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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!

Slinkylinks Interconnect & Speaker Cables

Slinkylinks. Sounds like a child’s toy, doesn’t it? These cables do not sound like toys, but they do have a “slinky” look and feel:  smooth and shiny, and packaged in small metal cans.

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.

SOTA Cosmos Series IV Vacuum Turntable

I have to tell you that I have been putting off writing this review for months. Stalling, actually. It is not because I was faced with the unpleasant chore of writing a review about a poorly performing product. Writing one of those is something that just does not motivate me to spend a day or more writing and editing a review. The delay was for two good reasons:

SOTA Satellite Turntable and Origin Live Zephyr Tonearm

This review was suggested by two events: I have been enjoying a SOTA Cosmos vacuum turntable since 2007 due to its outstanding performance. The second event was my review of the VPI Classic turntable which appeared about a year ago.

Spendor S5e Loudspeakers

Small and lightweight and good looking. These are the first impressions I had when unpacking and setting up the 2 ½ way Spendors. They were smaller in person than I expected them to be, measuring just 31.1 x 6.5 x 10.4 inches. If you recall the big Dunlavys and Duntechs, you are familiar with the tall-and-narrow format, although tall in this case is just thigh high. The S5e model weighs in at about 35 pounds.

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Spread Spectrum Technologies Ampzilla 2000 Power Amplifier

Passion. Our hobby/interest/vocation is all about passion. There is a lot of passion in the high-end audio universe and James Bongiorno, the head of Spread Spectrum Technologies, has a consuming passion for his creations. He has been building and refining the Ampzilla amplifier concept since 1974 and holds a patent on the design. From his Web site:

Spread Spectrum Technologies Ampzilla 2000 Second Edition Power Amplifiers

When I reviewed the original Ampzilla 2000 monoblock power amplifers in February, 2009, I reported on a very good sounding, well made component that had just enough of its own character that it was highly recommended but not without reservations.

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