AMG V12 Turbo gets press and praise at CES 2017

The AMG V12 Turbo was the centerpiece of US distributor Musical Surroundings’ active demo system at CES last week. Following the show, the press has been praising the system for its incredible sound.

The Absolute Sound: Best of Show (cost no object) – Robert Harley
The Absolute Sound: Best of Show (cost no object) – Jonathan Valin

“[The Musical Surroundings] setup was the first one I wanted to stick around and listen to that first day.” – Julie Mullins, The Absolute Sound

Viella V12 turntable and 12JT tonearm: “Most Coveted Products of 2016.”

US-based audiophile website, Part-Time Audiophile has named the AMG Viella V12 turntable and 12JT Turbo tonearm as one of its Most Coveted Products of 2016.

Reviewer Rafe noted “The AMG Viella V12 turntable and standard (12J2) tonearm is a combination of real and imagined in a listening session that is best described as ‘drug-like.'” Rafe continues “The ability of this duo (regardless of cartridge) to elicit out-of-body sonic experiences, and palpable emotional responses from me is something spooky.”

Reviewer Mohammed listened to the Viella V12 ‘table with AMG’s new 12JT Turbo tonearm. Mohammed, who previously had the 12J2 tonearm, was most impressed by the 12JT Turbo’s “ingenious” alignment jig and calibrated locking thumbscrews helping him achieve his “most accurate setup to date.” What’s more, Mohammed noted that this setup improved dynamics, attack, and decay giving him “the best sound [he’s] heard” from his Lyra Atlas cartridge.

Read the complete review here

Review: V12 Turbo package and Teatro cartridge “precisely reproduce the sound of analog.”

Taiwan-based online high end audio magazine, My-Hiend.com has posted a review of our V12 Turbo package (Viella V12 turntable with the new 12JT Turbo tonearm) and our Teatro MC cartridge. Reviewer Leo Yeh talks about the design and construction of both the turntable and tonearm emphasizing the precision machining as well as the ease of setup and adjustment of the new 12JT Turbo tonearm. Leo was also impressed with the titanium-bodied Teatro cartridge noting its high-efficiency generator and resonance-minimizing body shape. Overall, Leo’s impression of this package can be summed up by the title of the review: “Precisely Reproduce The Sound Of Analog.”

Read the review here using Google Translator


AMG 12JT Turbo video from Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

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.

Giro/Teatro combination receives TONEaudio Publisher’s Choice award

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.”

Dagogo reviews, lauds AMG Giro

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.”

You can read the complete Dagogo review here

High End 2016: 12JT Turbo press

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


Viella V12 and new 12JT Turbo tonearm featured on AXPONA Program & Buyer’s Guide cover

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