THORENS: TD 135

A new thread about a recently acquired TD135 which I hope will be of interest. There seemed to me to be lots of good reasons to buy one of these turntables: they share many of the components of the better know TD124 and although lacking some of its refinements, have some extra features which make […]

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How do you determine when an LP is worn ?

As per title,played a Steve Hacket LP the other night,this would have been played to death back in the 70’s with many different cartridges including Decca’s.First track has a couple of Acoustic guitars playing,I could usually locate where they were in the mix,but it sounded all jumbled up with little separation.Another track had a guitar […]

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GARRARD: Buy a Technics SL-1200 or Renovate Garrard 401/SME 3009

Well, my Pro-ject RPM 4 Turntable hardly gets used, because it just doesn’t sound good enough compared to my digital sources, so I’m thinking of flogging it and putting the money into another project. I have an old Garrad 401, with an SME 3009, fitted in an old wooden plinth (painted white) – this hasn’t […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

  Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup talks three-motor turntables

Rafe Arnott: I had the rare opportunity recently to catch up with Audio Note UK head honcho, globetrotter, music lover, and hi fi-industry legend Peter Qvortrup, who graciously agreed to be assailed with questions by me regarding what his company has up its sleeve for 2016. Qvortrup is a man I’ve offered to drink beer […]

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THORENS: TD125 – still viable today or merely silly nostalgia?

I must admit to being a little unhappy with the Technics SL-150. The motor itself is excellent in every department (and that’s before adding quartz-locking as on the current model), but the structure of this deck is too “live” and it was only the NAS SpaceMat that even began to make it managable for me […]

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VINTAGE TURNTABLES: The 8 best vintage turntables and what to look out for when buying second hand… ?

Paul Rigby writes ….. Buying a vintage turntable is a great option for vinyl fans. For many, a budget for any sort of hi-fi is a low priority. Once the bills are paid, it can be virtually impossible to purchase a new, top quality hi-fi system. Going vintage can offer quality at a low cost. […]

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HELIUS: The evolution of tonearm design and consider aspects of various designs that most influenced my approach to Helius

Geoffrey Owen – head of Helius Designs writes: In this episode I’m going to discuss the evolution of tonearm design and consider aspects of various designs that most influenced my approach to Helius. My own hi-fi journey started with the most classical of 1970’s choices – an SME 3009 mounted on a Thorens TD125 MKII […]

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