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New AMG V12 Turbo package, and Teatro cartridge review

Taiwan-based online high end audio magazine, has posted a review of the AMG V12 Turbo package (Viella V12 turntable with the new 12JT Turbo tonearm) and AMG Teatro MC cartridge. Reviewer Leo Yeh talks about the design and construction of both the turntable and tonearm emphasizing the precision machining as well as the ease of setup and adjustment […]


Fozgometer featured in French HiFi magazine VUmètre

“Set all azimuths!” Exclaims French HiFi magazine, VUmètre who published a write up in their “The Toy” section explaining the benefits of our Musical Surroundings Fozgometer azimuth range finder. VUmètre says of the Fozgometer, “Several alignment gauges are available in the market, but none as precise and practical as the Fozgometer.” The Fozgometer is a very useful device that allows […]


DS Audio DS-W1 wins 2016 International HiFi Press Award for Phono cartridge

Last week at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, DS Audio was honored with a Rocky Mountain International HiFi Press Award (RIHPA) for their DS-W1  “Night Rider” optical cartridge. The 2nd annual RIHPA’s are the High-end audio industry’s world-wide press awards honoring high-end audio products and manufacturers. RIHPA nominees and winners are selected via anonymous ballot by the world’s […]


Musical Surroundings’ products featured in Stereophile’s “500 Great-Sounding Components Recommended”

The October 2016 issue of Stereophile includes their much-anticipated list of 500 Great Sounding Components. Below is a list of Musical Surroundings products Stereophile recommends. LEGEND ★ Indicates a product that has been on the Recommended Components list in one incarnation or another since October 2013, denoting the product’s longevity and continued relevance. $$$ Indicates a product that […]


STEREO reviews Hana cartridges

German publication STEREO reviewed the Hana EL and Hana SL in their latest issue. They rated the Hana EL as “a first-class MC cartridge for experienced analogue enthusiasts…a rising star”, giving it a 4-star rating. Their review continued with praise for the Hana SL stating “the SL extends the capabilities of the EL model, and […]

Performance DC in Silver/Silver

Performance DC reviewed in TAS Buyer’s Guide

The Absolute Sound reviewed the Clearaudio Performance DC setup (includes Clarify tonearm, Virtuoso V2 cartridge) in their 2016 Buyer’s Guide. Reviewer, Dave Berriman’s initial reaction noted the setup sounded “clear, well-focused, crisp, and nicely timed.” Upon further listening with some more bass-driven program material  he said the system had “an amazingly rich and complex tonal quality that […]


Hana cartridge press

Hana cartridges are now shipping. Here is what the press are saying about these moving coil cartridges:         HiFi World (UK) “Both these moving coil cartridges bring genuine advantages to any listening session at a low, low price. Terrific value for money.” – Paul Rigby, HiFi World (UK) “The [Hana] EH…plays without pretensions and performs […]


“Inexorably real” Stereophile reviews the Hana EL MC cartridge

Stereophile’s Herb Reichert reviewed the Hana EL moving coil cartridge in the August 2016 edition of the magazine. Herb listened to the Hana through an extensive variety of tonearm and phono stage combinations, and of course a plethora of program material—all to great results. Herb’s initial reaction to the cartridge was that “the EL’s basic sonic character was highly […]