AMG Gets Another Cover

We are proud to announce another magazine cover for the AMG Viella 12, this time from HiFi+ in the UK.

Excerpt: “The turntable part of the deal is outstanding in and of itself. But that arm! It’s a world-class product, in a field where there are, if we are being truly honest, very few world-class products… when you couple a world-class tonearm with a turntable capable of outstanding performance in its own right, and is a perfect match for that arm, everything suddenly takes on a higher order of excellence.”

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6moons.com reviews the AMG Viella 12 turntable

 There is a new AMG V12 review on 6Moons.com from the German magazine “fairaudio”

Excerpt: “Conclusion. Should one call the Viella an exercise in high design, a precision tool or a time machine? Naturally that’s the goal of all turntables. Don’t add anything, omit nothing. Getting as close to this ideal as AMG have managed with the Viella simply seemed beyond most in this class.”

Read the full review here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews2/amg/1.html




Awarded ‘Most Significant Analog Product Introductions’ by Jim Hannon of The Absolute Sound!

“AMG introduced the Giro, a smaller and less costly ’table with electronic speed control and a decoupled spindle-design and platter-bearing derived from the Viella , as well as a 9″ tonearm employing a scaled-down version of the patented dual-pivot bearing found in AMG’s reference 12J2 arm. The Giro’s belt-driven platter is made of aluminum and synthetic materials. The AMG Teatro MC phono cartridge with a special titanium body, which was shown at Axpona a few weeks ago, was also on display.”

Jim Hannon, The Absolute Sound

“Not to be missed was the AMG Phono Preamplifier, designed by Michael Yee. This two-chassis, dual-mono, solid-state, battery-powered phonostage has both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs and outputs. Its front panel enables push-button selection of different phono equalization curves, including RIAA, Decca, Columbia, and mono. Using the right EQ can have a dramatic effect on sound quality, transforming a bright or lackluster LP into a treasure. The AMG Phono Pre is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2014.”

Jim Hannon, The Absolute Sound


“Turntable and tonearm manufacturer AMG debuted the $9,900 Giro turntable, which comes complete with 9″ AMG 9W2 tonearm. Built in Germany, the belt drive ‘table features a combination of aluminum and synthetic materials, the new ‘table also incorporates the higher priced Viella’s decoupled spindle design and a scaled down version of the Viella’s platter bearing and 33 and 45 via electronic speed control.”

Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

“AMG introduced $5000 battery powered phono preamplifier at HE 2014 with circuit designed by Michael Yee featuring both RCA and XLR inputs. A true dual mono design with separate boards for each channel and an outboard power supply the NiMH battery pack powered phono preamp included front panel buttons for selecting RIAA, Decca and Columbia curves, mono, polarity reversal and mute.”

Michael Fremer, Analog Planet


 “A.M.G. introduced a very nice-looking 9″ tonearm—so nice looking that I shamelessly begged for a review loaner. The as-yet unnamed [actually it is the 9W2] arm incorporates A.M.G.’s patented twin-pivot bearing…”

Art Dudley, Stereophile


AMG Viella 12 black lacquer with Twin armboard and 9W2 tonearm

Munich High End display

Active system with AMG Giro turntable, Teatro cartridge, AMG Phono Preamplifier, Aesthetix Metis line stage, Romulus Signature dac/transport, and Aesthetix Atlas Signature Stereo power amplifier

AMG Viella platter bearing, 9W2 tonearm, and Teatro cartridge in “Display Rocket”


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.”

AMG receives The Absolute Sound 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards

We are pleased to announce that the AMG Viella 12 turntable is featured in The Absolute Sound’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards!

“… the extended sense that you are in the actual presence of real performers in a real space – is more than enough to justify the rave review [Jonathan Valin of The Absolute Sound] gave it.”

