Pro-Ject Audio Systems is known as the world leading producer of analogue hifi audio equipment for more than 25 years. Producing a range of products. Now they are releasing The Beatles 1964 Recordplayer Limited Edition More »

Tom Vu, president of TraingleArt, got in touch to tell us more about their latest tonearms, the Osiris MK2 and the Horus. More »

Channel Islands Audio, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, have announced the release of their PEQ 1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier. More »

After a four-year development period, Ballfinger has introduced the first newly developed analogue tape recorder for around 25 years, the Tonbandmaschine M 063 was revealed at the Norddeutschen Hifi-Tage, in Hamburg last weekend. They also unveiled their new Schallplattenspieler PS 2 Directl-drive Turntable with active radial arm and moving coil system. More »

Oxford Audio Consultants will be having an event at Oxford University, playing a £6,300 lacquer of Sarah Vaughan, Live at Laren Jazz Festival in 1975, that only survives one play. More »

Since its introduction in late 2016, the Essential III from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been, say Pro-Ject, “a revelation in the affordable turntable market”. Combining looks with performance, they say that the initial market response has been phenomenal. As a result of this impact, the Essential III is beginning 2017 by extending into a range of three turntables at various prices. More »

Pro-Ject Audio Systems has collaborated with George Harrison’s family and UMC on a new turntable. Pro-ject say; “It was always our aim to offer class-leading sound quality for budget and high-end turntables. This and our passion for music is driving our productivity. We are very proud to introduce our newest collaboration with one of the most influencing artists of modern history, George Harrison”. More »

German turntable company, Dual, has relaunched in the UK. Once the largest manufacturer of turntables in Europe, the brand has had a history of producing turntables through the 1960s, 70s and 80s. For 2017 the brand is back in the UK with an initial offering of three new budget models. More »

Mark Levinson has introduced their first ever turntable, the N°515,which they say is “designed for the discriminating analogue music lover”. Created in partnership with VPI Industries, the № 515 Turntable is the first turntable that they say is “worthy of the Mark Levinson name”. More »

We reported on the launch of Pro-Ject Audio Essential III Turntable back in October 2016. The Pro-Ject team have just been in touch to let us know that they will be presenting their new turntable at CES 2017. More »

December was a busy month at Hifi Pig, catch up on the news we brought you here, just in case you missed anything.

We would like to wish all of our readers the very best for 2017, may your year be happy, healthy and full of great music! More »

roksponsmallAs the demand for vinyl grows at an extraordinary pace, the VPI team continues to develop its turntables to produce, they say, “a revelatory level of audio reproduction”. After the success of their award-winning Prime, VPI has launched the new Prime Signature turntable. More »

Father and son team David and Rob Stevenson review the entry level Pro-Ject Primary turntable costing £189. More »

roksponsmallCadence Group has just announced it has taken ownership of British engineering and Hifi specialist SME Limited.  Cadence, which already has major controlling interests in other prestigious audio brands, will bring a new level of investment to SME, allowing the company to extend its research and development activities whilst continuing to produce the class-leading products it is globally acclaimed for. More »

roksponsmallPro-Ject Audio Systems ha been a producer of analogue hifi audio equipment for more than 25 years. Pro-Ject say: ‘We have been producing a range of products with excellent sound and finish with an impeccable price-performance proposition. With the same principles in mind we started to create budget friendly yet high end audiophile electronics”. More »

In Italian Valore means value and at €1495 complete with arm the Valore Plus 425 turntable from Italian manufacturer Gold Note certainly looks to offer a good bang for your buck. Janine Elliot spins some tunes.  More »

In Italian Valore means value and at €1495 complete with arm the Valore Plus 425 turntable from Italian manufacturer Gold Note certainly looks to offer a good bang for your buck. Janine Elliot spins some tunes.  More »

roksponsmallDespite our best efforts we were unable to find the first person we drew for the VPI Player Turntable prize, so we have redrawn.  The winner is Aaron Tate.  Aaron, can you please send me your JustGiving confirmation of donation email, along with your shipping address by midnight (UK time) December 20th 2016 to linette@hifipig.com . If you are reading this and you know the winner then please let him know! More »

roksponsmallWell November was a very busy month. Hifi Pig went to Poland for the first time to attend the amazing Warsaw Audio Video Show 2016 , we launched our new look Music section and we brought you all the latest Hifi news and Hifi reviews…check out what we covered below, just in case you missed anything!

