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 »

The rPhono is the latest addition to Arcam’s Black Box rSeries. Previewed at CES and launching to the public at Bristol’s hifi Show at the end of February, the Arcam rPhono is designed specifically to upgrade an in-built phono stage or to add a turntable input to an existing amplifier. More »

Exposure Electronics has launched its new ‘XM’ series of hifi components. Responding directly to the resurgence of vinyl amid a digital age, the series offers a solution for those who seek performance across multiple media but don’t want the size or cost of their system to spiral out of control. Kicking off the series, the XM5 integrated amplifier includes both a phonostage and a DAC in a compact half-width size. 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 »

roksponsmallOrtofon have launched some new vinyl accessories including a new Test Record, which they say “is designed to allow you to verify your Hifi system in the most natural audio surroundings at home”. The Test Record contains special test signals developed for analysing cartridge performance as well as its interaction with your tonearm and turntable.  More »

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

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 »

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 »

Every year Hifi Pig is invited to the Conservatoire de Musique at Saint-Brieuc in Brittany, France for an evening of jazz presented by the association Jazz Angle. It’s always an entertaining and well attended evening and, as relative newcomers to Jazz, it always throws up something new and unexpected that we’ve not heard before…and this year was no exception. 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 »

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 »

roksponsmallThe 6 Perspex turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been a staple of the company’s range for many years. Now, the latest version takes the existing design but adds a few enhancements to improve the performance.
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roksponsmallIn 2013 DS Audio pioneered the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1, which was an immediate hit in its native Japan. International distribution soon followed, now the company is proud to announce its new flagship, the Master 1. DS Audio’s new flagship Master 1 features a number of advances over the company’s original DS-W1. During a two-year development process, every aspect of design and construction was re-evaluated and no detail overlooked.
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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 »

Hifi Pig talks to Hifi Pig reader Stuart Armstrong who has an interesting and very accomplished DIY turntable project. More »

Hifi Pig talk to Conrad Mas, the man behind the UK based manufacturer AVID Hifi. AVID Hifi are perhaps most well known for their range of turntables and phonostages, but at last year’s Munich High End the company introduced a full range of electronics and loudspeakers…and won the Hifi Pig Loves You Award.  More »

Italian manufacturer Gold Note have had a busy month. They have introduced both their new Donatello and Vasari cartridges and also new vinyl care products. Kymyas is a restoring treatment for scratched vinyl, to help you preserve the quality of your favourite LP’s and enjoy it to the fullest, and to remove every trace of dust, there is the new Gold Note Carbon Brush, 100% anti-static and with high quality carbon fibre.

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Also vinyl related, they have announced the PH – 10 which they hail as ‘the most innovative Phono Preamplifier available’ With two separate RCA inputs you can connect two different tonearms and adjust settings independently for each single cartridge plus PH-10 offers 4 different selectable GAIN levels -3dB, 0dB, +3dB, 6dB to precisely match any kind of output level for MM and MC cartridges. Perfect matching is easy and quick to achieve with 9 different load options 10Ω, 22Ω, 47Ω, 100Ω, 220Ω, 470Ω, 1000Ω, 22KΩ, 47KΩ.

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You can select the record modulation between the internationally recognised RIAA, DECCA-LONDON or AMERICAN-COLUMBIA curves, and then “enhance” it with their proprietary technology to achieve the best vinyl experience. SKC is a unique technology that paired with TFT display allows quick control of the unit’s functions through the single knob. The display shows every information and lets you rapidly select and modify the settings. Gold Note modular design allows upgrades with external units, including: External Inductive Power SupplyCurve Equaliser Extender unit, Class-A Tube Output Stage and Gain Stage Enhancer. Made of solid aluminium and fully machined, the PH – 10 shell body guarantees low frequency resonance, feedback vibration control and low magnetic inertial field. The front panel and case are brushed anodised aluminium available in Black, Silver, Gold and Red.

