Vinyl replay systems still provide the most natural and satisfying way of enjoying recorded music. Pure analogue can give a most realistic and relaxed reproduction of the real event compared to the majority of digital systems. There is no question that a select few CD players can come close these days but many do not. Computer based music files, even the highest resolution versions, still do not emulate the sound or the emotional experience of vinyl LPs.
There are many turntables and cartridges manufacturers active on the market today and we have selected the few that meet our musical taste. All our turntables are non-suspended, that is with no sustained bounce, as this design presents the body and weight of a live event with rhythm and dynamics correctly stated. Fine detail is also more easily resolved from the vinyl groove than with sprung turntables.
With this experience we can assist in the selection of the correct turntable combination for your taste and budget. Because of the variety of subtle, and not so subtle, differences between these turntables, tone-arms and cartridges, these are sometimes difficult to express succinctly here. Please feel free to discuss your requirements with us by email or by phone.
We also offer a precise turntable and cartridge set up and service facility. With over 25 years experience of installing and setting up vinyl replay for our customers, we can fine tune to achieve the best possible sound revealing the finest details from your LPs. We have been amazed at how many turntable/cartridges we have encountered that are below optimum of what can be achieved. We can visit your home to do this; please phone for a quotation based on your location.
This vinyl cleaning machine uses ultrasonic technology making it the most efficient and most effective LP cleaner on the market. The Audiodesksysteme Vinyl Cleaner was the original brand to introduce this technology some 10 years ago. It is still the most efficient and easiest LP cleaner on the market.
High quality, reliable German engineering that is exceptionally easy to use, Both sides are cleaned simultaneously. Completely automatic and simple in operation. After a 5-6 minute cycle you have an ultra clean, dry LP.
An ultrasonic generator is used to excite the cleaning liquid bath that loosens dirt in the grooves. In addition, microscopic bubbles are created where a dirt particles sits at the groove surface that assist further in dislodging solid particles.
The designer, Reiner Glass, has experimented over the years with various levels of ultrasound and has found that a low energy generator is more efficient, and potentially less damaging to delicate vinyl surfaces than a high energy ultrasonic generator. The new PRO cleaner allows the user to extend the short ultrasound cycle of approximately 90 seconds incrementally by 60 seconds, up to 5 times, for very dirty LPs.
This contactless method of cleaning removes more dirt than conventional suction methods which most other LP cleaners are based on. In fact this ultrasonic cleaner produces significant audible improvements in sound quality by cleaning LPs previously cleaned with any other vinyl cleaner.
Ultra clean LPs have a bigger sound stage, more dynamics, a more correct tonal balance, and reveal more detail.It is much more than just removing noise. Ultra-clean surfaces also result in less stylus wear.
Superb results with both older, cherished LPs and with brand new pressings.
There has been a slight modification to the top plate of the latest generation of the PRO cleaner to accept the NEW 7" single adaptor. All units supplied from January 2018 accept this adaptor.
4 colour options are available: grey, black, white and red: please see gallery for images. The black is more of a dark grey than a solid black - an anthracite or graphite colour. Grey is a solid, mid grey colour; the white is also solid and looks elegant in the right setting. Red sells in small numbers and generally only a few will be stocked, or is to order.
We have appointed 13 approved specialist dealers around the UK; please contact us for the one nearest to you. For those not close to any dealer, we can supply by mail order. Please phone for details: 0118 981 9891.
Includes 2 Cleaning Fluid concentrates, 1 bath filter and 1 set of 4 Microfibre barrels £2525.00. No water is included.
Delivery with insurance to UK mainland £28.00 by next day courier.
Cleaning Fluid £14 (dilute to 4.5 litres with distilled/de-ionised water, change every 100 LPs).
Microfibre Cleaning Barrels (set of 4) £55.00 (change every 500 LPs).
Cleaning bath filter £14.50 (change every 500 LPs).
Wiper blades - set of 2 £16.00 (change approximately every 500-700 LPs).
Drive rings - set of 2 £18.00 (change as required but usually around 1500 LPs)
Fan filters (set of 2) £61.00 (dependent on environment used change as required but recommended around 800-1000 LPs).
Acrylic cover over bath filter £27.00
7" singles adaptor official audiodesksysteme PRO cleaner £235.00.
