Soundscape HiFi comments on the SA-1 turntable and PL-1 phono stage combo:
We have set
up the Artemis Labs SA-1 turntable for audition
... and it has been a wonderful encounter, the SA-1 is sonically
amazing ! Very high-end sonically without the very high price.
Schroder certainly knows his analog, and he can be proud of this sublime
music apparatus, it meets his goal of performance belonging to the top
tier at a sane price.
Unassuming and unpretentious in
appearance, its simple looks are deceiving, underneath is a
turntable of great musical substance.
Introduced this year 2008, and initially targeted at 100
pieces of SA-1 turntables to be manufactured per
year, that number has long been surpassed, as more music
enthusiasts worldwide discover this musical gem.
What makes it even more remarkable is that we only hooked up a
low-priced but great tonearm and cartridge on it, after
which we will mount our Da Vinci Nobile
tonearm and My Sonic Lab cartridge.
We mounted our all-time favorite and high-performance Scheu Classic 10"
unipivot arm (which is no slouch) with an Audio-Technica AT-33 PTG
cartridge, both of which we are thoroughly familiar with.
Going through our 65db version of Artemis Labs PL-1 tube phono stage (which we have
become familiar with through a Pluto 12A turntable) designed by John Atwood,
former technical editor of The Vacuum Tube Valley journal, the setup is
wonderfully transparent and full-bodied, with outstanding bass heft and
definition, delightfully tactile, with good timing.
Wonderfully transparent yet full-bodied, music
leaps out and makes one wonder if other turntables may be too damped,
percussion backup instruments for example soaring above the mix with
great separation, clarity, and fidelity.
Deliciously dynamic, one would certainly be forgiven if it was mistaken as
a direct-drive design. Utterly effortless, this is what
strikes visitors who have already listened, when they chanced upon us
playing kick-ass dynamic music.
Outstanding, it made
us reach out for long-unplayed records on the shelves and relish in the
sonic wonders the setup conveyed.
It's hard to put into words, but we obviously love this combination, and it will
only get even better. Feel free to drop by and listen ...
True Value For Money !