• Technics SL-1500C Turntable

    Technics SL-1500C Turntable

    At this point, everyone knows Technics is back.The venerable Japanese turntable manufacturer’s SL-1200G dropped several years ago to near-universal fanfare, and the company has since released several less expensive ’tables. But it’s the non-DJ-styled SL-1500C ...
  • 2020 Golden Ear Awards: Matt Clott

    2020 Golden Ear Awards: Matt Clott

    IsoAcoustics Orea and Gaia Series Isolation Footers $79/$199 I spent an enormous amount of time determining which isolation racks, shelves, and footers work best for which components, trying almost everything from the sublimely cheap to ...
  • Channel D Lino C 2.0 Phonostage

    Channel D Lino C 2.0 Phonostage

    The Channel D Lino C 2.0 is a current-mode (transimpedance) phonostage for low-output, low-impedance moving-coil cartridges. The cartridge input is designed for a balanced (differential, non-ground-referenced) connection. The electronic circuitry is direct-coupled (no coupling capacitors), ...
  • 2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

    2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

    Yamaha 5000 System (C-5000 Preamp, M-5000Power Amp, NS-5000 Speakers, GT-5000 Turntable) $9999, $9999, $14,999, $7999 An effort of 19 engineers and eight years in development, the full 5000 Series sees Yamaha return to high-end audio’s ...
  • Bel Canto E1X Integrated Amplifier

    Bel Canto E1X Integrated Amplifier

    During my years at The Absolute Sound I’ve often had manufacturers approach me, after a review was published, to offer their “next generation” product for evaluation. I usually demur and point them toward a different ...
  • Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

    Valerio Cora is singularly qualified to be designing and manufacturing his Acora Acoustics loudspeakers. Cora is passionate about music—he’ll listen six or seven hours a day, if he can—built amplifiers as a kid, and sold ...
  • Clarus Concerto AC Power Conditioner

    Clarus Concerto AC Power Conditioner

    As a reviewer I have the opportunity to audition world-class equipment and accessories, as well as real-world gear. The world-class, skies-the-limit stuff is always a treat. Who wouldn’t enjoy an extended Ferrari test drive, or ...

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