Christiaan Punter

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Nagaoka MP-150 premium
In this Mini-Review, I will be looking at the MP-150's performance using three tonearms and three Avid turntables.
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Mola-Mola Tambaqui premium
Originally available only as a two-board stack for use inside the Mola-Mola Makua preamp, the DAC with its special proprietary design is also available as a separate unit.
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14 April 2021
Phono Cartridge Stylus Shapes premium
Want to know all there is to know about phono cartridge stylus shapes? Look no further as this article has all the essential information all in one place. It dives into the similarities, differences and overlap, explains the aspect of Contact Area and the differences between Bonded and Nude diamonds, between a Round Shank and a Square Shank, and covers stylus longevity.
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Aequo Audio Stilla Active premium
After having reviewed the Hybrid (partially-active) Aequo Stilla, the model under review here concerns the fully active version. Whereas the hybrid Stilla still requires the use of an external amplifier, the fully-active Stilla contains internal amplifiers for all of its drivers, thus eliminating the cost and worry of using an external amplifier while freeing up extra space in the listening environment.  
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31 March 2021
CAT (Convergent Audio Technology) JL5 Black Path premium
The CAT JL5 promises the benefits of pure Triode Mode, combined with very large power reserves and the capability to drive pretty much any loudspeaker, including electrostatics.
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Vermeer Audio TWO premium
Vermeer Audio is a relatively new French company that was started by a group of technicians and passionate investors that have roots in another famous French company, Audio Aero. In its curvy enclosure, the TWO houses a streaming endpoint, a DAC, and an analog tube preamp, all of superb quality.
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27 March 2021
Audiocorner Company Visit premium
Audiocorner is a HiFi shop in Lutjebroek, the Netherlands, that specializes in Ayon audio equipment. I paid an afternoon visit to have a nice chat with owner Eric-Jan Horstman and listen to the all-Ayon showroom system.
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R.T.F.S. Ceiling Vane and Carreau premium
In this review, I will try the Ceiling Vanes in three different positions in two areas while applying the Carreau panel in a third area. If there's one thing that has become clear during my time with various R.T.F.S. products, it's that they have proven to be extremely effective. More effective than other foam or wool solutions that I have tried.
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Melody Action Ultra, MDA2, and Everest 211 premium
Established in 1999 in Australia by Mr Allen Wang and known primarily in Australia and Asia, Melody is now being distributed in the EU. As it turns out, these amplifiers are something special. The corporate headquarters, which comprises, among others, the R&D center (product design), is based in Australia. Later, in order to meet the growing market demands, the company decided to invest by building a factory in Shenzhen, which is located near the city of Hong Kong.
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NuPrime AMG-PRA with 2x AMG-STA power amplifier premium
In the initial NuPrime AMG review, I have focused mainly on the AMG-STA power amplifier. For this second installment, I have been sent a second AMG-STA power amplifier so that I can use a pair in mono-mode as well as an AMG-PRA analog preamplifier to round off the NuPrime system.
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Qobuz Hi-Res On-Demand Streaming Audio premium
After having given Qobuz a new chance, and having compared several of my self-ripped albums and tracks to the downloaded files and the streaming content available on Qobuz, I am happy to conclude that the quality of the service has improved so much to make the decision between local playback and streaming a non-issue.
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Classé Delta Stereo and Delta Pre premium
The third-generation Delta product line includes the STEREO amplifier, MONO amplifiers and the PRE preamplifier with built-in DAC and streamer, and conceptually based on the CP-800. Reviewed here are the preamp and stereo power amp.
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16 February 2021
Nieuwjaarsshow at PUUR audio, video & domotica premium
As a result of the ongoing lockdown and restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Robert and Daan of PUUR came up with a brilliant idea: to carry out a show for an audience limited to yours truly and with the intention for me to write a report so that readers can still get a nice impression of the show without having to leave their homes.
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10 February 2021
Mad Scientist Audio FCGD+ Digital Interlink premium
With the FCGD+, Mad Scientist has entered the true high-end level of digital cables. This cable is simply brilliant, and as it stands, the best digital coaxial cable that I’ve used.
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9 January 2021
Vermouth Audio Reference Phono Interlinks premium
The Vermouth Reference phono cable gets so much right, especially in the aspects that matter most for musical enjoyment, and at such a reasonable price, that I can only recommend it wholeheartedly.
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28 December 2020
NuPrime AGM STA stereo power amplifier premium
The AMG STA not only addresses all of the ST-10's weaker areas but actually raises the overall quality to such an extent that it comfortably positions itself among high-end competitors that cost multiples upon multiples.
