Dr Vinyl has many products that made the Stereophile Class A Recommended Products
Ron Sutherland has three of his Phono-Preamps on the Class A list.
Sutherland offers a different vision – it may be more closely aligned with your values. It is a very disciplined approach that refines design to the essential elements – and then executes the design to perfection. There is no allowance for superfluous clutter. Nothing extra will be allowed between you and the music.
The Cobalt Blue uses the Microline tip stylus possessing ideal curvature of 80μm contact surface against the record groove. This contact surface achieved a superior reproduction characteristic. Cobalt Blue has been created to naturally reproduce the sound cut on the record.
Ultra-precise Sapphire pipe material has been introduced for the cantilever. The remarkable hardness of the sapphire will help reduce distortions and is also superb in the transmission of high speed vibration to create an increasingly clear sound.
The magnetic circuit combined the performance proven samarium cobalt and electromagnetic soft-iron to achieve the magnetic features consistent with the coil vibration. Overall balance and steady sound has been secured. The terminal pin has selected to use rhodium plating.
Extra-super duralumin (A7075) known for its extreme strength among the aluminum alloy has been chosen for both the cartridge housing and the base section. Because of this, the cartridge succeeded to gain overall rigidity to the structure and avoid unnecessary resonance.
In addition to this extreme strength, the Extra-Super Duralumin housing has further been reinforced and handcrafted by the Japanese traditional craft urushi lacquering. This gives the cartridge a superb strength, weight, and a beautiful aesthetic appearance of the cobalt blue color.
The experience and craftsmanship built for over half a century will unlock the door towards the renewed sound of analog record.
The coreless straight-flux system adopted for the “Blue Dragon” was conceived by Hiromu Meguro, former design assistant of the Grace F-8 cartridge and principal designer of F-9 cartridge, when he was with Shinagawa Musen Co. Mr. Meguro worked on the basic designs of the TX-1000 and Dragon CT players and on the design of the Center-Search mechanism during his time at Nakamichi Corp. Then, the notion that moving magnet (MM) cartridges were inexpensive and moving coil (MC) cartridges were of higher grade pushed to the back of Mr. Meguro’s mind this system’s concept, which was categorized as an MM device despite dramatic differences compared with conventional MM cartridges. This system, which fell short of commercialization even in analog audio’s heyday, is being revived thanks to today’s state-of-the-art technology.
Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas:
From Pear Audio Analogue’s Blue line of products comes the Slovenian-made Kid Thomas turntable, with its chunky wooden plinth, massive platter, and very low-torque DC motor: characteristics that betray no small influence from the products of the late Tom Fletcher, founder of Nottingham Analogue. (Those qualities also put the Kid Thomas in the same file folder as the Palmer 2.5, although Pear Audio has the distinction of having received Fletcher’s direct input and guidance.) Variations on the theme include: the Kid Thomas’s double-layer plinth; thick, elastic damping rings on the platter’s outer edge; and the user’s ability (for an additional $1995) to upgrade from the standard wall wart to an external power supply made by Martin Bastin, a specialist in same. Fitted with Pear Audio’s Cornet 2 tonearm, the Kid Thomas exhibited “a rich, expansive midrange and a smooth, neutral tonal balance,”
The Alpha 3 takes all the best aspects of digital media storage, management and playback and consolidates all of these disciplines into one High-Fidelity Audio Server (HFAS) with a ton of built-in capabilities and future-proof hardware that will keep the music playing for years to come. As the audio world evolves, the Alpha 3 evolves with it, expanding its feature sets and growing with you.