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Schiit’s first turntable, Sol, drops for $799

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

You wait weeks for one and then two arrive in the same 7-day period. Not buses but press releases from the masters of affordable audio, Schiit (💩).

Today’s news brings the Californian company’s long-drawn-out development of their first turntable to a close. After six years of R&D, Sol is finally available for purchase.

The belt-drive’s features include a die-cast aluminium construction, a 11” uni-pivot carbon-fibre tonearm, an outboard motor, an “insanely over-engineered” 2.5” inverted bearing, integrated cueing and on-the-fly VTA adjustment.… Read the full article

A 5-minute film about the Technics SL-1500C

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Nothing sounds better than vinyl. We hear it often and everywhere. Similarly, that “tubes are better solid-state”, that “R-2R DACs are better than sigma-delta designs”, that “Macs are better than PCs”, that “single malt whisky is better than blended”, that “red wine is superior to white” or that “black coffee is better than milked”.

Clear-headed pragmatists will recognise such black and white thinking as nothing more than the sound of enthusiasts trying to codify the complexity of their chosen pursuit.… Read the full article

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Synergistic Research Galileo SX Phono | Review

By | August 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For your consideration: Synergistic Research Galileo SX Phono cable. But first, let me tell you about my great audio day today. In my quest to lose weight, I am walking two to three miles every day. To treat myself, I often do a loop around town that brings me to Comeback Vinyl, my neighborhood record store and a frequent vacuum of my “excess” cash. The owner Alex pointed me to another Tone Poet album in Lee Morgan’s Cornbread. I love, love, love Lee Morgan.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject announces VC-S2 ALU, VC-E RCMs

By | August 13th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

VC-S? Vinyl Cleaning. The S? Not ‘system’ but the S range in which the Pro-Ject RCM sits. RCM? Record cleaning machine. Place a record on the machine, secure it with the clamp, apply the cleaning fluid, let the fluid sit for a few seconds and then vacuum it away. The record should now play with reduced surface noise.

We reviewed the VC-S in early 2017, showing with needledrops and Audacity screenshots just how effective the Austrian manufacturer’s first vacuum cleaning machine could be in lifting dirt and grime from the grooves of second-hand record store finds.… Read the full article

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PS Audio teases Stellar phono pre-amplifier

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Ahead of its RMAF 2019 debut in early September, PS Audio has announced the latest product in their more affordable Stellar line: a phono pre-amplifier designed by one Darren Myers. Price: US$2499.

Myers reportedly found that his first attempt at the Stellar phono stage measured extremely well but, when first heard in PS Audio’s primary listening room, it sounded closed-in and lacking in audible engagement. Myers scrapped that design and went back to the drawing board for an IC-free design (apparently less common at the Stellar’s price point) that marries a Class A circuit to all-discrete FETs, front-to-back DC coupling, low internal feedback, an ‘oversized’ power transformer and passive RIAA EQ.… Read the full article

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Rupert Neve Designs announces Precision DAC, phono pre

By | July 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 2016, the Godfather of studio consoles, Rupert Neve, took aim at the home listening market, turning audiophile heads by transplanting the headphone circuit from his 5060 Centrepiece Desktop Mixer into a standalone, 3-input, 1-output headphone amplifier: the RNHP. We previewed it at its RMAF debut here and reviewed it here.

Two years on, I still have an RNHP on my desk. Not only does the Neve amp have more micro-dynamic sparkle than the Schiit Jotunheim but its volume rotary offers a reassuring firmness found nowhere else at its sub-US$1000 (€539) price point.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Momentum Phono | Review

By | July 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

D'Agostino Momentum Phono

There is no lack of religion, opinions, or passion when it comes to vinyl. Which table, which tonearm, which cartridge, which geometry or even which equalization curve to use? Lots of smoke. Maybe even some fire. But even then, we don’t regularly pay enough attention to one of the most important elements, the phono pre-amplifier, that little gadget that amplifies the electro-acoustic signal deep in our delicious grooves, down anywhere from 40 to 75dB, depending on whether you choose a moving magnet or a moving coil for your cartridge. … Read the full article

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Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable | Review

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wow! What is it about Italian audio gear? I have been recently blessed with a veritable feast for both the eyes and the ears …. Right at the tail-end of my time with the lovely Sonus Faber Sonetto II speakers, this lovely morsel shows up: the Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable (website) fitted out with the company’s B7 ceramic tonearm. Just like Sonus Faber speakers, this ‘table reeks of classic European style and panache; it’s a visual work of art and thing of beauty.… Read the full article

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Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab releases Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz” numbered 45rpm UD1S Ultradisc

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Elusive Disc, an online high-end audio hardware and software retailer, has announced a limited re-release of one of the most seminal jazz recordings of all time: Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz.”

Lauded as the breakthrough studio recording for the artist Bill Evans himself, PIJ came to be after his last collaborations with Miles Davis and John Coltrane separately. The LP established a standard for many jazz trios to follow.

Each 180g 45RPM 2LP Box set is mastered from the original master tapes using Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s new state-of-the-art UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) process, in which the conventional three-step process gives way to a new technological advancement that enables record stamps to be formed directly from the lacquers, which are cut from the master tape.

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The Garrard 301 is back! (sort of) | High End 2019

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Garrard, the legendary turntable company founded more than 50 years ago is back. Well, not exactly back as it was not entirely extinct. Garrards were still made by Loricraft but it was no more than a small evolution of the well-known recipe. SME, the iconic tonearm brand from the UK acquired Garrard in 2018 and we have all been expecting to see their next move. Personally speaking, I wasn’t expecting, I was eager to know what is up with Garrard.… Read the full article

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