Though not yet well known in the US, the German firm Acoustic Solid may soon win new analogue friends with its lovely Solid Machine turntable ($6,700) that is, well, machined from—you guessed it—solid aluminium. The table’s appearance brings to mind some of JR/Transrotor’s classis turntable designs, but the Solid Machine’s price falls toward the lower end of the scale in view of the apparent quality of build on offer.
The German firm AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany) is perhaps best known for its critically acclaimed AMG V12 turntable/tonearm, which combo figured prominent in the Sonus faber/Audio Research Corporation demo room.
But also new for the show was a cost-reduced 9-inch version of AMG’s original 12-inch V12 tonearm, plus an all-new moving-coil phono cartridge called the Teatro ($2,000), which sounds extremely promising and, happily, does not cost the proverbial ‘King’s ransom.’ Given how hard it can be to find good cartridges in the sweet-spot $2,000 price range, the Teatro is a welcome addition to the AMG range.
Avid teamed with Wharfedale for a demonstration that included Avid’s beautiful, entry-level Ingenium turntable, which sells for $1,999 complete with a Pro-Ject 9cc tonearm (though other, more ambitious arms can be bundled with the table at extra cost). Our thought: The Ingenium appears to be a lot of turntable for the money.