Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum moving-coil cartridge Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Turntables were my Forsell Air Force One and the La Luce/SpJ 'table and arm from Holland. Other cartridges on hand were the van den Hul Grasshopper IV GLA and Black Beauty, the Clearaudio Insider, and the Win SMC-10 and transformer.

Preamps included the Nagra PL-P and the YBA Signature 6 Chassis, plus the Expressive Technology SU-1 MC Step-Up transformer. Amplifiers in play were the Boulder 2050s, the YBA Passion monoblocks, and Forsell's The Statement. Speakers were our JMlab Utopias, optimized with Argent RoomLenses and ASC Studio Traps.

Phono cable was either Cardas Neutral Reference or XLO Signature Phono. Line-level interconnect was Synergistic Research Designer's Reference and TARA The One. Lots of Synergistic Reference AC Master Couplers snaked their way throughout the system. Cables were suspended on PolyCrystal Cable Towers, and equipment racks had been recently upgraded to the high-performance PolyCrystal racks. LAST stylus cleaner and treatment and Record Research LP#9 cleaning fluid kept the vinyl happy.—Jonathan Scull

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