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Every product at Gold Sound is carefully chosen for superior sound quality, reliability + value.
Recent issues of STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND recommend 100s of our products.
STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND give Prima Luna seven recommendations, the most of any amp company.
ABSOLUTE SOUND has over 60 recommendations for equipment we carry:
Fyne, Grado, Luxman, Marantz, Ortofon, Parasound Halo, Prima Luna, Pro-ject, Rega, Spendor, Sumiko and more.
Some reviews are from leading English magazines: WHAT HI-FI, HI-FI CHOICE and HI-FI NEWS.
"Highly recommended." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Recent stars include $579 Elac UB5, a brilliant contender that owns its class." ABSOLUTE SOUND
ELAC UNI-FI UB5$579/pair, "Compared to B5, greater focus, much more controlled bass, competitive with speakers much beyond its price. Might be the best $579 you'll ever spend." ABSOLUTE SOUND
GRADO CARTRIDGES ALL MADE IN N.Y. BLACK, $99, "Admirable detail and treble with good bass and ambience." HI-FI CHOICE RECOMMENDED
GREEN, $125, "Thoroughly enjoyable for all kinds of music." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
"Warm, yet pleasant balance, sweet treble; Lively overall presentation." ABSOLUTE SOUND "Produces rich, open and expansive music. At it's price it simply can't be beaten!" SENSIBLE SOUND GOLD,$260, "Rich, open & expansive." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE RECOMMENDED
"Warm, pleasant balance; lively; dynamically expressive midrange; engaging openness. The cost-conscious will appreciate the user-replaceable stylus." ABSOLUTE SOUND; EDITOR'S CHOICE
REFERENCE PLATINUM $350, "Nice midrange, lively; cartridge of choice for the most cost restrained." EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Markedly more refined sound than Gold. Increased resolution; competes nearly equally with m.c. carts 3 times its price. Compared to Gold, tighter bass, more neutral; much more authoritative; significantly better tracking. More top-tier performance, delivers greater musical enjoyment per dollar than any other $300 cartridge." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
REFERENCE SONATA, $600, "Improved detail, transient speed, more seductive midrange and improved sound very noticeable." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Far exceeded Clearaudio Aurum Beta in bass and dynamics." STEREOPHILE
"Wonderful, naturally sweet treble, refined tone colors and very good detail, particularly in midband." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
REFERENCE $1500, "Beautiful sounding; enormously musical." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE GRADO PH1 phono preamp MADE in NY, $500, "Works well with high and low output cartridges. Open and easy sound with expansive soundstage, natural highs and bass with texture, tonal refinement and power." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
All except iGRADO are Handmade in N.Y.
iGRADO, $49, 5 STARS, TOP RATED, BEST PORTABLE HEADPHONES , "More detail, range, sense of of scale and sheer musicality than anything at this price." WHAT HI-FI AWARDS
SR60eA leading consumer magazine rated the $79 Grado SR60 above 26 more expensive models, including six Bose, two Beats by Dre, $300 B&W, $400 Sony, $300 Monster, $350 Klipsch, $400 PSB, $350 Sennheiser, $130 Audio-Technica, $400 Shure and many more.
"For sheer musical enjoyment, these are hard to beat." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
"Full bass, excellent detail resolution."
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, same class as $400 'phones, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 STARS, TOP RATED, above $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 and Triport; $450 Shure, $530 Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from iPod or other digital player. Comfortable." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Great audio bargain. Has signature Grado midrange excellence; delivers enough midbass warmth to satisfy." ABSOLUTE SOUND
SR80e, $99, A leading consumer mag rated $99 SR80i as the best of all 37 headphones tested and a BEST BUY. Grado SR80 rates above 25 more costly models, including six Bose, two Beats by Dre, $300 B&W, $400 Sony, $300 Monster, $350 Klipsch, $400 PSB, $400 Shure, $350 Sennheiser, $130 Audio-Technica and many more.
BEST HEADPHONES up to $200 "Revealing, awesomely detailed, musical, natural and simply beautiful." WHAT HI-FI
BEST BUY, HEADPHONE UNDER $280, HI-FI CHOICE "The Mighty Mouse of headphones; superb midrange transparency, natural dynamics. Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from iPod or other digital player. Comfortable."
