"The made in Florence, Italy Donatello Gold moving coil cartridge is easy to recommend at and beyond its $1000 price point. I can’t imagine anyone buying it would be disappointing based upon expectations at this price point and well beyond it. The price is, indeed, right! In fact it's downright righteous!" - Michael Fremer
“If you want a turntable with great looks, easy handling, practicality and great sound, you really must consider this stunning Italian. All the technical stuff tucks neatly out of sight and all the necessary anti-vibration measures were applied in the most elegant way possible. Looks and brains combine to offer a great musical experience.” - Marja&Henk
“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
Donatello is reviewed with Mediterraneo on Positive Feedback!
"The combo had no issues tracking anything I tossed on the platter … 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. Stable as all get out as well…I could find nothing to criticize as the combo simply played my music in a way that was fun and engaging.
Stable. Articulate. Fun. Resolving. Engaging. Style. Beautiful.
This is what I heard, what I appreciated… how I interpreted what happened with my music. I enjoyed my time with this system… a true reflection of Italian mastery." - Dave Clark
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