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Roksan Radius V Turntable and Nima Tonearm

[Editor's note: Please join me in welcoming guest writer Paul Basinski to 10 Audio. Paul's insightful review of the Roksan turntable and tonearm provides an excellent view into its performance in context with some of the competition.]

By Paul Basinski

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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