Vinyl

VINYL

Revival? Resurgence? Revolution? Whatever you want to call it, vinyl is still highly prized by audiophiles. Modern pressing techniques encode so much detail onto each LP that digital struggles to keep up. Oh yeah, and people say it sounds warm. Whatever that means. Any which way, we’ve got one of the largest ranges of turntables in the country and all the accessories you need to get the most from your wax slab.

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  • Project Vinyl Essentials Calibration LP Record

    ULTIMATE TEST RECORDING:  

    • The perfect adjuistment tool for turntable, tonearm, cartridge  
    • Channel identification  
    • Correct phase  
    • Cross talk test  
    • Tracking ability test  
    • Tonearm/cartridge resonance test  
    • 180 gr. virgin vinyl  

     

    This Image test record is an outstanding adjustment tool, which includes measurements, that everyone will understand and is able to perform. No unnecessary High End voodoo testing! The record only contains essential measurements, that will make your cartridge/tonearm/turntable combo sound best.  

    Perfectly manufactured LP, which marks state-of-the-art reference quality status, referring to mastering tolerances of all available anaologue test records! Comes with german and english instruction.  

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    Regular Price: $59.00

    Special Price $54.00


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  • Project Phono Box E Phono Preamplifier

    Most of today's amplifiers are built without a specific phono cartridge input. The Phono Box E is an ideal phono preamplifier for these hi-fi systems, accepting both MM
    and MC cartridges. The analogue output of the Phono Box E can easily be connected to the line-input of your amplifier.

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    Regular Price: $119.00

    Special Price $105.00


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  • Project Record Box E Phono Preamplifier

    Record Box E is an high-quality phono preamplifier, that offers the possibility to convert your valuable vinyls into computer music data. Re-cord Box E accepts both MM & MC cartridges and gives audiophile music experience at an entry-level price. The integrated A/D converter operates with Windows and MAC operating systems and connects via USB to your computer. Therefore your valuable vinyl collection can be digitised, especially for use in portable music players. Advanced circuitry and SMD construction keep noise and distortion at a surprisin-gly low level. A built-in internal shielding and an outboard DC power supply leave no risk for external interference. Because of its small casing, Record Box E can be placed near the turntable. Input and output sockets are gold-plated for preservation of quality. Record Box E can be connected easily to a line-input (AUX etc) of your amplifier.  

     

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    Regular Price: $149.00

    Special Price $134.00

  • Ortofon 2M Red (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    Our most popular phono cartridge. The 2M Red is just such a sensible buy. It a great sounding diamond with buckets of detail and it won't break the wallet. Learn More
  • Project Phono Box Pre Amplifier

    Phono Box: Best buy classic for pure vinyl listening pleasure!  

    Today, many amplifiers do not have a specific phono cartridge input. Phono Box is an ideal phono preamplifier for these hifi system and accepts both MM and MC cartridges. The analogue output of Phono Box can easily be connected to a line-input (AUX,...) of your amplifier. 

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    Regular Price: $199.00

    Special Price $175.00

  • Sumiko Black Pearl High Output MM Cartridge

    The Black Pearl is a moving magnet phono cartridge with alloy cantilever and bonded spherical stylus, 4.0 mV output. Learn More
  • Denon DP29F Turntable

    This humble little injection moulded moulded belt drive P Mount fully automatic turntable is a nostalgia trip back to my early retailing days in the seventies. Yet it still sells through several times a week. A very neat device with switcheable built in Phono stage that can be plonked into a modern system and reintroduce you to the joys of vinyl.