Please note this adaptor cannot be retro fitted to the original vinyl cleaner or the earlier PRO version. Only PRO units supplied from January 2018 will accept the 7" single adaptor. For owners of earlier vinyl cleaners who require the facility to clean 7" singles, we can offer an exchange against the latest PRO unit. The cost for such an exchange will depend on the model, age, and condition. Please call or email for a quotation.
All accessories and consumables purchased from us are delivered free within UK mainland.
The consumables cost is approximately 28p per LP averaged over 500 LPs, not including the cost of water.
Since its initial release, Audiodesk Systeme has beefed up the drive mechanism, improved the pump, and switched to quieter fans, which makes the cleaner a little quieter and a lot more robust. By taking the drudgery out of the record cleaning process, all you get is joy.Alan Sircom, HiFi + #172, May 2019
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Apart from the removal of loose particles, it’s the embedded dirt that has, up until now, never been removed, and has proven resistant even to an expensive record cleaning machine. This is a true first for record cleaners. This, in vinyl terms, is revolutionary.Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man, Dec 16
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This arrived safely earlier in the week and yesterday I was able to get it going. As to its cleaning, well, it takes the vinyl out of vinyl! The sense I get is of being that much closer to the master tape, with all the benefits you mentioned. It's like a very good cartridge upgrade. With my system there is now an even greater sense of neutrality and transparency than before, like looking into the recording venue.Mr JL, Hertfordshire
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how delighted I am with the Audiodesksysteme PRO Vinyl Cleaner. I feel as if I've either had a big cartridge upgrade or - more importantly - a whole new record collection. Not does it only reduce or eliminate surface noise, it also brings out more detail and ups the boogie factor - I'm hearing some much-loved LPs as I never have before. What's more it's compact, easy to use and automatic (and after just two weeks I've cleaned well over 200 LPs). I think it's the best investment I've made in hardware since I bought my LP12 back in 1988 - it really is that good!Mr KW, London
The Audio Desk Systeme cleaner turned up, was simple to set up and I have not used CDs since. I play one track of a record, clean it and end up playing it all. Whilst I needed a cleaning machine, I was sceptical of some of the claims in reviews... there is a change in every record cleaned so far. My non-HiFi brother referred to space, room, air and bass clarity from Joan Armatrading's "Show Some Emotion". I noticed clearer fingering of the guitar as well. It's obvious that cleaner records give better music… many thanks.Mr A M, Bristol
The Audio Desk Systeme cleaner is a revelation. This little machine makes the vinyl "better than new" - hard to believe, but absolutely true. It radically improves old and dirty records and the sound improvement – miraculous. This is not a "I think there may be an improvement there" but rather a game changer of an improvement. It works remarkable well on brand new unplayed records - just listening to one side of a new record with no cleaning and the other having been cleaned - way different! Anyone who has a large and cherished record collection deserves one of these. Thanks.Dr M W, Anglesey
Just a note to say that the Cleaning Machine arrived safely this morning and from the few disks I have cleaned with it, I am pleased to say that the results are very impressive. I have a few disks that are around 50 years old that weren't really playable but after cleaning in the machine they are almost like new disks. Amazing!Mr A K, Bromley
An ultrasonic record cleaning service is now available for those that do not wish to invest in this Vinyl Cleaner or wish to try its effectiveness prior to purchase. The minimum number required at one time is 12 LPs at a cost of £48 (£4.00 per LP) plus return delivery. All cleaned LPs placed in a new anti-static inner sleeve whilst preserving the original. For larger numbers call for a price quotation – 0118 981 9891.
One of our approved retailers, Peak HiFi, has designed a superb and simple acrylic dust cover for the Vinyl Cleaner. It is well made, looks great and fits into place easily. Keeps unwanted dust from entering the cleaner. Peak Dust Cover£65.00; next day delivery £16.00.
Clearaudio are a manufacturer of some of the best turntables. They also make a range of high quality LP cleaning machines. These work well in the more traditional vacuum suction method. Built to a very high standard in Germany and are very reliable. For those who want an affordable alternative to the ultrasonic vinyl cleaner, we can thoroughly recommend the Smart Matrix Professional.
