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

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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 performed better than expected for its price point, denoting its exceptional value.


TURNTABLES:

AMG Viella V12 turntable – $17,500 (as reviewed) 
“The Viella V12 produced a rich, detailed midrange; nimble, well-controlled bass; and smooth, clean highs, said MF.’ ‘An incredible value,’ he decided.” -Michael Fremer (Vol.36 No.8)

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Clearaudio Ovation turntable with Clarify tonearm – $6,500 
“The Ovation had a smooth, cohesive, and organic overall sound that combined sweet highs, a warm midrange, and taut bass.”
-Erick Lichte (Vol.35 No.10)

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Clearaudio Concept turntable – $1,400 $$$ 

“The Concept produced black backgrounds, solid and three-dimensional images, and a clean, smooth midrange.” [It is] exceptionally attractive, easy to set up and use, and better built than its price would suggest.” -Erick Lichte (Vol.35 No.8)

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TONEARMS:

AMG 9W2 tonearm – $3,500 $$$
“None surpasses the 9W2 in sheer build quality.” -Art Dudley (Vol.37 No.10 )

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AMG 12J2 tonearm – $4,500 
Paired with the AMG Viella it will “lift your spirits with every LP you play.” -Michael Fremer (Vol.36 No.8)

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Clearaudio Clarify tonearm – $1,600 ★
“A perfect partner for Clearaudio’s Ovation turntable.” “The Ovation-Clarify combo had a resolving, nuanced, musical sound”
-Erick Lichte (Vol.35 No.10)

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PHONO CARTRIDGES:

Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony moving magnet cartridge – $1,200
“[The Maestro] offered a great combination of “midrange richness, openness, and detail,” and it “tracked and traced well”
-Michael Fremer (Vol.38 No.4) 

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DS Audio DS-W1 optical cartridge – $8,500
“A major breakthrough” capable of “revelatory transparency and spatial clarity.” -Michael Fremer (Vol.38 No.9) 

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Hana EL moving coil cartridge – $475 $$$
“The Hana EL’s basic sonic character was highly musical and exceptionally non-mechanical.” -Herb Reichert (Vol.39 No.8)

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ACCESSORIES:

Clearaudio Outer Limit turntable ring – $1,350 
“[The Outer Limit] blackened backgrounds, solidified images, and made them ‘pop’ in three dimensions.”
-Michael Fremer (Vol.24 No.10) 

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Musical Surroundings Fozgometer azimuth range finder – $300
“Well made, really easy to use, and accurate.” “The Fozgometer gets my highest recommendation!” -Michael Fremer (Vol.33 No. 5 & 11)

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