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    Regular Price: $319.00

    Special Price $280.00


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  • Ortofon 2M Blue (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Blue is a general improvement to everything offered by the 2M Red below it. It's the ultimate upgrade to almost any mid level turn table. Attach it to the end of your tone arm to see what your 'table is really capable of. The Blue steps up to a nude eliptical diamond (not as rude as it sounds) and split pole pin motor. Learn More

    Regular Price: $329.00

    Special Price $299.00


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  • Cambridge Audio CP2 Phono preamplifier

    This is the Moving Coil capable version of the Cambridge Audio Phono Stages. You need a phono stage like this when your amplifier only has line level inputs and when the cartridge is one of the highly sensitive ultra low level electrical output MC cartridges such as an Ortofon MC20 series with an output of only 0.25mv Learn More
  • Denon DL103 High Output MC cartridge......An Original Classic

    Denon's classic cartridge, the DL-103, has been an industry standard for decades.

    The DL-103, the low-output moving coil has been made by Denon uninterrupted, and unchanged, for the broadcast markets since, 1962.

    Providing smooth response in many Hi-Fi systems, the DL-103 gives a pleasing sound and brings out the full detailof audio performances.

    The DL-103 gives you body and soul at a bargain price.

    The Denon has an unusual combination of output and impedance specs, which are 0.3mV and 40 ohms, respectively.

    The DL103 compliance is quite low, and its stylus profileis conical

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    Regular Price: $429.00

    Special Price $389.00


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  • Rega Fono MM 2017

    The new Fono MM phono stage has been designed to be effective, easy to use, and above all, to reproduce music. The Fono MM uses a fully discrete, cascaded, complementary amplifier input stage, a configuration designed to optimise the performance of your moving magnet cartridge. Now housed in a brand new redesigned case to match the new Fono MC and Rega's latest range of electronic components offering a modern and sleek look guranteed to integrate in to any hi-fi system.

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    Regular Price: $449.00

    Special Price $389.00


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  • Project Lygon Primary Turntable

    Pro-Ject’s new Lygon Primary is the perfect solution for the budding audiophile, with precision-crafted materials and simple, elegant designs that look as lovely as they sound. Building on the the award-winning Essential II, the Lygon Primary turntable features a more refined bearing, an improved MDF body and a pre-fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge to give you smooth playback and a lively, balanced sound. The Lygon Primary's simple design forgoes the bells and whistles to offer you a premium audio experience at a practical price. 

     

    Black Only
    Includes Phono Box E.

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    $399.00

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  • Rega Fono MC 2017 .... great bass tightness and excellent low noise moving coil preamp

    A moving coil catridge is a tough thing to amplifiy. They are very low level electrical output and come in a very broad range of loadings and capacitances.However a properly set moving coil cartridge is one of the most rewarding musical experiences and should be the end game for a vinyl enthusiast.

    The Fono MC is an exceptionally high quality MC phono stage designed to maximise the potential of any MC cartridge.

    Although specifically to compliment the latest Rega range of  moving coils you will find full adjustability for loading is available via dip switches conveniently placed on the rear panel with two different gain settings located on the back panel making the Fono MC compatible with most low output MC cartridges.

    Rega Fono Official website.

    "The Ear" on the Fono MC and the Ania cartridge.

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    Regular Price: $499.00

    Special Price $438.00


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  • Denon DL110 High Output MC Cartridge

    TypeMC

    Output voltage1.6 mV

    Frequency range20 Hz - 45 kHz

    Output impedance160 ohms

    Weight4.8 g

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    Regular Price: $499.00

    Special Price $440.00

  • Denon DP200 USB Turntable

    Does it seem unlikely that a Japanese Audio company would be releasing a new turntable into this digitally driven environment? Well Denon still acknowledge the strong presence of Vinyl in the audio enthusiast marketplace and have tied that and the need for digitisation together with this neat little offering.

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    Regular Price: $549.00

    Special Price $478.00


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  • Ortofon MC-3 Turbo High output MC Cartridge.....A Diamond in the rough

    The high output voltage of the MC-3 Turbo High Output series cartridges is compatible with the normal MM phono input of any amplifier.

    The MC-3 Turbo takes high output Moving Coil cartridges a step further, with a high polished, nude fine line diamond.

