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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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43.7 Times the Price of Gold
Didn't need to actually read the review to post this in the "Industry News" section:

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/08/25/zyx-universe-optimum

What more can I add?
Paul S
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Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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A fart during a hurricane ...
I do not particularly see a problem with 17K cartridge. I don’t read a full review, scan a few paragraphs and did not find it interesting for me. The purpose of this writing, like most of the writing from those type of people, is to convince a reader in something.  I do not read the “delegation of convincing type reviews” for years, I liters want to puke when I made an efforts to read them. I am attracted to a very different type of writing about audio, when a person juts sharing his observation on a subject with no idiotic need to convince a reader in anything. There are some audio sites that give to me this pleasure and to the best of my knowledge none of the side runners are a part of the industry establishment. 
 
Two aspects I would like to bring in context of the review above.  
 
First is that the guys has looks like a large collection of crappy music, which very much portrays his listening habits and musical preferences. I do not deny to these people a rights to enjoy whatever crap music they listen but I absolutely deny them right to express any more of less valuable opinions about audio reproduction if it is non-classical music repertoire. 
 
Second, the look at his listening room make me to feel very unfortunate about this guy. This is a typical “sales” room when equipment set to be rotated not to be “lived with”. The reciting of excessive amount of duplicate equipment do not work for me. I was there myself and I know that a man does not need it if he does not pay his mortgage by rotating audio and if he has a seasoned approach to audio hobby.

So, the review is in my view just transitional event: some kind of garbage music collector got a new cartridge that was given to him to make him to love it. So, the ceremony worked, the cartridge company wrote out a lost but hope to recover it by new orders, the online publication printed a “space of wordings”, the audio reviewer got his “stripes” and everybody move forward.  No event. A fart during a hurricane is you ask me…


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Ah! The "Signature" Edition!
OK, I just read most of the cartridge roll out.  It turns out that the "reviewer" basically told the Big Dealer what he wanted from the cartridge maker.  I guess the reviewer likes small winding, low output MCs ahead of time, so the manufacturer was pre-buttered for this.  Not really a review, of course, rather some talk about sound detail comparisons given as reasons to buy it.


Of mild interest to me: the mentioned "voltage amplifier" phono stage that is not a SUT.  I will now go to look at this.


Paul S
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Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Sorry; "Current Amplifier"
Correction:  The CH brand phono stage I looked at is (of course) a current amplifier, and no reason to be curious about a regular old, typical voltage amplifier.  I see there is also a VERY Expensive, 4-chassis version of this (already expensive) phono stage, costing nearly 100k USD.  Well, once you know about it, what else can you use with your low output, low impedance 17k cartridge?


Paul S
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