NEW Smart Matrix Silent LP cleaner. Ultra quiet, automatic fluid application, adjustable 12", 10", 7" (pictured) £1300
Acrylic dust cover £150
The Double Matrix Professional Sonic record cleaner is probably one of the finest LP cleaners on the market today. Exemplary build quality and based on their highly regarded Double Matrix design but with added sonic cleaning action. The sonic action is applied to each side of the LP simultaneously via carbon fibre filaments that transmit this energy to the film if cleaning fluid that has been applied to the LP surface. Fully automatic, cleans both side of the LP simultaneously, highly efficient. Very quiet in operation and the cleaning cycle is quick compared to many other LP cleaning machines.
Double Matrix Professional Sonic LP cleaner £3960
Acrylic dust cover £190
Pure Groove Groove Essence Fluid
350 ml £25
700 ml 40
1.75 ml £95
14 litre £630
This innovative new product from DS Audio generates both positive and negative ions which neutralise and removes the static charge from vinyl records whilst playing.
The source of static electricity is created by many actions. Removing the LP from the inner sleeve (even an anti-static one) and the outer jacket, the stylus drag whilst playing the LP, and just rotating the LP in a dry atmosphere all contribute to static build up. Most of our living spaces that are centrally heated have very low humidity levels which exacerbate the build-up of static electricity.
The ION-001 emits both positive and negative ions from dual outlets in a controlled fashion effectively eliminating the static electricity charge from the record surface whilst it is playing. The effect on sound is very pronounced and makes for a more natural tonal balance with authoritative dynamics.
The ION-001 is equipped with 4 ionisers: two each for positive and negative ions. It incorporates a specially designed power supply controller that suppresses the generation of excess ozone preventing unwanted oxidation. The output of the ions is “fan less” and is therefore silent in operation and inaudible whilst the record is played.
The elegant, architectural tower shape allows for simple and quick installation standing next to most turntable designs with platter heights up to 18 cm/7 inches. For taller turntables an additional support is required. Ideal positioning is 5 to 8 cm from the record surface but is effective even 15 cm away. Due to the shape of the ION-001, it does not impede changing vinyl records.
The ION-001 will also remove static electricity from CDs. Treat them briefly, 15-20 seconds, in their jewel case prior to inserting into the CD player.
ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer £1500
It is quite simply outstanding, or at least it is here! I would automatically include it in any system if budget allowed.Mr R R, London
Clearaudio are manufacturers of high quality items totally dedicated to vinyl replay. They make some of the best sounding turntables, beautiful designed and simple to set up. Made in Germany to exacting standards they offer high levels of reliability. The Innovation range incorporates a minimalist base based made of very stiff bullet proof wood laminate within aluminium outer surfaces. This principal in extended as the models go from the Innovation Compact through to the state of the art Statement.
Some models offer a non contact magnetic drive mechanisms for ultra low noise. This technology has also been applied to some of their tone arm designs which use a unique fully magnetic bearing mechanism that has no friction. There are also three tangential, linear tracking arms available for the correct tracking of the LP groove in the manner which it was cut resulting in no groove distortion whatsoever.
The more affordable turntable packages include the Concept the Performance DC. These offers a remarkable level of sound quality not normally associated with these price points. The Concept packages is ready to go straight from the box; the Performace DC needs some simple assembly of the tonearm and cartridge. This can be done by us, free of charge, if preferred but the assembled turntable would need to be collected from our studio.These packages offer superb sound and exceptional value compared to any other brand at these price points. Fine details are very easily resolved, dynamics are fast and precise, and rhythm is paced correctly.
