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Stereophile's Art Dudley reviews Ikeda IT-407 Tonearm "article excerpts"

In an upcoming Stereophile Issue, Art Dudley gave the Ikeda IT-407 stellar reviews, stay tuned for the link when it becomes available, but here are some of the highlights.


“Perhaps more than most tonearms, the Ikeda IT-407 is one of those hi-fi products that compels its user to just sit back and gaze at the thing: a beautifully rounded construction of polished chrome and stainless steel that appears to be at once both new and old.”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“So it was during the Ikeda’s time in my home, during which I simply grabbed record after record, and during which experience the IT-407 maintained a level of musical performance that sounded consistently right.”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“The Electric Recording Company’s reissues of Johanna Martzy’s recordings of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, which I described in last month’s column and which continue to enchant everyone who has heard them through my system, sounded especially commanding with this arm in place.”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“Again, the Ikeda conferred on both records an impressive sense of scale. And the sounds of voices and instruments on both LPs-especially the stereo edition, which was surprisingly enjoyable—were substantive and realistically thick, with excellent spatial presence.”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“…the Ikeda excelled at minimizing the unpleasant sonic effects of ticks, pops, and steady-state groove grunge.”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“…the Ikeda also proved good at tracking densely modulated grooves…”

“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

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“Those qualities, along with the Ikeda’s freedom from harshness and its overall sonic poise and imperturbability, served every record
I grabbed.”


“Art Dudley, Stereophile, August 2013”

Ikeda 9TT Mono Cartridge reviewed by 6 Moons

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The Ikeda's tracking was superb on the Glanz. On Art Farmer’s Farmers Market [Prestige 8203] the fast-paced cut had the arm/cartridge combination separate the complex interplay and sharp timing between trumpet, piano and rhythm section most impressively.

“It really strutted its stuff on Miles Davis All Stars Walkin’ [Prestige 7076] and easily surpassed the Miyajima for refinement, speed, dynamic shading and three-dimensionality.”

- 6 Moons - Steve Marsh