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18 December 2020
Wolf von Langa SON premium
Hearing the Wolf von Lange Sons for the first time at Callas Audio immediately primed me for something special. But it wasn't until I had heard them in my own system that I truly and deeply understood the extent of their superlative performance.
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Manley Labs Jumbo Shrimp, Neo-Classic 300B and Snapper premium
From an American audio brand with a long history, one might expect a  stereotypical big and ballsy "American" sound. When talking about transistors this would be maybe something in line with the classic Krell or perhaps McIntosh sound and when talking about tubes, in general, a warm, rich and juicy-liquid sound. But just like modern Audio Research tube amplifiers do not have that kind of sound, neither do the Manley products that I have on visit for review. So, what do they sound like? Read on to find out!
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11 December 2020
Qln Prestige One premium
Being great communicators and musical omnivores, the Prestige Ones always put the music first with an energetic, vibrant and involving rendition of anything that you play.
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1 December 2020
Monrio mp11 Mono Power Amplifiers premium
The Monrio mp11's have a luscious sound that is gently sweet and easy-going, airy, highly refined and beguilingly fluid. It's also nothing like what I have become accustomed to hearing from typical Class-D designs, or from Class A/B amplifiers, for that matter.
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27 November 2020
Philips CDM Mechanisms – Page 1 – CDM-0, CDM-1, CDM-2, CDM-3 premium
Philips CDM Mechanisms - Page 1 - Detailed information about the CDM-0, CDM-1, CDM-2, CDM-3 Swing Arm Mechanisms.
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27 November 2020
Philips CDM Mechanisms – Page 2 – CDM-4, CDM-1 MkII, CDM-9 premium
Philips CDM Mechanisms - Page 2 - Detailed information about the Philips CDM-4, CDM-1 MkII, CDM-9 Swing Arm Mechanisms.
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27 November 2020
Philips CDM Mechanisms – Page 3 – CDM-12 and CD Pro premium
Philips CDM Mechanisms - Page 3 - Detailed information about the Philips CDM-12 and CD Pro Linear Tracking Mechanisms.
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23 November 2020
NuPrime ST-10M mono power amplifiers premium
With each of the two channels powered by its own transformer and extra capacitance, the available power has doubled. But if you ask me, the extra power is not the amplifiers' biggest selling point, rather, it's the increased sound quality across the board.
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20 November 2020
R.T.F.S. Sirrah – Part 2 premium
Not only will they work wonders in untreated rooms, but the SiRRAHs also provide substantial improvements in soundstaging, clarity and focus even in already well-balanced rooms.
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9 November 2020
Ultra High-End Show at PUUR audio, video & domotica premium
On November 12, 13, 14, and 15, PUUR audio, video & domotica will present an impressive system revolving around the Kroma top-of-the-line Elektra loudspeaker, driven by an all-Goldmund system consisting of the Mimesis 20H NextGen Reference DAC, the Mimesis 37S NextGen preamplifier and a pair of Telos 1000 NextGen mono power amplifiers.
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5 November 2020
Aqua LinQ Network Interface – Part 2 premium
he addition of the HQPlayer module allows using Roon and all of its benefits along with even better sound than was possible using the now-discontinued RoonReady module. Additionally, Aqua's modularity ensures that the product remains up to date.
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30 October 2020
Vermouth Audio Black Pearl MkII and Rhapsody interlinks premium
Positioned underneath the Reference range are four more interlink models of which I will review two: the second most affordable Rhapsody and the second most advanced Black Pearl MkII.
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Aequo Audio Stilla premium
While sleek and elegant in appearance, these are not lifestyle products but seriously high-end speakers that tick all the audiophile parameter boxes. All it takes is a single demo to understand their brilliance.
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11 October 2020
Vermouth Audio Reference USB premium
Naturally, one cannot extrapolate the sound of analog cables onto a USB cable but given earlier experience with Vermouth's interlinks, I have high expectations for the company's new USB cable.
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Antipodes K50 Music Server premium
Having reviewed several Antipodes Music Servers and having owned the CX and EX for close to two years as my references, I was excited to hear of the OLADRA project and even more so the arrival of an all-new range with the K50 as the King of the Hill.
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23 September 2020
atm-audio EPM-700 class-D power amplifier with Korg Nutube triode input buffer premium
Machined from solid aluminum, the EPM-700 Mono amplifiers employ hybrid amplification technology using a Class-D Hypex NC500 module with Ncore technology powered by a 1200W switched-mode power supply and a Korg NuTube Triode Valve-based atm-audio input stage.
