Octave Audio Phono EQ.2Price: $1899

Website: www.octave.de

Oliver said: If you’re looking for something that can properly load your cartridge, makes marathon listening a breeze, and -- most important -- never fails to make compelling music, do yourself a solid and check out Octave Audio’s Phono EQ.2. You’ll be happy you did.

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The gist: Nice little phono stage from an iconic German firm.