Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What is WRONG with my SYSTEM!! There's so much STATIC!!!

Zerostat at True Audiophile
We get this kind of static all the time. Especially in the winter months when its typical for a TT to generate static in dry heated air.

That 'slurp' you hear when you turn over your record is not good. It'll swamp the stylus and eventully your entire table.

Aside from getting a humidifier (which we strongly recommend for stereo rooms in the winter) there's still only one device that removes static. I guess that's why they call things classics.

Zerostat is the way to go. Its been the way to go. So give up. Get one. Then go back to happy listening.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Little Onzow. No Dust. Just Big Recommendation

ZeroDust. 2018 Stereophile Recommended

We love this little stylus cleaner, our customers love this little stylus cleaner, Now Stereophile 2018 Recommends it.

Onzow Zero Dust stylus cleaner: $39.99 ★

"A circular mound of semi-gelatinous goop in a box, onto which you gently lower your stylus," said MF. Use is simple: "After a few seconds, you lift the stylus, and it's as clean and residue-free as the proverbial whistle....Upside: no potentially dangerous brushing, and no fluids. 

Downside: if you like to leave your platter spinning, you'll have to stop it each time, or find another steady surface upon which to perform the operation." (What they’re saying is just keep a finger on your platter so it doesn’t move while cleaning. Ridiculously simple)


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Ikeda Mono Cartridge. 2018 Recommended

Stereophile 2018 Recommended Components Recommends the Ikeda Sound Labs Mono Cartridge:

Ikeda Sound Labs 9mono MC: $4400

Said by Ikeda to have been developed from the ground up as a mono rather than a stereo cartridge, the 9mono nonetheless incorporates two coils—both oriented vertically, to respond only to horizontal groove modulations—in an effort to prevent hum problems when used with stereo electronics. 

The 9mono has a double-wall duralumin cantilever, an elliptical stylus, an aluminum body, and a rather low (2 ohms) impedance; output is also low (0.22mV), as is compliance—although the recommended tracking force is a moderate 1.8gm. 

The 9mono impressed MF with its "smooth, burnished overall sound" and transient performance that was "on the smooth and polite side," though he also noted its "impressive transparency" and "especially fine rendering of stage depth." (Vol.39 No.6)


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Small but Mighty

AudioQuest Anti-Static Record Brush
We needed to properly take care of our TT customers. Everyone needs a brush. Naturally, we went through all of them before selecting the AudioQuest. Just the best of the bunch.

Pick one up.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Kai - the Giant who Roared

Kai Highly Recommend Cartridge. Find it now at True Audiophile.

Ikeda Sound Labs Kai cartridge is the top of the line for Ikeda and everyone who's purchased one is estatic - now Stereophile Recommended Components 2018 concurs

Ikeda Sound Labs Kai: 
The top model of a five-cartridge line, the Kai is made in Japan by Ikeda Sound Labs, a company created by Fidelity Research founder Isamu Ikeda. 

The Kai is a low-output (0.19mV) MC design whose boron cantilever sports a Micro-Ridge stylus. Its alumite body is topped with a plate of titanium, resulting in a highish mass of 11.5gm—which goes hand in hand with a level of suspension compliance that MF described as "appropriately low." 

Using the low-impedance (2.5 ohms) Kai with his Ypsilon MC26-L transformer, MF enjoyed "explosive dynamic swings" and "an unmistakably deep, wide, and tall soundstage." He also praised the cartridge's "electrostatic-like transparency" and "fast and clean transients," while noting that the Kai's tonal balance "pushed toward the cool." Use with a high-mass tonearm is recommended.


Kuzma 4 Point Tone Arms get the Acclaim They Deserve

Kuzma 4-Point now at True Audiophile


Kuzma 4 Point Tone arms have been high recommended to use by TT experts who are flown all over the world to set up tables - and now Stereophile 2018 Recomended agrees:

Designed by Franc Kuzma, this brilliant pivoted tonearm takes its name from its four-point bearing system: Four carefully arranged points contact four cups, permitting the arm to move in both the vertical and lateral planes while avoiding the chatter of gimbaled bearings and the instability of unipivot designs. 

It has an effective length of 11", a pivot-to-spindle distance of 10.3", an overhang of 0.6", an effective mass of 0.4oz, and a total weight of 3.63 lbs. Its removable headshell made swapping cartridges painless, while adjustment of VTF, VTA, antiskating, and azimuth were all relatively simple. With its outstanding immediacy, transparency, and overall coherence, the 4Point consistently exceeded Mikey's expectations. 

