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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  • Van Den Hul The White Beauty Special X

    Our top model custom handbuilt phono cartridge, featuring matched crystal silver coils and 0.50 mV/channel output. The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X is a resolution improved version of the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA, which refinements were only possible to be created after having switched to the entirely metal free and extremely revealing The THIRD ® loudspeaker cable in Mr. van den Hul’s audio system. The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X’s refined body is made of white PolyCarbonate with about the same construction as the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA. The WHITE BEAUTY Special-X sets new sonic standards in analog reproduction. Listening impressions are like being in the concert hall with a very precise projection of the instruments, the acoustics and even the conductor in space. The music as a whole sounds extremely realistic and very convincing with a lot of authority, especially in the bass and lower midrange; the high frequencies are very pure and extremely nice structured. The differences with the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA are: Improved magnetic layout, -construction and -properties. A reduced cantilever length. Due to points 1 and 2 the resolution is higher. The suspension uses a very special damping rubber. There is more “space” between the musical instruments and vocals. The output is reduced from 0.65 mV/ch. to 0.50 mV/ch. by using double layer Matched Crystal Silver coils on a cross-shaped armature, both producing a higher channel separation. Learn More
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  • Soundsmith Nautilus Medium Output Cartridge

    The Mezzo and the Nautilus can perform this sonic magic of sounding lifelike and with the exact intentions of the musician, whether it’s played in the concert hall, in the studio, or on electronic hardware and software. Both these cartridges made each record sound like the best sounding record I've ever heard. That is, until I played the next record.” - Tom Lyle, Enjoy The Music

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  • Michell Engineering GyroDec (No Tonearm)

    The GyroDec has been an iconic Turntable since the 1980s and not just because of its looks but it sure does help! English Engineer John Michell used to work for Transcriptor Turntables making parts for their decks. Michell and Transcriptors had a very close working relationship and Transcriptors actually moved into the factory where Michell was working. When Transcriptors then moved most of their manufacturing to Ireland, Michell took on the sole license and manufacturing of their high end Hydraulic Reference turntable.

    Around the same time Michell knew and worked with Stanley Kubrik. John Michell built the spaceship 'Discovery' for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. His relationship with Kubrik also led to the Hydraulic Reference Turntable's appearance in 'Clockwork Orange' 

    Things like the inverted oil-pumping bearing ensure near frictionless bearing performance. I really beleive this is why the Turntable does so well in the lower frequencies. The low indeterminate rumbles you get from other turntables result in a product that has a fuzzy bass. The GyroDec's bass is tight and controlled and the edges of the notes are devastatingly well defined.

    There have been other improvements over the years as well. Upgrades to the motor design being the main one coming with a standalone high quality DC motor. Although this deck looks like the classic of the 70s make no mistake, it doesn't perform like it.

    The full GyroDec version unlike the GyroDec SE comes with the single Acrylic chassis. A high quality Acrylic material that is incredibly inert to stop environmental vibrations getting to your cartridge. 

    Michell, don't spend money of advertising let alone paying people to write reviews. Regardless there are plenty of awesome reviews out there of this deck. Here are some of them.

    A review from Techradar on the SE version from 2011

    And here's a page of owners real world experiences of the GyroDec on VinylEngine

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  • Van Den Hul The Black Beauty Special X

    Our top model custom handbuilt phono cartridge, featuring matched crystal gold coils and 0.50 mV/channel output. On special request medium and high output versions are available; (Their variations in other parameters are minor to those described here for the 0.50 mV/channel standard version). The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X is a resolution improved version of the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA, which refinements were only possible to be created after having switched to the entirely metal free and extremely revealing The THIRD ® loudspeaker cable in Mr. van den Hul’s audio system. The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X’s refined body is made of black PolyCarbonate with about the same construction as the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA. The BLACK BEAUTY Special-X sets new sonic standards in analog reproduction. Listening impressions are like being in the concert hall with a very precise projection of the instruments, the acoustics and even the conductor in space. The music as a whole sounds extremely realistic and very convincing with a lot of authority, especially in the bass and lower midrange; the high frequencies are very pure and extremely nice structured. The differences with the GRASSHOPPER IV GLA are: -Improved magnetic layout, -construction and -properties. -A reduced cantilever length. Due to points 1 and 2 the resolution is higher. The suspension uses a very special damping rubber. There is more “space” between the musical instruments and vocals. The output is reduced from 0.65 mV/ch. to 0.50 mV/ch. by using double layer Matched Crystal Gold coils on a cross-shaped armature, both producing a higher channel separation. Learn More
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  • Acoustic Signature Maximus Neo (without Tonearm & cartridge)

    At Carlton Audio Visual, we have always admired the engineering prowess and refined and complete musicality of Acoustic Signature turntables.

