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Amazon Referenz Turntable and MØRCH DP-8 Anisotropic Tonearm

“Stop reading this review and go listen to music. Enjoying my favorite music is far more interesting and rewarding than reading another review.” This is how you will feel when you have an Amazon Referenz turntable and MØRCH DP-8 Anisotropic tonearm waiting for you in your listening room.

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.

AQVOX Phono 2CI Mk. II Phono Preamplifier

The AQVOX Phono 2CI phono preamplifier is a surprise in a number of ways. I recall a lot of discussion about the high cost of “audio jewelry”. This cosmetic feature added elaborate front panels and other adornments to audio components that may have added some sonic benefit but certainly added significantly to the cost. In recent years, I am seeing less of this extravagance in high end components.

Art Audio Vinyl 1 Phono Preamplifier

The arrival of the Art Audio Vinyl 1 phono preamplifier was eagerly anticipated. We all know that someone with unlimited funds can assemble an outstanding music reproduction system. Sure, it takes time and care to find the right combination of components that work synergistically together. But with unlimited options and enough time, there is no risk of failure.

Audio Horizons TP 8.0sMCpn Phono and TP 2.1RnB Line Preamplifiers

Sometimes we are lucky by being in the right place at the right time. In this case, I happened to see the AudiogoN ad for Audio Horizons gear and clicked on the link to their Web site. Seeing the name of Joseph Chow, a long-time audio hardware engineer and a name I recognized, I researched his current products with great interest. In the past, Mr. Chow designed FM tuners for Kenwood and Proton.

Audioquest LeoPard Phono Cable

We do not have dozens of phono cables available from which to choose, as we do interconnect cables. It seems that only a few of the top manufacturers offer cables specifically designed and configured for the critical tonearm-to-phono preamplifier connection. One of these is Audioquest, one of the oldest high-end cable manufacturers.

BAT VK-P5 and VK-P20 Phono Preamplifiers

The Balanced Audio Technology VK-P5 phono preamplifier is a well built, reliable, and easy to use stand-alone phono stage. It was a sonic disappointment.

Benz-Micro LP Moving Coil Phono Cartridge and Tri-Planar VII Tonearm

Good old Benz-Micro cartridges. They have been around for so long that we take them for granted. As Rodney Dangerfield might have said, they get no respect. After living with the Benz “Ebony” LP moving coil phono cartridge for more than a year, I suggest that this is a mistake. Let’s see if we can elevate the awareness of and respect for the Benz-Micro brand.

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