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This shortlist has been compiled after stringent testing and viewer feedback.
We believe the improvement they make to hi-fi system and listening pleasure makes each accessory worthy of its price tag.

Your feedback is important!
If you believe there is an accessory that should be included here let us know and we will check it out.

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Cambridge Audio 300 Series XLR interconnects

Cambridge Audio 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!

Audioquest Red River XLR interconnects
Audioquest 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.


Room treatment




Acousticspares by Studiospares
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.


Tables & platforms

Quadraspire 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.


Turntable & record accessories



Okki Nokki record cleaning machine
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 brush!

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 cleaning service!

Further in depth details regarding this superb record cleaning machine will follow.

Isokinetik 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.

Spin 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
Keystrobe-duo + 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 Force Scale
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. £9





Turntable covers by Plastic Online Ltd.

‘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.



Wall sockets & mains cables




Vinyl Passion 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 of priorities!

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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