    Acoustic Signature are a small company who proudly don't produce turntables for the mass market. Their factory close to Stuttgart, Germany makes everything in house. This is not an assembly line. From start to finish. The aluminium and brass comes into the factory as a raw material and at the end of an 8 week process, a turntable is born.

    We live in a world that has been transformed by globilisation where sourcing cheap components from 'off shore' manufacturers is common place. This, of course, has its advantages but asserting control over the whole supply chain is impossible as so many large companies have discovered. Just think of Nike and their struggle to control where and how their textiles are being made. This will be a problem for our generation as we try to be more ethical or more environmentally sustainable or simply strive for quality assurances. For items we care about, for items that will last a generation or two, the only way you can overcome this is by buying from manufacturers who are dedicated in-house builders.

    And even at the entry level, Acoustic Signature's Maximus Neo, is made in house and to all the same quality assurances, environmental and ethical standards as their top of the range product.

    An Acoustic Signature, will last you a lifetime... and more

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  • Van Den Hul Crimson XGW Stradivarius

    Van Den Hul's Crimson Stradivarius is a favorite in the CAV Reference System.  The Crimson is the entry model into the Stradivarius reference line of cartridges and the most popular.  The popularity is due partly to the fact that it's the most affordable, but also because it's the easiest to mate with a wide range of gear...bear in mind that the extreme levels of channel separation produced by the Colibri and Colibri Signature require the other equipment in the system to be matched very precisely.

    With a body handmade of Hawaiian koa wood triple-coated with a special Stradivarius-type lacquer, the Crimson uses 24-karat gold coils and a cantilever that is solid boron with a VDH Type 1s (2×85-micron) stylus. Our reviewer Andre Jennings found the Crimson XGW Stradivarius to be impartial across most of the frequency spectrum (including the presence range), with large macro-dynamics from the power region on down. 

     

     

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  • Rega Planar 10 Turntable

    Less is more for Rega, less noise, less vibration, less play in the bearings, less mass to store harmful resonance energy, and less ownership dissatisfaction ...

    We would recommend the Rega Apheta 3 cartridge with this Turntable. For $1900 the Apheta 3 will come factory fitted on to the deck.

    Or go for something that much more special, a Rega Aphelion ($6000). After all, a turntable is only as good as the information it can get from the needle itself.

    Another great option is the Van den Hul "The Frog" Cartridge, a remarkable and rare device made by hand in Holland ($3499).

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  • Rega Aura Regas Ultimate MC Phonostage

    The reference Aura MC stage is the culmination of decades of electronic design development. We have created the ultimate, fully adjustable, three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier designed purely to extract the very best performance from your moving coil cartridge and vinyl playback system.

    Built into a completely re-designed custom case, the Aura is dedicated to moving coil cartridges and stays clear of any compromises. We have avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality. The Aura phono pre-amp incorporates remarkable and innovative design ideas. If you are a vinyl connoisseur, then the Aura MC is an absolute must for demonstration.

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    $8,999.00

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  • Acoustic Signature Double X Neo (Without Tonearm or Cartridge)

    The Double X Neo turntable by Acoustic Signature is an execution of engineering, design, beauty and craftsmanship that is rarely seen in turntables. Acoustic Signature have taken Turntables design to new heights. Bearings are made with exacting precision and with diamond coated spindles. Eight Brass (or optional upgrade to 24 cara gold) silencers are strategically placed around the platter for extra inertia reducing vibrations when the LP is playing.

    In a world where globilisation has trasformed our consumer habits (for better or worse), it's heartening to know that Acoustic SIgnature make all of their turntables from start to finish, from lumps of brass and aluminium to extraordinary units capable of reproducing the finest musical experience. The german factory near Stuttgart isn't an assembly line of components made in other countries. All of the Acoustic Signature turntables are made in house by a team of dedicated manufacturers.

