Tom said: Not having had an original Vinyl Cleaner to compare it to, I can say only that the new model is a truly remarkable component. In fact, this vinyl aficionado now can’t imagine listening to his records without it.
The gist: When you really take record cleaning seriously.
Howard said: Designed to work with Windows- and Linux-based USB DACs and USB-to-S/PDIF converters, the JCAT USB Card was created through a partnership with JCAT and Canada’s Adnaco Technology, the latter a designer of products for home computers, marine radar, precision industrial measurement systems, data-acquisition systems, telecom test gear, and medical devices.
The gist: Get the best from USB-based playback.
Howard said: The JCAT USB Isolator rejects computer-based noise by providing full galvanic isolation to the USB bus up to 2.5kV, and regenerates, repacketizes, and reclocks the incoming USB computer signal.
The gist: Makes USB playback quieter.
Jeff said: If you’re going to go to the considerable expense of buying, placing, and powering a pair of Magico speakers -- some of the most revealing speakers ever made, if not the most revealing -- why forgo that last drop of possible higher sound quality? It’s real, and once you hear it, you won’t be able to go back.
The gist: The ultimate tweak for your Magico speakers.
Price: AU$750 per level
Edgar said: SGR Audio’s Signature Hi-Fi Rack is one of the very best audio support systems available, full stop.
The gist: Edgar calls this rack an “extraordinary value.”
Howard said: A rare blend of value, good looks, and performance, it’s an easy recommendation.
The gist: Put your SOTA components on this puppy.