Concept MM package silver or black £1390
Concept MC package, black or silver £1810
Concept MM Wood, dark or light, package £1860
Concept MC Wood, dark or light, package £2310
Concept Essence MC package £2380
Performance DC including Clarify tonearm and Virtuoso V2 MM cartridge £3410
Performance DC Rose Gold/redwood chassis (pictured) - turntable only £2880
Performance DC Rose Gold/black chassis - turntable only £2350
Performance DC Wood- choice of colours with either dark red or light wood chassis - turntable only £2400
Performance DC silver of black - turntable only £1950
Ovation - natural wood with OSC and CMB £5570
Ovation - black lacquer with OSC and CMB £5970
Innovation Basic – silver/wood + clear platter £4610
Innovation Basic – black + black platter £4720
Innovation Compact – silver/wood + clear platter(pictured) £5970
Innovation Compact – black + black platter £6170
Innovation – silver/wood + clear platter £8770
Innovation – black + black platter £9330
Clarify (pictured) £1310
Satisfy aluminium £1200
Satisfy Carbon £1400
Unify – Sapphire unipivot/ carbon fibre
- silver/black 9" £1790
– silver/black 10" £1860
– silver/black 12" £2000
– silver/black 14" £2110
Tracer - silver or black £1910
Universal 9" £4610
Universal 12" £5010
Tangential TT5 £2260
Tangential TT3 £3310
Tangential TT3 hardwired £3480 (1.0m cable)
Tangential TT3 hardwired £3560 (1.5m cable)
Tangential TT2 (pictured) £8530
We are pleased to announce our support for this iconic Japanese brand and have invested in a few of their extensive range of high-end audiophile products. This includes the new PD-151 turntable and tonearm combination as a well as a CD player and two integrated amplifiers. More detailed information will follow shortly.
PD-151 Turntable with matching tone arm £4500
Nottingham Analogue is British company manufacturing a wide range of turntables, all built to last. The company offers lifetime guarantees on all its components. Their combination of carefully chosen, different materials, results in a unique method of damping excess energy. A natural tonal balance and good timing is the result. Their tonearms are constructed as a carbon/aluminium composite and all have undamped uni-pivot bearings. For those that prefer gimbal bearings, an adaptor to fit SME tonearms is available to order.We have found the Spacedeck and the Hyperspace to be the most popular although others from their range can be obtained to order.
The NEW improved Hyperspace Deck looks amazing with a high quality of finish to both the turntable and high gloss black plinth that puts to shame many more famous, and more expensive, brands. The very high mass platter, finished off as standard with the Heavy Duty sintered carbon top plate, reduces noise floor to about the lowest level we have heard. Our demonstration model is fitted with the 12" Ace Space Arm which offers exceptional sound, and exceptional value for money, compared to other 12" tone arms on the market.
We have recently added the Space 294 turntable to our portfolio. This is based on the Space Deck but dedicated to 12" tonearms only and features an oversized platter for additional mass. Our demonstration model includes the (optional) upgrade platter kit, made from the carbon ceramic material that uniquely damps most of the undesirable resonances in the system getting to the LP and, as with the Hyperspace, results a very low noise floor. At a total combined cost of £3510, this offers an exceptional sound for this price point, rivalling many brands that costs 2-3 times more.
SpaceDeck with 10" Ace Space Arm £2170.00 (pictured)
Ace SpaceDeck with 10" Ace Space arm £2400.00
Space 294 (for 12" arms only) with Ace Space 12" arm £2880.00
Hyperspace with 10" Ace Space Arm £3850.00
Hyperspace with 12" Ace Space Arm £4000.00 (pictured)
Heavy Duty Upgrade Platter kits for Space/Ace Space Deck £570.00
Heavy Duty Upgrade Platter kit for Space 294 Deck £630.00
SME tonearm adaptors/arm boards to order
SPECIAL PRICES for mail order, self-install, please phone for details.
Other products could be available. Please ring for details.
SME have been manufacturing exemplary tonearms for many years. More recently, they have manufactured four turntables acknowledged to be among the best in the world at their respective price points. Very sophisticated designs, not necessarily apparent on first appearance, which channel all the unwanted resonance energy away from the cartridge. This results in a very low noise floor producing a very quiet background to the music, enabling low level detail to be more easily perceived. Incredibly neutral in tone, very accurate in imaging within a large soundstage, and very fast rhythmically. These turntables just do not get in the way of the music.
NEW turntable from SME has been launched called the Model 12A. This entry level turntable uses the unique styling of Synergy and comes complete with the highly acclaimed SME 309 tonearm and internal Crystal Cable wiring as standard with an option to upgrade to Series IV or V tonearms. The Model 12A is available in three paint finishes of traditional SME Black, Dark Grey and Dark Blue with contrasting detailing. As with all SME turntables it is of high density construction resulting in freedom from colouration so common in other turntable designs. Compact footprint, simplicity of operation with understated styling.