    The MC-3 Turbo has a 3.3mV output, which is perfect for use with virtually any Moving Magnet (MM) phono preamps, included inbuilt models.

    The Nude Fine Line diamond resolves a high level of detail and provides expansive stereo imaging.

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    Regular Price: $549.00

    Special Price $489.00

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  • Rega Planar 1 Turntable ... the best tonearm and the lowest internal vibration

    When they build these record players in the factory in Southend in the U.K there is a man whose sole job is to assemble the tonearm bearing and he sets the tolerance on the tonearm to below one Micron. No other manufacturer engineers their budget record players so extremely by hand ... or comes even close to the Rega engineering tolerances at this price level.

    This is simply the best budget turntable ... ever ... and they have made it look and feel so good.

    The unique factory that builds these by hand in England has never advertised and never borrowed money. They are a law unto themselves and have only one aim which is simply to allow people to have the best music in their homes for the least money and the longest time.

    Constructionally this is a device of extreme simplicity but exacting tolerances and critical use of materials. Roy Gandy (the founder and where the company name comes from) is all about building sensitive vibration measurement machines.

    I used to play a game with millenials when I would show them the platter of the earlier model RP1 and say that if they could tell me what it was made of that I would give them the record player for free. I don't do it anymore ...

    The platter is actually made of bakealite and is all part of the Mr Gandy's principle of building the turntable as a vibration sensing instrument. Most people associate it with Radios and Telephones from the thirties and forties, it is uniquely appropriate in this engineering context and is a far better solution than the cheap alloy and MDF normally used as the platter material iin budget turntables.

     

     A visit to the Rega factory last year

    Official website for the Rega Planar 1

    "The Audiophile Man" reviews the Planar 1

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    Regular Price: $549.00

    Special Price $495.00

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  • Ortofon 2M Bronze (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Bronze really steps up and shows you what you were missing form your favorite music. It has a way of pulling oodles of detail off a record and tracking that groove like a bloodhound. It sports a Fine Line diamond to read the grooves better, while minimizing wear over time. Learn More

    Regular Price: $599.00

    Special Price $539.00


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  • Project Lygon Essential

    Lygon Essential Phono takes all advantages of the regular version Essential III and adds line level output! Delivering audio-phile sonics in a convenient package, easy to intstall into any hifi system and to hook up to an already existing amplifier in your living or listening room.

    It comes with the same audiophile components as the standard version, such as the diamond-cut aluminum drive pulley, the resonance-optimized MDF main platter and MDF chassis.

    The refined, high-precision platter bearing has significantly lower tolerances than Essential II. Equipped with the high-quality pickup OM10 by the phonographic cartridge pioneer Ortofon, Lygon Essential Phono delivers lively, balanced and highly involving sound that will delight every vinyl lover.

     

     

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    $549.00

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  • Denon DL103R High Output MC cartridge

    The DL-103R is an updated version of the classic DL-103. It provides improved sound by using 6N copper coils wound with precision to the cantilever shaft. Audio lovers will delight with detail that is brought out by this outstanding phono cartridge.

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    Regular Price: $629.00

    Special Price $549.00

  • Dared LP1

    We absolutely love this little phono here at CAV. The key to its class beating performance is the large external power supply which is separate from the main unit. With the ability to tube roll youre own choice of tube to suit youre tastes accordingly makes this little phono a real winner.

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    Regular Price: $599.00

    Special Price $575.00

  • Ortofon Quintet Blue MC

    The Quintet Blue is a very homogeneous cartridge The Quintet Blue's sound image will tend to more smooth reproduction compared to Quintet Red and moderate dynamic strength compared to Quintet Bronze. It features a Nude Elliptical diamond mounted on an aluminium cantilever. The Quintet Blue will bring more space, depth and detail into the sound and is a very good choice for any kind of music, especially rhythmic. Learn More

    Regular Price: $699.00

    Special Price $579.00


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  • Soundsmith Otello Moving Iron Cartridge

    Our entry level design captures more than its share of recorded beauty —by design. Big soundstage, detail and resolution at an affordable price.

