Clear Audio - Talismann V2 Gold MC phono cartridge
TAS - The Absolute Sound - EDITORS CHOICE AWARD 2014
……this is one beautiful-sounding pickup: it’s got a gorgeous midrange and bottom end, really solid in all senses of the word, superb definition and clarity, and lots of heft and weight. The presentation here is really grounded in the best sense of the word, yet it’s dynamic as all get out, which is no surprise, dynamic range being a house specialty chez Clearaudio. It’s also got terrific rhythmic spring, bounce, and timing .........translated into specific examples, voices, male voices in particular, are fabulous, with an impression of body, dimensionality, warmth, and richness, whether it’s Sinatra, Belafonte, Fischer-Dieskau, or Bennett. The same with instruments like saxophones, all manner of winds, and all the lower strings and brass of the orchestra. The Bernstein Carmen was spectacularly rendered as regards imaging, soundstaging, dynamics, bass weight and power, definition, and clarity. On the same conductor’s recording of the Opus 131 Quartet played with the full complement of the Vienna Philharmonic strings, cellos, basses, and even violas are at once powerful yet almost lush in their warmth and radiance.…….Paul Seydor TAS
Entry-level MC cartridges have a new champion. It is called TALISMANN. With this completely new cartridge design Clearaudio have established another benchmark which offers the enthusiast unbeatable performance for the price.
The resolution and dynamic range, the full-bodied weight and warmth, and the shimmering brilliance sets standards that even higher priced cartridges from other manufacturers cannot reach. It gives warm and full-bodied mids while still imparting details and nuance with being overly rich. Dynamics and resolution similar to Concerto.