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11 September 2020
Xavian Premio Esclusivo premium
The Premio Esclusivo is a superbly natural-sounding speaker that always brings the maximum in engagement.
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18 August 2020
Mad Scientist Audio Nitro Nano power cable premium
The Nitro power cable replaces the NEO and NEO-OCC models and although it looks very similar to the older NEO, the internal differences have resulted in a much-improved performance.
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Origin Live Turntable Record Weight premium
When Origin Live issues a Record Weight you can be sure that it will be very different from the competition. While counting at least 9 layers of various combined materials that are all interconnected in a cleverly loosely-coupled manner using nylon screws it's obvious that this product is unlike any other Record Weight.
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11 August 2020
Jorma Design AES/EBU Digital Cable premium
The Jorma AES/EBU cable, quite simply, the very best digital cable that I have heard.
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4 August 2020
R.T.F.S. SiRRAH – Part 1 premium
The smartly designed SiRRAH units have a twofold function, combining the advantages of a diffuser with those of a bass/midrange absorber. The panels are easy to fix to the wall and the improvements are substantial.
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Graham Audio LS3/5 and LS3/5A with SUB3 premium
The LS3/5A a world-famous mini-monitor that is loved by many. But what not many may know is that this was not actually the first incarnation of the model. In this article, I will describe the audible differences between the LS3/5's and LS3/5A's. In addition, I will listen to the SUB3 stereo subwoofer system that is designed by Derek Hughes specifically to work with these speakers.
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Qln Sonora premium
The Qln Sonora loudspeaker is equipped with a highly efficient, crossover-less, full-range driver (with a Whizzer/tweeter-cone) and a tweeter that mainly adds resolution at higher frequencies above 10kHz.
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Fezz Lybra Parallel Single-Ended 300B integrated amplifier premium
The Lybra Parallel Single Ended 300B tube amplifier is fast, articulate, clean, transparent and fabulously neutral. But when it is partnered properly it is also superbly emotional, highly lyrical, utterly non-technical and just purely magical.
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14 July 2020
Bob Marley & The Wailers event and AFK Snelloket visit at PUUR audio, video & domotica premium
In the footsteps of the Songs of Freedom and Protest event, on July 10th and 11th 2020, PUUR audio, video & domotica organized a Bob Marley & The Wailers event. At the same event, Annabelle Birnie of the AFK Snelloket voor het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst was present to be handed over a cheque intended to help artists make it through the Corona crisis.
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Audio GD Master 2H Mono Power Amplifiers premium
The Master 2H mono amplifiers amplify the whole truth and nothing but the truth but they combine their truthfulness with a very high level of refinement, fluidity and finesse to make for a performance that is not only spectacularly neutral but also highly natural, rhythmically infectious and hugely involving. Oh, and these amps also double their output with every halving of the impedance. Intrigued yet? You should be!
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Aqua LinQ Network Interface premium
Never before has a digital interface, network or otherwise, behaved so utterly consistently and dependently. The LinQ has the uncanny ability to improve the quality of upstream components but it does this while refraining from imposing any discernible character onto the proceedings.
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Origin Live Silver Hybrid analog interlink premium
Clearly, Mark Baker knows what he is doing, not only in the field of turntables but also in the field of cables.
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Doepke DFS2 Audio Grade Differential Switch premium
With solid, silver-plated connections up to 50 mm2 and 0 AWG Massive OFC internal conductors, large contact areas with pneumatic high contact pressure for the lowest possible impedance and a complete absence of undesired inductive parts, the Doepke DFS-2 offers uncompromised quality. At 600 euros, does it justify its cost? Read on to find out!
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ViRa Aidas Gala Gold LE MC Cartridge premium
Highly-sophisticated, super-silent, velvety-smooth and extremely refined, the Gala Gold LE is the most revealing cartridge that I have heard so far. It's rare to hear a cartridge so very precise, so linear and so highly resolving yet with an absolute absence of dryness and with seemingly eternal decays.
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Digital Cables compared – USB and Ethernet premium
In order to assess a high-end digital cable, one needs to refer to a standard. But what defines the baseline? And how do USB and Ethernet cables compare to the traditional S/PDIF and AES/EBU cables?
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5 June 2020
Pink Faun Digital Interlink LAN premium
To many, high-end Ethernet cables are still a controversial subject. While plenty of experiments have proven to me that their influence is not imaginary, it sure is annoying that, so far, we have not been able to come up with a proper scientific explanation for why these cables can alter the sound. However, these differences are actually easy to hear and the Pink Faun Digital Interlink LAN cable with its unique presentation turns out to be an ideal candidate to take away any remaining doubts.
