Price: $5000

Website: www.boulderamp.com

Oliver said: To those looking for a straightforward, fuss-free phono preamplifier that prioritizes sound quality, I say put the Boulder 508 at the very top of your audition list: It’s my top choice in a solid-state phono stage at or near $5000.

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The gist: New price point for this super-high-end company.

Price: $19,900

Website: www.constellationaudio.com

Jason said: In terms of sound quality, I can’t think of a single thing I’d change about how the Revelation Andromeda reproduces music.

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The gist: Jason was smitten by this expensive phono stage.

Price: $169.95

Website: www.crosleyradio.com

Thom said: Is it truly high fidelity? Maybe not -- but it doesn’t miss that mark by much. It’s possibly the least expensive way to get into vinyl with a serious turntable.

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The gist: Classic brand delivers a solid value in an entry-level ‘table.

Price: AU$40,500

Website: www.dohmannaudio.com

Edgar said: Mr. Döhmann and his team have created yet another Aussie engineering and artistic marvel, further compounding Australia’s rep for awe-inspiring natural and man-made wonders…

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The gist: Australia’s latest entry into the super-turntable sweepstakes.

Price: $499.99

Website: www.fluance.com

Thom said: It ran quietly, motor noise never contaminated its exceptionally good sound, and it played most LPs, no questions asked.

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The gist: Refreshing that the top of the line costs five hundred bucks.

Price: $11,500

Website: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Jeff S. said: . . . it reproduced music with such transparency and naturalness that my usual audiophile nit-picking took a back seat to simply listening to truthful reproductions of musical events.

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The gist: This turntable has a meter, too.

Price: $6500

Website: www.mcintoshlabs.com

Gordon said: McIntosh Laboratory’s MTI100 is an audio component, but it’s also a piece of industrial art.

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The gist: Unique -- in a good way -- in the world of audio.

Price: $1349, bundled (turntable alone, $1199; cartridge alone, $199)

Website: www.mofielectronics.com

Thom said: While $1349 is not an inconsiderable amount of cash for many of us, I discovered that the StudioDeck+ package is a truly great value.

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The gist: Step up from a starter ‘table.

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