Analog-Vinyl Reviews (39 Reviews)


Sony PS-HX500 Turntable Reviewed

Sony PS-HX500 Turntable Reviewed

Steven Stone reviews Sony's entry-level audiophile turntable, the PS-HX500. This $600 turntable includes a cartridge, a phono preamplifier with RIAA curve, an analog-to-digital processor, and a USB output to make hi-res copies (even 128x DSD) of your LPs. Continue Reading

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Dec 02, 2013

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Dec 03, 2012

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Jul 06, 2012

Stanton T.92 USB Turntable Reviewed

If you have a bunch of vinyl lying around but hate the hassle that goes with listening to the format, the Stanton T.92 turntable will make the process much easier. But what about its performance? Continue Reading
Stanton T.92 USB Turntable Reviewed

Dec 11, 2009

Linn LP12 Turntable Reviewed

Linn's latest incarnation of the venerable LP-12 turntable still holds a special place in the pantheon of great audiophile products. HTR looks at the original version compared with the latest version to show how Linn has continued to improve and refine their classic design. Continue Reading
Linn LP12 Turntable Reviewed

Jun 29, 2009

Avid Acutus Reference Turntable Reviewed

Avid's top of the line turntable, the Actus, uses a 10 lb. platter, computer-designed suspension, hand-built motor, and an outboard specially designed power supply. With aesthetics that are beyond reproach, the Actus would look at home in even the most uber-expensive system. Continue Reading
Avid Acutus Reference Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable Reviewed

This "simple, solid, and highly functional" turntable from Wilson Bensch uses a clever mix of metals, polymers, and advanced composite carbon fiber rods to make a turntable that is as high on its visual wow factor as it is on sonics. The overall results are nothing short of award-winning. Continue Reading
Wilson Benesch Circle Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Rega Planet Turntable Reviewed

Affordable, reliable, and easy to set up, the Rega Planet has a particular voice that is fast, punchy, and blessed with a smooth and rapid decay. But component matching with the Rega is imperative if you want to avoid its brasher and more aggressive tendencies. Continue Reading
Rega Planet Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Quasar LE Turntable Reviewed

The Quasar LE is gorgeous-looking entry into the highly competitive turntable market. With sweet-sounding coherent, yet dynamic sound the Quasar LE ranks as the quietest sub $3000 turntable around that still embraces its true analog nature. Continue Reading
Quasar LE Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Garrard 501 Turntable Reviewed

Turntable pioneer Garrard is back with their latest model 501. With a chassis milled from solid aluminum billets, a custom-made motor, and three separate chassis. While not as free of mechanically borne noises as Linn's LP-12, the 501 is a new take on the idler mechanism drive. Continue Reading
Garrard 501 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Simon Yorke Turntable Reviewed

Pricy, beautiful, elegant, outlandish are all accurate descriptions of the Simon Yorke turntable. Made in England, this turntable is among a handful of designs that vie for the title "best." Like most high-performance turntables, the Yorke must be set up right for optimum performance. Continue Reading
Simon Yorke Turntable Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

This beautifully made turntable defines the very essence of what analog sound is all about. Stunning in looks and performance, the Basis 1400 can be the beating heart of an exemplary analog system even though it is Basis least expensive offering. Continue Reading
Basis 1400 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II Cartridge Reviewed

With its pearwood body, alnico magnets, moving coil design, and elliptical stylus made from long-grain boron the Pearwood Celebration II is "magical" with superb front to back depth and excellent bass control, and a glorious midrange. Is it worth its cost? You betcha! Continue Reading
Sumiko Pearwood Celebration II Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 10, 2009

Grado Statement Reference Cartridge

Grado's top model cartridge was mounted in a Basis 2500 turntable and a Basis/Rega tonearm. With a hollow alloy cantilever and an elliptically shaped tip, the Statement Reference is Joe Grado's latest thinking on how to make a great cartridge. And, it is an absolute killer. Continue Reading
Grado Statement Reference Cartridge

Jan 10, 2009

London Super Gold Cartridge Reviewed

The latest incarnation of Decca London's classic stereo phono cartridge lives up to its inheritance. With a golden colored computer-machined solid aluminum body body, line contact stylus, the Super Gold melts Ken Kessler's icy heart. Continue Reading
London Super Gold Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Koetsu Urushi Black Cartridge Reviewed

Ken Kessler examines the mystical and uniquely wonderful qualities that make a Koetsu Urushi Black among a handful of truly great phono cartridges. Finished with the same lacquer used on Loiminchay fountain pens, this cartridge is a work of art. Continue Reading
Koetsu Urushi Black Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

London Decca Reference Cartridge Reviewed

A worthy successor to the original Decca Gold improves both the ergonomics with colored leads, and performance with a solid metal body and fine-line stylus shape. The results are sure to warm the heart of anyone who's enjoyed Decca's past offerings. Continue Reading
London Decca Reference Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME M2 Tonearm Reviwed

This tonearm has been made, in various forms, since 1959. This particular version, with its newer design removable headshell is as non-resonant as SME's more expensive offerings. The M2 is available in either ten or twelve inch long versions Continue Reading
SME M2 Tonearm Reviwed

Jan 04, 2009

Lyra Dorian Mono Cartridge Reviewed

Got mono? Well if you do, this is the cartridge that will reveal more about your mono records than you ever thought possible, with a minimum of extraneous noise that often accompanies mono records played with a stereo cartridge Continue Reading
 Lyra Dorian Mono Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Shure V15 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Perhaps the most archetypical moving-magnet cartridge is the Shure V-15 VxMR. It tracks like a hungry tiger during the first moments of an attack and sounds wonderful, clean and open without a trace of mis-tracking nasties or groove noise Continue Reading
Shure V15 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME Series I, II, III Tone Arms Reviewed

A true original that forever revolutionized turntable's sonic quality, the SME tonearm went through successive design changes that allowed it to continue to evolve when most of its competition faded away. Here's a primer on the SME Continue Reading
SME Series I, II, III Tone Arms Reviewed

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