SR125e $149, "Neutral, detailed and warm sound; extended bass/treble, wide dynamics. Sounds natural at wide range of volume. Never aurally or physically fatiguing. Musical and revealing, amazingly comfortable, more than any other headphone. Grado's biggest bang for the buck." EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in same class as $430 headphones, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 STARS, TOP RATEDabove $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 and Triport; $450 Shure, $530 Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI SR225e $199 BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
SR325e, $295, BEST HEADPHONES up to $600, " Musical, detailed sound, truly a top buy."
WHAT HI-FI "Highly sophisticated and detailed sound with great extension." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
"Greater treble extension and more efficient than competing $600 headphones."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED; rated in the same class as $600 headphones
"A unique, hear-through-the-veils kind of transparency." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"For under $650, you get sound quality that costs thousands with Grado SR325 + RA1 headphone amp. Grados are chosen by the most discriminating sound pros." OPERA NEWS
GR10 In-Ear headphone, $399, "First thing I noticed was the quality bass, which was mighty impressive. Honest, deep reaching bass, able to set off the part of my brain that responds to low-end thunder. Grado was conscious of bass overpowering other frequencies; thankfully this does not occur. GR10 midrange is most noteworthy."
"Treble well served by GR10, echoed the fine traits of bass and midrange. Treble well integrated, never drawing undue attention, demonstrating its ability to render any instrument very lifelike."
"GR10 is significant advancement over already fine GR8 in-ear headphone. GR8 is very reasonably priced and quite a fine product, but for only a C-note more one can experience even greater pleasure. GR10, an outstanding, affordable in-ear headphone that audiophiles can enjoy. Vivid, vibrant, engaging midrange. Sweet, silky smooth highs; taut, lively bass. Gobs of resolution and inner detail. Breath-taking openness. As much resolution as $16,000 speakers. Amazing."ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
RS1e, $695, "A music lover's component." INNER EAR
"Like these more than AKG K701 or Sennheiser HD650. Grado's luscious sound is an immediate "wow". The hand-crafted, real-mahogany headphone has a technicolor-rich sound. I'm right there with the musicians. l love these. Speakers capable of a glimpse of their astonishing clarity have stratospheric prices." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
5 STARS, TOP RATED above AKG 301+K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 and Triport; Sennheiser 485 and 585; Shure Se210, 530, 530pth; Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI
GS1000e $995 "Comfort personified, built for long listening. Your ears will never feel more coddled than with these luxury foam headphones. Terrific; an unforgettably mind-expanding soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE BEST HEADPHONE
"Nothing comes close. If you want to hear what music really sounds like, GS1000 is irresistable."
HI-FI CHOICE AWARDS
"Rolls Royce of headphones. The most alluring trait is its mind expanding soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"I gush over how they clarify recordings. Sound seemed to surround me with a rare ability to resolve depth of a concert hall plus rock and jazz. Always exciting. Bass is deep, controlled and precise. A natural for home theater. Their unfailing resolution of micro-details revealed spatial cues and ambience. Sound really pulls you into the music, it's hard to stop listening." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
5 STARS, "Amazing performance, simply awesome," TOP RATED above AKG 301 and K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 and Triport; Sennheiser 485 and 585; Shure Se210, 530, 530pth; Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI
PS1000e, $1695, "Builds on Grado's signature midrange excellence, offering more extended bass and treble. Shines with low-level detail in an effortless, relaxed way." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
GRADO Headphone Amp
handmade in NY
RA1, $350, "With tube-like timbre, sweet, relaxed sound, extended listening is a joy. A beautiful wooden case finishes off this gem." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Perfect for high-end road warriors. A specialist that brings out the best." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"High-end headphone amp for any system. With
Grado top-notch headphones, a sumptuous personal listening experience." OPERA NEWS
"For under $650, sound quality that typically costs thousands with SR325 headphones and RA1 headphone amp." OPERA NEWS
"Excellent value. Clearly a music lover's component." INNER EAR
Marantz, founded in 1953, is one of the world's leading electronic companies. Their specialty is high quality, high value home sound equipment. Marantz amplifiers, CD players, stereo & Av receivers have are all top-rated worldwide. Many Marantz products from 50 to 60 years ago are still in daily use.
