- March 18th, 2014
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To start off with, something you just don’t hear everyday, a/the flagship cartridge of a company. In this case I’m referring to one of the world’s greatest cartridges, the Dynavector XV-1t. I’ve used the XV-1s at home for many years, way before I became a retailer again, so I know it well. And we’ve sold quite a few so far since the shop has been opened. Yet nothing prepared me for the music that comes from this cartridge. Not for everyone’s wallet, at $9250, although if you want the best, here it is, in St. Louis.
Next up, as promised, the 100 watt heavy hitter from Line Magnetic, the LM501 Integrated. From the get go, this looked to be every bit as wonderful as the single ended LM518. As touched as I am by the 518 ( and you know I’m a bit touched in the head if you read these at all) , what the 518 does for single driver and efficient speakers – magic!- the 501 is apparently going to do for speakers of average to a tad stubborn efficiency. Today’s preliminaries were done with the venerable Harbeth 5, and I have to say it was working wonders with it, solving a few iffy issues with the 5′s that I thought were inherent in the speaker, nay, now I know it was just looking for the right amp. Can’t wait to try it on a host of speakers that the other LM’s weren’t a match for. Look out, the big boy from LM has arrived!