Thom said: As mentioned in previous reviews, I’ve used Dual turntables for most of my audio life. I’ve always thought it unlikely that a Dual would come along to top my CS 5000, but I have to say, the CS 429 acquits itself pretty brilliantly.
The gist: Dual goes back to its automatic roots.
Jason said: If you really, truly want to find out where a vinyl rig can take your system, man, oh man, do you ever need to check out the DS-EQ1 combined with one of DS Audio’s cartridges.
The gist: A paradigm-shifting analog component?
Thom said: The Esoteric E-02 is as serious a piece of electronic kit as I’ve ever had in my system, revealing better qualities than I’ve experienced before in terms of its powers of resolution, textural detail and finesse, impressive soundstaging, bass presence, and slam.
The gist: They listened to customers and dealers and this is what resulted.
Edgar said: Its extremely good presentation of the mid-band, particularly female vocals will have you diving into your record collection with gusto.
The gist: No need to spend more on a cartridge.
Thom said: Pro-Ject has produced a unit that will get someone up and running and playing music that sounds bright and flavorful but doesn’t tire their ears on long sessions.
The gist: Doesn’t do much wrong, which is impressive at just four bills.
Thom said: It looks gorgeous, it’s easy to set up, and its overall performance is quite satisfying.
The gist: Thom loved the automatic aspect of its design.
Prices: Sabre AU$ $1895 (Replacement Stylus AU$695), PHONO-1 MkII L AU$2695
Mark said: Buying both the Sabre MM cartridge and PHONO-1 MkII L means the customer has acquired a pairing which has been made from 'the ground up' to work in perfect unison.
The gist: You can count on your cartridge and phono preamp working well together.
Aron said: My time reviewing Yamaha’s GT-5000 turntable was an experience I will not soon forget, not only because it’s a fantastic-sounding turntable with a warm, fulsome presentation, but also because it’s a true pleasure to set up and use.
The gist: Beautifully built and well-appointed turntable.