ORTOFON Cartridges - Made in Denmark
"Ortofon, founded in 1918, is large for a company specializing in cartridges, employing 65 people. The firm's heart and soul is hi-fi. Even the least expensive cartridge is assembled from many tiny parts requiring much handwork. Making moving coil cartridges includes hand-winding coils over tiny armatures under microscopes by highly skilled workers. My Ortofon visit was impressive. Having the infrastructure for machining and crafting rubber parts for cartridge suspensions puts them in an enviable position in both quality and pricing. They've perfected MC technology. I bought an Ortofon cartridge as a reference." STEREOPHILE
2M RED, $99, THE GREATEST BARGAIN in a HIGH END CARTRIDGE; "One sophisticated cartridge for the money." ABSOLUTE SOUND
PRODUCT of YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Screaming deal - entry level cartridge at its finest." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Sophisticated, musical" ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
2M BLACK, $719, PRODUCT of YEAR, ABSOLUTE SOUND "Superb performer/value. Ortofon is in its own world, plumbing complexities of orchestral depth and dimension with a more resolved character and better soundstage precision and dimension. Its Shibata stylus has a wider groove contact area and better stability, extending frequency response and reducing record wear." ABSOLUTE SOUND;
"Transparent, unravels the complexities of orchestral music; velvety finess & harmonic finish." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Ridicuously good; bright open sound with surprising heft and slam." Rated in same class as $3000 models. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
CADENZA BLUE, $1799, "Detail, space, integrity & vitality; hard to beat at the price." OUTSTANDING PRODUCT; HI-FI NEWS YEARBOOK
CADENZA BLACK, $2599, "Here's a fast, tonally balanced, low coloration cartridge that has outstanding transparency, tonal neutrality and openess without any brightness or stridency, plus very good soundstaging and dynamics. Approaches the sound of a mastertape. A great value!" ABSOLUTE SOUND
SPU Meister Silver II, $1879, "Thunderous dynamic peaks; one heck of a fine pickup." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
SPU Synergy A, $1799, "A bargain." A Rated, in same class as $15,000 models. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
ORTOFON MC Cartridge Transformer - Made in Denmark
VERTO, $969, "Ortofon Verto transformer has a heavily chromed front plate and provides two primaries, rated at 30db and 24db gain. Melodies flowed brilliantly." Exceptional value. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND give Parasound many recommendations, the most of any solid-state amp.
"Parasound makes components that look and sound expensive, but sell for much less than they should on the substantial legend of audio engineer John Curl, designer of enduringly influential classics [Mark Levinson, Grateful Dead electronics, etc.]" STEREOPHILE
Z PHONO phono preamp, $199 "Impressive showing," EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, favorably compares to $600 model, STEREOPHILE
"Excellently built, makes very nice sounds: large sound stage, excellent layering with remarkably good balance, dynamic range and detail." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Remarkably high neutrality; superbly built. ONLY RECOMMENDED PHONO STAGE UNDER $500.
BUYER'S GUIDE, ABSOLUTE SOUND
RECOMMENDED, SENSIBLE SOUND
Z PHONO USB, Phono preamp with USB output, list $400, now $249 "Impressed by the quality and quantity of the heavy bass, as well as by the size of the soundstage and wealth of recorded detail," STEREOPHILE
Z DAC, v. 2, Digital to Analog Converter, $575 "Offers immaculate sound stage with velvety black backgrounds devoid of electronic hash or noise. It is all about space and ease in reproducing timbre and texture of acoustic instruments and voice." ABSOLUTE SOUND
Z AMP, v.3 stereo power amp, $349, 45W/ch,
8 ohm; 60W/ch, 4 ohm, 90W/ch, 8 ohm, 20-20k
"I've used Zamps for years for rear surround speakers and filled in for other amps. Z amps are totally reliable and sound nice."