 

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The Peak PT1 turntable has a natural slate plinth and comes complete with an arm for £599. Ian Ringstead takes it for a spin for Hifi Pig. More »

At the end of August Hifi Pig reported the news that the Pro-ject Classic Turntable had won the EISA award and way back in 2012 we also reported their Debut Carbon won the same award. Last year the company’s RPM 3 Carbon won last year’s EISA Award and it’s also been awarded prestigious Red Dot Award for its outstanding design this year…it also won a Hifi Pig Recommended Awardpj-phono-rpm3carbon-white-2msilver-1024x6388online

Ingenious entry to the world of audiophile luxury, is what The Red Dot Award people say about the award! They add that  RPM 3 Carbon utilises evolutionary enhancements to improve the performance of Pro-Ject’s RPM turntable series including: A low resonance chassis holds an inverted platter bearing with a ceramic ball for further reduced rumble. An outboard 15V AC motor is driven by using an ultra precise AC generator with DC power supply for further enhanced speed stability.

A 10 S-shaped tonearm tube is made from carbon fibre, aluminium and resin. Using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar pressure, arm tube rigidity is strengthened, internal damping is maximized and resonances are reduced to a minimum. This makes the tonearm also suitable for MC cartridges. Additional features are a magnetic antiskating mechanism and a TPE- damped counterweight.

Congratulations From all at Hifi Pig for your stash of awards.

 

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Zesto Audio has announced the debut of their newest product, the Andros Téssera Phonostage. The official launch will take place at the annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado USA, October 7-9, 2016 in exhibit room 6011 at the Marriott Tech Centre.andros-tessera-front-with-led-web

Téssera means 4 in Greek. This newest product from Zesto Audio is aptly named as it is designed to work with up to 4 different tonearms or turntables.  George Counnas, President and Design Engineer for Zesto Audio says, “There are so many great specialized phono cartridges available today, I wanted to design a phonostage that was easy to use, while providing the necessary inputs to accommodate multiple tonearms and be able to save the settings when you switch between channels.”

The Andros Téssera designed with 100% tube circuitry and no solid state devices anywhere in the signal path and all switching is done with reed relays.

Building on the success of Zesto’s original Andros Phonostage, George wanted to take it further, not only sonically but with more features resulting in a quieter, fuller and more dynamic sound. tessera-back-with-power-supply-2-revised

Some of the new features include true transformer balance outputs driven by dedicated output tubes. The Andros Téssera has a new circuit design that is partnered with significantly upgraded larger MC step-up transformers to capture the most delicate signals in the grooves.

The Téssera is designed with 2 completely independent dual mono channels that can accommodate 1 MM and 1 MC per channel. It is easily adjustable “on the fly” 12 position MC load per channel without clicks or pops, so you can hear the changes, as well as save the settings when you switch between tonearms. One of the unique features is the 4 MC ground switches which helps to eliminate those noisy ground loops.

 

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Reloop HiFi has announced the introduction of their first record player. With decades of experience in the DJ and Professional Audio industry, Reloop have rapidly become a market leader  in the supply of DJ turntables and accessories. But during the German company’s twentieth anniversary year, they have decided to transfer their skills and experience to a new task; producing a turntable that’s been designed for music enthusiasts and sound purists. The result is TURN 3.

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Robert Lauterwein, Founder and CEO of Reloop, says of the new venture:

“For as long as I can remember, turntables have always been a part of my life. My father is a passionate music lover and vinyl collector, and my grandfather used to import and distribute Sony turntables in Switzerland in the 1970’s; so it was only natural that I developed my own interest in records and the tools we use to play them. That interest continues to drive me professionally and privately to this day.” He continues, “Twenty years ago, Reloop’s very first product for DJs was a turntable. Since then, turntables have been a core part of the Reloop DJ line, and me and my team constantly strive to ensure we offer the best technology available at an attractive price.”

TURN 3 is a precision-engineered belt-drive record player with a heavy MDF construction and clever anti-vibration feet, which ensure a stable platform for the turntable. The sleek gloss black plinth houses a low-noise DC motor that keeps un-wanted noise and resonance to a minimum. The motor is connected to the acoustically-treated aluminium die-cast platter via a drive belt that loops around the main platter’s inner-ring. The platter then sits atop a smooth-yet-sturdy spindle system.

The straight tonearm was specially designed for TURN 3, and offers optimal tracking. The arm’s premium finish also complements the turntable’s quality aesthetic, while the clearly labelled counterweight and convenient anti-skate dial make set-up effortlessly simple. TURN 3 is supplied with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge (SRP £89.00), and the use of a special curved headshell makes for easy changing between cartridges with different types of music or vinyl records (i.e. stereo or mono records).

