Sonus Veritas, located in Apex, North Carolina arrived at RMAF with an ambitious electronic line-up that included the $15,999 Genoa preamp, $15,999 Modena D/A converter, price to be determined Florence monoblock amplifier and of greatest interest to you, three versions of its ambitious Venice phono preamplifier.
Channel D, creators of MacIntosh computer based Pure Vinyl and Pure Music software for vinyl ripping and enhanced digital playback introduced a seriously upgraded version of its rechargeable battery powered Seta phono preamp.
Sound-Smith's Peter Ledermann has been a busy fellow! At RMAF he announced, among other things, an upgrade to the sensational sounding Hyperion cactus cantilevered cartridge. The update to the $7500 cartridge includes an improved suspension said to produce superior separation and improved stylus control. The cartridge includes a ten year warranty and a re-tip when necessary.
This little hand held wonder designed by the folks at AMR for their joint venture with i-fi Micro, features MM/MC with up to 66dB of gain on the MC input with claimed 90dB S/N ratio, 8 dip switches each for MC resistance and MM capacitive load settings.
Mr. Hiroshi Ishihara of the Japan-based Sibatech, Inc. showed me the unusual and perhaps revolutionary Rigid Float RFE-02H/7 tonearm. The pivot floats in oil with absolutely no other means of support, but more unusual about this design by Mr. Koichiro Akimoto is that the arm geometry features neither an offset angle at the headshell nor an "S" shaped arm tube!