"One helluva 45W amp, regardless of price and size,"
THE AUDIO CRITIC
"Smoothness and naturalness of mids are exceptional: clean, sweet, realistic and musical. If you're in the market for an inexpensive amp, run - do not walk- to check this out. Fabulous value." audioXpress
PARASOUND Classic Amps
2100, LIST $700, now $599, Stereo Preamp, "I don't know of another preamp with all these features - Subwoofer output w/variable crossover; Phono input, switchable to moving magnet, coil or line; Remote control; Tone controls; Front panel MP3 input. Sound is clean, transparent, airy highs, tight and controlled bass. Distortion is so low we couldn't measured it." ENJOY THE MUSIC .COM
"High-end stereo preamp with unique capabilities for integration into home theater systems and custom installs." EXCITE AWARD, CUSTOM RETAILER
PARASOUND HALO INTEGRATED AMP
"Halo integrated's overall sound was spirited, naturally detailed and alluringly three dimensional; pure audio joy. Soundstages were enormous and tangible. Imaging glorious. One of the best-ever audiophile systems under $5000." STEREOPHILE
"Parasound Halo integrated uses the latest generation ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC to decode PCM up to 384k/32 bit DSD and has a full complement of digital inputs including asynchronous USB 2.0." ABSOLUTE SOUND
PARASOUND HALO POWER AMPS
JC1 Power Amp $8988/pr, 400W, 8 ohm; 800W, 4 ohm; 1200W, 2 ohm, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; "Powerful, refined, smooth, dynamic, transparent; rated 400W, does 586W." PRODUCT of the YEAR; in SAME CLASS as $55,000 AMPS. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Build and sound quality of JC1 mono amps, my reference amps, is first rate. If they were U.S. made, it would cost a lot more. $30,000 for a pair of Halcros? I'll take Parasounds. I heard both and I did." STEREOPHILE
"I [Sam Tellig] own JC1 amps. They're a steal. I've used JC1's with 24 different speakers and never ran out of power. In a large room - especially with high ceilings and open space - you need increased power." STEREOPHILE
"Revelation; impressively coherent; transparent and detailed soundstage." STEREOPHILE
"Effortlessly powerful, silky smooth, crystal clear abundantly detailed." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
HOME THEATER highly recommended;
Tested Power: 8 ohm, 499W, .1% dist; 582W, 1% dist.; 4 ohm, 609W, .1% dist; 836W, 1% dist.
"JC1 bass is far better than I'd ever heard before, demonstrating low-end reach that I just didn't expect. Subtle ambiance, imaging and soundstage were staggering. Placement of instruments had a more realistic feel. On Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," the crisp highs and Stevie Nicks liquid vocals never sounded so good. I no longer felt the need to use a sub."
"Parasound's Halo amps get my complete standing ovation. JC1 left my jaw on the floor. A51 proved to be a superb complement with music and movies. They made me a true believer. It's rare that any amp has such a profound effect. The JC1 / A51 combo has found a permanent home in my reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation."
PARASOUND HALO PREAMPS
JC3+ Phono preamp, $2850, GOLDEN EAR AWARD, ABSOLUTE SOUND - The only other phono preamp chosen was $19,000! "Built by Parasound, designed with the inspiration and insight of the legendary John Curl, JC3 seems destined to embarass much pricier phono stages. With a fully isolated dual- mono layout in its full-sized chassis, each channel is housed in its own extruded aluminum vault. Backgrounds are eerily quiet; instrumental timbres are rich; channel separation is exquisite. There's a sweet kiss of romance through the the mids, an uncanny ability to extract and define low-level information in acoustic space. Capable of handling all but the lowest of the low output moving coils, JC-3 truly is an affordable exemplar of Curl's passion." ABSOLUTE SOUND
Parasound Halo AV Amps
A51, Surround sound power amp, 250W, 8 ohm; 400W, 4 ohm x 5 channels, $4795, "My reference amp is Parasound A51. I purchased this amp after wanting to own it for more than 10 years. It's one of the best amps today." SOUND & VISION,
EDITOR'S CHOICE "Powerful power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS
HOME THEATER, highly recommended; tested power: 8 ohm, 301W, .1% dist; 330W, 1% dist 4 ohm, 357W, .1% dist; 423W, 1% dist
The same issue tested a $6000 McIntosh MC8207, 7 channel power amp, with the same power as a $8500 MC207 amp. Parasound's A51 is $1500 or $4000 less, has 40% more 8 ohm power, won a higher value rating and is the amp the reviewer purchased.
"Parasound's Halo amps get my complete standing ovation. JC1 left my jaw on the floor. A51 proved to be a superb complement with music and movies. They made me a true believer. It's rare that any amp has such a profound effect, but these provided one I never wanted to let go of. This combo is now my permanent reference system. I can't give a higher recommendation."
A31, $3295, 3 channel power amp "A31 is rated at 250W/ch, 8 ohms; 400W/ch, 4 ohms, all 3 channels driven 20-20k. I was struck by A31's treble; It seemed to reveal more detail and subtleties of texture. The remarkable definition continued into the mids and bass. The bass was firm and extended and never lacked for power and weight. A31 is slightly less powerful than the $10,000 McIntosh MC303 into 8 ohms and more powerful into 4 ohms. Mac's treble was recessed in comparison." STEREOPHILE
PRIMA LUNA TUBE POWER AMPS
ALL MADE IN EUROPE & INCLUDE TONEARM & CARTRIDGE
HI-FI CHOICE chose the top hi-fi of all time. Quad is the highest ranked speaker. "The British Gold Standard; first practical full-range electrostatic; wide dynamics, delicate transparency weaves an unmatched spell." black grills and solid mahogany wood tops.
