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REVIEW OF MEDITERRANEO WITH B-5.1 TONEARM, GN CARTRIDGES AND PH-10 PHONO STAGE BY JEFF DORGAY

“It’s an interesting journey to experience a manufacturer’s product in a gradual fashion. Beginning with Gold Note’s excellent Vasari MM cartridge, comparing to their Donatello and then Machiavelli cartridges, and finally the PH-10 phonostage, a solitary voice comes through. There’s a relaxed, yet highly involving nature to the sound of their products, much like comparing the ride of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia to a BMW M4. Both cars are equally quick, yet the Alfa feels more elegant, more tactile. There is a certain charm the Italian car possesses that the German car never will. (And I say this as a very happy BMW owner.)

The same can be said for their top of the range Mediterraneo turntable. While it can be yours for $5,973 with a black or white base, I highly suggest going for the $1,000 upcharge to get the gorgeous Tuscan walnut base featured in our review sample. Starting as a 60mm block, that has been aged for 8 years and stabilized in a thermal control autoclave at exactly 7% humidity to achieve structural stability, it is carved into the curvy shape you see here. Not having the standard, polymer based table here for comparison, I can’t honestly tell you the wood sounds better or worse. But it is so gorgeous, I can’t imagine the Mediterraneo without it, any more than I can imagine a BMW M4 without the carbon fiber roof.”

Read the full review here: http://www.tonepublications.com/analogaholic/the-gold-note-mediterraneo-turntable/