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Audioquest LeoPard Phono Cable

We do not have dozens of phono cables available from which to choose, as we do interconnect cables. It seems that only a few of the top manufacturers offer cables specifically designed and configured for the critical tonearm-to-phono preamplifier connection. One of these is Audioquest, one of the oldest high-end cable manufacturers.

PS Audio Ultimate Outlet vs. Shunyata Hydra 2 Power Conditioners

I am always reticent about recommending power products such as power cords and power conditioners. Their effects in my own environment vary greatly with different equipment and even with the time of day. Many components’ basic characters can change dramatically with different cords and conditioners, while with some other components, the differences are small or negligible.

Cary 500MB Power Amplifiers

This is a preliminary review (final thoughts below). The Cary 500MB power amplifier is such a superior music making audio product that I feel compelled to post an early report on my experiences with these wonderful amplifiers. The review could also be subtitled "The Golden Age of Tubes" because finally, with the Carys, the promise of solid state has been realized for a power amplifier.

Placette Passive Line Stage Preamplifier

Finally...sigh...a component that does exactly what the manufacturer says it does and nothing more. This is the first component in my experience that has so little identifiable character as to be, in the most exact meaning of the word, transparent. But before I tell you how I really feel about this little gem, let's address the two major stereotypes of the passive preamplifier breed.

Capacitors: Sonic Craft Sonicap Gen. 1 vs. VH Audio V-Cap OIMP vs. RELCAP Multicap vs. Mundorf Silver/Oil

Note: Please see Update below for the RELCAP Multicap.

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Quicksilver V4 Power Amplifiers

This is not an easy review to write. For several months, the Quicksilver V4 amplifiers have been the primary amplifiers in my ever-changing audio system. I have connected them to four different preamplifiers and four different speakers, and numerous cables and power conditioners. I have replaced the Graham 2.2 tonearm with a Phantom on my Kuzma Stabi Reference turntable.

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