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Milty, US distributor: Music Hall Audio, 108 Station Road, Great Neck, NY 11023. Tel: (516) 487-3663. Web: www.musichallaudio.com.

Musical Fidelity Limited, 24-26 Fulton Road, Wembley, Middlesex, England HA9 0TF, UK. Tel: (44) (0)20-8900-2866. Fax: (44) (0)20-8900-2983. Web: www.musicalfidelity.com. US distributor: Tempo High Fidelity LLC. PO Box 541443, Waltham, MA 02454-1443. Tel: (617) 314-9296. Fax: (617) 336-3486. Web: www.tempohighfidelity.com.

Vinyl Flat LLC, PO Box 524, Rose City, TX 75189. Tel: (469) 426-8554. Web: www.vinylflat.com.

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MWaehner's picture
LPS

I love when you review things I already own. The V-LPS was definitely the most phono stage I could afford, and I have been so impressed with its performance over the built-in stage in my receiver. I got to upgrade the power supply a few months later, but I used a Pyramid PS-3KX for $30--talk about affordable audio, and it made an enormous difference in soundstage depth and sibilant distortion (which I've been fighting consistently since getting into vinyl three years ago). Based on my research before buying and my own experience, I think MF's audience is, indeed, young budget-conscious audiophiles like myself. And if that wasn't their original audience, it's the one that has met them.

I sympathize with the difficulty of placing the stage, though. It had to go on top of my receiver at an odd angle, then, when I was first listening, I was annoyed by an audible buzz. Moving the box around led to increases and decreases in the buzz, which I haven't enough electrical knowhow to explain--I just found the least awkward possible position with no noise and threw my hands up, vowing never to move it again!

SpinMark3313's picture
Static Elimination

There needs to be some love out there for the Mapleshade Ionoclast...  About 1/2 the cost of the Zerostat and in my experience, very effective.

Brown Sound's picture
Zerostat pricing

Geesh, what happened to Zerostats? Are they labeled with gold leaf or have a titanium lever? Back in the 80's, when Diskwasher still made them, I think I paid around $20 for one. It's not like the concept or process has changed, right? One hundred dollars, please.

Stephen Mejias's picture
inflation

Geesh, what happened to Zerostats? Are they labeled with gold leaf or have a titanium lever?  Back in the 80's, when Diskwasher still made them, I think I paid around $20 for one.

Disbelief and/or shock seems to be a popular reaction to the price increase.  But I don't understand why.  The 80s happened a long time ago. 

John Atkinson bought his Zerostat in 1976, for around $20, also.

Say you spent 20 bucks on anything in 1970.  Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $110 in 2012 dollars. And that's without taking into account the rising cost of metals and plastics, which have outpaced a general rise in prices.  So, what's the big deal?

More discussion on this topic can be found in our forum.

Et Quelle's picture
Looks, sound

Neither look stylish as components. Ill probaly buy Clearaudio. Audiophiles are often picky about looks? So many phono stages resemble old car radios or metallic cig packs!

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