201008_nagra_vpsPrice: $5995

Website: www.nagraaudio.com

Graham said: The VPS has been very well engineered, and will probably prove as reliable as a Swiss bank vault -- something you should expect for $5995. This phono preamplifier taps that lustrous, rich analog experience that vinyl enthusiasts love; it drives home the joy of listening to LPs, and that makes it pretty good bang for the buck.

Read the SoundStage! review.

The gist: A jewel-like phono stage with tubes.