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  • Michell Orbe Se (No Tonearm)

    This is Michell Engineerings Reference Turntable simply without the Acrylic cover and plinth. Michell utilise an inverted oil circulating bearing technology that completely revolutionised turntables when they introduced it. It results in near non existent friction in the bearing that leads to a tight and defined bass sound that other turntable companies can't reproduce. 

    An extra heavy design that absorbs vibrations creating the perfect inert platform for music playback as well as a spiffed up motor and power supply set this deck apart from other Michell Turntables.

    It can be paired a Rega RB220 or RB330 tonearm. But it really deserves a tonearm like the Rega RB3000 (RRP $2749).

    For a number of our staff members, the Orbe has been the Turntable of choice. The vinyl obsessives amongst us revel in the dexterity and clarity of sound this deck produces. True HiFi fanatics rejoice...Amen.

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  • Van Den Hul The Grail Phonograph Preamplifier....Now on Display

    Now available for Audition in our 164 Lygon street showroom

    With this product you will be the owner of one of the most innovative and advanced phonograph preamplifier's available at the moment.

    “The Grail” is a really dulcet phonograph preamplifier, specifically designed bearing ultimate performance and reliability in mind.

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    $11,490.00

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  • Van Den Hul Colibri Signature Stradivarius

    van den Hul has a new flagship for its range of phono cartridges, the van den Hul Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius (pictured above).

    A.J. van den Hul’s original Colibri cartridge first appeared in the mid-1990s and was named after a hummingbird native to the Americas. A.J. says this latest version of that original cartridge, the XGW Signature Stradivarius edition, is based on everything he’s learned over the past 40 years, and is the best phono cartridge he’s ever built.

    The body of the van den Hul Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius is made from cross-grained Brazilian Pau wood, a high density wood that is often used in the bows of stringed instruments. It’s coated with what van den Hul calls a ‘Stradivarius’ lacquer, named after the famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari. ‘van den Hul applies three separate layers of this secret formula lacquer and each layer takes several weeks to fully cure and harden, meaning that every cartridge body undergoes months of work before any further construction can even begin,’

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  • Michell Orbe (no Tonearm)

    Michell utilise an inverted oil circulating bearing technology that completely revolutionised turntables when they introduced it. It results in near non existent friction in the bearing that leads to a tight and defined bass sound that other turntable companies can't reproduce.

    An extra heavy design that absorbs vibrations creating the perfect inert platform for music playback as well as a spiffed up motor and power supply set this deck apart from other Michell Turntables.

    Generally we specify a tonearm like the Rega RB3000 (RRP $2749) on this deck.

    For a number of our staff members, the Orbe has been the Turntable of choice. The vinyl obsessives amongst us revel in the dexterity and clarity of sound this deck produces. True HiFi fanatics rejoice...Amen.

    This version of the Orbe complete with perspex plinth and lid that keep out pesky environmental disturbances (something as simple as walking around on the floor near the Turntable) to create an even more inert deck and controlled sound.

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  • Yamaha GT-5000 Turntable...... A Japanese Homage to the monsters of the 70's & 80's

    The Yamaha GT5000 ... a turntable uniquely made by its own rules ... I think the tonearm design is excellent. I have sat through days literally of playing the GT5000 to the most critical possible audience at Hi Fi shows and not one indivisual has noted any tracking or balance errors, because there are none. Supremely low noise and precise is the emphasis here and the unique balanced out is a perfect match for a high quality phono stage or, even better, a C5000 preamplifier ...

    By the way although this shares a designation of a certain American sports car ... that is far too crude an analogy for the precision and quality of this Record Player. More like a Nissan GT-R Nismo edition ...

    Please note the outstanding reviews this turntable has been getting in the description below ...

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  • Acoustic Signature Tornado Neo (without Tonearm or Cartridge)

    Modeled on the High End Invictus Turntable, the Tornado Neo offers the best of Acoustic Signature design at a modest price point.

    Complete with 4 silencers on the platter that dampen vibrations, capacity to have up to 3 different tonearms and diamond coated spindle on the bearing, this is a serious turntable from a company that's serious about turntables.

