“The Valore 425 Lite sounds true and does not show any kind of colorations. Its accuracy makes it a great turntable with which the emotion of the music is put forward. Despite a somewhat "artisanal" side, the Italian designers at Gold Note have given it a soul like many of their products have. Therefore it is a “Best” in its price category, maybe even the best of all.” - Pierre-Yves Maton
“Able to provide crisp detail without sounding bright and an attention-demanding focus without sounding compressed, the Mediterraneo sounds mature in its sonic approach. It also successfully promotes confidence because this turntable always sounds in control of the sonic situation. The Mediterraneo is both stylish but also a little quirky in its design focus. I see this point as a positive slant to the deck because it helps to remove the turntable from the ‘me too’ pack in terms of design direction.” - Paul Rigby
“The Mediterraneo offers a mature sonic approach, promoting confidence and always sounding controlled. A stylish and slightly quirky design, Gold Note have taken an aesthetic approach that will appeal to many traditionalists in terms of its style and form, but the Mediterraneo also impresses in terms of sound quality.” - Paul Rigby
“This pretty, well-built guy plays a lot, much better than you'd expect. The clever power supply gives the belt drive sound almost a direct drive characteristic with spur strength, lots of dynamism and emphasis. The medium-weight tonearm will work well with many pickups, but will certainly play well with the Gold Note pickup. Highly recommended!”
“Donatello Red is a sonically highly interesting, lightweight, yet robustly built high-output moving coil with clever technology and light-footed, powerful and homogeneous sound!” - Roland Kraft
Mediterraneo wins the Writer's Choice Award 2017 on Positive Feedback!
"Truly, the Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage is a stunning bargain, and the partnering Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable is an absolute delight.
I'm fully confident that anyone hearing the Gold Note PH-10 phono stage and Mediterraneo turntable will agree that both deliver sweet, sterling sound and exceptional value. Decidedly worthy of my highest recommendation and Writer's Choice Award!” - Dean Seislove
Mediterraneo is Highly Recommended on Positive Feedback!
"All my music sounded simply wonderful. Clean and ever so there with a lively presence that was fast on its feet… pace and rhythm. Details were in evidence and aplenty, though they were not forced or in the least bit analytical. Bass was deep, solid, and propulsive…I could find nothing to criticize.
Stable. Articulate. Fun. Resolving. Engaging. Style. Beautiful.
Highest recommendation as a system… as a whole. Combined with the PH-10 phono and you are set for years of musical bliss." - Dave Clark
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
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
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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"
NOVO magazine (previously Canada Hi-Fi) has been having fun with Giglio:
"Gold Note’s Giglio turntable, with the B7 tonearm, and the Dynavector 10X5 cartridge delivered a deeply layered, immersive, and musical sound. It’s a breathtaking example of what happens when an established company that makes $100K+ vinyl rigs applies cutting-edge designs and advanced engineering knowledge to their more sensibly priced ‘tables."
Read the full review on NOVO
Valore 425 Plus proves its value on Hifi Pig! Janine Elliot was definitely surprised and satisfied by the performance of this turntable:
“I was pleasantly surprised at how transparent this transparent turntable was. Detail was extremely quick and vivid [...] Indeed, it was the bass and midrange that really stuck out to me as being one of the best properties of the turntable, giving a musicality that was quite intoxicating!”
- Janine Elliot
The French Hifi magazines On-Mag puts Valore 425 Plus to test. The results are great:
"Valore Plus 425 will snoop at both ends of the sound spectrum with the talent of a true detective. It offers a true range of colours that does justice to the instruments.
Clearly, this plate is only limited by the cartridge that's mounted on it."
VUmétre had a great time testing our Giglio, here's the conclusions:
"Summarize this article with something like 'It's beautiful, it plays well and it moved us' could sound as the last of clichés, but that's exactly what happened with Giglio. It is everything you might imagine and should expect from an High-End Italian product. Classy under every point of view and with solid performances, it's well positioned on the price tag for such quality. Giglio is a real seducer and its beautiful lines will guide you toward many refined listening sessions. It's so difficult to resist this analog miracle!"
Canda HiFi takes Valore 425 Plus for a spin. The set-up is completed with PH-7 Phono Stage and Babele MM plus Bobolino as cartridges:
"There’s a sonic synergy between Gold Note’s analog components that belies their lower ‘entry level’ asking prices. Give it a listen and I’m sure you’ll enjoy what you hear"
Mediterraneo lands on the pages of High Style, matched with our B7 Ceramic tonearm and Machiavelli Gold as cartridge - text in slovak with english abstract
"Mediterraneo combines aesthetic appeal, elegance and modern design with the future in mind, thinking shapes and great materials. This combination is able to offer a gentle, powerful but still detailed sound, very well balanced throughoutthe bandwidth."
"When I think of Italian high-end gear, I think style. Meditteraneo's looks are exquisite [...] sound quality is also excellent. I can't emphasize this enough. I highly recommend this turntable to anyone looking for a turntable in its price range, or above."
"Mediterraneo looks, sounds and makes one feel like a wonderful, high quality Italian product should. Chic and style plus many years of experience."
"Beauty and engineering are combined to make the kind of turntable that can answer to the desire of enthusiats"
"Gold Note manufactures the Mediterraneo turntable that features a plinth that greatly remind Tuscany's smooth hills and sea"