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LSA T-3 Turntable | REVIEW

  Maybe you’ve started to notice a certain theme in many of my reviews, so it won’t surprise you to hear that the LSA T-3 turntable (website) and I also go way back. We’re talking close to a decade ago, when I first started out as an importer and distributor and I was on the other side for the first time—not as an audiophile attendee or a member of the press, but as someone trying to sell a product. I’d always see the Margules family—as in Margules Audio Group, a manufacturer of tube amplifiers based in Mexico City—at CES in Vegas every January. Colleen had known them personally for years and, oh, they’re such a nice family, you need to meet them, the father has been working on a turntable and they’d like you to take a look at the design. I met Julian Margules, patriarch and chief designer for Margules Audio Group, and he started showing me computer renderings of a turntable he wanted to make. The designs were visually stunning, with thin curvy plinths flowing and undulating in seemingly impossible ways. I was told that these were the result of a student competition at a nearby design school—the [...]

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Monika Lidke, Let the World Be a Question | The Vinyl Anachronist

Wouldn’t you know it? I have two turntables up and rarin’ to go: the LSA T3 turntable and unipivot tonearm with a Soundsmith The Voice cartridge, and the Gem Dandy Polytable Signature with Sorane TA1-L 12″ tonearm and the brand new ZYX Ultimate Airy cartridge. I told myself that these were good days to be reviewing LPs, quiet wintry days following the holidays, but there was just one LP in the infamous review pile. Just one. Let the World Be a Question from Monika Lidke (website). That means one thing–I played this LP from Monika Lidke over and over while setting these turntables up and dialing everything in. On one level, that implies that I really enjoyed it. Would I listen to it over and over if I couldn’t stand it? But I stuck with this LP for days because there was more to it sonically, an introspective richness that drew me in each time I played it. Ostensibly a jazz singer, Monika Lidke’s deeply personal songs combine jazz with pop, folk and even country nuances. After a while it just becomes lovely music, similar to some of the work Anne Bisson’s been doing over the last few years. After [...]

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LSA HP-2 Ultra Headphone | REVIEW

One of the great things about high performance headphone audio is that there is such a diverse selection of great sounding gear now. Back in the day (oh, 30 years or so) there were far fewer options on the table. Now, one would have to listen every day of the year to make it through all the variety in headphones that promise high fidelity within a personal space. This review of the LSA HP-2 ($799) covers one of that market’s newest entries. It’s not perhaps the most widely known option out there, but it definitely has its place among the enthusiasts’ high expectations for headphones in the $500+ category.  The headphone itself is sourced from the Russian-based manufacturer Kennerton. Under the LSA moniker, Underwood HiFi now offers their own take on the headphone line via three options. The HP-2 sits in the middle of the lineup and is based around Kennerton’s Gjallarhorn model. The website describes it as containing “a superb new horn-loaded 50mm driver with a bio-cellulose and paper membrane with a graphene coating”. It is a closed-back design with ear cups that appear completely made of wood, with a small vent hole located near the center of a [...]

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Underwood HiFi Launches Worldwide LSA HP-3 NOVA

CYBERSPACE, USA — Walter Liederman of Underwood HiFi announced today a program designed to deliver a new spectacular budget reference in headphone design dubbed the HP-3 NOVA. Developed with the collaboration with Kennerton Audio Equipment. Check out the photos and details enclosed below. HP-3 NOVA – A NEW BUDGET REFERENCE World-Wide Delivered Pricing Walter Liederman announces a new program delivering a spectacular budget reference in headphone design – The HP-3 NOVA made possible in collaboration with our friends at Kennerton Audio Equipment. The HP-3 is a thoroughly advanced design featuring a hybrid 50mm membrane made of Mylar that is powder coated with Graphene using a thermal bonding methodology. We are not aware of any other company doing anything like this. This headphone is our version of the world-renown Kennerton Magni. This new version of the Magni has already earned a stellar reputation around the world. Extensive R&D yields a membrane that is lighter AND stiffer at the same time. This 50mm membrane is at the very core of the HP-3 NOVA and surely define the Budget Headphone Category for years to come. Liederman had this to say – “At $599 DELIVERED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD this is THE Budget Class [...]

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