Category: Tone Arms & Cartridges

The Final Technics SL1200 Modification by Greg Simmons

December 26, 2022

Build Your Own. Over the years, I have rebuilt a few turntables. I enjoy the mechanical process and love listening to the product when it’s finished. That’s how the seventy-year-old Rek-O-Kut T12h idler that I [Read More]

Charisma Audio Signature One Cartridge by Mike Wright

December 20, 2022

The idea to do this review started shortly after I finished my review of the Charisma Audio ECO cartridge. I mentioned to Bernard Li, owner of Charisma Audio, how much I enjoyed reviewing the ECO. [Read More]

Charisma Audio ECO Cartridge by Mike Wright

May 4, 2022

  If the amount of vinyl I purchased in the last year is any indication, analog is still alive and well. There was nothing like the heydays of the 80s and 90s when everyone had [Read More]

Audio Creative GrooveMaster III Tonearm By Greg Simmons

September 12, 2021

    Fresh Bananas   Being a review of a tonearm with an unusual banana-shaped arm-tube, I tried to write a banana-themed introduction, complete with really bad metaphors and bunches of ripe EMT 997s hanging [Read More]

Audio Technica AT-VM95 ML Phono Cartridge by Paul Szabady

February 15, 2021

                                                                      [Read More]

Audio Technica AT OC9 XSL MC Cartridge by Paul Szabady

December 28, 2020

Reviewing the Graham Slee Accession MC phono stage earlier this year (see: here), closely followed by the Origin Live Discovery 2 MM/MC stage (see: here), triggered a renewed interest in low-output moving-coil cartridges. The Accession’s [Read More]

ORIGIN LIVE ALADDIN MKII Phono Cartridge by Paul Szabady

November 30, 2020

  A recent News Flash reveals that new LP sales have now surpassed those of new CDs. For one who remains decidedly un-enamored of digital playback and the abstract aesthetic perception it enforces, there is [Read More]

G.E.M. Dandy PolyTable & Charisma Audio Musiko Tonearm by Dave Thomas

October 28, 2020

  When Necessity Breeds Musicality   A funny thing happened on the way to the Musiko. That’s Musiko, as in the unipivot tonearm from Charisma Audio. I reviewed the wonderful Charisma MC-2 moving coil phono [Read More]

SAVING YOUR SONDEK: Origin Live’s Affordable Upgrades for the Linn Sondek LP12 by Paul Szabady

October 26, 2020

  SAVING YOUR SONDEK If there is any turntable that truly warrants the term “iconic” it would have to be the Linn Sondek LP12. Remembering that an Icon is literally a sacred object of veneration [Read More]

Vincent Audio PHO-300 phono pream by Tim Barrall

October 9, 2020

  I recently reviewed the Vincent SV-200 integrated amp for Adam Sohmer, the public relations rep for Vincent Audio. Some months after that review, he reached out and wanted to know if I’d be interested [Read More]

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