Ar­cam rphono £399

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Few ri­vals can com­pete with the Ar­cam rphono’s com­bi­na­tion of in­sight and en­ter­tain­ment. And so this £400 phono stage holds on to its Award tro­phy for an­other year.

We pair the un­der­stated, alu­minium-cased rphono with ap­pro­pri­ate kit, and are im­pressed by its re­fined yet full-bodied and pow­er­ful sound. There’s plenty of de­tail here, and the skill to or­gan­ise it prop­erly. It de­liv­ers an ag­ile sense of rhythm and bags of punch. A sub­tle, re­veal­ing midrange and a sur­pris­ing level of trans­parency show just how ca­pa­ble this phono stage is.

This is a hugely ac­com­plished box, and the sonic char­ac­ter re­mains the same whether you’re us­ing the mov­ing mag­net or mov­ing coil cir­cuit. It’s the best of its kind at this price.

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