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September 16, 2013
The Reite Audio product line has received an outstanding review from Harry Pearson of hpsoundings.com before he closed down the web site.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Reite Audio components represent the best in solid-state gear. I will go so far as to say that this is the best sounding solid-state system these ears have yet experienced.

Why? Because they sound like music, or rather they don’t get in the way of the music or the natural sound of it. There is an “ease” there that you experience with the real thing. They have managed to remove certain distortions that I used to think always inherent in the nature of such electronics. From where I’m sitting, this removal lets you hear back beyond the equipment, and through what I once thought were the nature of such.

If your path is the absolute, as mine is, you must check out these amplifiers. The high end is exquisite and pure, without any aura of grain or hash. These components will show you what your recordings actually sound like, without any of the bells and whistles we have unfortunately come accustom to in this industry. I have spent my life pursing the elusive goal of reproducing live music in all its glory. These components not only impress me, but leave me breathless, because I can’t tell they are there. They disappear, leaving me captive to the musical truths I so love and desire.

~HP

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July 30, 2014
The Reite Audio PS-1 Phono Stage has been reviewed by Michael Fremer of analogplanet.com

Reite Audio PS-1 Set-Up

Since the PS-1 is MC-only all that needed to be adjusted was the capacitive and resistive loading. Why adjustable capacitive loading? Given an MC cartridge's ultra-low inductance, capacitive loading becomes almost a non-issue, though some MC cartridge manufacturers still specify capacitive loading.

With all dipswitches "off" the PS-1 gives you a sensible 1K resistive and (taking into account a typical phono cable's built-in capacitance) 100pF capacitive loading. Reite offers 2 capacitive loading dip switches that used in combination can produce 100, 300, 500 and 700 pFs.

Resistive loading choices are generous, controlled via five dip switches that in combination can produce 10, 15, 19.6, 25, 30, 47.6, 60, 80, 90, 150, 200, 375 and with all switches off 1Kohms....

What Matters Most: The Sound!

First up was the $5999 Transfiguration Proteus cartridge, a review of which will appear in the October issue of Stereophile. Let's just say here for now wow! This cartridge outputs but .2mV and has an ultra-low internal impedance of 1 ohm. With 60dB of gain, the Reite Audio PS-1 should be able to do the job (though 64dB would have been better) but with what kind of accompanying noise? With the Proteus's 1 ohm internal impedance 10 ohm loading (10x internal impedance) was a good starting point. If the sound was "closed down" I'd up it.

Given the -79dBV (A weighted) noise spec, I expected reasonably quiet backgrounds even with a .2mV cartridge and that's what the PS-1 delivered though when the music stopped there was considerable audible background "rush". However, with music playing it was not an issue, and certainly a .2mV cartridge is an unusual case. (I tried 90 and 150 ohm loading too with little improvement in background noise but the top end became [as expected] a bit over-pronounced). I actually really liked 90 ohms too, so open and grain-free was the PS-1's top end.

Beyond the less than black backgrounds in this case, the PS-1 produced startlingly better sound than I was expecting, having had a look "under the hood". Bottom end extension was fully realized and "depth charge" robust. What better test than the just arrived TRON soundtrack (Audio Fidelity on clear blue vinyl (Audio Fidelity AFZLP2 177)? You could say I knew it well (review to be posted shortly).

The soundtrack's stupendous bottom end weight (the Royal Albert Hall's gargantuan organ for instance-and not playing "Louie, Louie"!) is finally on vinyl and the PS-1 expressed it with great authority and control. The score is punctuated with high frequency synthesizer "zings" that should sound transparent and crystalline. The cartridge can do it and so did the PS-1, which also managed to flesh out the midrange warmth of the UCLA chorus and particularly the delicate clarinet in "Anthem" on side four.

Switching to the Lyra Etna, which has a more generous .54mV output and a richer midrange, the background with no music playing was quieter and when the music played the sound produced by the combination was as rich and robust as hoped for.

I played the Analogue Productions "Living Stereo" reissue of "Lieutenant Kije"/"Song of the Nightingale" (RCA LSC-2150) (highly recommended) and though the lustrous string sheen and harmonic richness produced by the $34,000 reference Ypsilon were in shorter supply, in no way did the PS-1 sound "transistory" or "solid-state" or exhibit any distinctive sonic anomalies. I was left impressed by the PS-1's transparency, dynamic capabilities, staging and every other audio checklist item you can think of.

On the "...Kije", the triangle, tambourine, trumpet and string pizzicato on the "Troika" section Woody Allen used in his 1975 film "Love and Death" (which probably introduced the boomer generation to Prokofieff) was delivered with clarity, delicacy and an overall deft touch that one should expect at this price point....