• Phono Stage Buying Guide: What You Need to Know When Shopping for a Phono Stage For Your Turntable

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    Vinyl is back..for good! At the end of a nice long listening session with my Rega Planar 6 w/ the Ania MC cartridge, feeding the outstanding  Bryston BP-2 MM/MC Phono Preamp, I just finished spinning all four sides of an original Elektra pressing of The Doors classic Absolutely Live, and two things occurred to me as I lifted the needle at the end of the last track. First, there is no denying, the vinyl “revival” is far more than a revival, it is in its second boom period! With new READ MORE

  • Happy New Year from NOVO High-End!

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    I would like to wish all NOVO readers a Happy New Year on behalf of the NOVO team!  May the new year bring you health, happiness and everything else you desire - including new audio equipment and tech toys :-) We took a couple of weeks off at the end of December but we're forging full steam ahead starting today - so you'll see lots of exciting new content rolling out in the next few days. Fun fact: I shot the picture above during a recent review of the Swan Song Audio Wh READ MORE

  • Parasound’s New Improved Zphono XRM

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    Parasound’s new $599 Zphono XRM phono preamplifier bridges the price gap between its entry-level $200 Zphono and internationally acclaimed $1,495 Halo JC 3 Jr. The new model includes balanced XLR outputs, a switchable rumble filter, a mono-stereo switch, plus continuously variable load adjustment for moving coil cartridges. Separate input jacks and independent circuitry for MC and MM cartridges allows it to accommodate two turntables. Like other Parasound Z models, the Zphono XRM uses the READ MORE

  • Soulution Audio 330 Integrated Amplifier Review

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    The review sample was provided to us by Canadian distributor Tri-cell Enterprises (www.tricellenterprises.com). We can look at the 330 Integrated Amplifier (330 INT for short) in two ways: This is one of the most expensive integrated amplifiers you can buy, at $20,000 US for the base unit and an additional $3,000 US for the phono option and $4,125 US for the DAC option for a grand total of $27,125 US. Or This is easily the most affordable pre and power amp combination fabled high READ MORE

  • Swan Song Audio White Swan Headphone Amplifier / Preamplifier with Built-in DAC Review

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    Is your spouse redecorating your listening space in their mind? Do you lust after mortgage priced statement audio gear but your room and wallet size say no? Take heart! There is an alternative. A high-end headphone package can attain all the sonic virtues of the priciest big rigs at a fraction of the cost and occupies almost no floor space. Prepare to trade the shared musical experience for the highest reaches of intimate listening bliss, because Swan Song Audio wants to lift you into that h READ MORE

  • Product News: McIntosh Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Limited Edition Commemorative System

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    McIntosh founded by Frank McIntosh – a.k.a. “Mr. Mac” – in 1949, will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, and to commemorate this milestone, McIntosh has revealed an awesome 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System. The Commemorative System is comprised of two new audio products: the MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and the C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. All the products in each Commemorative System are specially marked and have m READ MORE

  • Furutech NCF Booster and Signal Booster Review

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    Above: Furutech's NCF Booster in action with the Nordost QBASE QB8 Power Distributor. Q: What do you do when you’ve assembled a system you love, and you’ve optimized the sound in your room? A: You look at tweaks. Today we’ll look at some interesting new tweaks from Furutech. I have on hand two types of NCF Boosters. The original NCF Booster is designed to hold power cables in place, and the NCF Signal Booster is a scaled down version designed for interconnects and speaker cabl READ MORE

  • Gravelli Virtuoso – Concrete Enclosure Active Speakers

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    After more than five years of research, development and dozens of prototypes, Gravelli is introducing a new line of fully active high-end home audio speakers. The first model in the series are the VIRTUOSO. Autonomous, fully active stereo speakers, custom designed and housed in a concrete enclosure. The specially modified concrete enables the VIRTUOSO speakers to reach its best acoustic properties in the smallest form possible but with a big sound, comparable to the finest high-end audio READ MORE

  • Focal Kanta N°2 Loudspeakers Review

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    Since 1979, Focal has been designing and manufacturing high-fidelity audio products.  The French company, based in Saint-Étienne, produces a full slew of products, including home loudspeakers, car speaker audio, studio monitors and over the last few years, headphones.  All Focal products are designed in-house, in France, while their high-end products are manufactured there, as well.  Take a look at any Focal high-end product and you will find the three words…‘Made In France’ proudl READ MORE

  • Gold Note PH-10 Phono-Stage and Gold Note PSU-10 A/C Power Supply Review

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    Having recently reviewed Gold Note’s stunningly good sounding P-1000 solid state pre-amplifier, when NOVO asked if I’d like to review Gold Note’s PH-10 solid state phono stage ($1,500 USD) and PSU-10 upgrade A/C power supply ($1100 USD), I was more excited than Tom Cruise bouncing up and down on one of Oprah’s interview sofas. PH-10 Phono Stage: Based out of Firenze Italy, Gold Note are world renowned for fabricating high-end turntables, tonearms, cartridges, amplifiers, an READ MORE