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AMG Teatro Phono Cartridge & Musical Surroundings Nova II Phono Preamplifier

AMG has received a mountain of positive press over the past couple of years with their high performance Viella 12, AKA ‘V12’, turntable. This turntable has been included in display systems by a significant number of exhibitors at various audio shows in lieu of brands that might be more familiar to the audio public.

Ayre K-5xe MP Preamplifier

The Ayre K-5xe MP line level preamplifier has been in production for about five years and is mostly unchanged since its introduction. These long production lifetimes are standard for Ayre Acoustics which is located in Boulder, Colorado, literally at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Ayre has consistently produced fine sounding audio components which appear regularly on recommended lists.

BRAINWAVZ M2 In-Ear Monitors

A funny thing happened on the way to writing this review. Actually it was a good thing. I wrote several reviews with the Brainwavz M2 In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) playing music from my iPhone at a low volume. The volume had to be low because if it was at a normal listening level, the music was too distracting to concentrate on writing the reviews.

Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho Preamplifier - MINI REVIEW

The new Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho preamplifier visited my listening room following the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Like the naming of the Atsah amplifier reviewed here, "Jay-Sho" is also a Navajo word, in this case meaning "buzzard". This Jay-Sho was previously scheduled to visit another interested party, so my time with it was limited to just a few weeks.

VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

VPI Prim

Making quick judgments about the sound of a new component is dangerous. Those snap judgments are usually just a comparison to another component and are subject to change as the listener gets to know the new component better over time. For a new component, being definitive is often being silly.

Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Let's start this review by taking a step back in time and having a look at my 2011 review of the Miyajima Kansui phono cartridge. The Kansui has been my main phono cartridge since before that review was posted. Using that "10 LP" review as a starting point, the new Madake, $5,895, is better.

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