Turntable and Accessories Reviews

Audio Technica AT-HS10 and Ortofon LH 2000 Turntable Headshells premium
Phono cartridges can make or break a turntable, but the headshell also has a not inconsiderable influence on the sound.
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Audio Technica AT33Sa premium
Ever since reviewing the Thorens TD1601 turntable, I had been thinking of fitting it with an Audio Technica AT33Sa cartridge. Now's the time to find out if it is indeed the great match that I anticipated.
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25 February 2017
Audio Technica ATN150MLX and Shure M97xE MM Phono Cartridges premium
Although both cartridges really are excellent, I am most surprised by the affordable Shure M97xE.
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18 May 2021
AVID Ingenium, Diva II SP, and Sequel premium
In this review, I will dive very deeply into all the aspects of three Avid Turntables, how they compare to one another, how they interact with different tonearms and cartridges, and where exactly each model excels. Be prepared - this has resulted in a very long article, even by my standards, but there's a summary for those who want to jump straight to the conclusion.
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25 November 2014
Benz MC Gold, ACE L and ACE LH – Mini Review premium
Benz MC Gold Used with: Michell Tecnodeck and Tecno Arm MC Gold is Benz’ most affordable product, and it seems to offer good value for money, but in terms of playback precision, it is no substitute for the brand’s dearer cartridges. Both ACE L and ACE SH have significantly better tracking which results in clearer […]
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Dynavector 10X5 MkII and DV20X2 premium
A comparison between two cartridges by the same maker that, on the surface, seem to differ only in terms of coil windings and stylus shape.
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Holbo Airbearing Turntable and Acoustical Systems Aiwon and Palladian MC cartridges premium
High-end turntables tend to be bulky, large, heavy and complex but the Holbo is none of these. This turntable has been very thoughtfully with ultimate transparency and neutrality as well as ease of use in mind.
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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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11 December 2019
Origin Live Calypso mk4 with Multi-Layer Platter, Illustrious arm and Silver Hybrid cable premium
The Origin Live Calypso Mk4 with Illustrious tonearm keeps you at the tip of your seat in anticipation of what the next record will uncover but even though it is so very capable of unveiling microscopic details, it is, most of all, a music machine.
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23 October 2017
Origin Live Onyx Tonearm premium
An excellent upgrade for many standard tonearms
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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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Technics Linear Tracking Turntables – part 1 premium
Technics SL1210, Technics SL-7, Pioneer SL-L1000, Yamaha PX-2, Avid Volvere, Linn LP12 and Thorens TD160MKII.
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The Big Turntable Comparison premium
Technics SL1210, Technics SL-7, Pioneer SL-L1000, Yamaha PX-2, Avid Volvere, Linn LP12 and Thorens TD160MKII.
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14 December 2019
Thorens TD1601 Turntable premium
Having changed owners has clearly worked out well for the beloved Thorens brand. The TD1601 strikes precisely the right balance between classic values and modern engineering.
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3 June 2021
Thorens TD1601 vs AVID Diva II SP – Mini Review premium
A quick comparison between two very different turntables, done in the Ayon/Xavian system.
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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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15 October 2017
ViRa Aidas Panzerholz MC Cartridge premium
Powerful, incisive and dynamic with incredible transient behavior
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29 April 2019
ViRa Aidas Rainbow MC Cartridge premium
the Rainbow cartridge has a beautiful, rainbow-like, multicolor Durawood body and uses an Adamant boron composite cantilever with a double damping system, leading to exceptional sound quality.
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Wooden Bull Turntable Mat premium
Technics SL1210, Technics SL-7, Pioneer SL-L1000, Yamaha PX-2, Avid Volvere, Linn LP12 and Thorens TD160MKII.
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