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
Hot off the virtual presses, Dagogo’s Jack Roberts reviews the AMG Teatro phono cartridge. “The Teatro has become one of my favorite moving coil cartridges. I so hope this cartridge doesn’t fall through the crack in the vinyl world. It is truly a world class cartridge that produced beautiful music in my home.”
After initial listening, Roberts declares “[The] Teatro is one of those rare phono cartridges that defies being broken down into parts. It’s a waste of time to talk about how it sounds in the midrange, bass, or treble. That’s not what this cartridge is all about. Listening to music with the AMG Teatro is a completely holistic experience.” He goes on to boast “this cartridge had the best bass I have heard from any cartridge…”
“The AMG Teatro experience is different from most other moving coil cartridges in that it focuses more on the richness of the music and the totality of the performance…” says Jack, and to further drive the point home, he concludes “It produces some of the richest tones I have ever heard in recorded music.”
10 Audio has just posted a stellar review of both the AMG Teatro phono cartridge and the Musical Surroundings Nova II phono stage. Here is what editor/reviewer Jerry Seigel had to say:
“At a suggested list price of $2,750, I was expecting mid-level performance but was jolted out of my preconception to find that the Teatro is a true high-end product with near state of the art performance.” Seigel goes on to say of the Teatro: “The Teatro could hold its own in six figure audio systems. Three thousand dollars is a threshold price point, above which unit sales decline. To be purchased and enjoyed by greater numbers of audiophiles, a cartridge should be price below this threshold. This was a goal of AMG and the Teatro not only meets this condition, but its excellent overall performance warrants a serious look by anyone considering a new cartridge. This truly excellent phono cartridge might very well let you jump off the audition roller coaster and seriously consider having a long term relationship with the AMG Teatro. It is that good!“
Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer spent some time with the AMG G9 Giro Turntable at January’s CES and stated “…a great deal of the Viella’s excellent build quality and performance at a considerable saving.”
Hot off the press from Spain, HiFi Live Magazine takes the AMG Viella 12 turntable for a spin in this in-home review.
Excerpt: “I cannot do anything other than recommend that the demanding audio buff listen to the AMG if he or she has a chance and, if possible, to do it on his or her system. There will be no regrets. This has been a total revelation and an experience that will take a long time to forget. Regrettably, the day arrived for it to leave and I was forced to say goodbye to one of the high-fidelity products that have most impressed me. C’est la vie.” Read the full review here.
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