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AXPONA 2014 show reports

From Michael Fremer, Analog Planet:

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AMG Teatro MC cartridge mounted on an AMG 9W1 tone arm, itself mounted on a Clearaudio Ovation turntable… It was a fine sounding combination!”

From Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile:

AMG 9W2 tonearm and Teatro cartridge on Clearaudio Ovation turntable

“… courtesy of Musical Surroundings and Chicago’s Quintessence Audio… a Clearaudio Ovation turntable with AMG 9W2 tonearm and AMG Teatro MC cartridge, tonalities were gorgeous and warm… The strings on the Reference Recordings Minnesota Orchestra rendition of Richard Strauss’ Dance of the Seven Veils from the opera Salome were to die for.”

From Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound:

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“When coupled with ARC’s tried-and-true Reference 5SE linestage and Reference 2SE phonostage (fed by AMG’s superb Viella 12 turntable/tonearm and a Benz [Micro] Gullwing cartridge), the Aida demonstrated previously unheard transient excellence, top to bottom.”

From Andre Jennings, The Absolute Sound:

AMG Viella 12 turntable with 12J2 tonearm

“The AMG Viella 12 turntable with 12J2 tonearm isn’t new but, graced with the Benz SLR Gullwing MC cartridge, made good music in the O’Hare One room at Axpona… The system sounded gorgeous—sweet and non-fatiguing with every LP played. To say there was poetry with this system would not be far from the truth. Every record played had a relaxing character to it that, although not always true to life, made for an oasis of comfortable sound from a system that was really easy on the ears (and eyes).”

AMG Teatro cartridge on a 9W2 tonearm

AMG introduced two new products at Axpona: the $3500 9W2 9” tonearm and the $2000 Teatro cartridge. These items were shown on a Clearaudio Ovation turntable. The Musical Surroundings Nova II phonostage that was also stealthily running with the Master Innovation Wood system… The sound of the whole system leaned to the warm side of neutral with a reduced treble and fuller bass.”