Compared to the combo of Continuum Cobra arm and Ortofon A90 cartridge, the 4Point with Lyra Titan i offered greater timbral, textural, and image solidity, said MF. "I'm in love," he concluded. Compared with the Continuum Audio Labs Cobra, the Kuzma sounded more natural and more energetic. "The Kuzma 4Point may be the finest tonearm out there, period," said MF. The Kuzma matched the Graham Phantom II Supreme's detail retrieval and neutrality but offered greater speed and coherence, said MF. Also offered with regular phono cables/no RCA box for $6375



Friday, March 23, 2018

Sniff, sniffsniffsniff.....snifff.

Flux HiFi Ultrasonic Stylus Cleaner at True Audiophile

Ahhh.

Our sensitive phono nose continues its quest to find the very best turntable accessories. Dry brush? Meh. Onzow  oh better. Now the ultimate care for your investment hits the mark with this amazing Stylus Cleaner. The ultrasonic cleaner by Flux HiFi Sonic.

This is the safest and most effective Stylus Cleaner available. You need to hear your investment and this will make it happen.

You need this!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stereophile 2018 Recommended knows what the world knows: The Hana EL is the stunning for the price.

Hana EL at True Audiophile

Hana EL MC: $475

Commissioned by Sibatech Inc. and manufactured by Excel Sound, both of Japan, the Hana EL is a low-output (0.5mV) moving-coil cartridge built with alnico magnets and fitted with an aluminum cantilever and elliptical stylus. (A higher-output version, the Hana EH, is available for the same price but has not yet been tested.)

Compliance is medium to medium-low—and thus well suited to the SME M2-9 tonearm used by HR, who declared that "the EL's basic sonic character was highly musical and exceptionally nonmechanical."

Try one, you won't be dissappointed.

Stereophile Recommended 2018? Soundsmith of course.

SoundSmith Zephyr at True Audiophile


Yet again, Stereophile Recommended list 2018, names one of our products.
Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Star: $1999


The low-output, fixed-coil Zephyr MIMC—the second half of its name reminds the buyer that this moving-iron (MI) cartridge is ideal for use with phono preamps tailored for moving-coil (MC) cartridges—is fitted with a line-contact stylus, and has a recommended downforce of 1.8–2.2gm.
According to RD, the Zephyr MIMC—which is descended from the considerably more expensive Soundsmith Sussurro—offers "high performance at an affordable price."

RD also notes that, when used with his Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 Renaissance Black Path Edition Thurn und Taxis line-plus-phono preamplifier, the Zephyr MIMC performed best into a load of 1333 ohms. AD is weirded out by the fact that, when one sums the resistors required for both the left and right channels, the total is 2666 ohms.

Pick one up now.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How much did Stereophile LOVE the MoFi MasterTracker Cartridge?

Stereophile 2018 High Recommended

MoFi's best moving-magnet cartridge, the MasterTracker is built in Japan using a US-made body machined from aluminum for optimal resonance control. Its twin magnets, reportedly the lightest ones in MoFi's MM line, are aligned in a V formation parallel to the walls of a stereo groove, and its tapered aluminum cantilever is fitted with a Micro-line stylus. Pertinent specs include an output of 3.0mV and a downforce range of 1.8–2.2gm.

After using the MasterTracker with MoFi's UltraDeck record player, HR wrote that he had "never ever experienced such vitality and sharp focus from an MM cartridge," and that, "more surprisingly, this sharp focus did not come from lean, dry, or overdamped sound. The MasterTracker was simply getting all of the energy off the record."

Don't miss out on one.

Stereophile 2018 Recommended Component is also...

Stereophile 2018 Recomended Component
HiFiMan HE1000 V2:

Claimed to have the largest and lightest diaphragms in the history of headphones, the planar-magnetic HiFiMan HE1000 V2 builds on the strengths of the original HE1000, offering lighter weight (14.8 vs 16.9oz) and sturdier cables, plus ear-shaped earpads of thicker "pleather." Impedance is 35 ohms, sensitivity 90dB. According to HR, the V2s are "extremely transparent, and excel at imaging and spatiality."

No less important, Herb noted, was that the V2s "did serpentine flow better than any headphones I know." He added that their low sensitivity "never once let the music hesitate, or lack for sparkle or momentum." Icing on a good-sounding cake: the V2s impressed HR as being "way more comfortable than any Audeze model."

Naturally, you can get one here.

Stereophile 2018 Recommends...

MoFi UltraDeck 2018 Stereophile Recommended Component

"Decades after the first Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab record comes the first MoFi record player—the UltraDeck turntable with Ultra tonearm, both made in the US and created with design input from Spiral Groove's Allen Perkins.

The UltraDeck's sturdy plinth comprises three aluminum plates bonded to the top of an MDF core, and its belt-driven platter—machined from Delrin and weighing 6.8 lbs—rides on an inverted bearing. Four height-adjustable feet, designed in collaboration with Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS), support the plinth.

