangleArt.… Read the full article
At around 50% of the cost of the TriangleArt Master Reference system, but costly nonetheless, the Spiral Groove Revolution turntable system and Centroid tonearm is capable of high drama of a different kind.
Allen Perkins, founder and designer of Spiral Groove, began his career in the mid-80s as the chief designer for SOTA. He then co-founded Spiral Groove with an investor at the turn of the century. While the company offered a complete system solution in its early days, its main focus now is high-end turntable design and manufacturing.… Read the full article
The digital revolution of the 1980s that spawned the digital audio compact disc was catalyzed partly by new advancements in transistor miniaturization. Integrated circuits had finally emerged and empowered innovators to fit a laser generating and reading system along with the necessary codec circuits into a small box. The promise of this revolutionary digital audio compact disc medium devoid of surface noise and the wear and tear of vinyl records fascinated the general public. This digital wave eventually ushered in the digital video and everything that made home video what it is today.… Read the full article