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At £2500 the AVID Hifi Pellere Phono-stage borrows a lot of its make up from its more expensive sibling costing £4300, but does it cut the right kind of groove? Janine Elliot finds out.  More »

The new Shinola Runwell turntable will be manufactured in the US and is a partnership between VPI and Shinola. Hifi Pig talks to Mat Weisfeld of VIP.  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 »

roksponsmallKJ West One, the West London Hifi shop, be hosting a weekend showcase of the brand new Tangerine Audio Stiletto one piece aluminium LP12 plinth/top plate which was designed with their own ‘turntable expert’, Derek Jenkins. More »

roksponsmallWe have announced our winner of the second ‘Wheelchair for Ricky’ Raffle and the winner of the VPI Player Turntable is Gareth Thompson.  We have also redrawn the unclaimed prizes from the previous raffle and the winners are as follows:

Mike Crosby – Audio Suspension Turntable Shelf

John Mclinden – Sanus Vuepoint TV mount

Ronnie Turpie –  Voyla Audio Hand-painted plate

Sander – Mitchell & Johnson MJ2  Headphones More »

roksponsmallRoksan Audio have released a limited special edition version of their Radius 7 turntable. ‘The Pink’ turntable not only offers a new cosmetic change for audiophiles, but with every piece sold Roksan will also make a charitable donation to one of the UK’s leading breast cancer support charities, Breast Cancer Care. More »

roksponsmallAbsolute Sounds, UK distributor of high-performance audio equipment will be hosting three rooms at The Hifi Show Live which takes place this weekend (29th-30th October) at the Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor. More »

AVID Hifi is headed up by Conrad Mas and make a wide range of turntables to suit many pockets. Janine Elliot gets her hands on the British company’s £4000 Volvere turntable. More »

roksponsmallAtlas Cables, has added to its range of analogue cables with the introduction of four new replacement turntable cables – Element TT, Element Tonearm, Hyper TT and Hyper Tonearm.  In response to the vinyl renaissance, Atlas has taken the step to offer its top selling cables with the addition of earth cables (Element TT and Hyper TT) and in the case of the Element and Hyper Tonearm, utilised its dedicated straight or right angled 5-pin Din connector to connect straight into the bottom of compatible tonearms. More »

roksponsmallPro-Ject Audio Systems have announced the immediate availability of a new, and they say “dramatically improved” version of the Essential II, the Essential III. More »

roksponsmallTEAC has added a new model to its range of analogue turntables with the launch of the TN-400BT, the first standalone TEAC turntable with Bluetooth capability. Available in five finishes, the TN-400BT allows users to simplify their music playback system by wirelessly streaming their records to Bluetooth-enabled headphones and speakers. More »

roksponsmallPro-Ject Audio Systems, of Vienna,  have produced popular affordable record players in recent years, for customers who want to experience audio quality on a budget. The company’s latest offering, Primary, takes two established designs and merges them together to produce a high-quality, inexpensive turntable with real plug-and-play simplicity. More »

A massive thank you to all who helped and donated prizes and money to our first fund raiser. We fell a little short, but, we had the offer of a prize that did not arrive in time to be added.

Mat Weisfeld of USA based turntable manufacturer, VPI Industries, has had a busy month. He has got married twice, in China and the USA, to the same lady I must add! However when he heard about our appeal he really wanted to help out.

The turntable is a Special Edition VPI Player in Black with 9 inch gimballed yoke tonearm, pre-mounted Ortofon 2M red cartridge, built in headphone amp, phono stage, and MDF platter on an oil bath Jacob’s tapper bearing. You can’t buy the turntable in this finish, so it is very special indeed. The retail version sells for 1200$ in the USA. The TT will be made for you and adapted to whichever country you live in.

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The raffle is the same format. Donate a minimum of £5 to be entered into the raffle. If you donate multiple £5 you get multiple entries.

The more we raise the better as we can get extras added to the basic wheelchair to help Ricky have a more comfortable life.

IMPORTANT: please leave your full name to make it easier to contact the winner, we can’t enter you if you leave your donation as anonymous, keep your confirmation email as this will be needed if you win.

Please visit our Just Giving page to donate and read Ricky’s story.

Thank you in advance!

