04. August 2021 · Comments Off on Fidelity Imports Distributing Goldring Brand In The USA · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , , ,


Armour Home Electronics has appointed Fidelity Imports as the exclusive US distributor of its phono cartridge and record care brand, Goldring.

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21. June 2021 · Comments Off on Naim Solstice Special Edition Turntable And Naim Aro Tonearm · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , , , ,


Naim Audio of Salisbury, England, has launched their first-ever turntable plus next-generation Aro tonearm as part of the complete Solstice Special Edition turntable package, in a limited run of 500.

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Luxman of Japan has announced their new moving coil cartridge, the Luxman LMC-5, scheduled to be released at the end of April 2021.

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The HANA-Umami Red hand-built MC cartridge is named after the word Umami, officially coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda-san as a very pleasing or delicious flavour on the palette, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.

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Henley Audio has announced that as of January 1st, 2020, they have been officially appointed as the new, exclusive UK and Republic of Ireland distributor for Sumiko Phono Cartridges.

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Rega has announced a new addition to their hand-made moving coil cartridge line up, the Ania Pro.

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At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 Audio-Technica will be showcasing a selection of their products including the flagship AT-ART1000 phono cartridge, its newest audiophile ATH-AP2000Ti headphones and more.

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Miyajima’s entry-level stereo cartridge, the Takumi, is now also available in a new enhanced ‘L’ edition.

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The new Hana M Series is re-defining value for money in the cartridge world, says Air Audio, the UK’s distributor for Hana.

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For twenty-five years, British Hifi brand AVID has championed vinyl reproduction with its turntables.

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Ortofon announced a string of new products at Munich High End earlier in May, now, they are available in the UK, thanks to Henley Audio.

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Gold Note have redesigned two of their MC cartridges with new ultra light coils to permit a lower output level.

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Japanese brand Hana are launching a new higher end range of moving coil cartridges.  The ML and MH (Low and High output options) are an advanced development of their SL and SH moving coil cartridges, and utilise a ‘Micro-line’ design nude diamond tip, along with with many other improvementsMore »

On the 9th of October 2018, Ortofon A/S celebrates its 100 years anniversary. Specialising in the manufacture of phono pick-up cartridges, the Danish company have announced the newly developed MC Century limited edition cartridge. It is now available in the UK through Henley Audio. 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 »

Zesto Audio has announced their first audio accessory, the Andros Allasso Step Up Transformer. The international debut will take place at the X-FI Audio Show in Holland on September 30th and the US launch will be at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, CO, October 6-8 in exhibit room #7009 at the Marriott Tech Center. 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 »

Clearaudio have been engaged in ongoing research into moving coil (MC) technology since 1978. Still, their design team found themselves facing quite a challenge when tasked with developing a brand new cartridge that would improve on the existing entry-level Concept MC, but without breaking a key price point, says the company’s latest press release. Clearaudio Essence MC square

Like the Concept MC, the Essence MC’s body is constructed from a high-density aluminium-magnesium alloy, which is then coated with a ceramic layer to minimize resonance.

Meanwhile, the boron cantilever, microline stylus and Clearaudio-patented moving coil generator with its hand-selected high-performance magnets have each been subjected to rigorous scrutiny in order to achieve tighter tolerances. The result they say is “improved dynamic performance, higher resolution and channel matching of better than 0.5 dB”.

The Essence MC will partner with almost any MC phonostage at a price that won’t break the bank. Its angular body shape with centre line at the front makes it easy to align, while threaded holes mean that you don’t have to fiddle with screws and nuts. It comes with a full cover stylus guard.

Technical specifications


ConstructionAluminum-magnesium alloy with ceramic surface layer;

microline stylus; boron cantilever; OFC copper coils

Frequency response20 Hz – 40 kHz
Output voltage0.4 mV at 5 cm/s
Recommended tracking force2.0 g (+/- 0.2 g)
Channel separation> 32 dB
Channel difference (balance)< 0.3 dB
Compliance9/9 μ/mN
Cartridge impedance11 Ω
Total weight8.0 g
Warranty2 years (provided warranty card completed and returned to Clearaudio within specified timescale)


The Clearaudio Essence MC is available now priced at £795 (including VAT).


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