Arcam rphono £399
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.