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In this issue

Gryphon Commander line preamplifier
by Michael Fremer

Lejonklou Entity phono preamplifier
by Alex Halberstadt

Rotel Michi S5 power amplifier
by Jason Victor Serinus

ANALOG CORNER

The J.Sikora Reference turntable and KV12 VTA tonearm

ANALOG CORNER

10+ mins

GRAMOPHONE DREAMS

Dream incubation

GRAMOPHONE DREAMS

10+ mins

Gryphon Audio Designs Commander LINE PREAMPLIFIER

Are well-heeled audiophiles ready for a knob-free future? Gryphon Audio Designs thinks so. In contrast to Gryphon's volume knob-dominated Pandora preamplifier, the Danish company's new Commander offers nothing on its bold front panel to grab or turn.

Gryphon Audio Designs Commander LINE PREAMPLIFIER

10+ mins

Clearaudio Reference Jubilee RECORD PLAYER

There’s an enduring debate among the turntable-tech intelligentsia between opposing theories of turntable design. Some designers, notably Roy Gandy of Rega, follow a lessis-more approach, building stiff, lightweight turntables that release energy rather quickly. Others, such as Franc Kuzma, whose Kuzma Ltd. manufactures my reference Kuzma Stabi R turntable and Kuzma 4Point tonearm, believe in heavy mass-loading to dampen vibrations, including transparency-miring resonances. Though analog sages and savants have argued for decades, the question remains: Should turntables be light or heavy? Should you liberate or dampen internal energy to achieve perfect analog sound forever?

Clearaudio Reference Jubilee RECORD PLAYER

10+ mins

Lejonklou Entity PHONO PREAMPLIFIER

Sometime around 483 BCE, in Kushinagar, the capital of the Malla Republic in what today is the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, an aristocrat named Siddhartha Gautamaknown better to us as the Buddha, or the Awakened One-passed away. For 45 years, he had wandered the North Indian River Plain teaching a method of overcoming ignorance, craving, and the cycle of death and rebirth to a growing community of followers. As he lay dying, the 80-year-old teacher was surrounded by disciples, many of them crying. Gautama was by no account a sentimental man, and several times he told the monks to cut it out.

Lejonklou Entity PHONO PREAMPLIFIER

10+ mins

Technics SU-G700M2 Grand Class INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

When I reviewed Technics’s SU-R1000 integrated amplifier for the December 2021 issue, I found its performance beyond my expectations. It practi-cally rewrote the ritual of listening to music on my home hi-fi. With its wealth of technological advancements, significant user options, and clear, three-dimensional sound, it cast a large sonic shadow over the other integrated amplifiers in my possession.

Technics SU-G700M2 Grand Class INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

10+ mins

Rotel Michi S5 POWER AMPLIFIER

It took some time to figure out why, in the middle of auditioning Rotel’s Michi S5 stereo power amplifier ($7499.99) with the room-shaking opening of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Ravel’s far subtler and perfumed setting of Tristan Klingsor’s lyrics from Shéhérazade came to mind. And then the pathway opened: As mundane a task as reviewing a component may be—listen to this, listen to that, compare to your reference, take copious notes, ponder, and proceed—we music lovers perpetually long for more. We want to be seduced by music and soar aloft on its wonder. We want to transcend routine, rise above the commonplace, and experience the beauty that can rise amidst the ashes. We want to fly.

Rotel Michi S5 POWER AMPLIFIER

10+ mins

Stromtank S 1000 - COMPUTER-CONTROLLED BATTERY POWER SOURCE

The Kingdom of Audiophiledom rests on a paradox. Inanimate audio systems and rooms aim to deliver music that animates our senses and touches our souls. The inherently lifeless exists to bring music to life.

Stromtank S 1000 - COMPUTER-CONTROLLED BATTERY POWER SOURCE

9 mins

LYLE LOVETT

Music among great players can be a conversation

LYLE LOVETT

10+ mins

RABBIT HOLES

New rock music as an odd musical niche

RABBIT HOLES

4 mins

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Stereophile Magazine Description:

PublisherAVTech Media Americas Inc

CategoryTechnology

LanguageEnglish

FrequencyMonthly

Stereophile is a monthly magazine that reviews audio equipment, including speakers, amplifiers, turntables, and digital audio players. It was founded in 1965 and is one of the most respected audio magazines in the world.

The magazine's reviews are known for their meticulous attention to detail and their commitment to neutrality. Stereophile also publishes articles on a variety of other topics related to audio, such as listening room acoustics, recording techniques, and music history.

Stereophile is aimed at a wide audience of audiophiles, from casual listeners to serious enthusiasts. It is a popular resource for anyone who wants to learn more about audio equipment and how to get the best sound possible.

Here are some of the things you can expect to find in Stereophile Magazine:

* Reviews of the latest audio equipment
* Articles on audio technology and techniques
* Interviews with audio engineers and musicians
* Features on audio history and culture
* Tips and advice on how to get the best sound possible

Stereophile Magazine is the perfect resource for anyone who is interested in high-quality audio. Subscribe today and start enjoying your music the way it was meant to be heard!

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