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Jean Nantais Reference Lenco MKII turntable review

So where 21st century vinyl reproduction stands? We hear many of the present triumphant vocalizations of massive machines impact, but these uber techno sculptures are more of Ibuprofen potency rather then being really musically inclined. The heavy weight championship trend, that is going on now for decades left an unsettling…

Singular and unrivalled turntable

Reference Lenco MKII Marion K.; Texas January 2016 Now that my TJN Reference Lenco MKII has my two tonearms aboard, serious listening time has ensued. And I have loved every moment, with these adjectives certainly applicable: BLISSFUL, ENGAGING, DULCET, NIRVANIC, ECSTATIC, EXHILARATING but most importantly, WARMTH. Admittedly, I am not…

Mountain Top Experiences

Reference Lenco MKII with Dynavector DV-507 MKII tonearm and Dyna 17D MK3 Bruce H., Phoenix AZ May 2016 Jean, Trying to put into words the impact the Ref.ll, arm, and cartridge I purchased from you is a difficult and daunting (and maybe for me impossible) task. I have read many…

The music was free to run

Classic Lenco (Plain & Simple), built for two tonearms; John C., Switzerland May 2016 Dear Jean, On the back of my ‘table, the High mass King: SME Model 3012-R with Ortofon SPU CLASSIC GM E MKII. On the Right, the low mass prince: SME Series III with ortofon SME 30H…

Interview with Matej Isak of Mono and Stereo High-End Audio Magazine Part Two

Here is the part two interview with Jean Nantais, where we touch the topics of Reference Lenco MKIII, vinyl revival and high-end audio industry in general. In the photos across the interview you can see the latest Reference Lenco MKIII, delivered to the client who owns the $100,000 Audio Note…

Part 1 of Mono & Stereo Review!

So where vinyl reproduction of the 21st century stands? We hear many of the present triumphant vocalizations of massive machines impact, but these uber techno sculptures are more of Ibuprofen potency rather then being really musically inclined. The heavy weight championship trend, that is going on now for decades left…

Interview with Matej Isak of Mono and Stereo High-End Audio Magazine

Back in the ‘80s, when I was a student, a friend bought one of the first generation CD players on the market.  To my ear there was something cold and unnatural about the resulting sound, and so I did some research into better record players, having a cheap Akai belt-drive…

J’attends avec impatience ton ULTIMATE

Reference Lenco Mark II Le 01 décembre 2014 Jean, Voilà des mois que j’ai reçu en France ma MKII et j’en suis encore tout émerveillé, comme au premier jour! J’ai pris la décision, voilà 20 ans, de me détourner du CD, ayant compris que ce n’est pas par ce support…

Arthur Salvatore’s review of the Reference Lenco MKIII

There has been a recent upgrade of my personal reference turntable. Appropriately named (by the builder/designer Jean Nantais) as “The Reference Lenco”, the Mk II (still available) has now evolved into the “Mk III”. (Quick history- the “original” model arrived in February 2010, the Mk II in December 2012 and…

Superb musical conveying qualities

Reference Lenco MKIII, compared with slate idler-wheel drives, Ivar L. Norway, August, 2014 Jean, I have now started to use and I am getting to know the Reference Lenco MKIII. I am no reviewer, but the Ref III is clearly the best turntable I have ever owned and ever heard!…