Reviews

Skogrand Cable Markarian 421…My First Article in 2013

  My first article and it was for Skogrand Markarian 421 Danon Han on his experience with SC and SCI Markarian 421: “I m getting improvement in all sonic aspects from my audio system through the Skogrand cables…sensuous and enveloping…delightful enjoyment…since the Skogrand cables came into my system, they reinvent my perception of what ultra end audio system can be. …

I-Qual Vacuum Disc Mate IQ1300A

  I-Qual Vacuum Disc Mate IQ1300A. DS-Audio have been busy with their optical phono cartridge and equalizer system for some time due to ongoing healthy demand from the audio community. As their networks improved, DS Audio set up a separate entity, DS Exports, to distribute some of their locally branded audio/analogue related products to the world. I knew Tetsuaki Aoyagi …

Pilium Audio Brutale Achilles Stereo Amplifier

  Brutale Achilles, Pilium Audio Stereo Amplifier Pilium Audio’s Next Entry I readily admit that I am attracted to the brand Pilium Audio by the muscular looks of their products, especially their Achilles stereo amplifier of the Brutale range. On the other hand, I am also a fan of (smaller size) Linn products, especially their LP12 turntable and Klimax 500 Solo …

Levin Record Brush

  I was told “an audiophile is measured by the tools he/she uses”. Personally, I think this was meant more for an analogue audiophile. Most record spinners will have a record brush at their disposal for obvious reasons. Most people do not realize it does have positive contribution to better audio performance. The gentleman who made the above statement was …

Pilium Audio Brutale Series, The Ares Preamplifier (Line stage)

The Encounter Pilium Audio hails from Greece but its business is registered in the country of Bulgaria. They have been around for a few years but only recently introduced their high end line of audio products, the Brutale series, namely the Ares line stage preamplifier and the Achilles stereo power amplifier. Mr Constantino of Pilium Audio contacted me one fine …

Sperling L-1 Turntable

Sperling L-1 Turntable A little beginning…what started it all? It all started for Sperling when two gentlemen from Germany, Ansgar Sperling and Michael Bonninghoff, hit the DIY and audio market with their first external, stand-alone drive unit. It consisted of an elaborate and adjustable, fine tuning, speed drive (or motor) system meant for those who are not easily satisfied with …

DS Audio DS-W1, Optical Phono Cartridge with EQ System (unit)

  An Analogue Fan… Ever since I was bitten by the analogue bug, I became very interested in the development of new analogue products, especially those that may give me a different perspective on analogue reproduction. A number of years ago, that enthusiasm coupled with curiosity brought me to purchase the SoundSmith StrainGauge phono system, without any audition. That decision …