My Sonic Lab Signature Gold now singing at SOStest

The sound of My Sonic Lab cartridges is the result of master cartridge designer Yoshio Matsudaira seeking natural reproduction by minimizing signal loss, internal distortion, and phase distortion. The Eminent EX utilises Matsudaira-san’s unique SH-μX magnetic core. This special core material has a higher permeability and flux density than the core material typically used in MC cartridges.

It allows My Sonic Lab to use fewer coil windings than other moving coil cartridges, minimising distortions that degrade the signal while at the same time not sacrificing signal output. This high efficiency approach results in a wide dynamic range, fast transient response, low distortion and high signal-to-noise ratio. Users around the world have commented on the ability of My Sonic Lab cartridges to communicate tremendous natural detail, clarity and revealing new layers of information from their favourite records.

A key reason for the exalted sound of My Sonic Lab cartridges is the heritage or provenance of the creator. This can often help to explain why something sounds the way it does. Creating cartridges that produce this level of performance is only possible with immense experience and talent. Previous to founding My Sonic Lab, Mr. Matsudaira worked with Yoshiaki Sugano and played a major role in developing the original Koetsu Onyx cartridge. The two had met previously at Supex. Early in his career while Matsudaira-san worked with Sugano, he also designed a cartridge for Luxman, which is how he met Miura-san. They developed a close relationship which many years later led to Matsudaira designing and manufacturing cartridges for Air Tight while he was with Audio Craft. In 2004, after three decades of designing and building MCs for nearly every top Japanese cartridge manufacturer, Matsudaira started My Sonic Lab. He still does OEM/ODM for many of Japan’s top brands.

The Signature Gold was released for My Sonic Lab’s 10th anniversary. Matsudaira-san evaluated every aspect of his previous Eminent designs for areas to be improved. A stronger two-component chassis, higher grade internal wiring and improvements in the suspension led to a more refined sound. However, it is the 10% larger SH-μX core that makes the Signature Gold excel at energetic expression and power.

When the Signature Gold was released, many around the world considered it to be a game changer. Compared to the Eminent designs, the Signature Gold has more extension, slam, power, and dynamic range, however the defining characteristic is ….energy! This cartridge sets a new paradigm for sonic performance….it simply makes music feel real, believable and palpable. It has a perfect top to bottom coherency and endless detail. Even seasoned audiophiles have reported shock at how much more information was hiding in the grooves, far more than rationally seems possible. Isn’t this a medium with maximum 70dB dynamic range, surface noise, and grooves that get too close together when the music is too loud? Not at all! This simply blows apart the perceived or accepted limitations of the medium.

Atmasphere Class D amps arrive at SOStest

Our Class D project has been in the works since 2017. Our goal was to expand on the positive attributes our existing amplifiers, which have been getting great reviews and awards in the high end press for the last 30 years. So we felt we were in a good position to know if the goal was achieved. The result is a solid state amp that has all the smoothness in the mids and highs that you expect from an excellent tube amp but with considerably lower distortion, output impedance and obviously higher efficiency. Like our other amps, this one has a very nice first watt! 

The Class D is a monoblock design based on GaNFET output devices and accepts both single-ended and balanced inputs. The circuit is entirely our own design and manufacture- it does not use anyone else’s modules. The power supply employs a toroidal power transformer and has over-current protection to keep the amplifier safe in case of a short at the speaker terminals.

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New “Updated” 2022 NVO SPA-One SE Phono Preamplifiertest

NVO’s new SPA-ONE-SE 2022 model phono preamplifier. It now has some updated features that improve how quiet a tube-based phono stage can be and it also improves the bass definition and impact. (among other things). The tube complement has gone from 13 tubs to 14 tubes!

SGS (Signal Ground Solutions) announces “new” Extreme-2 grounding boxtest

When looking to fill the gap from the Zebrano Signature plus to the Pinnacle range, Andrew looked at what had been learned from the mighty Pinnacle range and has incorporated some of the internal design materials. Here we have the Extreme range, starting with the 2 silver bespoke post model, this has more authority than the Zebrano plus with increased musicality ,Tonal Density, Speed, and reaching further into the soundscape picking up more nuances, timbre, layering. The listener involvement is very much in abundance, always providing a rather surprising and fully enjoyable musical experience. Together with the 2 one and a half meter extreme cables optimized for this application ,themselves providing the vital links required for that Extreme experience.