    The Otello is Soundsmith’s entry level Fixed Coil design, realizing an affordable pathway into the world of high-performance cartridges. Built by hand like all Soundsmith cartridges, the Otello provides a perfect balance of tone and resolution at a great price. The result is a cartridge that is at ease with any type of music. Just slightly warmer than other Soundsmith designs, Otello yields a richness of timbre that is utterly beguiling with a level of speed and dynamic range that no other cartridge in this price. The result? A wonderful design that gives the warmth of MM and the light-footedness of Moving Iron design.

    Also available in dual-coil mono

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  • Project Lygon Debut Turntable

    Lygon Street Debut Turntable

    Walnut finish only, Acrylic Platter included to replace aluminium platter. 

    Carbon Fibre tonearm

    Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge

     

     

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    $749.00

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  • Rega Planar 2 Turntable ... an old friend born anew ...

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    This is the newest incarnation of this 40 year long running model. There are still Planar 2s out there in your grandfathers house that he blew his student grant on in 1976 (remember student grants? Baby boomers had it good didn't they ...) It has the glass platter and 24V motor of the Planar 3 with a simplified tonearm and chassis construction.

    It comes as standard with the Rega Carbon cartridge that is ... OK ... basically a relabelled Audio Technica AT95 ... but we believe this turntable is very worthy of an upgrade. 

    We started selling Rega Planar 2s thirty years ago and dealing with them again is like meeting an old friend from uni and playing music with them and feeling young and stoned again ....

    "What Hi Fi?"loves the Planar 2. 

    Official page from Rega

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    Regular Price: $849.00

    Special Price $764.00

  • Ortofon Quintet Bronze MC

    The Quintet Bronze moves into the higher league of the Quintets.

    The slim profile of its Nude Fine Line diamond stylus will track even the highest frequency information, making it a must for discerning listeners.

    Additionally its larger footprint ensures reduced distortion and record wear.

    The sound will be very evenhanded with respect to all aspects. Classical music will be reproduced with power and open space around each of the instruments.

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    Regular Price: $999.00

    Special Price $835.00

  • Project Lygon Expression Turntable

    Project Lygon Expression is the 6th generation of the hi-fi classic Pro-Ject 1, which was presented for the first time in 1991. No other entry-level turntable concept is more audiophile and the current version includes a totally new carbon tone-arm with spin-off „EVO“-technology. It`s new innovative gimbal design features a resonance damping counterweight, that allows best performance for any cartridge.

    The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling, ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability. The complex main platter construction cannot be found elsewhere in this price range and is similar to the Xtension models. Advanced thermo plastic elastomers (TPE) are used in a sandwich construction with aluminium alloy for optimised resonance behaviour. Platter bearing axle is made from low tolerance chrome plated stainless steel running on Teflon bottom in a bronze bearing housing. Turntable main plinth is from low resonance MDF, which effectivly is decoupled from structure-born noise by special absorber feet, that use TPE technology. As a special feature, this package comes with the outstanding 2M Blue cartridge.

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    $999.00

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  • Ortofon 2M Black (Free Installation)...... Warning** others Charge

    The 2M Black is Ortofon just plain showing off. The Shibata diamond stylus is something special. Its vaguely knife-shaped profile gets deep into the grooves of your records and digs up detail and warmth that you didn't know was ever there before. There's no finer moving magnet cartridge on the market. Learn More
  • Rega Planar 3 Turntable ... our favourite record player and a living classic.

    While other brands of record player suffered mass extinction through the asteroidal impact of Compact Disc in the early eighties Rega sales never faltered. 

    During the long dark years of Compact Disc we always kept a Planar 3 on readiness in the store to play an old Pink Floyd record and show people how much better vinyl could sound.

    Like a crocodile hunkering down in the swamp the Planar 3 just kept on with the job of pleasing music lovers and occasionally consuming careless newly evolved Digital Mammals ...

