The Absolute Sound’s “Auspicious Debuts,” “Best of Show” from RMAF

The Absolute Sound’s Jim Hannon has posted his Auspicious Debuts from this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. In the Analog category, Hannon listed several Musical Surroundings-distributed products including:

  • AMG 12JT Turbo tonearm
  • DS Audio DS Master1 optical cartridge
  • Clearaudio Peformance DC Wood turntable
  • Musical Surroundings SuperNova III phono stage

Of the AMG Viella with 12JT Turbo and DS Master1 pairing, Jim states “[the sound] was very transparent, dynamic, and present, with extension at both frequency extremes.”  He notes that the Performance DC Wood and SuperNova III was  “very quiet and allowed lots of fine detail to emerge.”


AMG V12 Turbo turntable/tonearm combo with DS Audio DS Master1 optical cartridge. -Image courtesy of The Mono & Stereo

From there, Hannon’s coverage moves to “Best of Show” where he rates the Benz Micro Gullwing SLR cartridge (played in the Zesto Audio room) as a “Best Sound for the Money” product declaring “it put many more expensive systems to shame.”

You can read Jim Hannon’s Show Report here