The Model 15 is the first model in the range with two levels separated by damped suspension towers. Probably leaning more towards the qualities achieved with the Model 20/3 than the Model 12, with 3 towers rather than 4 separating the upper platter level The noise floor is low, the images are very stable both in terms of width and depth, tonally very correct as one expects from SME. Less hi-fi and much more music. The most popular model in the SME range due to it sound quality and compact footprint. Probably the best value for the investment in the entire range and well worth the asking price.
The Model 20/3 is a big improvement on the previous model, the superb Model 20/2 and incorporates many design features originated for the Model 20/12. Massive construction, extensional damping of major surfaces and lack of vibration from moving parts ensures exceptional detail, resolution and uncoloured performance. The improvement in transparency and focus of the images in the soundstage is very significant and this turntable leans even closer to the sound of the Model 30. There is now an oversized platter (as on the Model 30) with a the top damping material in black; the turntable looks magnificent. The neutrality is hard to beat; the turntable has even less character than before and you now hear even more of what is on the LP.
Model 12A with 309 tone arm and Crystal Cable wire £7950
Model 15 £8750
Model 15A with Model 309 tone arm £9250
Model 20/3 £11450
Model 20/3A with matching Series V GPD tone arm £15450
Model 20/12 £17250
Model 20/12A with matching Model 312S £18250
Model 30/2 £26250
Model 30/2A with matching Series V GDP tone arm £29450
Model 30/12 £32550
Model 30/12A with matching Series V-12 tone arm £35450
This respected Swiss company has been making cartridges for many years and also supplies parts to other cartridge companies. Their sound is very natural, slightly warm tonal balance with a very large soundstage. Cartridge loading requirements are 500 ohms or higher up to around 10Kohms.
ACE SL output 0.3mV (pictured) £695
ACE SM and SH £695
Glider SL output 0.35mV £895
Glider SM and SH £895
Wood SL output 0.35mV £1095
Wood SM and SH £1095
Reference S output 0.3mV £1895
Gullwing SLR output 0.34mV (pictured) £2295
Gullwing SHR output 0.7mV £2295
Ebony SL output 0.35mV £2495
Ebony SM, SH and STR £2495
Ruby Z output 0.35mV £2495
Ruby Z H output 0.7mV £2495
LP output 0.34mV (pictured) £2495
LP S output 0.34mV £2795
SPECIAL PRICES for mail order, self-install – please phone for details.
The new MC cartridges from Clearaudio offer some of the most natural sounds with one of the largest soundstages from any manufacturer. Based on unique 24 kt gold coils and differing body materials, the performance and dynamic range increase up the model range to the state of the art Goldfinger Statement.
They also make a range of fine sounding MM cartridges. During demonstrations using these cartridges, customers have to be reminded they are listening to a MM design, not a MC. They are that dynamic, fast and elegant. There are too many to list here so please phone for further advice and prices.
Concept MC £750
Essence MC £1110
Talisman V2 Ebony body (pictured) £1510
Concerto V2 Satin wood body, 70dB dynamic range(pictured) £2310
Stradivari V2 Ebony body, 80dB dynamic range £3210
Da Vinci V2 Aluminium body, 90dB dynamic range £4720
Titanium V2 Titanium body, 95dB dynamic range (pictured) £6920
Goldfinger Solid gold body, 12 magnets, 100 dB dynamic range £12040
SPECIAL PRICES for mail order.
DS Audio is a Japanese R&D company experienced in laser and infra-red LED optical technology. They have developed a radically new approach to the phono cartridge based on an optical system that does away with moving coils and moving magnets. It uses an optical system that converts the stylus/cantilever movement into audio signals. This completely eliminates electromagnetic and frictional forces that are endemic in traditional MM and MC designed cartridges.
Traditional cartridges rely on magnets or coils to generate an electrical signal. The optical cartridge uses a beam of light to detect cantilever movement. The vibrations from the stylus reading the groove are transferred to a wand that creates shadow movements on to an optical detector screen. These are then converted as electrical signals transferred to the equaliser, the equivalent of a phono stage for conventional cartridges.
With coils, magnets and magnetic fields removed, the cantilever system is much lighter and more agile making it much faster in its response to groove undulations. The signal produced from optical screen is more linear making equalisation a much simpler process. The result is the most natural sound from vinyl LPs than with electromagnetic devices.
