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Brinkmann

Brinkmann turntables provide the ultimate analogue playback experience when it comes to vinyl records. In terms of engineering excellence, build quality, ultra high precision tolerances, visual elegance, and ultimately performance, Brinkmann is recognized world wide as one of the very top turntable manufacturers in existence. Michael Fremer echoed those words in his review of the Brinkmann Balance turntable when he said it is “ one of a handful of the finest turntables being made today “. Vinyl record playback is an exceedingly delicate and massively complex undertaking. The undulations...

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Gold Note

Gold Note is an Italian company that has been in business for many years. They build a complete range of analogue products including turntables, tonearms, cartridges and phono stages. Their product range goes from more basic high quality models to absolute reference level analogue equipment of the highest quality. Unlike many manufacturers these days, they build everything in-house at their factory in Florence, Italy. Gold Note has seven turntables in their lineup going from the cost effective yet high quality Valore model right up to the top reference Bellagio Black King model. Their intermediate...

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Transrotor

Transrotor is Germany’s oldest turntable manufacturer. The company was started by Jochen Rake in the early 1970s and has been building absolutely top class turntables with the highest levels of German engineering for over 40 years. Transrotor turntables are visual and sonic materpieces in every sense. Best of all, we are able to offer prices that are way lower than what this world class line of turntables sells for in the US. With the exception of a few related anologue products, manufacturing turntables is all Transrotor does. In that regard, the company has undertaken as its corporate mission...

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Acoustic Solid

An old proverb says music is the language of passion. Acoustic Solid puts not only experience and expertise into the development of its record players, but a generous dose of passion as well. This is reflected in the premium sound quality of their luxury turntables which meet the absolute highest demands and are also distinguished by their unique simplicity. Acoustic Solid’s exclusive turntables produce a magnificent audio performance. In addition to its turntables, Acoustic Solid provides pick-up cartridges, tonearms, belt drives, phono amplifiers and the necessary turntable accesories for...

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Phono Pre Amps

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Thoeress

One of the products that Thoress is quickly becoming famous for is its Parametric Phono Enhancer. In a short period of time, the Phono Enhancer has received critical acclaim from analogue enthusiasts and experts around the world. As with other Thoress products, the Phono Enhancer is hand built by Reinhard Thoress himself. That means each unit is meticulously constructed with point-to-point wiring throughout and is built to last a lifetime. In Europe in particular, Reinhard Thoress is regarded as one of the very top designers building analog electronics. In our own evaluations, we have found the...

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LECTOR

The outstanding Lector Phono Amp System is a complete RIAA tubed phono preamplifier for mm and mc cartridges. It operates in pure Class A without any global or local feedback and utilizes an outboard power supply for the absolute lowest noise operation. The circuitry utilizes five tubes -- two tubes ( ECC88 / 6922 ) for moving coil cartridges, two ECC81 / 12AT7 tubes for moving magnet pick-ups and one ECC81 / 12AT7 for output as a cathode follower. Four pairs of loading plugs are supplied to optimize the resistance for your mc cartridge. This system is a highly evolved phono preamplifier and is...

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Brinkmann

Brinkmann manufactures two high quality phono stages.  They are known as The Fein and The Edison.  Even though the Fein has been in production since 1985, it is anything but a golden oldie.  Since that time it has received continuous refinements which make it a current day state of the art device that’s way ahead of its class.  The Fein is a sleek and elegant unit with typical Brinkmann  build quality. Brinkmann’s Fein features an outboard power supply, polished granite base, a single input, a low output impedance and a high grade volume control so vinyl purists can  drive their amplifier...

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Gold Note

Gold Note of Italy has been making superbly musical transistorized phono stages for years.  The sound is Big, Bold, Vivid and Smooth.  We like it a lot!  Through the years I have tried out a lot of different solid state phono sections and I simply find that for a given price point, Gold Note just gives you way more musicality and sound quality. Our current solid state reference phono stage is the Gold Note PH-11.  It is the very best solid state phono stage I’ve ever tried and a top reference class performer regardless of whatever technology in phono stages you compare it to.  Plenty...