    You won't find any mention of colouration, bloom or muddiness in descriptions of this turntable. If you're after the fluffy uncontrolled vinyl sounds of the 70s, there are many other options out there. If you want to hear what modern turntable design of the 21st century can do when every detail of the Turntable is examined for its inertia and low resonance properties, you must look at an Acoustic Signature. The result of though-out engineering coupled with an exposed yet beautiful industrial design is a turntable that is sounds devastatingly clear and musical and shows off its engineering prowess with a raw beauty.

     

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  • Soundsmith Hyperion Moving Iron Cartridge

    The HYPERION is the cartridge of choice for the most esteemed audio equipment manufacturers. Why? Because when they exhibit their gear at Hi-Fi shows, they want their turntable, amplifier or speaker systems to sound the very best that they can! Peter Ledermann‘s radical design utilizes an actual “cactus spine” for the cantilever. The naturally tapered shape, stacked columnar fibers and desiccated resin damping fit the exact parameters of the perfect cantilever: Low mass, extreme rigidity, internal damping, and tremendous strength. Also available in a Dual Compliance Design for older Linear Tracking turntables as the HYPERION LT. The Hyperions are offered with a choice of CL or OC-CL stylus. Each one hand crafted by Peter Ledermann - Made in  the USA

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  • Soundsmith Hyperion

    This is Soundsmith's top of the range cartridge and it's Peter Lederman unique design, that really makes it special. He has sourced 'cactus spine' for the cantilever - an extremely stiff, very low resonant material with built in resins, naturally tapered and very low mass. It's nature's perfect cantilever.

    The presentation on this cartridge favours a neutral presentation. Not that it's not musical or involving, that it has in spades. Peter here has made sure there are no inconsistencies in the frequency response. No lumps and bumps to cause colouration.

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  • Audio Research PH9

    The PH9 phono preamplifier is a great pairing with most cartridge and turntable combinations.

    A trio of 6H30 vacuum tubes are at the core of a simple and clear signal path to provide the most transparent preamplification possible.

    Five different impedance settings allow for cartridge loading, which can be changed on the fly with the included metal remote. Cartridge impedance, tube hours, auto shutdown, and other features are included in the menu system.

    The PH9 forms an integral part of our reference system and sits alongside the Audio Research Ref 6 preamp and 160M Monoblocks that power the Sonus Faber Aida 2s.

    We currently run the exceptional Acoustic Signature Ascona Mk3 Turntable with this system.

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    $16,995.00

  • Soundsmith Strain Gauge System SG-200

    Our basic Strain Gauge system features fixed level line outputs suited for line level inputs on your system preamplifier. The supplied SG cartridge comes with the SG-5 stylus assembly as standard, however, you may purchase the system with the SG-6 stylus for a surcharge of $100 at the time of ordering. Like all SG preamps, the SG-200 features an auto-mute circuit that protects your system and speakers from transients due to an accidentally dropped styli. The front panel defeatable auto-mute also allows quiet introductions to playing or recording your vinyl.

    All SG systems feature user replaceable styli, however, due to the nature of the cartridge design, styli are individually matched to each cartridge. If additional styli are desired, it is highly advisable to order them with your system order. The SG-200 is supplied in a black anodized case, however, custom wooden cases in black or mahogany are also available as accessory items.

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  • Soundsmith Strain Gauge System SG-210

    Our SG-210 features both +15dB single ended variable outputs and fixed outputs. The +15 dB variable outputs allow using the SG-210 directly with your power amplifier, eliminating the requirement for a line amplifier in a vinyl playback system. They may also be used to match levels with other line sources in a multi-source system. The fixed level outputs may be used for recording or sourcing into a second system, and are not affected by the volume control. 

    The supplied SG cartridge comes with the SG-5 stylus assembly as standard, however, you may purchase the system with the SG-6 stylus for a surcharge of $100 at the time of ordering. Like all SG preamps, the SG-210 features an auto-mute circuit that protects your system and speakers from transients due to an accidentally dropped styli. The front panel defeatable auto-mute also allows quiet introductions to playing or recording your vinyl.

    All SG systems feature user replaceable styli, however, due to the nature of the cartridge design, styli are individually matched to each cartridge. If additional styli are desired, it is highly advisable to order them with your system order. The SG-210 is supplied in a black anodized case, however, custom wooden cases in black or mahogany are also available as accessory items.

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