ESL988, A rated, $6499/pr, black; $7149/pr, classic; in same class as $39,000 models.
"World class resolution, superb soundstaging, spectacular transient response" STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
5 Star, top rated, above B&O, B&W, Bose, Dali, Dynaudio, Revel and more. WHAT HI-FI
"It will play at natural levels with a purity and accuracy will spoil you." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
REGA Turntables P3, $945; with $300 Rega Elys 2 cartridge, $1145
ALL MADE IN ENGLAND & INCLUDE TONEARM and HINGED DUST COVER. ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDS 3 REGAS, THE MOST OF ANY COMPANY. THE ONLY TURNTABLES ABSOLUTE SOUND CALLS "ONE of the GREATEST BARGAINS of HIGH END AUDIO" are REGA P1 and P6.
P1, $475, STEROPHILE's most affordable recommended turntable; includes installed diamond needle cartridge.
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE "Compared to P1, RP1 has more drive, better focus and was more confident, purposeful and authoritative. P1 looks good, is easy to set up and plays records like it means it. It's not just I can't imagine $475 buying more happiness; I can't imagine so modest an investment buying more music." STEREOPHILE
WHAT HI-FI, 5 stars, "Excellent budget product; terrific performer for the money; easy to set-up; fine build" includes cartridge, improved tonearm and phenolic platter, l7.4xl4x4.5"
"Rega's entry level table sells for about the same price as 20 years ago, meaning that Rega's commitment to value remains paramount. You get the pace, musical interplay and involvement that make analog special." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
Significant step forward. Deeper bass, lower noise, more dynamic pop, increased detail, improved staging. Better yet with $375 PSU power supply." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE. In same class as $2000 turntables.
"Compared to P3-24, RP3 sounded leaner and cleaner with tighter, better controlled bass. P3 is a plug'n'play package that's beautifully built, well engineered and sounds wonderful. Compared to VPI Traveler, RP1 consistently produced faster transients and more aggresive, precise imaging for snappy and exciting overall sound."
"Another Rega virtuoso. Few rivals are as fuss-free, sound so good and as easy to set up." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR
P6, $1595; with $600 Rega Exact 2 cart., $1995. "RP6 includes PSU power supply, a must for top performance. Large improvements in dynamic nuance, explosiveness, tonal and textural detail, size and depth of stage and musicality." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
RP8, $2995; with $700 Rega Apheta 2 moving coil cartridge, $3995. ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
In same class as $6500 'tables. "Setup quick and simple, produced a powerful, dynamic, coherent overall sound with solid, well-defined images; clean, articulated bass, exceptional resolution of detail and outstanding dynamics. Most exciting, truly revolutionary 'table in quite some time." STEREOPHILE, 4/16
Rega Elys 2 $295, Exceptional value; in same class as $800 cartridges. STEREOPHILE
REGA PHONO PREAMPS Rega Fono MM $395, "A great all-rounder that continues to deliver sonic excitement to any budget set-up." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR
ALL MADE IN ENGLAND
RB330, $595, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in the same class as $9,750 tonearms. STEREOPHILE
REGA Integrated Amps
INCLUDE MM PHONO PREAMP and REMOTE CONTROL
BRIO R, $945, 50W/ch, Rega's most affordable integrated amp. "There's a lot to be said for an amp that doesn't sound conspicuously solidstate or tube but has the strengths of both. Brio-R impressed with a balance of weight, tonal density + authority. Particularly well-suited for smaller floor standers and compact speakers." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
Rega Elex R, $1695, 60-90W/ch,"Agile, articulate performer that gets to the heart of the music with a fast, agile sound that's rhythmically assured." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR
Rega Elicit R, $2995, 105W/ch, "This really is the best amp we've heard at this price. What makes it truly impressive is how musical and interesting it sounds." WHAT HI-FI, PRODUCT of the YEAR
OSIRIS, $9995, Rega's best integrated amp, 162W/ch. "Delivers almost mind-bending levels of dynamic agility, subtlety and clout. Eerily effective & 3-dimensional sound stager." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
REGA CD Players ALL MADE IN ENGLAND
Apollo-R, $1095, "A" rated, in the same class as $13,000 CD players. "Apollo-R has a confident, solid sound with an analog sense of certainty. Performance was a revelation, stunning in how it got things so rhythmically right" STEREOPHILE
SATURN-R, COMBINED DAC & TRANSPORT. $2995. BEST BUY; nothing I've heard delivers resolution and musicality as convincingly as Saturn-R." EAR MAGAZINE
