My dear friend, Alex of A10 Audio (great source of music in Amsterdam) informed me today that the leading Dutch Magazine MusicEmotion has reviewed RCM Sensor Prelude IC Phono Stage in their February 2011 edition. The review is in Dutch. A couple of highlights:
Title: Very Good and absolutely worth every penny.
End conclusion: Neutral, Tonally ballanced, low noisefloor, very dynamic, lets you hear all 3D space cues, communicates warmth present on the LP.
Congratulations to Roger Adamek of RCM Audio picture who also happens to be a real good photographer too aside from an amazing audio manufacturer who never compromises on quality.
This is the second review of RCM Audio equipment in The Netherlands. In another review, HiFi Journal of The Netherlands says (text translated): “The RCM Sensor Prelude IC clearly isn’t a ‘me-too’ product but the result of thorough investigation and long listening sessions. Sonically, it has a rather unique mix of clarity and grooviness. Many a ‘clear’ sounding component tends to sound somewhat lean or even stuck-up. The RCM is fully fleshed out in it’s presentation which, in combination with a strong PRaT factor results in a moving reproduction of swing (obviously, that had to be present at the time of recording; a below-par rhythm section will be reproduced as such by the RCM). The most special thing about this Phono stage is that it doesn’t position itself at one side of the ‘pleasure verses perfection’ dilemma. Detail? Yes. Transparency? Absolutely, but combined with a very good sense of musical communication. The Sensor Prelude IC raises the delicate signal of a Moving Coil cartridge with care, dedication and enthusiasm. Very,very, highly recommended.”
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