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Gold Note Bel­la­gio, Pi­o­neer VSX-832, Stax SRM-T8000, Play­back De­signs Dream Se­ries, Sony WS623 Sports Walk­man, Richter Au­dio, McIn­tosh MA9000, Mu­sic Hall mmf1.3, Magico M6, Wil­son Be­nesch Res­o­lu­tion, Dy­nau­dio Spe­cial 40, Questyle QP2R, Pi­o­neer SE-CH9T, Har­beth Mon­i­tor 30.2, J.A. Michell at Ra­di­ance AV, Clea­r­au­dio Con­cept Ac­tive and more…

The first Gold Note Bel­la­gio Ref­er­ence turntable has ar­rived in Aus­tralia, and it’s spin­ning vinyl for prospec­tive buy­ers down at Sound Gallery’s pre­miere demo room in Mel­bourne. ‘ This is the very first time this amaz­ing Ital­ian-made turntable has been demon­strated in Aus­tralia,’ said John Ong, of Sound Gallery. ‘ The Gold Note Ref­er­ence fea­tures five dif­fer­ent curved plinths that are in­ter­faced with alu­minium spac­ers of dif­fer­ent thick­nesses joined to­gether with cus­tom-ma­chined solid blocks of alu­minium. We’ve fit­ted our Bel­la­gio Ref­er­ence with an In­dex B-7 Ce­ramic ton­earm that uses high-pre­ci­sion mi­cro-ce­ramic ball-bear­ings man­u­fac­tured in Ger­many by GRW, and fit­ted the arm with the new Donatello mov­ing-coil car­tridge, which has a Mi­cro El­lip­ti­cal di­a­mond de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Adaman­tNamiki.’ The com­plete turntable/ton­earm/car­tridge pack­age can be yours for $22,632… or prob­a­bly a bit less if you twist the sales­per­son’s arm after your demo! Sound Gallery is also demon­strat­ing Gold Note’s XT-7 floor-stand­ing loud­speak­ers which, although they’re made in Italy, use Swedish SEAS bass and midrange driv­ers and Ger­man AMT Rib­bon tweet­ers. They sell at Sound Ref­er­ence for $25,461 per pair. ‘ I’d like to tell your read­ers that we are now also an of­fi­cial re­tail out­let for prod­ucts from Bal­ance Au­dio Tech­nol­ogy (BAT) and YBA Acous­tics,’ said Ong. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sound Gallery on (03) 9578 8658 or at

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