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Price: $229

Website: www.audio-technica.com

Thom said: For that price, it’s a solid, basic phono stage.

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The gist: You’re getting what you pay for with this one.

Price: $13,790

Website: www.heliusdesigns.co.uk

Garrett said: Though perhaps not the analog jewel in looks that a lot of audiophiles crave, the Helius tandem nonetheless provides a spectacular mix of sonic refinement, precise engineering, ease of use, and excellent affordability at its performance level.

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The gist: Unique design that Garrett loved.

Price: $999

Website: www.ifi-audio.com

Jason said: If you’re looking for a small, reasonably priced phono stage that sounds really, really good and is flexible enough to grow with your system, well, this is your baby.

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The gist: Don’t let the small size fool you: this is a serious component.

Price: AU$550

Website: www.thefunkfirm.co.uk

Edgar said: Once mounted, what the Houdini actually does is nullify inter-relationships between cartridge and tonearm.

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The gist: Worth-a-look tweak for your turntable system.

Price: $459

Website: www.uturnaudio.com

Vince said: It’s a standout performer and a great bargain.

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The gist: Add another $70 for a built-in phono stage.

Price: $1000

Website: www.vpiindustries.com

Thom said: This turntable would suit not only a newcomer, but also an experienced vinyl lover on a budget who wants something outstanding.

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The gist: Don’t think of this as entry level.

Price: $7500

Website: www.zestoaudio.com

Jeff said: It’s not inexpensive at $7500, but the level of sound quality it achieves usually costs much more.

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The gist: Unique design both sonically and aesthetically.

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