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Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable | Review

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Wow! What is it about Italian audio gear? I have been recently blessed with a veritable feast for both the eyes and the ears …. Right at the tail-end of my time with the lovely Sonus Faber Sonetto II speakers, this lovely morsel shows up: the Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable (website) fitted out with the company’s B7 ceramic tonearm. Just like Sonus Faber speakers, this ‘table reeks of classic European style and panache; it’s a visual work of art and thing of beauty.… Read the full article

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab releases Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz” numbered 45rpm UD1S Ultradisc

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

Elusive Disc, an online high-end audio hardware and software retailer, has announced a limited re-release of one of the most seminal jazz recordings of all time: Bill Evans Trio “Portrait In Jazz.”

Lauded as the breakthrough studio recording for the artist Bill Evans himself, PIJ came to be after his last collaborations with Miles Davis and John Coltrane separately. The LP established a standard for many jazz trios to follow.

Each 180g 45RPM 2LP Box set is mastered from the original master tapes using Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s new state-of-the-art UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) process, in which the conventional three-step process gives way to a new technological advancement that enables record stamps to be formed directly from the lacquers, which are cut from the master tape.

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The Garrard 301 is back! (sort of) | High End 2019

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Garrard, the legendary turntable company founded more than 50 years ago is back. Well, not exactly back as it was not entirely extinct. Garrards were still made by Loricraft but it was no more than a small evolution of the well-known recipe. SME, the iconic tonearm brand from the UK acquired Garrard in 2018 and we have all been expecting to see their next move. Personally speaking, I wasn’t expecting, I was eager to know what is up with Garrard.… Read the full article

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Chord introduces Huei phono pre at Munich High-End 2019

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

It might look like it but this is not Chord’s Qutest. It’s not even a DAC. It’s the Kent company’s forthcoming £990 phono stage.

Meet Huei: compatible with MM and MC phono cartridges and wrapped in the same machine-milled aluminum chassis as the Qutest DAC. Any colour you like as long as it’s black. Lining Huei’s front edge, Chord’s signature “polychromatic control spheres” handle microprocessor control of cartridge gain (8 levels) and impedance adjustment (16 settings), plus rumble filter on/off.… Read the full article

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WAX records now open below Moorgate Acoustics, Sheffield, UK

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Some dreams take years to realise

Moorgate Acoustics has been selling good quality hi-fi equipment for 37 years. But this year company director Paul Hobson has finally realised his dream of opening a record store in the basement of their Woodseats showroom.

“It’s finally come full circle – we can now offer our customers the music they love downstairs and the equipment needed to best enjoy it upstairs. I’ve been a music fan since my childhood and have always wanted to try and introduce more people to the thrill of great music.Read the full article

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RCA VInyl Film 1956

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

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SweetVinyl Sugar Cube | AXPONA 2019

By | May 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

 by Paul Elliott

Full Disclosure, 100% Transparency, no Redaction.  I am a SweetVinyl Sugar Cube beta tester.

I think it was 3 years ago, I walked into their room full of bright-eyed curiosity since I am a vinyl guy, ever in search for more “sweetness in my LP’s”. What I found was a device that removes pops and clicks from LP surfaces, and even more exciting, is also a way to rip an LP to digital rather easily.… Read the full article

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Munich High-End 2019: Gold Note’s DS-10 & PH-1000

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We know Italy’s Gold Note best for their IS-1000 super-integrated amplifier: a DAC and MM/MC phono stage that feeds a Class A/B loudspeaker amplification stage. Phil Wright reviewed it here. I previewed it a few months prior; at Munich High-End 2018 (here). I don’t attend shows to listen to gear but to scope out new products for further listening at home.

To this year’s Munich event, Gold Note will bring two new products for our previewing pleasure.… Read the full article

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Munich High-End 2019: Thorens goes direct-drive & reel-to-reel

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Bergisch Gladbach. Not a lesser-known internal organ but the German home of Thorens since being acquired a year ago by ex-ELAC/Denon MD Gunter Kürten. To this year’s Munich High-End event in May, Kürten’s revitalised Thorens will bring four new products.

The TD 1600 (€TBC) and TD 1601 (€TBC) turntables are built around the same platform – belt driving motor unit, power supply, wooden plinth, height-adjustable TP 92 tonearm and a sub-chassis suspended via conical springs, any horizontal movement locked out by a steel pin – but the TD 1601 offers a few niceties over the TD 1600: an electrical arm lift, auto shut-off and true balanced (XLR) outputs.… Read the full article

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My Ultimate Mono Experience: the Hana SL Cartridge and the ModWright PH 9.0 Phono Stage – Part 2

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Hey, Positive People!

When we last spoke on March 9 in Issue 102 (HERE), I ended the article saying that being so inspired by the sound of the Modwright P9.0 preamp, it led me to purchase quite a few fun vinyl items for discussion in this Part II of Mono-mania! I have a complete mono-ready rig set up which includes the Technics SL1200 MKII turntable with Hana SL mono MC cartridge, coming through the ModWright PH 9.0 tube phono stage (with power supply), which is driven by the Rega Brio integrated amplifier (coming through input 5) and delivered through my Spendor D5 floor speakers.… Read the full article

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