Hifi Plus test Charisma Audio MC-1 – Jimmy Hughes van het blad Hifi+ testte de Charisma Audio MC-1 in een heel lovend verhaal.
Zie hier wat citaten uit het review:
“The MC-1 delivers a sound that combines clarity and fine detail, with excellent neutrality and an attractive tonal bloom. It has that relaxed stability and sense of authority you expect from the best pickups, sounding solid and focused, without seeming closed-in or constrained. Bass was solid and full, while the upper frequencies seemed airy and spacious. I was immediately impressed by the way the cartridge revealed tiny nuances of tone colour and dynamics. It delivers a finely shaded sound that is at once satisfyingly analytical and detailed, yet natural and real. Tonally, the sound is not overly rich or warm, yet neither is it cool and acidic. There’s a certain ‘rightness’ about the MC-1 that’s hugely beguiling.”
“Sonically, it offers a nice compromise between the warmth and euphonic richness of, say, a Koetsu, and the cool slightly distanced analytics of, say, a Lyra. Surface noise was low, and the impression created was one of fluid musicality allied to stability and security – like the best CD player you never heard. It’s also a good tracker, and even known difficult LPs were handled with ease.”
“The MC-1 is capable of great subtlety and delicacy too. It offers that winning combination of relaxed assertiveness only top-notch vinyl seems to deliver. The sound is immediate, without seeming aggressively forceful or unpleasantly forward. At the same time, there’s an abundance of fine detail that ‘tells’ in a very beguiling manner.”
En de conclusie:
“You’ve always had to pay dearly for the best quality cartridges. And while the Charisma MC-1 isn’t exactly inexpensive, it’s very reasonably priced in terms of the performance offered. Partner it sympathetically, and your vinyl collection will sound totally transformed and magnificent. And that’s a promise!”
Download hier het hele review!