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.
Pros: Exciting materials and great looks, sweet, articulate midrange and solid low end
Cons: Doesn’t oversee tempos as martially as it might