TURN 3 is operated by a master switch on the back panel, and a three-point speed control on top of the plinth. The controller allows for effortlessly simple switching between 33 1/3, 45 and 78rpm speeds with tight accuracy and reliable stability. Then, for further convenience, there is a switchable Semi-Automatic Auto Stop function, which allows the turntable to automatically start when the tonearm is placed in position, and stop again at the end of the record.

TURN 3 is also simple to connect to any hifi system. The turntable is internally grounded, finished with gold-plated connectors and supplied with a set of RCA leads. Thanks to the switchable built-in Moving Magnet phono stage, the turntable can either be connected to a standard LINE or AUX input on an amplifier, or it can be upgraded with the use of an external phono stage. The additional USB output also allows for simple connection to a PC or Mac, providing a quick and easy way to  transcribe your vinyl to digital audio files.

TURN 3 is a stylish, customisable hi-fi turntable that offers a high-quality sound performance from a package that easily fits into any vinyl playback system.

SRP £350.00

The Reloop TURN 3 is available in the UK now.

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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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The flagship product of ONKK Limited UK, the Cue turntable fuses “ultra modern design, innovative engineering and contemporary aesthetics to deliver superlative, mastertape-like sound reproduction” says the company’s recent press release. We’ve been speaking with the guys at ONKK for some time now and whilst the turntable will make its debut at the National Audio Show this coming weekend, the company are not releasing photographs other than this we found on Twitter. onkk_turntable

This brand new direct-drive turntable employs high precision DSP speed control, a bespoke resonance-damped aluminium plinth, unique pistonic suspension system and a silent ceramic bearing.

Cue offers a choice of three speeds (33, 45 and 78RPM), which can be adjusted in 1/100 RPM steps, memorised and recalled at the touch of a button. This is done by a simple, intuitive and ergonomic user interface.

Meticulous attention has been paid to mechanical vibration isolation, with the specially designed mass-damped cast aluminium plinth and the previously mentioned pistonic suspension system providing immunity from external resonance.

The silent, wearless ceramic bearing is designed to last for generations. Its special material allows a minute contact point which  is said to significantly reduce drag and permits instantaneous motor response to changing load conditions. Speed fluctuations are sensed and adjusted in milliseconds.

Cue is handmade in the United Kingdom and comes with a five year parts guarantee.

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Gold Note, the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is going to release Vasari in October, a new MM cartridge engineered to offer high quality at a competitive price.
The cartridge will launch in two models: Vasari Red and Vasari Gold, both featuring a unique body design, fully machined from solid blocks to achieve a high dampening factor, a rigid aluminum cantilever and a custom diamond tip.

“Vasari is the best MM cartridge we have ever created” – stated Maurizio Aterini, Gold Note founder – “We have always been involved in analog audio, so much that we even make limited edition LPs. We just really like vinyl and that’s why we want vinyl lovers to be able to upgrade their systems and enjoy a better sound.”Vasari Gold & Red

Maurizio also explained: “Vasari is beautiful and efficient at the same time: we used high quality materials and developed custom designed elements to deliver an outstanding performance. After all, when you are looking at ways to improve the listening experience the first and easiest step should be to choose a better cartridge, and that’s what Vasari is made for.”

Vasari will be available through Gold Note dealers from September 2016 at an MSRP of €195 for Vasari Red and of €350 for Vasari Gold.

Vasari Gold SPECS:

Duraluminum machined body

Aluminum cantilever

Copper coil wire

Alnico magnet

elliptical diamond

suggested tracking weight 2.0g

output level 4.0mV
frequency response 15-25KHz

impedance 1KOhm

Vasari Red SPECS:

Delrin machined body

Aluminum cantilever

Copper coil wire

Alnico magnet

conical diamond

suggested tracking weight 2.0g

output level 4.0mV
frequency response 15-25KHz

impedance 1KOhm

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Pro-Ject Audio Systems has received for the 6th time one of the most important awards in consumer electronics worldwide, the EISA AWARD.PJ-Phono-TheClassic-Eucalyptus-Silver-Cover (1)s

Inspired by the classic turntables of our youth, The Classic comes in a wooden frame, with a damped heavy weight aluminium platter, a new carbon/aluminium tonearm and an aluminium counterweight.

The Classic is available with three different wooden chassis (Palisander, Rosenut, Walnut): Recommended retail price without cartridge is € 950,00 and with included Ortofon moving magnet cartridge “2M Silver” it is € 999,00.

 

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