ISIS, $9995, Rega's best CD. "Rega's lsis CD player optimizes everything in the disc reading process. The sound is exceptionally three dimensional." ABSOLUTE SOUND, EDITOR'S CHOICE
REGA Digital-Analog Converter MADE IN ENGLAND
Rega DAC, $1195,"had a richness, fullness of tone, analog sense of ease. The most analog sound I've heard from a DAC. Filter settings let you change the sound significantly." STEREOPHILE
"Rega is musically at home in leagues well above its price." ABSOLUTE SOUND, EDITOR'S CHOICE
STEREOPHILE on line
SPIN CLEAN Record Washing System, $79
ACCESSORY of the YEAR "Spin Clean Record Cleaner is a pure manual design - nothing to plug in. A little elbow grease + fresh air do all the work. Fill the yellow basin with distilled water, add a capful of cleaning solution and spin the LP between the brushes. Ambient air and a couple of swirls with the supplied lint-free cotton cloths do the rest. Results speak for themselves: clean surfaces mean less noise and more fully resolved music." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Meet my new best friend, Spin Clean. Operation is a breeze. Result is a disc that's suddenly as shiny black as new. Less noise, more clearly resolved music. On a prized disc that hadn't been cleaned in years, the difference was an overall reduction in noise - removal of most tiny snaps and cracks from the start to the end. It's pretty tough to beat. Not to mention avoiding the hidden costs like worn styli and further degradation of your prized LPs." ABSOLUTE SOUND
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, "Got the job done."
BLUE POINT SPECIAL II $399,"Improved resolution, superior 3-dimensionality, richer bass, smoother highs." ABSOLUTE SOUND
PHONO CARTRIDGE of YEAR "Affordable, easy-to live with, high-output MC cart. Compared to others, it offers 3 compelling advantages: superior resolution of low-level sonic details, faster and more precise transients and broad, spacious, 3-dimensional soundstages. Significant improvements over Bluepoint Oyster: richer, more powerful bass, markedly smoother highs." ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED; EDITOR'S CHOICE
BLUE POINT SPECIAL EVOIII, $499, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, "Tight clarity, rhythmic certainty, excellent tracking," STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"One of the best entry level, high output, moving cartridges." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
BEST BUY "High frequency refinement; nimble, articulate and revealing sound." HI-FI CHOICE
BLACKBIRD $1099, "This high-output moving coil is smooth yet detailed, with a wide soundstage and fine bass. Midrange is particularly seductive." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Strong bass and focus. Wide-open soundstage, plenty of detail; shimmering, well-balanced top end without brightness or edge." In same class as $1600 carts.
PALO SANTOS PRESENTATION $3999, CARTRIDGE of the YEAR "Well balanced, neutral in the mids. This beauty draws you into its natural web, conveys complexities of timbre and space that are arresting and authentic." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
"This moving coil has an open-construction body of tuned wood. Its overall sound - smooth, sweet, sunny and nicely detailed - makes it a great choice for the music lover with eclectic tastes who wants to bridge the gap between analytical and romantic sound." A rated, in same class as $15,000 cartridges. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"This beauty draws you into its naturalistic web and conveys complexities of timbre and space that are nothing short of authentic." from ABSOLUTE SOUND's HIGH END AUDIO BUYER's GUIDE
OUTSTANDING PRODUCT, Hi-Fi News
U.S. MADE; include tonearm and base. dust cover is optional
TRAVELER, $1349 with $240 Grado cartridge. Traveler features include:
1] 10" tonearm for reduced tracking error.
2] 24 lb. total weight, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance.
3] 8 pound platter weight, for better speed consistency.
4] Large AC motor, for better speed consistency.
5] RCA jacks, allowing easy cable upgrades.
6] Four 2" high conical aluminum feet, with rubber tips, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance.
No other turntable anywhere near Traveler's price has all these features.
"Best new product." AV Showroom
"Piano sounded far more delicate, natural + controlled than I'd ever heard. Outstanding low end control & awesomely silent backgrounds. I began sending delirious text messages to audiophile friends. Intoxicating, almost magical."
"Traveler was spacious, open, silky smooth, well controlled, wide, deep soundstage. VPI kept time perfectly. I can't imagine a happier way of listening to LPs than with Traveler. Traveler isn't merely reasonably priced, it's a remarkable bargain, built to last a lifetime. It's made with love in the U.S." Stereophile
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