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The List: Five of the Best Phono Cartridges in The World

By | December 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.Read the full article

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Air Tight’s Top-of-the-Line Cartridges: The Supreme and the Opus

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Air Tight PC-1s MC

What’s the Pecking Order?

“That would make life very interesting, but wouldn’t it be overkill?” I was in the middle of a Thales turntable review and had the TTT-Compact II table and Simplicity II tonearm on the floor mounted with my Air Tight PC-1s MC cartridge ($14,500, $9200, and $8500, respectively).

When I happened to mention I had arranged to review a pair of Air Tights’ top-of-the-line cartridges and the Supreme MC ($11,000) was coming, the Thales importer didn’t miss a beat—let’s put it on his table.… Read the full article

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Charisma Reference Two Moving Coil Cartridge: A Honey of A Midrange

By | September 17th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Magico S5 Mk. 2.

ELECTRONICS

conrad-johnson ART amplifier, conrad-johnson ART300 amplifier, conrad-johnson GAT Series 2 preamplifier, Doshi Audio V3.0 phono and tape stage.

SOURCES

Ortofon A95, vdh Colibri Stradivarius Signature, MOFI Mastertracker cartridge, Charisma Reference MC 2, Fuuga cartridge and Lyra Atlas SL cartridges (run in balanced mode); VPI Vanquish direct drive turntable/3D arm, Technics RS1506 reel-to-reel with Flux Magnetics (run in balanced mode) playback heads, Scaena Audio Mainframe music server.… Read the full article

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Review: The Shibata Syndrome – Hana SL, a killer sub-$1,000 cartridge

By | December 4th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

thechinasyndrome

Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda star in The China Syndrome. 1979 was a glorious year for hair.

For those of you out there on the Internet reading this who grew up in the ’70s, you might remember a suspense thriller called The China Syndrome. It details how a series of events lead to a climactic conclusion at a nuclear power plant in the United States. The film is driven by the strength of convictions in each character, with suspense, and a healthy dose of fear created as events inexorably draw the viewer to a heart-pounding finish.… Read the full article

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