 

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Japan-based Immutable Music has long been renowned for its small but ‘outstandingly formed’ range of Transfiguration phono cartridges, whose design completely restructures the conventional moving coil (MC) concept. Now, the range is undergoing a number of enticing enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, hand crafted in Japan, the Proteus. Their yokeless double-ring-magnet design provides an extremely accurate coil / magnet interface in which the coils are positioned right at the focal point of the magnetic flux field. This construction was conceived to remove the variations in flux introduced by traditional MC designs.

Transfiguration cartridges have always been about getting out of the way. Their flagship Proteus model was specifically designed to lack any of its own character. With its internal impedance of a mere 1 ohm, it concentrates instead on ‘extracting a recording’s every nuance with peerless musical realism’. Says designer Seiji Yoshioka, “The best audio components are those that simply don’t seem to exist – so good that they add nothing, subtract nothing.” So how exactly do you improve on that? This is the very question Yoshioka pondered, exploring in near-microscopic detail what could actually be changed in order to achieve an even more naturally revealing sound – yet without compromising the key fundamentals of a highly effective low-distortion design.

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Two key areas revealed themselves as good for the task: the dampers and the coils. The Proteus features push-pull damping, with the existing model sporting double dampers made from a specially developed stabilising compound. The latter is insensitive to temperature changes and provides excellent stylus/coil alignment and control. In the new model, the dampers have been further fine-tuned. While the detail of their make-up is a closely-guarded secret, they now feature a multi-layered design composed of different types of elastomer, painstakingly constructed to deliver an even more precise tracking ability. At the same time, the purity of the 5N silver wire coils has also been upgraded – from 99.9993% to 99.9997% – in order to further remove distortion and enhance transparency. While these may seem like relatively small changes on paper, their combined impact, says Immutable Music, is anything but. And they should know, since the Proteus’ redesign involved long hours of extensive listening tests. “What we were looking for,” explains Yoshioka, “was even greater focus and accuracy. The ability to read yet more information without distortion and to deliver even more of the natural musicality that Transfiguration has become known for.” The results speak for themselves. “The new enhanced Proteus really goes to work on detail,” says Yoshioka. “It presents a larger soundstage, increased depth and more natural tonal colours – and ultimately, most important, an even more musically involving presentation.”

Technical specifications:

Body: Precision machined solid aluminium, resonance controlled

Cantilever: 0.3mm solid boron

Stylus: PA diamond 3 x 30µm

Core & coils: Ultra grade 3S-µ-metal square core with 5N silver coils

Magnet: Neodymium, front & rear

Weight: 7.8g

Electrical output voltage: 0.2mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)

Internal impedance: 1Ω

Frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz + 1.5dB, 20Hz – 40kHz +2dB

Channel separation: > 30dB (200Hz – 1kHz)

Channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz

Tracking ability: >70µm @ 2.0g @ 315Hz

Dynamic compliance: 13 x 10-6cm/dyne

Recommended tracking force: 2g

Optimum working temperature: 23 Celsius

Break-in period: 30 hours

 

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Clearaudio’s Innovation range of turntables now has a new entry point, the Innovation Basic. Borrowing technology from the three other members of the Innovation family – the Innovation, Innovation Compact and Master Innovation – the new Basic has many features, a bijou form and a more accessible price. It may be at the entry level of the Innovation series, in reality the ‘Basic’ is anything but say Clearaudio: ‘Its design and construction bear all of the key Clearaudio hallmarks: intelligently-selected materials, precision engineering, painstaking craftsmanship and innovative technologies’. The resonance-optimised chassis features Clearaudio’s iconic three-point design with its ‘sandwich’ construction of Panzerholz (a solid, bullet-proof wood) and aluminium. Speed stability is achieved with Clearaudio’s decoupled custom-built high-torque DC motor with their patented Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB) and Optical Speed Control (OSC). CMB allows the dynamically balanced platter to magnetically levitate on an inverted and polished ceramic bearing shaft with polished sintered bronze insert. Meanwhile, an infra-red sensor reads a microscopically-etched strobe ring and sends signals to the OSC mechanism which auto-corrects in real time, consistently maintaining the perfect speed. Two tonearm mounting bases make the Innovation Basic dual tonearm capable, while fine height adjustment allows for precise levelling of the turntable on any surface.Clearaudio_Innovation_Basic_Wood_nexs_august
The Innovation Basic is available with a choice of finish options. The chassis’ Panzerholz wood layer can be natural or black-lacquered, while its aluminium layer can be silver or black. The platter is available in either clear acrylic or black high-density POM.

