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BAT VK-P5 and VK-P20 Phono Preamplifiers

The Balanced Audio Technology VK-P5 phono preamplifier is a well built, reliable, and easy to use stand-alone phono stage. It was a sonic disappointment.

Shelter 90x Moving Coil Cartridge

What is the difference between an ordinary hamburger and a great hamburger? The meat? The bun? The seasonings? Maybe it’s the cook. It is all of these and more. I say that because if you give the same ingredients to several cooks, each hamburger will taste differently from the others. This has little to do with the Shelter cartridge under review, because for one thing, friends, it ain’t hamburger!

Sonic Frontiers Phono 1SE Phono Preamplifier

The Sonic Frontiers Phono 1 Special Edition has some remarkable qualities that are shared by some of the best available phono preamplifiers. But before we look further into its sonic qualities, a little history.

Cary PH-302 Phono Preamplifier

Sometimes work and play are indistinguishable from each other. When you really enjoy your job, you look forward to going to work and the days seem to pass quickly. Even though 10 Audio is a free service, I do take it seriously and sometimes, for the sake of providing good information to my readers, suffer through listening to some gear so you won’t have to.

Aurum Cantus Leisure 2 SE Loudspeaker

During the preparation for this review, I kept thinking about the theme of the Disney movie “Aladdin”: a diamond in the rough. Here at 10 Audio, we’re always looking for products that offer excellent value for the money in addition to offering outstanding sound. So the “rough” would refer to the price category of these beautifully finished speakers: $1600 with stands.

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Cary 300SEI Integrated Amplifier

This was a challenging review to write. Not for some of the reasons you might imagine: faulty equipment – none!, system changes – frequent but not the issue; available time to listen to the amplifier – always in too-short supply; etc., etc. No, the challenge was deciding if the review would have any value considering the “law” that would be broken in the process.

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