Phonostages


The Gold Note PH-10 Phonostage

The Gold Note PH-10 Phonostage

If you’ve been reading TONE this year, you know we’ve made an amazing discovery in Italy’s Gold Note line of phono cartridges. They achieve a wonderful balance of tone, dynamics, and resolution, and at a reasonable price. Read More >


The Pass XS Phono

The Pass XS Phono

Of the thousands of tracks auditioned during the Pass XS Preamplifier’s stay here, Lou Reed’s “Vanishing Act” sums it up perfectly. As he sings/speaks, “It must be nice to disappear…” the words to describe the XS Pre appear. Read More >


The Audio Research REF Phono 3: Long Term Report

The Audio Research REF Phono 3: Long Term Report

Audio Research Reference phonostages are an excellent blend of performance, ergonomics and all around user friendliness, with the REF Phono at the top of the range, delivering world-class performance. Read More >


Channel Islands PEQ 1 mk.2 Phonostage

Channel Islands PEQ 1 mk.2 Phonostage

Tracking through an old MoFi favorite, Yes’ Close to the Edge, via the nearly $60,000 combination of Grand Prix Monaco 2.0 turntable, TriPlanar tonearm and Lyra Etna cartridge, it’s hard to believe it’s all playing through a $995 phonostage. Read More >


iFi Audio iPhono Mini Phonostage

iFi Audio iPhono Mini Phonostage

When the little iFi iPhono box first landed on my desk, I thought it was my wife’s new iPhone. From its outer appearance to its packaging to its name, the iPhono could indeed be mistaken for an Apple product. Read More >


Van Alstine Vision Phono Preamplifier

Van Alstine Vision Phono Preamplifier

Though famous for his tube designs, Frank Van Alstine is no slouch with solid state either.  With passive EQ and no coupling capacitors, this American made phonostage offers no frills high performance. Read More >


Simaudio MOON Evolution 610LP phonostage

Simaudio MOON Evolution 610LP phonostage

Bouncing between St. Vincent’s current and last album, I can’t help but be in awe of the staying power of the vinyl record.  Thanks to the many manufacturers, like Simaudio, who have not only kept the faith, but continue to innovate and refine their designs, spinning records is better than ever in the year 2014 than it ever was. Read More >


Rogers PA-1A Phono Preamplifier

Rogers PA-1A Phono Preamplifier

Last year, we had a ton of fun listening to the Rogers EHF-200 MK2 integrated amplifier, which combines high-tech design, tubey goodness, and old-school American build quality. Read More >


Rega Aria Phonostage

Rega Aria Phonostage

Literally translated, the word aria means air in Italian, but it is often referenced as a lyrical, playful section of music as well.  All of these terms apply rather nicely to Regas latest phono stage of the same name. Read More >


Audio Research REF Phono 2

Audio Research REF Phono 2

In the past two years since the Sooloos music server has entered my life, I must admit that the music-lover side of my personality has been dominating my audiophile side. Read More >


McIntosh C500 Control Center

McIntosh C500 Control Center

McIntosh has always built preamplifiers that define the term “input flexibility,” which is why I always refer to them as control centers. Read More >


Furutech GT40

Furutech GT40

I always enjoy teasing our publisher about the validity of five-figure gear and his recent obsession with the dCS Paganini stack. Read More >


Simaudio MOON 810LP Dual-Mono Phono Preamplifier

Simaudio MOON 810LP Dual-Mono Phono Preamplifier

Some audio components aspire to wow you right out of the box. Read More >