1st impressions of the S.I.N. Audio PSD 10 Anniversary Edition:test

So when I ordered the latest SIN PSD 10 Anniversary Edition unit Nikolay told me “it’s in another universe” well I would hope so given the small fortune I was about to spend on yet another PSD unit. Yes Nikolay was always right on the last 2 units I bought and have been using for several years now, they were simple splendid. Looking from the outside this 10 Anniversary unit is large & HEAVY! Over 26 pounds! The carbon workmanship is outstanding and all the Furutech NCF outlets and grounding lug are first rate. I now I took out my PSD 6 Special Edition and replaced it with the 10 Anniversary Edition. First thought was “OH what did I do, spent all this $$$$$$ and yes heard a bit blacker soundstage but not a whole lot more. Well, I only had 15 minutes to listen initially then had to leave for my golf league. The next day I left my studio at 6am for another long day of golf up north with some friends which was a perfect day of golf on a tough course, but it was the first day here in NH of 80+ degrees. Summer is just around the corner. Now the unit has been burning-in for 2+ days and I sat down for my first real listening session. Wow, first thing I noticed is the tonality of instruments just seem spot on. Guitars seem more like guitars, pianos more like a real piano and voices have now so much inflection in them. Instruments are coming out of a VERY black background, and they just float in space all through the soundstage and in a more 3D presentation. The PSD 10 Anniversary is reproducing the proper proportions and realism of music itself and it has a wealth of decaying sounds never before heard in recording I’m so familiar with. It’s also about improving the projection and palpability of the virtual sound stage by lowering the amount of noise in the soundstage and about hearing a more coherent presentation. OK yes it was worth the $$$$$ but your whole electrical system has to be up to the task and I have to say without the addition of an SGS (Signal Ground Solution) Pinnacle 4 grounding box, this may not be for everyone. Just giving my honest feedback and telling it like it is. Well done my good friend Nikolay!


After five-years of concerted research and development, an effort that has refined our existing designs and practices as well as introducing entirely new and unique materials, the revolutionary SAFIR 9 tonearm is finally ready for launch. A significant step forward in performance, our new flagship tonearm will be shown for the first time at the Munich High-End Show in May 2022.

The Safir 9’s most obvious feature and the heart of the design is its conical sapphire arm tube. This provides the cartridge with unprecedented stability, delivering optimum electro mechanical performance from the generator. Extremely rigid, this tube is stiffer and offers a higher resonant frequency than any arm tube ever previously used. It’s first break-up mode occurs at over 5KHz, providing the cartridge motor with a true mechanical ground.

Due to the use of a sapphire tube, this is a high effective mass tonearm!

The bearings are a further development of our own, proprietary 4Point design, the four contact spikes being located in sapphire/ruby receptacles. These ensure rigid, friction-free coupling of the tonearm to its mount, allowing the headshell to move, freely and precisely on the optimum path across the record.

Kuzma XL AIR turntable Reviewed by: Alan Sircom Mar 2022 HiFi+test

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The Kuzma XL and Hi-Fi+ have a long history together. We first looked at the high-mass, twin AC motor turntable way back in Issue 41 (when it was called the Stabi XL, and later the XL2 to distinguish it from the four-motor XL4) and liked it so much we gave it an award two issues later. Then, we looked at it once again when its four-motor upgrade hit town in Issue 53 and once again in Issue 124 when the XL DC was released, replacing those four powerful AC motors with a strong, stable and quiet DC motor. We even revisited it as recently as Issue 196 as a complete package with 4Point 14 arm and CAR 60 cartridge, as a mark of the best the standard bearing bearer can get.

Gold Note PH-1000 phono preamplifier review


Reviewed by: Michael Fremer  |  Feb 18, 2022 Stereophile

“Gold Note’s $11,999 PH-1000 is by a considerable margin the most sophisticated, most configurable phono preamplifier that any audio manufacturer has ever produced, at least that I know of. Remarkably, considering all that flexibility and sophistication, using and adjusting the PH-1000 is straightforward”

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SGS is a small company located in Scotland. They have been quietly researching and developing grounding technology for the past 5 years. In a soft launch in 2017, they brought SGS1 Signature to the market. 


Signal Ground Solutions SGS-1 Signature does a lot! The lower noise, the dynamic effects, the potential horizontal and vertical enhancement, the better holographic presentation, the advanced vividness, the more precise materialization of instruments and performers, the transparency, the more correct timbre, tone, and color, etc. 

1-2022 HiFi+ Review of the Keith Monks Audio Works Prodigy Record Cleaning machinetest

The Keith Monks Prodigy leaves LPs looking and sounding very clean. Cleaning time per LP is somewhere between 8 to 10 minutes. Although a bit slower in operation, the Prodigy delivers excellent results that are fully comparable in every way to Keith Monks’s full-size RCMs. For those willing to pay more, Keith Monks also offers the discOvery Redux model (£2,995) which provides faster, quieter operation, and more automation. However, the Prodigy costs a more wallet-friendly $1295 and looks more domestically appealing; it does a great job at a great price and comes highly recommended!

Kuzma Stabi R installation completed! Wonderful is how we would describe it.test

Stabi R is a very compact turntable made from a solid block of aluminium with an internal (built in) electronic power supply. Drive is provided through a DC motor and a proprietary, non flexible drive belt.

The main platter is a constrained sandwich design consisting of three layers ( aluminum – acrylic – aluminum) in order to minimize vibration and maximize the damping effect of the platter itself and that of the LP. The ruby ball minimizes friction and noise within the thrust bearing and is supported on a special low noise compound material.
One of the crucial design features of the new Stabi R is an unsurpassed degree of versatility and flexibility with regard to multiple tonearm installations. It is possible to use up to 4 (four!) tonearms around the main platter. Further, a variety of colors and a wood finish are available as options. 

