So, what can I tell you? It seems that this ‘table is equally at home on classical music and pop as well; it even handled vast orchestral passages without any complaints! It sailed through my favourite Paganini concerto with Salvatore Accardo from the Italian audiophile label fonè. As a violinist I know the sound and range of the instrument and so does this record player – perfectly. Yet it was equally at home with Katie Melua’s latest album Piece By Piece. Not surprising as Katie inspired me to test the turntable – she owns the very first Diamond and loves it. The Diamond is solid, stable and unflustered by even the busiest music. It’s simplicity of set-up is echoed in the clarity of its sound and music.
please consider: awareness is the key. Don’t say afterwards that we didn’t warn you! You might just be playing with fire. Once your wife has acquired a taste for vinyl, her own vinyl, she will after your stylus gauge, your test record and then your favourite LPs. In short: EVERYTHING! And she might just drive you crazy with questions about VTA, azimuth, overhang... But bear in mind: All this agony is for a good cause! You can finally show her just what a smart guy you are!
Of course, if a man wants to own this extraordinary turntable (and there have already been some requests...) it doesn’t have to be pink. You can also order it in black, transparent or just about any other colour you like. And the Diamond offers enough possibilities when it comes to adjustment and upgrades. You could go to work on the Rega arm, but with a range of armboards available for other tonearms, maybe a more substantial upgrade makes more sense. Either way, the Diamond is well worth the effort.
The Diamond-Rega-Benz combination is a real dream-team. It eclipses even much higher priced combinations with its natural, neutral and detailed sound. Despite the entry-level price tag, you are purchasing a really solidly built and surprisingly weighty deck. It’s a beautifully crafted, easy to handle turntable, full of style and finesse, a genuine little sister to “Das Laufwerk”! The design is ladylike, young, fresh and drop-dead gorgeous – and for me, there’s nothing to touch its performance at the price. And I’m sure, once you’ve listened to it, you will agree: a Diamond is (not just) a girl’s best friend!