J.Sikora’s Notable Audio, DeVore Fidelity, J. Sikora, Aidas, Wireworld —Stereophile

In Jeff Fox’s Notable Audio room, a potential snag turned to genius, when a countertop that wouldn’t budge required ditching stuffy seating and letting the equipment sprawl across the counter and floor, transforming the space into an inviting lounge.

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J.Sikora Turntables with Kharma Speakers at the Munich High-End Audio Show 2024!

Photos by Mono & Stereo.

J.Sikora’s Reference Turntable Named to Stereophile Recommended Components
Class A+ List!

This Polish company’s top-of-the-line turntable is a nonsuspended, high-mass design, weighing 253lb. The dynamically and statically balanced platter alone weighs 40lb! Drive is with four square belts spun by four Papst DC motors. [Michael Fremer] found that the plinth was immune to knuckle raps and motor start-up noises and wrote that the Reference was very quiet. He decided that this J.Sikora ‘table had been superbly tuned to extract deep, well-controlled bass free of overhang or excess. The measured speed accuracy was impressive, as was its isolation from the outside world. Using J.Sikora’s own KV12 VTA tonearm ($8995) as well as SAT and Kuzma tonearms, [Fremer] couldn’t find fault with any aspect of the Reference’s sonic performance or its machining and physical presentation. He summed up: “For those willing to make the expenditure, add the J.Sikora Reference to the list of great mass-loaded turntables at this price.

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Aidas Cartridges Malachite Silver Cartridge Reviewed by Stereonet®

The Aidas Malachite Silver moving coil cartridge is quite an investment for those with an analogue front end capable of getting the most from it. Even my comparatively modest vinyl playback components were shown in a new light thanks to the capabilities of this cartridge. While some would rather stay safe and spend their money with a well-established brand such as Hana, Ortofon or Lyra, they might be missing out. The Malachite Silver is more direct than the characteristic Ortofon and has more body than a Hana of around the same price. Detail retrieval and groove tracking are remarkable, and its dynamic ability will have you digging deep into your collection. If this is within your budget, then make sure you add it to your audition list.

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Writers’ Choice Award!

Aidas’ Mammoth Gold phono cartridge wins a 20th Annual Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award for 2023! “Here is a delightful handmade moving coil cartridge with an ivory body and a heart of gold.”

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J.Sikora KV9 MAX Zirconium Tonearm Review

by Matej Isak at Mono & Stereo

 

“The KV MAX is the ultimate expression of the renowned and award-winning KV12 tonearm series. As the world’s first Kevlar® tonearm, the KV12 has established itself as one of the finest tonearms in the world and has won many awards including the Mono & Stereo Highly Recommended Product Award.”

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J.Sikora Standard Max

2023 Editors’ Choice: Best Turntables $10,000 & Up —The Absolute Sound


“A turntable that is as visually appealing as it is sonically. Few, if any, ’tables in this price range can boast this level of precision machining, which extends to everything from the platter to the weighty damping puck. The result is superlative sound. With the proprietary Sikora tonearm, the ’table delivers effortless and snappy vinyl playback. It also produces a soundstage and bass that are particularly winning on orchestral pieces. Its wealth of impressive attributes mean that the Standard Max cannot be deemed anything other than a top contender.”

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J.Sikora Standard MAX turntable in black

The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award

J.Sikora Standard MAX Turntable

J.Sikora Reference turntable

J.Sikora Reference Turntable

3 J.Sikora Models Make Stereophile’s
Recommended Components List!

The J.Sikora’s Reference turntable, Initial turntable, and KV-12 Tonearm are all featured in the Fall 2022 edition of Stereophile Magazine’s
Recommended Components List.

stereophile recommended class a plus
J.Sikora Reference turntable with KV12 tonearm 12

J. Sikora Reference Turntable

Class A+

Stereophile Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition Turntables

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J.Sikora Initial turntable

J. Sikora Initial Turntable

Class A

Stereophile Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition Turntables

stereophile recommended class a
J.Sikora KV12 Kevlar® tonearm is the world's first Kevlar® tonarm

J. Sikora KV-12 Tonearm

Class A

Stereophile Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition Turntables

NEW! J.Sikora KV MAX Kevlar® Tonearm

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Stereophile Cover!

The J.Sikora Reference turntable is on the cover of Stereophile Magazine! Michael Fremer reviewed J.Sikora’s flagship model for the July issue.

Another Award!

