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RCM Sensor Prelude IC review by hifi.nl

"It has to be said that the Sensor Prelude was an absolute joy to work with, from the easily set DIP-switches to the high quality connectors".


The RCM Sensor Prelude IC clearly isn't a 'me-too' product but the result of thorough investigation and long listening sessions. Sonically, it has a rather unique mix of clarity and grooviness.

Many a 'clear' sounding component tends to sound somewhat lean or even stuck-up. The RCM is fully fleshed out in it's presentation which, in combination with a strong PRaT factor results in a moving reproduction of swing (obviously, that had to be present at the time of recording; a below-par rhythm section will be reproduced as such by the RCM).

The most special thing about this Phonostage is that it doesn't position itself at one side of the 'pleasure verses perfection' dilemma. Detail? Yes. Transparency? Absolutely, but combined with a very good sense of musical communication.

The Sensor Prelude IC raises the delicate signal of a Moving Coil cartridge with care, dedication and enthousiasm. Very,very, highly recommended.

Overall Rating: 9.5 LPs.

Read the full RCM Audio Sensor Prelude IC review by 10audio.com (link).