In August of 2012, I reviewed the AMG Viella V12 Turntable and V12 Tonearm. After the addition of the HRS platform, I purchase this combination. Before that, I had owned the Shindo turntable and since then I have reviewed the Artisan Fidelity Garrard Statement, the wonderful little Tri-Art Audio Pebbles TA-1, the highly innovative Thales TTT-Slim, the TriangleART Symphony, and Symphony SE. There were some exceptional turntables in that group, especially the Artisan Fidelity Garrard Statement and the Thales TTT-Slim, but I still own the AMG V12 combo.
Now, it’s my privilege to review the AMG Giro with its nine-inch tonearm. It looked so simple that it’s beautiful; I would go so far as to say a “work of art.” It comprised two identical circles, the platter, and I guess for the lack of a better word, the plinth. The platter mounted on the bearing near the edge of the circular plinth. The overlap looked like a figure of eight with two discs where one was just a little off centered. The metal surfaces were a satin finished, aircraft grade aluminum. It’s hard to explain how it looked, and I’ve not seen pictures that do it justice. It was a very refined, almost zen like “work of art.”