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s valves-vs-transistors perfectly parallels the analogue-vs-digital dichotomy, it seems logical that tube phono stages would better complement LPs than solidstate. This is not Mar ’20]. As for the rest, I prefer the bloom or warmth associated with valves, rightly or wrongly. (See the review of the Vinnie Rossi L2i-SE, p48, for a practical testing of this belief.) My work requires phono stages at assorted price points, to address the needs of a reviewer who insists on assessing products in context, , a £700 moving-coil through a £7000 phono stage is an unlikely pairing. And all of mine are valve.

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