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SOTA Satellite Turntable and Origin Live Zephyr Tonearm

This review was suggested by two events: I have been enjoying a SOTA Cosmos vacuum turntable since 2007 due to its outstanding performance. The second event was my review of the VPI Classic turntable which appeared about a year ago.

Audio Horizons TP 2.3SvB Line Stage Preamplifier

Three and half years have transpired since I reviewed the Audio Horizons TP 2.1RnB stereo vacuum tube preamplifier. That model carried the “RnB” options: remote control, noise suppression, and input and output transformers to accommodate balanced connections. The new TP 2.3SvB is veteran designer and upgrade specialist Joseph Chow’s latest thinking in preamplifier design.

Fritzspeakers REV5 Loudspeakers

Why do loudspeakers cost so damn much money? After all, you take a wood box, cut holes for the woofer and tweeter, add a few common resistors and capacitors and inductors, and you are done! This 2-way speaker can be found for $100 or $1,000 or $10,000 or even more than $40,000 per pair.

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Aesthetix Calypso Signature Preamplifier & Atlas Stereo Power Amplifier

This review took over a year to come to fruition. I had been in contact with Musical Surroundings, the distributor of the Aesthetix product line, for several years. Garth Leerer, the head of Musical Surroundings and a nice guy, offered for me to pick up the Calypso Signature preamplifier at the close of last October’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

Miyajima Kansui Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

In my November, 2008 review of the Miyajima Shilabe phono cartridge, I concluded with “The Miyajima Shilabe phono cartridge is closer to perfection than any cartridge I have previously experienced. It may be possible to surpass its outstanding performance, perhaps with a “Shilabe mk. 2”. Until then, I am ...

Gallo Reference Strada Speakers and TR-3 Subwoofers

Anthony Gallo Acoustics has been developing and improving their spherical loudspeakers for more than 20 years. The new $1,998 per pair Reference Strada is the next generation, following the company’s very well received Reference 3.1 . The CDT3 tweeter is the exact same unit which is used in the new $5,995 Reference 3.5, and the dual 5” drivers with neodymium magnets are also found in the 3.5.

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