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The Clearaudio Innovation Basic turntable is available now. Prices (including VAT).

Clearaudio Innovation Basic Wood £3,400

Clearaudio Innovation Basic Black* £3,550


* The ‘Black’ price refers to finish options in which the Panzerholz wood layer of the chassis is black-lacquered. All other finish options (including those with black aluminium chassis layers and/or black POM platter) are priced as per ‘Wood’.

 

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Japanese cable and accessories manufacturers Furutech have added to their range of static charge eliminators with the new SK-Filter, conveniently designed to remove unwanted static build-up from the surface of records as they play. It’s an unfortunate fact that as vinyl records spin on turntables, friction with the air causes them to constantly gain a static charge. In fact, a record’s level of frictional static electricity can reach up to anywhere between 3,000V and 20,000V. Enter the audiophile’s arch enemy: electro-static noise interference, with its compromising effects on sound quality.

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Furutech’s new SK-Filter solves the problem ‘in situ’. As the record spins on the turntable, this neat little device gets to work sending static electricity packing. The SK-Filter uses a patented material, Thunderon®, which consists of a very fine acrylic fibre chemically bonded with copper sulphide. The resulting conductive filament has the ability to discharge static electricity into the air whenever static-charged material approaches – so the SK-Filter’s fibres do not need to touch the record. Rather, they are positioned a millimetre or two above the record’s surface thanks to an easy-to-use stand which is fully adjustable to complement a wide range of turntable set-ups. In developing the SK-Filter, Furutech’s audio design team undertook their usual process of research and development. Thunderon® was crafted into a thread-like material, strands of which were then knitted together to form the brush’s fibres. The precise combination of fibre length, quantity and density specifically required to effectively eliminate static from the surface of a record was exhaustively tested to identify the perfect balance. Their goal? Silence. In eliminating surface static, the SK-Filter reduces the noise floor, allowing you to enjoy listening to music on vinyl with full resolution.

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The Furutech SK-Filter LP static eliminator is available now priced at £350 (including VAT).

 

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Clearaudio are offering vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology, with their new TT5 Tonearm. The first tangential tonearm (also known as ‘linear tracking’, ‘parallel tracking’ or ‘straight line’) was reportedly devised by Thomas Edison and featured on the Edison Phonograph from 1877. But the technique of parallel tracking was abandoned with Emil Berliner’s Gramophone, and remained so until almost a century later when its benefits were finally rediscovered and a small number of manufacturers began again to design arms that would open up the full potential of the LP record. To achieve the most faithful music reproduction, the playback of a record should mimic the original cutting of the vinyl as closely as possible. During the cutting process, the cutter diamond maintains a consistent angle of 90 degrees from the beginning of the groove to its end. Therefore the optimum way to extract the purest information from that groove without distortion is with an arm that reads the groove in precisely the same way as it was cut.

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In a conventional pivoted tonearm, the arm is ‘pulled’ across the record’s surface by the stylus following the record groove. A similar motion occurs in Clearaudio’s ‘TT’ range of tangential tonearms, however the arm moves tangentially, with the stylus propelling the tonearm along a linear bearing. This bearing comprises a carriage running on highly precise rollers along a meticulously polished glass rail. The cartridge therefore remains parallel to the record groove at all times, following the exact same path that the cutting head did when it made the record and thus eliminating any lateral tracking error. And since the record groove, stylus, cantilever and tonearm are perfectly aligned, no side forces are generated and so no anti-skating compensation is needed. TT5 adopts a new, fully rigid design. However, for those who still crave the convenience of the bigger arms’ ability to swing out of the way when loading records, Clearaudio have created the optional TT5 swing base which, as it’s name suggests, allows the entire arm assembly to be swung out of the way when swapping one album for the next.

The Clearaudio TT5 tangential tonearm is available now priced at £1,750 (including VAT): The optional swing base is priced at an additional £250.

 

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The Pro-Ject Essential II Demon is the latest collaboration between Pro-Ject Audio Systems and the famous Austrian DJ and producer Parov Stelar.

The company says that Parov Stelar and Pro-Ject Audio Systems share the love and passion for music and so moved to cooperate in creating a third special turntable, that shows “Parov Stelar design”.

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