Analog-Vinyl Reviews (39 Reviews)


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Jan 04, 2009

Transfiguration Temper V Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

The Transfiguration Temper V moving coil cartridge uses an ultra-tight magnet coil coupling, which creates a more focused magnetic field for improved efficiency and higher output. Its solid aluminum body and boron cantilever make for a greater immunity to temperature changes Continue Reading
Transfiguration Temper V Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Garrard 301 Turntable Reviewed

Ken Kessler fills you in on the history of the Garrard 301 turntable and fixes its place among other classic tables, such as the AR XA, Linn LP-12, Thorens TD-150, and Ariston RD-11. The Garrard's rim-drive design was among the best implemented of all rim turntables Continue Reading
Garrard 301 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Blue Angel Cartridge Reviewed

André Hanekom hand-makes the Blue Angel cartridge. It is and always will be, a rare beast He uses a hollow aluminum cantilever with a gyger fine-line stylus tip. The cartridge's sonic performance is dark and romantic with a touch of extra sweetness Continue Reading
Blue Angel Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Transfiguration Orpheus Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

The technical details that make the Transfiguration Orpheus cartridge unique include using ultra grade SS-µ-metal core for coil assembly, special 7N copper coils, push-pull damping, an anti-resonance body shape, and an ultra tight magnet-coil coupling Continue Reading
Transfiguration Orpheus Moving Coil Cartridge Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Clearaudio Statement Turntable Reviewed

As you might surmise from the name "Statement" this ClearAudio turntable is an insane cost-no-object attack upon the turntable state-of-the-art. With magnetic platter bearings, 80 kg pendulum, oil-damped chassis, and ability to support up to four tonearms simultaneously. Four tonearms Continue Reading
Clearaudio Statement Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

SME 20/12 and 312S Tonearm Reviewed

This combo was designed specifically to handle 12-inch tonearms. Using a special diecast magnesium material, the new SME tonearm is both rigid and lightweight. In the past no materials existed that offered this combination of physical attributes but magnesium makes longer tonearms possible Continue Reading
 SME 20/12 and 312S Tonearm Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Thorens TD124 Turntable Reviewed

The Thorens TD124 has received a resurgence of interest as of late by both collectors and ultra-fi modifiers. It's a classic design, both in looks and design. Its use of a belt with its idler wheel was a giant step forward in turntable technology still employed in many modern designs Continue Reading
Thorens TD124 Turntable Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Denon DL-103 Cartridge Reviewed

This "benchmark" moving coil design delivers a surprising level of performance for a moderate amount of money. Since it's been in production for so long, the DL-103 is a true classic design that can function well in many tonearms Continue Reading
Denon DL-103 Cartridge Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

V.Y.G.E.R. Baltic M Turntable Reviewed

Although their Star-Trecky moniker and Jules Vernian looking physical design may be off-putting to serious conservative audiophiles, the unit's performance is worth a serious look from those who like gear that makes a statement both visually and aurally Continue Reading
V.Y.G.E.R. Baltic M Turntable Reviewed

Oct 25, 2008

Air Tight PC-1 Cartridge Reviewed

Among the brands that rarely put a foot wrong is Air Tight of Japan. In so many respects, it's as... Continue Reading
Air Tight PC-1 Cartridge Reviewed

Oct 23, 2008

Marantz TT15SI Reference Series Turntable Reviewed

Although Marantz has made turntables for many years, they don't have a stellar reputation in the field of turntable design. The TT15Si, however, may change audiophiles' opinions about the Marantz turntable legacy. This all-in-one package has a lot going for it Continue Reading
Marantz TT15SI Reference Series Turntable Reviewed

Feb 14, 1992

Maplenoll Ariadne Turntable Reviewed

This pricey United Kingdom built LP player is the makings of true audiophile esoterica. Read the full Ken Kessler review to see how the Ariadne stacks up to the Linn LP12's of the world and beyond. Continue Reading
Maplenoll Ariadne Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1991

Parnassus Cartridge Reviewed

Audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler, laments the 1991 death of vinyl while looking at this expensive cartridge designed for audiophile nirvana. Does heavy metal sound better? Without question. Read more in the full review here. Continue Reading
Parnassus Cartridge Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

SME Series 30 Turntable Reviewed

No Ken Kessler review could be complete without a car comment and in this review this SME table gets the comparison to a Bugatti. Yes, a Bugatti. Some who love digital suggest that a turntable should get a comparison to horse drawn buggy but then again those people don't live in the UK do they? Continue Reading
SME Series 30 Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

The Finial Laser Turntable Reviewed

Mr. Powers, you've noticed that the sharks have laser beams on their heads. "I have one simple request which is to have sharks with fricken laser beams on their heads" "What do I have here?" SEABASS. Mutated seabass. Continue Reading
The Finial Laser Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1990

Oracle Delphi Mark IV Turntable Reviewed

Whenever Oracle Delphi releases an update it is usually a good idea to go ahead and pick it and the Mark IV turntable is no exception. Its good looks go hand in hand with its good performance Continue Reading
Oracle Delphi Mark IV Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Oracle Delphi III Audiophile Turntable Reviewed

The Oracle Delphi Mk III is a marked improvement over the previous iterations in the series. So much so that this reviewer felt compelled to purchase the turntable for his reference system Continue Reading
Oracle Delphi III Audiophile Turntable Reviewed

Feb 13, 1989

Audio-Technica AT-ART1 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

Audio-Technica's AT-ART1 phono cartridge is a phono cartridge that respects its price points and offers features accordingly, making a true luxury class item for the discerning audiophile Continue Reading
Audio-Technica AT-ART1 Phono Cartridge Reviewed

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