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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.

PS Audio xStream Resolution Reference Speaker Cables

What do you expect from a speaker cable? Think about this for a moment and I am sure that you will find it in today’s very crowded cable marketplace. It seems that a new cable company is literally popping up every day to offer you their version of the best. “The Best” could be the best sound they can offer or the best value for the money.

Zyx Airy 3x-SB Moving Coil Cartridge

The timing of this review could not be more appropriate. It is spring, and the warm sunshine on my face makes me feel alive and renewed. It is a pleasure to be outside. The subtle oppression of being closed in over the long winter months is quickly fading. It is time to open the windows, let the fresh air inside the listening room, and take a new look at the world as the flowers come into bloom and life renews.

Balanced Audio Technology VK-31SE Preamplifier

There is no control design in the world of high-end audio that is better than the user interface of products by Balanced Audio Technology. The remote control of volume – even when the output is muted – is a great feature, especially for analog listeners. There is remote control of phase, too, which is very helpful in adjusting this often subtle parameter. Is the display too bright for your mood or room lighting?

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