CES show report of AMG by Positive Feedback

From Myles Astor, Positive Feedback: 

The AMG Viella table complete with the AMG 12-inch arm and new Teatro moving coil cartridge. The new 0.4 mV output Teatro titanium body moving coil cartridge. Equipped with a two-piece body that allows for easy interchange of the armature, the high compliance cartridge uses separate coils for each channel and is fitted with a line contact stylus.

Musical Surroundings put together one of the more “modest” systems at the show based around the AMG Viella table, followed by the new $2000 AMG Teatro titanium-body moving coil cartridge, Jim White’s Aesthetix electronics, Musical Surroundings Phonomena II phono stage, and Focal speakers… attendees were greeted with a system that you could listen to forever.

New at analog central… Musical Surrounding has a new 9-inch tonearm, a scaled down version of the current 12-inch arm, along with an OVAL SME mount adaptor and TWIN V12 arm armboard for those AMG owners who prefer a dual tonearm option.


“Big, rich, meaty, and hard-hitting, this was a Best of Show contender…”

By Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, January 2014

Photo by Musical Surroundings

“In the Musical Surroundings room, I heard the Focal Scala Utopia driven by Aesthetix and Musical Surroundings own electronics (including the phonostage that our Paul Seydor has raved about) and sourced by an AMG Viella 12 ’table with AMG cartridge sound phenomenally good on The Doors’ “L.A. Woman.” Big, rich, meaty, and hard-hitting, this was a Best of Show contender—and at a relatively low price.”

AMG Introduces the Teatro Moving Coil cartridge

By Michael Fremer, Analog Planet, January 2014

AMG’s new Teatro moving coil cartridge is an international collaborative effort, combining a machined, two-piece Tiodize Type III Titanium body manufactured in America and a Japan-sourced generator system, featuring separate coils for each channel said to increase separation (most cartridges have two coils mounted on a single former).

The coils are of OCC mono-crystal high purity, oxygen free copper. A soft magnetic alloy yoke of cobalt and iron plus Neodymium magnets comprise the rest of the generator system that produces .4mV output with an internal impedance of 12 ohms. The .26mm cantilever of solid boron is fitted with a 40×7µm line-contact stylus.

Musical Surroundings’ Garth Leerer suggested that the two-piece construction might make possible ‘in-the-field’ stylus replacement. With its $2000 price, the Teatro continues AMG’s “value added” philosophy.

TAVES 2013 show report

“Garth Leerer from Musical Surroundings was up from Oakland, CA and had a very musical setup. He was using Mike Yee’s classic Nova II Phono Stage with an AMG Viella 12 turntable.

The vinyl rig was first class… The sound (and performance) was so good.

Audiophilia, October 2013


“An AMG Viella 12 turntable and tonearm fitted with a Benz-Micro SLR cartridge provided signal to a Musical Surroundings Nova II phono stage… The sound was well balanced and seamless with excellent dynamics and bloom.

— Ken Choi, The Audio Beat, Novemeber 2013

California Audio Show 2013 report in The Absolute Sound

CAS 2013 show report by Neil Gader of The Absolute Sound:


The analog front end was all AMG with a Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge and the Aesthetix Io Eclipse phonostage…”

“… the sound was impressively lively and spacious… Soundstaging and immediacy were staggering… it was one potent, dynamic performer, and to my ears like a scaled-down XLF but not nearly as particular about room size as the current Wilson flagship.”






“McGrath pulled me aside and whisked me into an adjacent room to have a meet and greet with Wilson’s all new Duette Series 2, I was all ears. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the CAS.


Power was supplied by Ayre electronics, the front end was an AMG ’table and ’arm, a Benz-Micro Gullwing cartridge, and an Aesthetix Rhea phonostage. Cabling was Shunyata. … Sonically the Series 2 retains much of the imposing weight, dynamics, and detail I’ve come to expect from Wilsons, but when McGrath cued up mezzo Renee Fleming the Duette truly strutted its stuff with remarkable imaging and dimensionality and so much tone color that I could identify Ms. Fleming’s brand of lipstick.