All DS Audio cartridges look like a conventional cartridge. They have solid aluminium bodies, the stiffness of the material used varying between models. The DS-002 and DS-W2 have aluminium or boron cantilevers respectively tipped with a Shibata stylus. The DS Master1 uses a sapphire cantilever and micro ridge shaped stylus.
They are installed in a tone arm exactly as you would any cartridge to establish geometry, arm height and playing weight. Because the output is generated optically, via infra-red LED, it requires power and this is fed from the supplied custom phono equaliser via the green and blue pins. The supplied equaliser has to be used as these optical cartridges cannot be used with conventional phono stages.
The equaliser supplied for the DS-002 and DS-W2 are housed in substantial aluminium cases, a high quality item in itself. The equaliser for the DS Master 1 is massive and weighs 24 kg. This is due to its discrete dual mono analogue circuitry with three dedicated power supplies, and large banks of capacitors. All equalisers include the option of a subsonic filter to cope with excessive bass frequencies that can exist on some LPs, or if the LP is substantially warped. The equaliser for the DS Master 1 features three separate low frequency cut off points, each accessed by either single ended RCA or balanced outputs.
The most important difference is the sound. From first listening to a DS W1 I was struck by how natural this cartridge is, and how different from conventional MC or MM cartridges. The background noise level is so low that transparency was exceptional. The air and space in the soundstage amongst the best – if not the best - I have heard. Dynamics sweeps such as a full orchestra going from soft to loud, tympani and brass, sounded so fast and so lifelike. Strings were sweet and rich in tone, just like in a concert hall, without any hint of “screech”. By sweet I do not mean overly warm through colouration. Piano notes have decays and detail that are resolved easily which are not so obvious when heard with conventional MC cartridges, except from perhaps some of the most expensive models. Absolutely no hint of hifi artifice. The DS-W1 has now been superseded with the DS-W2 which now incorporates technology from the DS-Master 1, both with improved wire suspension system and within the equaliser.
With the recent introduction of the DS 002 model and equaliser, which also incorporates the trickle down technology from the DS Master 1 development, this radical new optical cartridge technology is now more affordable. The most notable design improvement is the cantilever which is more precisely positioned within the newly developed wire suspension system that holds the cantilever. The optical screen is also placed nearer to the stylus tip providing a more accurate reading of the groove undulations resulting in a more transparent sound.
NEW. There is now a new entry model product called the DS E1. This features a precision machined aluminium body similar to those in the other DS Audio cartridges. The wire suspension system is also the same as in all other models. It has an aluminium cantilever with an elliptical stylus. The DS E1 equaliser has an amplifier at the heart of its circuit greatly reducing the number of components required. Hence the casework is more compact, around 1/3 the size of the DS-002 equaliser. This model now on demonstration.
For those serious about obtaining the most tonally correct, most natural sound from their LPs, whatever the music genre preferred, these cartridges should be auditioned. It is a radically different approach to vinyl replay and it comes with its own phono equaliser and power supply.
NOW AVAILABLE. The new DS-ION-001 Vinyl Ionizer. Totally removes static energy from the vinyl LP whilst playing. More details and photos soon. Book a demonstration hear this amazing product and its effect on the sound quality. £1500.00
I am delighted with the DS-W1. I have had some time to set it up and listen to it now and have also had two audiophile friends over to listen. All three of us think it presents a unique sound which is the best we have heard in almost every way; it almost requires a re-tuning of the ear it is so different. I had demoed a strain gauge before and I believe this surpasses that in sound and technology. The more I listen to the DS-W1 the more impressed I am. The number one unique and abiding quality is foot tappingly good timing and speed - you would think that was a given but it really isn’t and I don’t believe anything I have ever heard comes close this. It is a bargain!Mr C G Bedfordshire, UK
The DS-W1’s astonishing speed and unfettered dynamics (micro and macro) give it that breath of intimacy that brings music and musicians vividly to life… Never have I heard a cartridge that can capture instrumental textures or vocal nuance….as naturally and effortlessly as this.Roy Gregory, HiFi Plus issue 136.
