Hifi Pig had a very busy month in November, what with trips to Zurich and Warsaw for Hifi Shows.  There was also lots of news and of course reviews.  have a look and catch up with anything that you missed! More »

Pro-Ject Audio Systems, manufacturers hifi turntables and electronics, have announced a new Artist Series special edition turntable collaboration with one of the world’s longest-running bands. More »

+AUDIO the American maker of sound systems has launched in the UK. The American brand has partnered with Henley Audio (formerly Henley Designs) the UK distributor based in Oxfordshire. More »

Ortofon will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate they will be releasing new products, including, late this December the new SPU Wood A cartridge. More »

TEAC Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love than with their new, tie-dye TEAC TN-420 turntable. More »

Grado Labs, of Brooklyn New York, has announced what they say is a major step forward in their affordable Prestige Series of phono cartridges. The Prestige Series 2 is the third generation of the Prestige series and a continuation of Grado’s entry level line of cartridges dating back to 1953. For sixty-four years the family has been dedicated to supporting vinyl playback with their phono cartridges at affordable prices. The Prestige Black2, Green2, Blue2, Red2, Silver2, and Gold2 continue this tradition. More »

Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges are hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka. Their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most musical detail from a record’s groove and second, to get out of the way. So when it’s said that a Transfiguration cartridge ‘lacks character’, it’s a compliment. Says Yoshioka, “The best audio components are those that simply don’t seem to exist – so good that they add nothing, subtract nothing.” More »

The long awaited new, ‘affordable’ Technics SL-1200GR direct-drive turntable is now shipping to dealers in the USA. Launched at CES 2017 and originally intended for release earlier this year, the SL-1200GR is now available on both sides of the Atlantic. More »

Following the launch of their premium Bluetooth turntable last year, Elipson has announced the introduction of its new flagship deck, The Omega Carbon Black. Based on the Omega 100, this new Carbon Black version features a number of enhancements. More »

In 2008, Ortofon honoured Per Windfeld with the release of the MC Windfeld cartridge. Mr Windfeld worked with Ortofon for over thirty years, during his time as Chief Engineer becoming widely recognised in the industry as a true hifi visionary. Since his retirement, Ortofon has continued to grow as a company. So nearly ten years after the original release, the decision has now been taken to update the MC Windfeld with the very latest technologies. More »

Goldring is starting to ship its new E Series Moving Magnet cartridges which, they say, are “a range of high performance, premium quality, British designed products for the resurgent turntable market”. More »

Good friend of Hifi Pig, Mat Weisfeld, of VPI got in touch to tell us about their new, entry level turntable, the Cliffwood: “For 40 years we have built turntables in American and kept it in the VPI family.  For almost 30 of those years we have built our turntables in Cliffwood, New Jersey”. More »

Like the violins, violas and cellos crafted by the Stradivari family during the 17th and 18th centuries, almost all of van den Hul’s phono cartridges are personally hand built and tuned by Dutch cartridge designer Mr A.J. van den Hul himself. More »

Gold Note are a well known for their very high end products but here Janine Elliot takes a listen to their €195 and €350 moving magnet cartridges. More »

Audio MusiKraft have announced their entry to the audiophile market with their brand new turntable products and online boutique. They say that their shells create “The world’s first and only “tweakable” And “customisable” Phono Cartridge”. More »

Intimate Audio recently sent this very different looking Italian turntable to Hifi Pig reviewer, Ian Ringstead. More »

Soundsmith, Inc. will be demonstrating their line of phonographic cartridges during the High End Show between May 18 and May 20 in Munich Germany. Highlighting the demonstration will be the 7th Generation of their unique Strain Gauge cartridge, which uses an active voltage coursing through the body of the cartridge to help generate the musical signal. More »

VANA, Ltd. has announced the arrival in the USA of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) B-Sharp turntable, with features taken directly from the company’s award-winning C-Major turntable (which Janine reviewed for Hifi Pig last year). VANA went on to tell us “The B-Sharp sheds all of the non-essential cosmetic adornments of the C-Major without compromising performance or mechanical integrity, providing vinyl enthusiasts with a superb playback option at a more affordable price”. More »

In 2013 DS Audio launched the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1. A further-advanced flagship model, the Master 1, followed in 2016. Now, the company is launching a new entry level design: the DS 002, drawing on innovations from the Master 1 while offering a more affordable way in to optical cartridge technology.
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Channel Islands Audio, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, have announced the release of their PEQ 1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier. More »

roksponsmallVinyl Passion got in touch to let us know that The Vinyl Passion Music Room is the very first  UK Audio Technica Excellence retail centre, and one of only three dealers in the UK to be selected to demonstrate and stock the ART-1000 flagship cartridge. More »