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Tonearms

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BRINKMANN

Brinkmann presently manufactures three tonearms.  They are exquisite.  Top precision, the highest levels of workmanship, visual elegeance and most of all sonic performance are all in the very top class of today’s tonearms.  The three models are the 10.5, the 12.1 and the 10.0 arm.  The model numbers also signify the tonearm’s length.  Both the 10.5 arm and the 12.1 arm are of a similar design. Specifically, they feature a double cardanic / gimballed suspension with precision Swiss bearings,  free of play,  which allows for precise and frictionless tracking. For optimum resonance control...

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GOLD NOTE

Gold Note manufactures two high quality tonearms.  They are the B-5.1  and the B-7 Ceramic which are both gimballed ball bearing types.  The B-5.1 is made with precisely machined 6000 grade aluminum which enables the best damping and vibration feedback control.  The B-7 Ceramic is a top class exclusive model that features a Titanium arm wand made in six different machined thickness sections to enhance the resonance control capability. The B-7 Ceramic features four custom high precision micro ceramic ball bearings manufactured by GRW-Germany.  The extreme precision and ceramic material...

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GRAHAM ENGINEERING

In North America and around the world, the Graham tonearm has become legendary.  Bob Graham himself is a perfectionist when it comes to state-of-the-art analogue reproduction.  As we have seen from the original Phantom, the Phantom II and  the Phantom II Supreme,  Bob has continued to relentlessly perfect his Phantom tonearm design through the years.   Now, the culmination of all of his years of work and all of his skill are expressed in the Phantom III and Phantom Elite models. The Phantom III retains Graham’s patented Magneglide™ stabilization system, and Micropoise™ leveling system...

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Phono Cartridges

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BENZ MICRO

Benz Micro cartridges have been in production since the 1980s and are recognized the world over as being one of the very finest pickups available.  Benz Micro has recently relocated its Swiss facility to a state-of-the-art factory employing a highly skilled Swiss workforce.  Benz cartridges are hand made to the highest specifications and are known for their transparent and musical sound.  If it’s in the grooves, you’ll hear it with a Benz cartridge. Benz Micro’s current Swiss production team represents the best of the best for producing state-of-the-art phono cartridges.  This skill...

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BRINKMANN

Brinkmann has two cartridges in their product lineup.  They are special!  The cartridges are the Pi and the EMT-ti.  The Pi cartridge is Stereophile Class A rated – and for good reason.  It has a highly resonance optimized case and with its dynamic mass is an outstanding partner to Brinkmann tonearms as well as most others.  It features a precision micro ridge stylus to retrieve the finest recorded deatails.  It sounds very natural in the midrange and gives big room imaging in three-dimensionality on the highest level of top cartridges. Due to the Pi’s relatively high output, it will...

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DYNAVECTOR

Dynavector cartridges are of superb quality and can be characterized in general terms as a cartridge that provides a very balanced sound.  They are clear, transparent and have excellent solidity and body in the bass.  The timing and dynamics of this cartridge brand is very good as well and I would definitely characterize Dynavector as an exciting cartridge to listen to. Dynavector was founded in 1975 and has deservedly gained a a strong following amongst audiophiles.  The company has introduced many significant innovations through the years.  Their coils are made with extremely fine wire...

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GOLD NOTE

Gold Note has manufactured a comprehensive range of excellent quality phono cartridges for years.  The three main ranges of their cartridges are the Tuscany series which is their top range, then the Machieavelli series which is their cost effective middle range, and then there’s a brand new series called Donatello which offers outstanding performance at a low price point.  As with the Gold Note electronics and all of their other products, you get really superb performance and quality for any given price point. The new Donatello range features a sophisticated computer designed body made...

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