Category: Tone Arms & Cartridges

Gold Note Donatello Gold Moving Coil Phono Cartridge by Greg Simmons

October 2, 2020

    That’s a Lot of Gold Note The subject of this review, the Donatello Gold moving coil phono cartridge is the third Gold Note pickup I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year. [Read More]

Origin Live Discovery 2 MM/MC Phono Preamplifier by Paul Szabady

September 3, 2020

  One of the happiest discoveries of my reviewing efforts since the turn of the Millennium has been the products of the UK firm Origin Live. Designed by founder Mark Baker, Origin Live’s extensive lines [Read More]

The Origin Live Gravity One Record Weight by Paul Szabady

August 2, 2020

             The record player has probably inspired more tweaks and modifications than any other single audio component. Indeed, one could argue that attempts to improve the sound of the turntable [Read More]

Gold Note Vasari Gold and Donatello Red Phono cartridges by Greg Simmons

July 9, 2020

  Civil Unrest I shouldn’t find this shocking anymore, but against the background of protests in all fifty states that erupted following the murder of George Floyd, I’ve read or participated in several conversations in [Read More]

PS Audio Stellar Phono Preamplifier by Greg Voth

April 19, 2020

  Of the handful of preamps I own, my current everyday favorite is the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC. This well-built line stage with remote, balanced, and unbalanced inputs and outputs and high-quality internal [Read More]

Record Doctor Vl Record Cleaning Machine

November 21, 2019

    I was in luck to find a water-damaged VPI 16.5 back in the late1980’s. One of its side panels had developed a nasty warp that made the machine near-impossible to use. I paid [Read More]

Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable, B-7 Ceramic Tonearm, and Donatello Gold MC Cartridge

October 24, 2019

  The Silent System I’m writing about a turntable in a silent room on a Sunday morning, the victim of a suicidal ½ amp fast-blow fuse – the one size of three in my amplifier [Read More]

Aidas Rainbow Phono Cartridge

July 26, 2019

Sometimes you just get lucky. After my reviews of two other Aidas phono cartridges were published last year, my brother and fellow StereoTimer, Mike Wright requested another Aidas cartridge for review called the Rainbow. As [Read More]

Tweaks for Geeks

May 27, 2019

  Cheap Goodies It seems like I’ve done a lot of reviews over the last few months, or at least enough to feel like I’ve been really busy. But as Spring rolled up I suddenly [Read More]

Miyajima Labs Takumi Phono Cartridge

May 17, 2019

  During the past year, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of very fine phono cartridges from a relatively new company called Aidas: the $3,000 Black Sound-Red Heart and $8,000 [Read More]

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