Congratulations to J Sikora for yet another award, this time a 2022 Editor’s Choice from The Absolute Sound for the Standard Max!

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J.Sikora Standard Max | $19,995
A turntable that is as visually appealing as it is sonically. Few, if any, ‘tables in this price range can boast this level of precision machining, which extends to everything from the platter to the weighty damping puck. The result is superlative sound. With the proprietary Sikora tonearm, the ‘table delivers effortless and snappy vinyl playback. It also produces a soundstage and bass that are particularly winning on orchestral pieces. Its wealth of impressive attributes mean that the Stan­dard Max cannot be deemed anything other than a top contender.

AXPONA, 2022

Joseph Audio, Doshi Audio, Cardas, Aurender, J. Sikora, Command AV

It was Sunday afternoon, and Nick Doshi (Doshi Audio), Jeff Joseph (Joseph Audio), and Jeff Fox (Notable Audio, J. Sikora, Command AV) were relaxing. It was all smiles, jokes, and laughter with this crowd. I scanned the room for illegal substances. Then legal substances. Nothing. Nada. Finally, I got it. It’s the music!

Analog glory came in a J. Sikora Standard MAX turntable ($19,995/$20,995 starting 6/1/2022), J. Sikora KV12 VTA tonearm ($8495/$8995 starting 6/1/2022), Lyra Etna SL ($9995) and Benz LP-S ($6000) cartridges. There was digital too, in the shape of an Aurender A20 Server/DAC ($14,000), streaming files from a laptop. Tubed goodness was translated by the Doshi Audio Evolution preamplifier ($19,995), Doshi Audio Evolution class-AB monoblocks ($43,995/pair, 160Wpc into 4 ohms), Doshi Audio Evolution phono stage ($19,995), and a Doshi Audio Evolution tape stage ($19,995). Jeff Joseph’s Joseph Audio Pearl Graphene floorstanding speakers ($43,999/pair, specified sensitivity of 86dB/2.83V/m and impedance of 8 ohms), and Cardas Clear Beyond cables (prices vary) finalized the rig.

I’ve heard Jeff’s Pearl Graphene speakers a number of times, and this was undoubtedly their best performance to date, confirming the fantastic synergy of this well sorted system. The sound was resonant, big, clear, and beautiful.

Playing Dean Martin’s Dream with Dean LP, Dino’s every inhale and exhale blew through the small room as if meant to extinguish our flames. If we’d been smoking something. Which we weren’t. With music this beautiful and hi-fi this wonderful, the music is all you need.

Stereophile Class A!

Stereophile includes the J.Sikora Initial in Class A in the magazine’s
2020 Recommended Components List

… the J.Sikora sounded conspicuously unmechanical, unnervingly dark, super quiet, noticeably dynamic, and unbelievably micro-detailed, wrote HR. “J.Sikora’s Initial gave me what I consider to be a majority portion of what the Porsche-Maserati turntables do at a Cadillac-Oldsmobile price.”

—Stereophile, October 2020

 

Mono & Stereo Best of 2020!

Mono & Stereo includes the J.Sikora Standard MAX and KV12 Tonearm in the magazine’s Best Products of 2020 List

“Like the rest of J.Sikora’s turntables, the Standard Max Black is a masterpiece in its own right, designed as a stand-alone analog device without compromises.

 

J.Sikora Standard Max Black turntable sets a standard for how 21st high-end audio should be executed and more importantly, how it should perform. Jan Sikora made an ode to the analog and undoubtedly proven maturity of J.Sikora turntables with its Standard Max Black.

In a highly competitive high-end audio market, the J.Sikora Standard Max Black turntable offers more than just a captivating and engrossing look at what the analog cosmos has to offer. Standard Max Black provides surprisingly effective levels of clarity, accuracy, and upper-level music data headroom.

 

No wonder that in a relatively short time J.Sikora turntables were embraced by so many analog enthusiasts and connoisseurs around the world.

With the analog playback quality it offers at a given price, it is not difficult to recommend this excellent turntable from Poland. Compared to the many high-end audio turntables Standard Max Black the price tag does not only seem reasonable. The price-performance ratio is far above expectations. J.Sikora Standard Max Black turntable represents an epitome of contemporary high-end audio turntable design and raises the bar with its quality, performance, and value.

 

For which I reward the J.Sikora Standard Max Black and KV12 tonearm with the 2020 Mono and Stereo Highly Recommended Product Award and Best of 2020 with all my heart.”

 

—Matej Isak

Mono & Stereo, October 2020