     

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    Regular Price: $1,249.00

    Special Price $1,185.00


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  • Ortofon Quintet Black S MC

    The Quintet Black S is the best example of Quintet’s overall excellence

    The Quintet Black S is graced with a Nude Shibata diamond, considered one of the best stylus profiles available, mounted on a high-performance Sapphire cantilever.

    The Shibata’s slim, highly polished profile allows an exceedingly wide contact area to the walls of the groove and ensures detailed and pure reproduction thoughout the spectrum, including even the most high frequency groove information.

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    Regular Price: $1,349.00

    Special Price $1,190.00


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  • Project 1Xpression Carbon Classic Turntable

    Classic turntable with superior tone-arm reaches magical performance levels!  

     

    1Xpression Carbon is the 6th generation of the hi-fi classic Pro-Ject 1, which was presented for the first time in 1991. No other entry-level turntable concept is more audiophile and the current version includes a totally new carbon tone-arm with spin-off „EVO“-technology. It has new innovative gimbal design features a resonance damping counterweight, that allows best performance for any cartridge. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling, ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability. The complex main platter construction cannot be found elsewhere in this price range and is similar to the Xtension models. Advanced thermo plastic elastomers (TPE) are used in a sandwich construction with steel alloy for optimised resonance behaviour. Platter bearing axle is made from low tolerance chrome plated stainless steel running on a Teflon bottom in bronze bearing housing. Turntable main plinth is made from low resonance MDF, which effectivly is decoupled from structure-born noise by special absorber feet, that use TPE technology. Beside it`s class-leading sound quality, this turntable convinces with classic elegance and high-class black piano finish.  

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    Regular Price: $1,350.00

    Special Price $1,190.00

  • Ortofon Cadenza Red MC Cartridge

    The sound picture of Cadenza Red is relaxed, homogeneous and moderately dynamic and have great space and depth in the stereo image. The Cadenza Red model is using a Nude Fine Line stylus with a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. The stylus tip radius is r/R 8/40 µm. The coils are made from 6NX (99.9999 %) pure silver wire. An improved winding process on the armature allows a better channel balance.

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    Regular Price: $1,699.00

    Special Price $1,499.00

  • Project 2Xperience SB Turntable

    Outstanding performance from a compact and luxurious turntable configuration  

     

    2Xperience SB is based on the 2Xperience belt-drive concept which incorporates over 20 years of turntable design experience. The addition of precision motor control with electronic speed changing and a highend 9cc Evolution carbon fiber tonearm means playback quality is vastly improved. The heavy chassis is made from MDF using a non-resonant construction technique. The turntable platter is built with heavy, non-resonant materials in a precisely balanced sandwich configuration. A vinyl layer acts as the perfect turntable mat. A screwable and light-weight record clamp eliminates unwanted record vibration and rumbling of the main platter bearing. The audio performance of the final product benefits from the resonance-free platter, avoiding the ringing effect of common metal and glass platters. The 2Xperience SB is not only equipped with a highend tonearm, but comes with a pre-fitted Ortofon 2M Silver magnetic cartridge that makes use of silver voice coils. An acrylic dust cover is also included. Finishes are available in three real wood veneer options (eucalyptus, walnut, palisander) as well as three high-gloss finishes (olive, mahogany, black).  

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    Regular Price: $1,799.00

    Special Price $1,599.00

  • Simple but excellent ... a vinyl system that lasts a generation ... $1600

    It's hard in this fast moving scene of consumer electronics for clients to realise that they can buy a music system for not a lot of money that will potentially last thirty years.

    When your TV is designed to last three or four years and your phone should be changed every 18 months this seems anti establishment to be offering something that isn't very expensive but which you would also expect to be able to give top your children.

