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Whest PS.30 R MM/MC Phonostage review (38)

Whest MM/MC Phonostage の review 記事をまとめているサイトがありましたので一部転載します。海外での Whest の評価は高いですね。


"Strong, sumptuous bass, capacious midband, sweet treble, rhythmically engaging, flexible (settings) with balanced or single ended operation... a brilliant, all-round design, the Whest PS.30RDT offers most of what anyone would need."

- David Price, HiFI World, July, 2009

On the WhestTWO, I listened to the Ortofon Venice, the Ortofon Rondo Bronze, Decca (The Cartidge Man), Van den Hul Grasshopper III GMA and the Rokson Shiraz. What was noticeable with all of these was the excellent channel separation, giving a wide clearly defined soundstage. Individual sound events are correctly contoured and powerfully drawn, and the imagery has exquisite richness of color...

And now to the Whest PS.30R - very much the bigger brother. It gives you more of everything, by the bucket load, and with this performance, can claim to be one of the best phono stages on the market ... Soundstaging is beautifully three-dimensional and solid. The dynamics are stunningly transient and fine dynamics are elegant and accurate.

Both Whest phono amplifiers are thoroughly convincing. They offer extraordinarily good tonality, high flexibility and very fair pricing. A must-hear!

Helmut Rohrwild, Hifi and Records Magazine, February, 2008

"This phono preamp is an audiophile delight. Highs are pristine with very good extension and clarity. Midrange is clean and unembellished. Good, taut bass. Soundstages are recreated with well defined width, depth and height extending beyond the physical boundaries of the speakers. Imaging is pin-point accurate. Lightning fast transient response and iron fisted control creates explosive dynamics. Music emerges from an inky blackness. High transparency and detail means nothing is hidden from the WhestTWO."

- AudioNZ, New Zealand High End Magazine

"The whestTWO... forms part of 'BEST VALUE SYSTEM AT SHOW"

- New York HiFi Show 2007

"The top-end extension was fully realized without etch, glare, grain, or artifice of any kind, and there was no transient price to pay in terms of perceived softness or roundness. Strings had just the right balance of velvety sheen and grit, brass had bite and proper warmth, and voices were smooth, complex, and well balanced. Music just poured forth from the Whest with a natural vibrancy and honesty that is rare at any price...

Its bottom-end extension and rhythmic thrust was the equal of any phono preamp I've heard-except for the Boulder. It carved 3D images as well as any phono preamp save the Boulder and Mares, and had a relaxing quality that put my mind at ease, and is rare and special in any piece of audio gear. It was liquid without being soft, yet was also properly edgy and "grippy" without being too sharply etched. The Whest ... lowers the performance bar evenly compared to far more expensive phono preamps and, in so doing, simply gets out of the way."

- Michael Fremer, Stereophile (on the Whest PS.20)

"Overall, this is a deeply special Phono Stage - the best I have heard to date at the price, or anywhere close come to think of it. Its combination of dizzying depth, dimensionality, grip, speed and evenness allied with tremendous textural accuracy can only be ascribed to its exceptionally low distortion. Superlative sound quality leaves the best of the rest way behind - a landmark product for analogue addicts. Brilliant stuff - make no mistake, Whest Audio is on the ascendant."

- David Price, HiFi World (on the Whest PS.20)

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