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29 May 2020
Way Cables Champagne Plus USB Cable premium
The Champagne Plus has a smooth, rich and lush presentation with juicy-liquid mids and a very gentle and airy treble. There is an immense sense of freedom with this cable, an almost magical and rather un-electronic manner of music-making indeed.
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29 May 2020
Way Cables Substance Plus Power Cable premium
The Substance Plus power cable honors its name by sounding quite substantial indeed. It has a sonorous delivery with very solid and full-bodied bass, a warm and liquid midrange and airy and super-refined, decidedly non-forward and very well-behaved treble.
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Analysis Audio Epsilon premium
The Analysis Audio Epsilons produce a sound so clean, clear, open, transparent and so utterly uncolored that many traditional cabinet speakers can only aspire to.
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Weiss DAC502 DSP DAC and Network Renderer premium
The DAC502 is an absolute reviewer's dream. It contains every function that one could ever want, poured into a very responsive UI with direct access to every function, topped off with utter stability. Soundwise, this is a dead-neutral, highly-revealing DAC with a solid, punchy, crispy and no-nonsense delivery.
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APL DSD-AR DAC premium
While resolving the heck out of everything you play with retina-like resolution and lightning-fast transients, the DSD-AR simultaneously has an almost subconscious easy-going aspect, a certain organic quality that makes for highly lyrical music making and an immediate emotional involvement that makes one forget about all the technical details.
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Goldmund Telos 7 with Kharma Elegance S7 Signature demo at PUUR audio, video & domotica premium
To celebrate their 7,5-year anniversary of the PUUR showroom they have paired the Kharma Elegance S7 Signature with the Goldmund Telos 7.
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3 May 2020
GigaWatt PC-4 EVO+Power Conditioner premium
For a change, here is a power conditioner that does actually deliver on the promise of not reducing the expressiveness or dynamics. Put simply, the PC-4 EVO+ acts to remove restraints without any penalties.
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25 April 2020
Pink Faun Digital Interlink USB premium
The Pink Faun Digital Interlink USB ranks among the very best cables I have heard and it has established itself as one of my top favorites.
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14 April 2020
GigaWatt LC-Y EVO cable, G-C16A Circuit Breaker and G-044 Schuko Socket premium
This review made it very clear that good power connections do matter. A LOT! In this part, I focus on explaining the products in detail and provide some background information pertaining to some of my personal experiences. The listening experiences can be found in part 2.
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Goldmund Telos 7 with Kharma Elegance DB7 demo at PUUR audio, video & domotica premium
As part of the "Private Sessions", PUUR audio, video & domotica is currently demoeing the new Goldmund Telos 7 integrated amplifier together with the Kharma Elegance DB7 loudspeakers.
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5 April 2020
Driade Flow 405 loudspeaker cable premium
This cable truly is something else. It has a smooth, free-flowing, organic and highly involving delivery that, quite unusually, does not come along with a lack of focus or a reduction in dynamic slam.
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Ayon CD-10 II CD Player premium
The CD-10 II impressed me enormously. Regular readers will know that I am used to listening to very esoteric gear but somehow Ayon always manages to stir my music-loving soul, and, as it turns out, even with their entry-level products.
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23 March 2020
atm-audio EPM-50 Class A Mono Power Amplifiers premium
Fabulously organic and highly seductive and in no way mechanical or electronic, these fully Class-A amplifiers eschew the type of overt control that can lead to the mechanical and clinical presentation that makes so many rivals sound rather uninvolving.
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16 March 2020
CH Precision X1 Power Supply premium
The X1 is an ultra-low-noise, high-current, DC-regulated external power supply capable of powering up to two CH Precision units.
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Astin Trew AT2-2100 Integrated Amplifier premium
The Astin Trew AT2-2100 has an engagingly upbeat, dynamic and expressive delivery and refreshing new cosmetics.
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Audio Show Alkmaar 2020 – The end of an era premium
Unlike my normal show reports, this time, I will focus on the organizer rather than on the exhibitors. Mostly, my aim for this article is to honor Ben Hoedjes for his 20 years of presence in the audio business.
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Wilson Benesch Precision P1.0 and P2.0 premium
The Wilson Benesch Precision Series uses trickle-down technology from the reference line to capture a large part of the essence of the Wilson Benesch sound at a more accessible price point.
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Lector CDP-707 + PSU-707 and Digicode S-192 + PSU-DC 192 premium
The CDP-707 is an integrated Tube CD player, powered for this review by the company's best PSU-707 unit. The Digicode S-192 is a Tube DAC, powered by the company's best PSU-DC 192 unit.
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