    This combination of Rega Planar 1 turntable. Rotel A10 amplifier, and Monitor Audio Bronze 2 loudspeakers is the bees knees for the money,

     

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  • Van Den Hul THE DDT - II SPECIAL

    Detail, Dept and Timbre, that’s what DDT stands for! It is based on the very first M.C. Cartridge A.J. van den Hul ever built. The term “Special” in this case indicates that some major improvements have been made, e.g. a thicker frontpole and an extra small magnet, both further enhancing its resolution capabilities and output voltage. Output voltage for this cartridge is 0,65 mV per channel. Equipped wit its VDH-I stylus it has a frequency range of 5 - 50.000 Hz.. This cartridge gives excellent value for money and will not embarrass any high-end installation.

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    $1,749.00

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  • Ortofon TA-110 Static-Balanced 9-inch Tone-Arm

    TA-110 has gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations in the tonearm. Ortofon's material know-how is the first area of the Ortofon technology that was applied when developing the TA-110. As a specialist in technical rubber, Ortofon used one of its special rubber compounds when creating the specially shaped rubber with high vibration dampening properties. The rubber pieces are produced at the Ortofon technical rubber facilities in Nakskov.

    The second area of Ortofon technology is the extensive knowledge of vibration properties and characteristics. Ortofon has acquired this know-how via the developement of Bone Conductors for hearing aid industry. By using this knowledge and the related computer programs that simulated vibration in different shapes and materials, Ortofon came up with an optimized TA-110.

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    Regular Price: $2,299.00

    Special Price $1,990.00

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  • Rega Planar 6 turntable ... rotational engineering excellence in vinyl

    Just arrived. The new Planar 6 takes Rega's detail retrieval to an unfounded level in the hotly contested sub $4000 category. Come and audition it today.

    I have taken one of these home for my Ambience loudspeakers with old Audiolab pre and power to upgrade from our old P3 and its ... fabulous.

    There such a definitive joy in rediscovering a familiar piece of vinyl born again on a new turntable and cartridge that ranks up there with the glass of irreplaceable wine and the spring morning motorcycle ride in Bavarian mountainsides ... unlike the latter two you can do it again and again without damaging health ...

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  • Soundsmith Zephyr MKIII

    he Soundsmith Zephyr MkIII enjoys a great history, starting with the well loved VPI Zephyr  original, which evolved into the well known Zephyr MKII. In our effort to bring you even higher definition without increase in cost, we introduce the NEW Zephyr MKIII. It features a newly developed aluminum alloy - the same one we are now using in the Paua MKII, just released. This new metal alloy has unique dualistic properties, providing stiffness in the ranges required as well as damping exactly where its needed - and by the proper amount - in the most critical parts of the sonic spectrum. The result  is a cartridge that will slam your Rock and Roll while providing a new level of linearity and clarity for the most complex classical and jazz passages. 

    Attached to our new cantilever material is a tiny new super low mass "High Profile" Contact Line diamond we have developed for the new Zephyr MKIII. This stylus traces more of the groove walls than a standard contact line, but avoids some of the alignment pitfalls that can occur with a high profile contact line design, allowing more azimuth alignment forgiveness than is normally possible with such designs. 

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  • Van Den Hul MC-One Special

    In a range that includes models costing thousands of pounds, the MC One Special is a relatively affordable example. It's a 'selected' version of the MC10 Special, a hand-built cartridge using silver wire coils and a boron cantilever (the tube that connects the stylus to the coils). Because of the relatively wide sample variations with cartridges, it's not unusual for makers to charge a bit more for selected samples of a particular model - ones that are found to perform better than the rest. Grado is another manufacturer that does this - the Prestige Gold on page 46 is a 'selected' version of the Prestige Silver, for which an additional £20 is charged

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    $2,249.00

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  • Michell TecnoDec (No Tonearm)

    Michell's new entry-level turntable, taking the low-noise DC motor and the impedance-matched platter of the GyroDec, along with an advanced bearing on an elegant solid-plinth design with damped feet. The Michell TecnoDec requires no user-setup or maintenance. Rega RB202 Recommended $450 Learn More

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