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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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McIntosh releases tube/solid state hybrid integrated amplifier MA252

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MA252-Featured

100 watts strong hybrid integrated.

Our very own John Stancavage teased the release of this amp last week HERE. Seems like McIntosh is unveiling a new model every month this year. This is a very good thing indeed, as the company already has a fairly healthy depth chart of gear on hand, so adding new ones makes me think the moans of those lamenting the death of high fidelity may start to die down.

MA252 Side

This new model, the MA252 is a hybrid design featuring a tubed input stage (and a Moving-Magnet phono stage) running a pair each of 12AX7, and 12AT7 valves with a direct-coupled, solid state output stage providing 100 watts/channel into eight Ohms, and 160 watts into four Ohms.… Read the full article

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LP Gear – The Vessel A3SM Cartridge

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 1995 the world of analog playback was a dark place, and hobbyists had very few places to find the parts and supplies needed to keep their turntables functioning properly. During this time Rome Castellanes made the decision to open LP Gear, and provide turntable owners with a high quality selection of belts in order to keep their turntables spinning. Despite what many audio insiders felt about the future of analog, there was a demand for Rome’s services. Over the years LP Gear expanded their offerings, and the company continued to thrive.… Read the full article

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