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300 Series XLR interconnects
We have used various balanced interconnect cables between
our Whest PS40RDT phono stage and Musical Fidelity M8 preamplifier.
This is the cheapest and most remarkable cable so far. This
plain looking grey cable is by far one of the most transparent
cables we have ever used. AND it is cheap. I have seen pristine
used 300 Series cables going for as little as £25
online. A real bargain!
Red River XLR interconnects
A high specification high performance cable. Many music lovers
have used this interconnect (including us). The 0.5M length
is priced at around £50.
Acoustic panels, acoustic tiles and acoustic bass traps
by Studiospares in London
After experiencing the substantial improvement room treatment
will make to the overall listening experience, I am shocked
and horrified it took so long to sort this out!
There are several professional
companies who can do this for you, but if you want to do
this yourself there are very simple rules when it comes
to treatment. You need a mix of reflection, absorption and
diffusion. But you need to start at your 1st reflection
points. Side walls, ceiling, front and rear wall. Your ears
need to deal with these first and their path lengths are
long enough to confuse the brain when it's processing the
direct sound from the speakers.
racks & tables
We adore Quadraspire racks and tables! Way back in 2000 we
spent months comparing at least seven different company racks
utilising various materials. The difference each table made
to the overall sound was staggering. Listening to music on
each table was akin to changing individual components! Our
challenges were featured within a very well-known hi-fi magazine
(which included embarrassing photographs of a very inexperienced
young man). Quadraspire racks easily came out on top for their
build quality and neutrality. Quadraspire offer various options
depending on taste and equipment size.
& record accessories
Okki Nokki record
I have been collecting
records for nearly forty years. The only type of cleaner
I possessed for most of those forty years is a single carbon
After months of research
into various record cleaners at prices from £40 to
£2600, I am extremely happy with the Okki Nokki rcm
at around £490 (including dust cover). In fact all
of my friends and colleagues are happy with my Okki Nokki
rcm as they tend to turn up with either new, second hand,
or existing records from their collections asking for “a
favour.” Perhaps I should consider starting a record
Further in depth details
regarding this superb record cleaning machine will follow.
Turntable Setup Spirit Level Kit
A level turntable with correctly setup arm and cartridge will
deliver cleaner, sweeter music, as well as reducing wear on
your stylus and records. Isokintik’s Turntable Setup
Spirit Level Kit is a must buy for all turntable owners. This
three set kit will allow easier setup of both turntable and
arm. It is important to double check the levels are
‘true’ before you use them. This can
be done by comparing each each individual bubble lalongside
other items you know are level!
Superb value at £9.99.
Care Ultra Premium 12" Inner Vinyl Record
It is imperative you replace paper inner liners supplied with
most records with a poly inner liner! Good quality poly inner
liners will reduce the possibility of paper and dust scratches
as well as reducing static. Priced competitively at £35
for 100 supplied by Vinyl Passion
+ Reference Standard Disc combo
This KeyStrobe kit is a no fuss easy to use combo for turntables
that require 33 / 45 speed adjustment. (An ideal partner for
the Origin Live Ultra upgrade kit). £52.00.
Neoteck Digital Turntable Stylus
Accurate stylus force is important for ensuring the playback
result and life of your valuable records and cartridge.
There are many digital
stylus force gauges available. Not surprisingly many of
them look remarkably similar. Prices range from as little
as £9 to a staggering £250!
We have used the £25 manual Shure SFG-2 Stylus (or
tonearm) Tracking Force Gauge for a while with various degrees
of accuracy, however, even these cheaper digital stylus
force gauges have a tried and tested precision accuracy
rating of between ±0.01g, so why would you want to
use a £25 manual gauge?
The accuracy of Neoteck
Digital Turntable Stylus force scale has been tested thoroughly
by us. It is easy to use and we have found the company extremely
prompt and helpful regarding any questions we have raised.
Turntable covers by Plastic
‘At Plastic Online we
pride ourselves on quality. We offer broad industry knowledge
and our professional team are able to assist with design
and material selection for any project whether it be a one
off or large quantity.’
After spending your hard earned
cash on your dream ‘lid less’ turntable it can
be a little daunting locating the right company to make
and supply the lid (or cover). After much research and communication
with various companies, we decided to put our trust in Plastic
Online. With expert assistance from Plastic Online, we designed
the acrylic cover all the way, from the size of the rear
cable cut outs, through to the personalised ‘AMG logo
on the front bottom. We were rewarded with a beautifully
built bespoke plastic cover for our AMG Viella V12 turntable
which covered the whole turntable. The cost of our cover
came to a respectful £185.
sockets & mains cables
2 Gang Silver plated Wall socket
I was extremely doubtful
and even reluctant to try this double wall socket.
After making various substantial physical improvements to
my system including turntable, amplifier and phono stage
upgrades, a specialist wall socket was far from my list
After a swift swap
with my existing standard switched double socket for the
A-B listening test, the difference was CLEAR! Greater detail
and sweeter highs, clearer mids and a more defined bottom
end which all translates to a more open soundstage. Yes
I was surprised and really did not want to believe it. I
continued to listen (and continued further A-B swaps) all
of the above improvements became even more prominent after
ten – twenty minutes. I will not be swapping back
to the standard switched double socket! Double wall socket
price £38. (A bargain)!
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