The Ultra tonearm has a 10" aluminum armtube, Cardas wiring, and a gimbaled bearing. According to HR, the UltraDeck, when used with MoFi's top-of-the-line moving-magnet cartridge, the MasterTracker (a $2198 package; the MasterTracker is sold separately for $699), didn't provide the "deep 'black' backgrounds or enormous sound spaces" of the considerably more expensive AMG Giro G9 player, "but it did present me with an infectious, easy-flowing, liquid vitality."

According to Herb, the MoFi combo "had stronger energy, achieved bigger dynamic swings, and was more detailed than comparatively priced 'tables from VPI and Rega."

Everyone we've sold these to is blown away. Get one here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

EAT E-GLOW S Tubed Phono Stage Stuns reviewers and Audiophiles Worldwide.


EAT E-Glo S Now at True Audiophile


Priding ourselves at nosing out the best analog like some crazed truffle seeking audio pig, we have to share this find. Or better yet. We'll let Tone Audio Magazine take it from here.

"A $2,995 Marvel – The EAT E-Glo S Hybrid/Tube Phonostage.

European Audio Team’s E-Glo S (named for its glowing vacuum tubes jutting out of the casework) offers up a sound that is mellow, defined, and dynamic.

You rarely get that out of five-figure phonostages, much less one for $2,995. With phono preamplifier prices reaching the stratosphere, what is the performance minded analog lover to do? European Audio Team’s Glow S, is incredible and we’ll do our best to tell you why in the next thousand words. But it certainly makes an outstanding first impression."-- Tone Audio

Jump on it before it goes to back order.

When Best isn't Good Enough for Andrew Jones and ELAC.

Elac Debut 2.0 at True Audiophile
Of course many of your know the Debut series are insanely musical for silly cheap. Well, of course that wasn't good enough for Andrew.

Annoucing Debut 2.0 A redo of what was already brilliant. Better bracing, better tweeter, front port for easier placement.

Friday, February 23, 2018

STOP! JUST STOP!!!!



STOP! JUST STOP!!!! buying old used audio or "vintage" without re-capping it.

This seems like a local phenomenon, but we suspect it reaches everywhere. Your audio gear is loaded with electrolytic capacitors which have a shelf life of 10 years and an in-use life of 5-7 years. Any tech, manufacturer or tech house will concurr.

What happens after that? They slowly and surely degrade until the sound is dull. Many consider the sound being 'vintage'. It is not. Its not what the gear sounded like new.
Most of you here understand all this however there seem to be a growing number that simply don't and waste their money.

There's plenty of good gear around at good prices - new - and you get a warranty.

Of course if its a valuable peice like Mac, Fisher, HH Scott, Marantz, etc then have it rebuilt. You'll be astonished.

Here's a video we did as a public service.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Mofi Introduces the Improved Record Weight.

Mofi Super Heavyweight. At True Audiophile.

Mofi Super HeavyWeight at True Audiophile

Only 2+ years in development :-) Who else but Mofi would go to the most extremes to make sure their remasters are heard properly.

This Noise killing record weight developed by HRS for MoFi eliminates groove, motor and bearing noise.

If you've heard the Mofi tables you'll believe it. Works with all tables regardless of price or manufacturer.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Godfather of Analog Plays EAT B-Sharp

EAT B-Sharp at True Audiophile
EAT B-Sharp continues to impress. This time, the Godfather of Analog -- Michael Fremer

The EAT B-Sharp is a most enjoyable moderately priced turntable that does most things correctly …within the price category. Its speed accuracy and consistency made listening pleasurable and relaxing. Imaging was stable and well-defined as was soundstaging. The ‘table and Ortofon Blue produced a satisfying spread and good sense of depth. In terms of colorations, as the tap test indicated, the B-Sharp tends toward a slight warmth in the upper mid-bass but the lower octaves are well-presented and bass through a system no doubt more robust and extended than with which this turntable is likely to be matched was well-controlled overall, deeper than expected and only slightly exaggerated.
I can say is that you won't regret buying this one.

I can also say that the EAT B-Sharp is a well-constructed turntable with a high performance arm capable of handling a wide range of cartridges including far more expensive ones than the 2M Blue and with its full range of adjustments has advantages over some of the competition. -- Michael Fremer Analog Planet 2018

Naturally its for sale in our store. Explore the B-Sharp.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sundara The Beautiful by HiFiMan


Ok, in Sandskrit, Sundara means “beautiful” or “lovely. So our title is not a reach.

The HiFiMan Sundara's is a product we've waited nearly a year to come out. They replace the much loved 400i headphones and have made the wait worth it. 

