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Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho Preamplifier - MINI REVIEW

The new Acoustic Imagery Jay-Sho preamplifier visited my listening room following the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Like the naming of the Atsah amplifier reviewed here, "Jay-Sho" is also a Navajo word, in this case meaning "buzzard". This Jay-Sho was previously scheduled to visit another interested party, so my time with it was limited to just a few weeks.

VPI Prime Turntable and JMW 3D Tonearm

VPI Prim

Making quick judgments about the sound of a new component is dangerous. Those snap judgments are usually just a comparison to another component and are subject to change as the listener gets to know the new component better over time. For a new component, being definitive is often being silly.

Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Miyajima Madake Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

Let's start this review by taking a step back in time and having a look at my 2011 review of the Miyajima Kansui phono cartridge. The Kansui has been my main phono cartridge since before that review was posted. Using that "10 LP" review as a starting point, the new Madake, $5,895, is better.

Audio Research LS17 SE Preamplifier

The original Audio Research LS17 preamplifier was released in 2006 with a list price of $3,995. Using some of the same technology as the REF 3 and LS26 preamplifiers, the LS17 was targeted at a lower price point. The SE version hit the market in 2011 at $5,500. The upgrades in the SE version included “new Teflon coupling capacitors as well as other internal performance enhancements”.

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital-to-Analog Converter and USB Cable

The Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 DSDse is a new state of the art digital-to-analog converter from a company that has produced a number of high performance digital products over the years. The standard DAC-2 carries a list price of $1499 and the DAC-2 DSDse is $2549.

Sutherland 20/20 and DUO Phono Preamplifiers

Sutherland DUO

The Sutherland 20/20 dual mono moving-coil/moving magnet phono cartridge preamplifier was introduced in 2010 and carries a list price of $2,199. The 20/20 differs from previous Sutherland phono preamps by being powered by the AC line, not by batteries. The design is what Ron Sutherland calls “Two Mono”. There are two entirely separate sections in the single enclosure separated by air, one section for each channel.

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