Think a vacuum record cleaning machine is too expensive or inconvenient? Skeptical that a one-step record cleaning fluid is all you really need? Both the...
Michael Jude Galvin
I purchased my first turntable about eight years ago. At the time, I had only a handful of records, all used, and all of which needed a thorough washing.
As a long-time fan of Ron Sutherland’s superb 20/20 phono preamp ($2200), I was anxious to find out how much Sutherland performance Ron could squeeze out of his most affordable design, the new $895 KC Vibe.
In the world of phono preamps, Ron Sutherland needs no introduction. He has consistently produced products that offer tremendous value and performance.
The KEF LS50W (“W” for wireless) is a fully active set of bookshelf speakers based on KEF’s award-winning LS50 compact reference monitors. For an extra $700, the $2199 LS50W looks to add a ton of value and performance, including dual-mono bi-amplification, wireless streaming, upsampling D/A converters, full DSP controls, a dedicated app, and a remote control.
While turntables have become so ubiquitous that the news of any new model is pretty much white noise, it’s time to pay attention. Starting with a price around $1600, the GEM Dandy PolyTable is George Merrill’s gauntlet and it’s nothing short of superb.
The “GEM” in GEM Dandy is none other than analog guru George E. Merrill who has been a fixture in the hi-fi business since the early 1970s. During that time, in addition to operating his hi-fi retail operation in Memphis, he has designed, modified...
“Tryin’ to make it real—compared to what?” - Gene Daniels
The Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers are small-footprint monitors, designed for small rooms or desktops where only a reference-caliber loudspeaker will do.