Signal Ground Solution – Let’s GET GROUNDED!!test

SGS is a small company located in Scotland. They have been quietly researching and developing grounding technology for the past 5 years. In a soft launch in 2017 they brought the SGS1 Signature to market. The SGS1 Signature is the smaller more affordable device yet punches way above its weight, rewarding the listener with a sense of ease and musical flow whilst uncovering numerous additional dimensions for the listener, ultimately delivering a deeper clarity of sound. Expressions such a ‘lowering of the noise floor’ ‘expansion of the sound scape’ and ‘increased nuances and timbre of the instruments’ are some of the testaments being given by SGS clients.

We at Sounds Of Silence decided to try the Zebrano initially and once heard we could not listen without. Call SOS and arrange an in-home demo of one of the SGS units.

Zebrano in SOS system
Zebrano in SOS clients system. Once heard it stayed and we had to order another unit!

KEITH MONKS PRODIGY RECORD CLEANER – Now 3 models to choose from!test

Unique Universal Disc Cleaner for 12″ 10″ & 7″ records and 5″ digital discs featuring a New Unique Threadless Point Suction system for easier, even better performance. The Prodigy gets both sides of an LP clean and ready to play in under 5 minutes. In addition to its super silent operation it counts with zero Re-Contamination on every record, every time.

Now 3 models to choose from. The “Original the Plus and the Blue. Call SOS at 603-759-8323 for more information.

HiFi+ Review of Bricasti M3test

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“I am going to go out on a bit of a limb here, but the Bricasti Design M3 DAC is very probably The Shape Of Audio To Come. This clever design is incredibly flexible; starting as ‘just’ a high-performance DAC, the M3 can be configured with built-in streamer and/or headphone amplifier. Rather than either produce a slew of ‘similar-but-different’ products or force users down digital audio and personal audio pathways they might not want to take, the Bricasti Design M3 DAC lets you – the end-user – take control of what features you need and what ones you don’t. In an industry that prides itself on its ‘bespoke’ approach, it’s odd that such options are so rare that they take up the introduction of a review. Maybe the Bricasti M3 learned the ‘options’ game from its BMW namesake”.

S.I.N. Audio launches their *NEW Websitetest

S.I.N. Audio has create state-of-the-art, all-hand-made power distributors and power cables. In their experience, the importance of electric power distribution is very often overlooked by many audiophiles when building their audio systems.

Their belief is that the power cables and proper power distributor are equally important for the final performance of any audio system. Many serious music lovers often invest a lot of money in speaker and interconnect cables before starting to research and understand the impact of the power lines.

Latest review of Keith Monks Prodigy RCM 2-2021test

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Record cleaning is a topic which can spark off some lively discussions among vinyl lovers. Some believe in it, some swear by it and some are definitely sceptical. I am definitely a believer and own a well-regarded record cleaner which has served me well for a few years. A thing of beauty it is not however, and it sits on a shelf in our office/study, to be used every so often when the mood takes me and I spend a morning in the rituals of cleaning. Once I have cleaned a record for the first time I slip into a new antistatic inner sleeve. It is a mystery to me why some record companies still ship their product in a coarse paper inner sleeve.

SOS is pleased to announce that we are now a dealer for SoundSmith Cartridges!test

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S.I.N. Audio’s new 10th Anniversary PSDtest

 S.I.N. Audio is a very small boutique brand founded in Bulgaria in 2011 by Nikolay Kozev. S.I.N. Audio produces all types of cables but currently now only makes power cords, their specialty! Why electricity? SIN Audio (and SOS) passionately believes that when it comes to changes in the quality of the sound, the correct power cables and power distributors are of fundamental importance and far more important than any other audio cable in one’s system.

Unfortunately, this conviction has not yet established itself among many hi-fi / high-end friends/consumers. Correct power is without a doubt required in achieving the actual goal of natural musicality in one’s system.

S.I.N. Audio believes that electricity is the real foundation for a high-end audio system. Power cords, sockets, plugs and power conditioners … they really play the crucial role.

After a large number of listening tests, S.I.N. Audio came to the conclusion that any type of active current treatment (filtering, regeneration, etc.) negatively affects the sound by restricting dynamics, impulse energy and the natural flow of music. The only way to eliminate vibrations, EMI and RFI is to use carefully selected materials, the best possible components, and a sophisticated and technically perfect assembly technique.

S.I.N. AUDIO calls this “Silent Background Magnetic Technology” or SBMT. This technology is why most audiophiles who have listened to a SIN audio power conditioner no longer want to be without it and describe the sonic result as the most natural and enjoyable that has happened to them.

Upon S.I.N. Audios 10th anniversary they have developed the PSD-10 as a limited “Anniversary Edition”. An SBMT core was installed inside, on the basis of which the already high performance could be raised to an even higher level.

SOS’s current PSD-6 Carbon Edition has been the best line conditioner we have heard in over 30 years, we can’t wait to get our hands (and ears) on the new PSD 10th Anniversary Edition.