Falling likewise into the tried'n'true category was the DeHavilland/Nola system that sounded once again excellent if perhaps not quite as full-bodied as the Art Audio/Third Rethm setup. Designer Kara Chaffee has the 22-degree diagonal layout down to a science and the ongoing association with Carl Marchisotto of Nola (formerly Alon) and Joe Cohen of Prana Wire is likewise based on solid prior successes. Of course, Kara's Ampex tape machine and master tapes never hurt if one pursues sonic excellence beyond even the best of turntables. Gaining an "unfair advantage" is merely good show-womanship. If you've got it, flaunt it. And Lady Kara's gotz it.

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