• CES 2009: Turntable Lust Part I

    CES 2009: Turntable Lust Part I

    Ultra-high-end turntable systems helped produce some of the finest sounds of the show. The use of magnetic suspension to float platters, magnetic drive, twelve-inch arms, exotic materials, sophisticated stands to isolate ‘tables from structural resonances ...
  • Canton Vento 807 DC Loudspeakers

    Canton Vento 807 DC Loudspeakers

    Germany might not be the first nation audiophiles would turn to when looking for fine European loudspeakers, but over the past decade several German speaker manufacturers have really started to make their "marks," so to ...
  • Thorens TD 190-1 Turntable System

    Thorens TD 190-1 Turntable System

    When audiophiles hear the words "automatic turntable," they are quite likely to turn up their noses. Rightly or wrongly, most automatic turntables are associated with "mid-fi" gear. Yet, before the advent of CDs, I suspect ...
  • Bellari VP129 Tube Phono Preamplifier

    Bellari VP129 Tube Phono Preamplifier

    Full-function preamps with integrated phonostages are becoming hard to find, so if you want to listen to vinyl these days you’ll probably need to buy a separate unit. But many inexpensive solid-state models sound cold, ...
  • PS Audio GCC-100 Control Amplifier

    PS Audio GCC-100 Control Amplifier

    Variable gain power amplifiers have always made a lot of sense to me from a sonic, if not always a practical, standpoint. Including a gain control to vary the voltage output of the amplifier approaches ...
  • Clearaudio Performance Turntable

    Clearaudio Performance Turntable

    Floating the platter of a turntable on a cushion of air has been an approach used by some designers of high-performance turntables to reduce bearing friction, improve speed stability and isolation, and lower the noise ...

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