AVM Rotation R5.3 Turntable

"Handcrafted In Germany" it proudly says above AVM's new Rotation R5.3 Cellini Edition belt-drive turntable, with its acrylic Illumine platter softly glowing blue. With its 10" AVM tonearm, the R 2.3 will cost in the region of $8900 and, fitted with an Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge, did justice to Diana Krall singing "Indeed I Do." (For what it's worth, while many showgoers dismiss Krall as an over-exposed pop singer—I'm looking at you, Jason Victor Serinus— I respect both her musicianship and her piano playing.)

The rest of the system comprised Wilson Sabrina speakers driven by an AVM A 8.3 integrated amplifier, which has a tubed preamp section and a MOSFET output stage, and a P 30 phono stage. Cabling was all Nordost.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

It is also lovely when Diana Kraal puts some energy into her interpretations. Regardless, happy to be the fall guy for the un-Kralled millions.

jimtavegia's picture

She is a superb presenter of songs from the Great American Songbook, but she is a great singer in her own write and a superb pianist. I feel for those who do not "get her" and I think for some it is the fact that she is beautiful and thus part of why the public likes her work. That is just a plus as if you just listen to her in any format one with any musical taste find her work first rate.

I haven't watched the grammy's for years as to me It has become a vast wasteland of performance. I am pretty open minded about music as my parents did not hit the roof with disdain when the Beatles came to be. I am also a huge classical and choral music fan and that is much more complex that all of 3 or 4 chords. I'm glad I get it.

volvic's picture

Well said.

Tjnavaho's picture

Seems like Diana somehow “hijacked” this review! I’m still curious as to how the R 2.3 performed? Oh, and I agree with Jason on this one. Like her, don’t love her.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Oh ..... "Diana" .......... Paul Anka :-) ........