I have never heard such wonderful sound. Just speechless! Yes, I was shocked at the incredible dynamic sweeps, the blackness of the back ground and the speed of the transients.Ken Kessler, HiFi News September 2015
DS-E1 Optical Cartridge and Equaliser £2420
DS-002 Optical Cartridge and Equaliser £5050
DS-W2 Optical Cartridge and Equaliser £10420
DS-Master 1 Optical Cartridge and Equaliser £20000
DS Audio now offer the sale of their cartridges and equalisers separately allowing customers to choose whichever combination suits them.
Optical Cartridges only
DS Master 1 £7370
DS-E1 equaliser £1410
DS-002 equaliser £3050
DS-W2 equaliser £7260
DS Master 1 equaliser £12630.
Kiseki, a classic cartridge manufacturer from the 1980s, have been revamped and redesigned in 2013. After two years of experimenting, testing many different materials and techniques has resulted in better, new cartridges. The two moving coil models are the Blue N.S. (new style) and the PurpleHeart N.S.
The bodies are now shorter which makes it easier to install in most tone arms in today's market. The shape is a squarer body and the internal design is based on their NOS cartridges but with all parts from current production.
The Kiseki Blue N.S. has a body machined from solid aluminium, an aluminium cantilever, and the motor built from the best available parts. This model surpasses the sound of the original Blue from the 1980s and the more recent Blue N.O.S.
The Kiseki PurpleHeart N.S. has a body made from rare purpleheart wood which turns from brown to a warm purple colour after exposure to sunlight. It has a thin boron cantilever and fine diameter diamond. Very lightweight at 7 grams. A true high-end cartridge at an realistic price.
A very natural and beguiling sound from both models, marginally on the warmer side of neutral. The sound stage is large and deep but probably not as much as those from the Benz-Micro or the Clearaudio cartridge equivalents.
Blue N.S. £1695
A well established Japanese manufacturer (assembled and tested by Yoshinori Mishima) and sound engineered by Jonathan Carr. Excellent
transparency and all are capable of large soundstages. A neutral tonal balance with good bass response but with a slightly more
forward presentation of the soundstage than the other brands we offer. Cartridge loading optimally around 1000 Ohms but comfortable
into higher or lower values.
The Skala combined the tonal neutrality, musical flow and smoothness of the ZYK with the Helikon’s tonal neutrality and transient precision.Michael Fremer, Stereophile March 2007
Dorian output 0.55mV £795
Delos output 0.45mV £995
Kleos output 0.5mV £1995
Skala output 0.5mV (pictured) £2895
Titan i output 0.5mV £3395
SPECIAL PRICES for mail order, self-install – please phone for details.
Mono version of certain models available ; please call for prices.
Other products could be available. Please ring for details.
This stylus cleaner consists of a gel made from a urethane resin developed for eliminating micro dust in laboratory clean rooms. It is simple and very safe to use; you just drop the stylus into it 2/3 times at the tracking weight of your cartridge. Many alternative cleaning methods apply excessive force to the stylus and to the cantilever.
The gel removes even the most tenacious dirt very effectively, especially the dirt that accumulates on the back of the diamond. It takes seconds to carry out this cleaning operation and worth doing after every 2/3 sides played, the difference in sound quality is easily heard.
Placing the slim, elegant container onto the platter and cuing the tonearm over it is an easy operation, as easy as cuing your LP. And low risk for any damage to occur due to the excellent design of the how the gel sits inside its metal case. It is the best design we have encountered based on similar concept alternatives on the market.
When very dirty, the gel can be washed in warm water to return it to as-new condition.
One of our customers, who was amongst the first to buy, says it is one of the biggest "upgrades" to the sound of his vinyl replay system he had encountered in a while.
ST-50 Stylus Cleaner £80.00 free postage.
Furutech make three extremely good sounding phono cables. From the well-priced entry level AG-12, rivalling many more expensive cables from other brands at 2-3 times the price, to the renowned Silver Arrows. High levels of transparency, well balanced timbres across the frequency range, fast dynamics, and extracting fine detail without being clinical. There is now a new AG-16 phono leas that sits between these two original models offering a high quality sound at an affordable price. All these phono cables are built to the highest standards, using Furutech’s own high purity conductors and their market leading connectors. A prime recommendation for all discerning vinyl audiophiles.
