Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer stopped by US distributor Musical Surroundings’ room at last week’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver Colorado to discuss among other things, the new 12JT Turbo tonearm. In the video below, Allan Moulton of Musical Surroundings demonstrates the new features of the 12JT Turbo, impressing Fremer with its ease of setup and adjustability.
At the show, the 12JT Turbo was mounted with its 9W2 brethren to an AMG Twin armboard, atop a Viella V12 turntable.
Taiwan publication Audio Art magazine featured an AMG ad as well as a show report from last month’s TAA International Hi End HiFi show in Taipei. Check out the images below provided by our distributor in Taiwan, Ark Audio.
TONEaudio has awarded the AMG Giro turntable and Teatro cartridge their Publisher’s Choice award in their premier print issue. TONEaudio, a relative new-comer to the world of high-end analog extolled the Giro’s appearance stating “Underneath its deceptively simple outward appearance lurks fine machining and assembly unrivaled by other turntables costing much, much more. TONEaudio concluded, “this [combination] delivers the sonic goods, is easy to set up and will take all but the most obsessed analogaholics to sonic heaven.”
US-based online magazine, Dagogo has just published their review of the AMG Giro G9 turntable with 9W2 tonearm and Teatro cartridge. Reviewer Jack Roberts praised the Giro and the entire AMG product line asserting, “Simply put, the AMG Giro is the best turntable I know of for less than $14,000 (USD), but the AMG V12 is simply one of the best turntables out there at any price.” Roberts concludes, “AMG has now given us two world class turntables, two world class tonearms and an incredible moving coil cartridge for the money. Not bad I’d say for a company’s first five products.”
Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer stopped by the room at High End 2016 to discuss the new 12JT Turbo tonearm. Check out the video below where Musical Surroundings’ Garth Leerer demonstrates the new features incorporated in the 12JT. Michael Fremer declares the 12JT Turbo tonearm “represents a major ergonomic improvement to the original, ingenious design.”
Video courtesy of Analog Planet/Michael Fremer
Stereophile’s Jason Victor Serinus gave high marks to the High Fidelity Studio room where he noted “As at AXPONA, Musical Surroundings scored high points with a fine-sounding system.” After listening to a few cuts on a direct-to-disc Audiophile Legends LP of Ray Brown & Laurindo Almeida, he stated “Almeida’s guitar sounded just lovely, clear, and convincing.” concluding “the sound was simply beautiful.”
Musical Surroundings’ Jesse Luna presents the 12JT Turbo tonearm at High End 2016
Both Jonathan Valin of The Absolute Sound and Michael Fremer of Stereophile and Analog Planet chose our O’Hare 2 room as their best sounding room at AXPONA 2016. The O’Hare 2 system featured an AMG Giro G9 turntable, 9W2 tonearm, and Teatro MC cartridge.
US distributor, Musical Surroundings has worked closely with AXPONA to design the cover of the 2016 Program & Buyer’s Guide. The guide’s cover highlights the AMG Viella V12 turntable, shown with optional white bonded platter mat and prototype 12JT Turbo tonearm. In addition, a similar image was used for a full-page advertisement in the April 2016 edition of The Absolute Sound. You can see both images below.
Cover of the AXPONA Program & Buyer’s Guide
Full-page ad from the April 2016 issue of The Absolute Sound
HiFi Statement (Germany) just published their review of the Giro, 9W2 and Teatro exclaiming _”The AMG Giro immediately illustrates the advantages of the analog playback experience, drawing you ever deeper into the music.”_ And summarizes the experience stating “AMG’s trio is a completely successful synthesis of sound and design” and is “an extremely harmonious combination, which should also make even the most spoiled listeners happy.”
The October 2015 issue of Toneaudiofeatures an excellent review of the AMG Giro G9 turntable/AMG Teatro MC cartridge combo. Reviewer Jeff Dorgay sets the tone declaring the Giro/Teatro combo “immediately engaging,” referencing a listen to Annie Lennox’s voice on the Eurythmics classic “Don’t Ask Me Why.” He goes on to say “[The Giro] pulls so much information out of the grooves…that you instantly sit up in the chair and take notice.” While our reviewer preferred the Giro/Teatro combo as a whole, noting the Teatro’s “amazing synergy with the AMG [Giro] table” and how it “completely disappears in the service of the music,” it is worth noting that he found the Teatro’s sound, separate of the Giro to be “immersive.”
Mr. Dorgay concludes: “Once you’ve heard the Giro, it might be tough to convince yourself you need to spend twice as much on another table…If you are stepping up from a more modest turntable, the experience will be a revelation. You’ll be glad you did.”
This week the Wall Street Journal published an image gallery on their website with a focus on “Turning the Tables on Traditional Turntables.” The gallery features the AMG Viella V12 turntable stating, “The visual simplicity of the AMG Viella conceals a marvel of German engineering.” Check out the gallery here.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICHOLAS ALAN COPE FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE
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