Excerpt: The not-so-wide world of audio has no shortage of companies that spring up fully formed, offering statement-level products. I think most people tend to be a trifle leery of such startups -- by definition, they have no track record, and the thought of plunking down a bucketful of cash for a product from an unproven company is a touch disconcerting.
Excerpt: Pro-ject has been our budget deck hero for some time now. The Czech specialist has done more than most to keep the vinyl flag flying, but – naturally – it has ambitions above and beyond the entry-level. The range-topping RPM10 is an impressive and substantial carbon-fibre, acrylic and aluminium affair: £1500 buys you an extravagant carbon-fibre tonearm and headshell combination along with a weighted plinth-cum-equipment base, but no cartridge, alas.
Pros: Exciting materials and great looks, sweet, articulate midrange and solid low end
Cons: Doesn’t oversee tempos as martially as it might