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Musical Surroundings
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Musical Surroundings, based in Oakland, California, is both a distributor and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. Since 1991, Musical Surroundings has specialized in turntables, tonearms, phono cartridges, phono stages, analog accessories and tube electronics for the high performance audio market.
Musical Surroundings, based in Oakland, California, is both a distributor and manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. Since 1991, Musical Surroundings has specialized in turntables, tonearms, phono cartridges, phono stages, analog accessories and tube electronics for the high performance audio market.

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New and improved owner's manual page went live on our website today: http://www.musicalsurroundings.com/manuals/ 

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Based on the award winning [AMG] 12J2 12” tonearm, the new 9” tonearm use a scaled version of the AMG Patented Dual-pivot bearing. The vertical bearing, similar to a technique used in helicopter rotors, utilizes 2 steel wires that allow fine azimuth adjustment while eliminating bearing play. The horizontal axle is hardened tool steel needle roller bearing. The aircraft grade aluminum armwand is anodized for resonance control. Identical to the 12J2, the new 9” tonearm’s internal wiring is multiple stranded high-purity copper, and features magnetic anti-skate and precision locking VTA adjustment. The 9W2, with a pivot to spindle distance of 211mm, is designed for the Linn LP-12, as the second arm on an AMG Viella 12 using the TWIN armboard with OVAL SME mount adapter, or other turntables that accommodate this length.
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There is a new AMG V12 review on 6Moons.com from the German magazine “fairaudio”

Excerpt: “Conclusion. Should one call the Viella an exercise in high design, a precision tool or a time machine? Naturally that’s the goal of all turntables. Don’t add anything, omit nothing. Getting as close to this ideal as AMG have managed with the Viella simply seemed beyond most in this class.”

Read the full 6Moons.com review here:

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RIP, Ernst Benz. 

"Ernst Benz founder of moving coil cartridge manufacturer Benz Micro passed away on July 5th, 2014 in his Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall, Switzerland home at age 82, surrounded by his family." - Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

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New Clearaudio Concept Wood turntable ad: 
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The AMG Giro turntable was recently awarded Best of Show - 'Most Significant Analog Product Introductions' (Munich High End 2014) by Jim Hannon of The Absolute Sound!
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"The Aesthetix Metis line stage preamp debuted for the first time in the U.S. at Newport, and sounded amazing alongside the Atlas monoblocks, Wilson Audio Alexias, Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable and Goldfinger [Statement] cartridge, and the Aesthetix Io Eclipse phono stage. This system really shined when we played my Bueno Vista Social Club: Live at Carnegie Hall, with a presence and encompassing soundstage that could not be ignored. The cool thing about the Metis preamp is that when the unit is placed on a flat surface, the power supply decouples from the main chassis and floats within 'invisibly' within the housing. No need to have a completely separate power supply with the Metis." - Spencer Holbert, The Absolute Sound, June 2014
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"Courtesy of Audio Element... it included the US premiere of Aesthetix's Metis linestage preamplifier and Romulus Signature CD player w/DAC... with Aesthetix Atlas monoblocks and, on the analog end, a complete Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable set-up with new Graham Phantom Elite 10" tonearm... the imaging was fabulous..." - Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile Magazine, T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2014
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Day 1: T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2014. Come see and hear the new Aesthetix Metis line stage in Room 202 (Atrium Hotel). Other new products featured in this room include: Aesthetix Romulus Signature DAC & CD player (now with DSD capability!) and Graham Phantom Elite 10" tonearm. Complete exhibition details here: http://www.musicalsurroundings.com/t-h-e-show-newport-beach-2014/
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