Rather than give you all the specs you can easily find on it page within our site, we thought it would be nice to collect reviews and let you hear them during the unboxing. Enjoy watching. When you're ready here's its product page where you can buy a pair.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Michael Fremer has a new Little Fwend



Little Fwend gets thumbs up from Michael Fremer - the grandfather of analog.

"It's an easy product to recommend for its thoughtful packaging, excellent instructions, high-quality construction and especially for how gently and reliably it does its job." -- Michael Fremer Analog Planet.


You can find Little Fwend in our store.

Video of the B-Sharp Turntable unboxing at True Audiophile


Here's a video of the B-Sharp at True Audiophile. You can see it through assembly and us dialing it in. As HiFi Choice Audio Magazine Review says: "EAT B-Sharp never-the-less is well conceived and put together, and proves to be a fine-sounding package. Just as the manufacturer intended, it feels like a stripped down high-end design, rather then a tarted up budget one. In Super Pack form for a whisker under 1600 USD, its a great value for the money and an essential audition. Sound Quality: 5 stars, Value for Money 5 Stars, Build Quality 5 stars"

Go to the B-Sharp page now.

Why EAT?

EAT B-Sharp at True Audiophile

Just had an educational chat with EAT USA master TT guru, Roy. Although he sees and works on these tables every day - hey maybe too many days a week, Roy, take a rest - he's always excited to talk about their unique differences and the USA influence on EAT.

Roy went into all the special aspects of their carbon fiber arm mated to the aluminum headshell to properly balance out and dampen the resonance frequencies of both. Something he reminds us is not done with solid arms of the bigger names. The large head above the arm pivot also uses its mass to balance the force and dampening especially when combined with the special floating sub-chassis with thermo plastic elastomers TPE (made by Ortofon especially for EAT).

This, in turn, works with the isolation adjustable feet. Even the record clamp is USA influenced. Many record clamps that screw down have such force exerted by owners that the outer lip of the record actually raises up. To counter this, the EAT clamp has a concave inner shape that prevents that from happening. Initially, a USA request, all EAT B-Sharps worldwide are now shipped with this clamp.

The low noise motor is also isolated to dampen the harmful resonance frequencies further. Add a 3.9 lb aluminum platter, fully adjustable arm (VTA/RSA/Azumith) and an Ortofon Blue cartridge as standard -- you get a lot of table for the price.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How many years has it been Little Fwend?

Little Fwend at True Audiophile
How many years??! Yes, it's been that long that we've been looking for an automatic tonearm lift that looked like it belonged on your table and not a child's booster seat.

Finally, and ignore the name, Little Fwend has developed a gorgeous and elegant solution. They come in two sizes depending on the height of your platter.

Smooth and gentle action. Little Fwend is the big answer to the dilemma. Buy one now on our site.

We've even made a Video for a closer look:



Friday, January 19, 2018

Hole in your Vinyl? We have suggestions to fill it.

EAT now at True Audiophile


While we absolutely love TransRotor tables we know everyone can't afford them. So the quest for brilliant entry tables that sound closer to expensive tables has finally ended. Along with the MoFi turntables, we have included E.A.T. turntables in our store.

EAT tables are not just beautiful to look at, they are spectacular to listen to for vinyl playback. The reviews are not just mere reviews, they're raves. Carbon fiber, excellent isolations, optional Orotfon cartridges, and more.

They fill the holes in our offerings from $1595, $2494 and up. You now have an excellent selection for the best values in turntables.

While we only have a few models on our site we carry the entire line. Just enquire if you don't see it.

Check them out in our store.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Giant Killer of MC Cartridge without the Giant Price

Hana MC Cartridges at True Audiophile
A quest to save lower end TT owners from themselves and dealers who will show them whatever at whatever price without concern for the performance, we continually listen and search.

The Hana series E and S are thrilling and insane for what they deliver for very little investment.

...Giant Killer was one buyer's comment. Redefining the budget phono cartridge another review. These are excellent numbers for any cartridge at any price...says The Absolute Sound.

These are excellent numbers for any cartridge at any price.
“Highly musical…records were effortlessly engaging.” – Stereophile

“A first -class MC cartridge” – STEREO (Germany)

“Remarkably smooth frequency response…terrific value for the money.” – HiFi World (UK)

“Details are realistic and revealing…maximum definition.” – Haute Fidélité (France)

“In the same class as a cartridge costing 10x the price.” – TNT Audio (Italy)

We're very happy that you can now buy them in our store. Enjoy high end at low-end pricing.

Buy Now.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

BEST In CLASS Awards



While we could make the argument that all of our carefully curated products are best in class - there are some that are so shocking for what they do at their prices, we couldn't ignore the incredible benefits.

To give you the heads up we started a Thumbs Up Club. We created a BEST in CLASS Award that you'll start seeing on selected products. Just what it says. You can't do better than this!