"The DS-1000, besides being an extremely modern piece of high-end audio kit, is a very musical product. Its reason for being seems to be the enjoyment of music and the fact that it can stream music and decode files either when connected wired and wirelessly is the icing on the cake.
To me, this musicality is the highest compliment I can give an audio component.
Its price is not just competitive, it is reasonable when one considers not only the performance, but the features offered by this highly recommendable component.Bravissimo Gold Note!" - Tom Lyle
"This is a very special audio component that will fit the contexts and priorities of many system owners.
Gold Note with the PH-10 effectively manages its own attempt to please as many of the people for as long as possible. This phono pre-amplifier punches above its crowded price point. On top of that it adapts to whatever cartridge the listener is using this month, so it's future proofed against cartridge upgrades. The promise of upgrade accessories implies it's future proofed against being upgraded from purchaser's systems.
At this price point the Gold Note PH-10 is unique in its achievements." - Mark Wheeler
CD-1000 is available in China for the first time and here's a great review by Audio Technique!
Text in Chinese only.
As a true Analogue expert, Geoff Husband has seen and used many turntables so we are particularly happy to know that he found mediterraneo to be a balanced, all-around performer!
"More general comparisons spring to mind, it has great pace without being frenetic (for example an Orbe lacks pace and a Xerxes lives for it), it keeps vocalists centre stage rather than pushing them slightly back like the Pro-Ject and has a nice way with imaging, not the biggest or widest soundstage, but something realistic and more important utterly stable – no doubt helped by the speed accuracy. I enjoyed all kinds of music with it – Jazz, Metal, Stravinsky, Gershwin you name it and at no time could I pin it down as a 'rockers' turntable, or something for chamber orchestra, it just handled it all with aplomb." - Geoff Husband
PH-10 is Highly recommended on Positive Feedback!
"We have had the PH-10 here for a decent enough time for me to say that, at $1390, it is a no-brainer. The unit is elegant throughout, works as advertised, and serves the music as any phono stage should. Not sure how they are doing this for so little compared to the stages above it price-wise, but damn. Highly recommended!" - Dave Clark
PH-10 is awarded by a real vinyl Guru on TONE Audio:
"It’s tough to believe that this is such a reasonably priced phonostage; it reveals a level of musical information I would expect from a much more expensive component.
We’ve used $60,000 phonostages that didn’t have this level of adjustment […] Gold Note’s PH-10 phonostage comes right out of the box with top in class performance, yet it offers the ability to expand it considerably further. What else could you ask for?
I am happy to give the PH-10 one of our last Exceptional Value Awards 2017. It is well deserving." - Jeff Dorgay
PH-10 won the OUTSTANDING PRODUCT award!
"With 6 EQ patterns, 4 choices of gain and 9 impedance settings, this new baby from Gold Note is quite an amazing product even without any of the module upgrades, meaning for a very reasonable £1315.20 you can get serious vinyl speed, depth, detail and transparency, a sound that far belies its modest price.
This machine is very highly recommended and I suggest you take a listen if you are in the process of purchasing a phono-stage, whatever the price." - Janine Smith
A3-XL reviewed by Srajan Ebaen at 6moons!
"The longer I listened to these Italian boxes, the more impressed I became by the clear engineering smarts that were embodied in their mundane rectangularity. The A3-XL wasn't just a pretty face. It had high IQ, too.
Being witty, charming and eloquent rather than syrupy cloying, the A-3 XL flattered the tunes with slightly wet tone and exploded staging which anchored in utterly unproblematic complete bass to sound truly enormous and fully grown up. Good things from small packages come and all that Jazz? In this case, absolutely!" - Srajan Ebaen
TONEAudio had fun with the new Donatello Gold, a rising star among our MC cartridges:
"The Donatello is easy to set up, tracks difficult musical passages with ease and sounds great. What else could you want?
It’s become my new reference in the thousand-dollar cartridge category!" - Jeff Dorgay
Valore 425 Plus in on HVT in The Netherlands with another great review! (text in Dutch only)
XT-7 is featured on Hifi Choice for the official launch of Gold Note in the UK!
Valore 425 Plus Acrylic is reviewed by Ed Selley at Hifi Choice:
"That it combines real-world user friendliness with a sonic performance that is almost unfailingly impressive means that this has to be seen as a very capable new arrival.
We might well be approaching saturation point in turntable models, but this newcomer is just too good to ignore."
- Ed Selley
Jeff Dorgay at TONEAudio is now a new fan of Machiavelli Gold, one of our best cartridges:
"The Machiavelli offers a perfect balance and always serves the music. It is dynamic enough to engage, resolving enough to reveal, yet ever so slightly forgiving, so that nearly all of your records sound great. A perfect host for your music collection; what could be better? Gold Note’s Machiavelli succeeds brilliantly at a price point where the competition is fierce. I am happy to award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2017." - Jeff Dorgay
Angelo Jasparro mette alla prova PH-10 in una fantastica recensione:
"Abbiamo parlato di una macchina dal costo più che abbordabile ma dalle prestazioni impeccabili. Timbricamente ineccepibile (ed è la cosa più importante, checché se ne dica), cede qualcosa in dinamica e ricostruzione del soundstage rispetto al mio riferimento, che però costa oltre 4 volte tanto.
Non cede nulla invece se paragonato alla concorrenza diretta ed anzi, in tutta franchezza, non ho mai ascoltato nulla suonare in questo modo a questi livelli di costo.
Una macchina ben concepita, flessibile e configurabile quasi senza limiti, ben costruita e, scusate se è poco, italiana." - Angelo Jasparro
XT-7 represents a brand new line of speakers with great performances and unique Italian style.
"Based on this model, the company would be a success even if they made nothing but speakers. This is far from the norm for do-everything firms. It must be acknowledged upfront to bury any suspicions to the contrary. Now the slogan's 'renaissance' acquires new meaning.
At Gold Note, one really does deal with renaissance men who display a very solid grasp on various design disciplines. Salute." - Srajan Ebaen
PH-10 is awarded by Mono & Stereo as BEST BUY and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED phono stage!
"This is a mighty, emotionally engaging musical box, that even without all the expandable accessories brings more then expected. A thrill and a fill!" - Matej Isak
There's a new little star in the constellation of our cartridges: the name is Vasari, the sound is...well, just read TONE Audio review if you want to find out:
"With decent cartridges in the four-figure range, what's the new audio enthusiast to do? Four words: Gold Note Vasari Gold. And you can get one for $385." - Jeff Dorgay
DS-1000 is tested by 6moon, a great and thorough article!
"DS-1000 fears no competition. It is a very complete versatile machine with an unusually extensive upgrade path. From a sonic standpoint, what else can be said than mission accomplished? Elegance, vividness, resolution, transparency and great dynamics honor the essence of music." - Joël Chevassus
You know something is hot the minute you see it on Playboy, makes perfect sense that our Conquest it's on their pages then!
For big boys only
Giglio & Donatello on the pages of Hifi+, a great review straight from the UK!
"The Gold Note is a smooth performer, with an effortless style that makes it easy to forget the mechanics of the process and enjoy the music...there was a real vista of sound that revealed the quality of playing and drew me into the music in no uncertain terms.
The interplay of the violins was particularly engaging and this combined with the turntable’s inherent grasp of tone made for a real musical treat"