AG-12 DIN to RCA 1.2 m £425
AG-12 RCA to RCA 1.2 m £425
AG-12 L-DIN to RCA 1.2 m £470
AG-16 DIN to RCA 1.2 m £965
AG-16 RCA to RCA 1.2 m £965
AG-16 L-DIN to RCA 1.2 m £1020
AG16 XLR DIN-XLR 1.2 m £1020
AG16 RCA-RCA 1.2m £1020
Silver Arrows II DIN to RCA 1.2 m £1810
Silver Arrows II L-DIN to RCA 1.2 m £1810
Silver Arrows II RCA to RCA 1.2 m £1870
Silver Arrow II DIN to XLR 1.2 m £1870
The new Pure AA Line products from Audio Analogue include a superb phono stage. Half width chassis very solidly built to a high standard of finish with a high quality component specification. Film and foil capacitors used for the RIAA equalisation. Easy to install and use, simple in operation. Switchable from MM to MC; cartridge resistance and capacitance loading done by buttons discretely placed under the front panel.
AAPhono black or silver £1599.00
Clearaudio make a range of high quality, fuss free, beautifully constructed phono stages. Some of their models offer auto impedance matching hence no adjustments to make when changing cartridge models. An optional battery power supply can added to the ‘+’ models for an even further reduced noise level. Their sound is neutral with no emphasis on any frequency range creating the largest soundstage that the cartridge is capable of.
The Basic V2 and the Balanced V2 phono stages have been completely designed and upgraded to give even better performance. These phono stages were always amongst the best and quietest we have heard and the V2 versions take them to another level above. The restyled casework is now similar to that of the Absolute Phono and enhances the pride of ownership. These two models are extremely simple in operation as they have auto cartridge loading. No switches or modules to adjust!
The Absolute Phono Inside design is something extremely special. Dual mono and fully balanced in construction it is one of the best, if not the best, phono stage we have heard, at any price. Extremely silent, low noise results in superb dynamics and the ability to resolve the finest details on the recording. The result are a large, deep soundstage with each instrument/vocalist occupying their own space. A revelation. It is not by any means a low cost item but the best rarely is.
Nano Phono V2 £350
Nano Phono V2 Headphone £390
Smart Phono V2 £590
Smart Phono V2 Headphone £660
Basic V2 £990
Balance V2 £2510
Absolute Phono (pictured) silver or black £11040
Absolute Phono Inside silver or black £11040
The Clearaudio Absolute Phono Inside is arguably a landmark MC phono stage design, albeit a costly one. Ostensibly simple on the outside, the two-box solution is intelligently conceived and expertly executed. The result is a truly captivating sound quality that is difficult to criticise on any level.Adam Smith, Hifi News 2015
This device may look like many others but the effect on the sound of the turntable is very different. This record weight will fit over the spindle of almost all turntables and is to be used in place of those supplied with clamps. It places the Harmonic Resolution System (HRS) proprietary polymer compound in intimate contact with the LP over the label area. This polymer compound absorbs the vibrational energy generated by the stylus reading the LP groove or the structure borne energy that is transmitted through the chassis and from the platter bearing. Removing these resonances, the sound from the LP is far more natural, less distorted especially at the higher frequencies, and much more transparent. Soundstages become deeper because the finest details that resolve the space of the recording venue are more apparent and image focus is more precise. Our customers say that once they play their vinyl systems with this record weight, they cannot listen to their LPs without using it.
Please note this is not a threaded clamp so it will not flatten a warped record. However, even when used with warped LPs the sonic benefit is still very apparent.
We have trial samples available for home evaluation. Please phone for details.
ADL Analogue Disc weight (pictured) £265
ADH Stainless Steel Disc weight (pictured) £495
The new stainless steel version of ADH weight is now available in adition to the ADL. This is made from non-magnetic stainless steel and has 3 times the mass of the ADL. It is optimised for higher mass, non-suspended turntables. Only be available in the natural machined stainless steel finish.
The initial response from a few customers who have bought ADH weights report an extremely large upgrade in levels of transparency compared to the already superb performance generated from using the ADL.
HRS system components will prove to be an essential collection to remove noise from your hi-fi. And less noise, of course, means more music.Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man, Dec 16
There is a whole level more clarity, lower noise floor and tonally more neutral. More than justifies the additional cost difference.