FUNK FIRM: News

The Funk Firm’s revolutionary phonostage for Moving Magnet cartridges! Having installed the Isolation Bubble, there is more work that needs to be done. Improve problems from the Cartridge.  Our ultimate goal is to reproduce all the sounds of the recording at the same level, no one being louder or softer than in the recording. A […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Omega Silver Ruby tone arm

They say: The Silver-Ruby Omega is the high-performance version of the standard model and is differentiated  from its sibling by being the chromatic negative of the standard version; instead of being a black arm with a silver counterweight, the Silver-Ruby model is silver with a black weight. This aesthetic rule is not strictly enforced, customers […]

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SME: What model of the SME 309 to choose and how to set a price for tonearms

I have decided to buy a SME 309 or V for my Thorens TD124 project. I would be prefer the V, but 2nd hand prices are 1100+ GBP and that would be to stretch my budget to much as I also need a new phonostage. Reason for not considering the IV is that it is […]

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FIDELITY RESEARCH: What happened?

We asked around and from Singapore (thank you Mr. Tan) e received the following: Legendary Japanese producer of tonearms and pickups founded in 1964 by a former factory manager at Grace by the name of Osamu (Isamu) Ikeda, and introduced it’s first product in the form of the Fidelity Research FR-1 moving coil cartridge in […]

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BERGMANN AUDIO: News

All products are developed, produced and assembled inhouse. Every single part in the products are designed by Johnnie Bergmann and manufactured in the Bergmann workshop in Denmark. My background Music and highend sound reproduction, has had my attention/interest, since my childhood. As a teenager, I bought my first audio system- Micro Seiki table, Rega arm, […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe versus old Pink Triangle PT2, LFD Audio copper reference, SME 4 – and more

Hello. I am using an Orbe with and Audio Origami breathed-on Zeta arm with a Benz Glider plus an LFD Audio copper reference arm cable. I also have a PT2 which is in need of quite a bit of tlc – I mean to get it working properly – would you expect it to be […]

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STRATHEARN: THE ultimate addition to Lecson equipment!

Strathearn produced two very beautiful turntables that are THE perfect match for Lecson components! They had a revolutionary direct drive, a bit flexible at first, as it turned in both directions, BUT it did so beautifully! They also produced very good speakers that are almost unknown (with electrostatic panels) and should be almost impossible to […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Servicing their tone arms; the policy defined

They say: Helius has produced over 15 different models of tonearm over the last 23 years and still regularly services all models, regardless of age and condition.   Where parts are missing we can usually make replacements A standard service involves stripping down the arm, cleaning, checking and re-polishing bearing needles and cups, reworking solder joints, […]

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GATES TURNTABLES: What happened?

We are told … Founded in 1922 in Illinois, USA, to manufacture radio receivers for consumer use, but within a few years started to supply the broadcast and professional entertainment markets and exited the consumer market altogether before the end of the decade. While best known for their transcription turntables a concept that the company […]

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TRANSROTOR: News

Die Harmonie des Äußeren in Material und Verarbeitung setzt sich im Inneren unserer Geräte fort. Was Sie sehen und fühlen entspricht dem, was Sie hören: leicht und luftig reproduzieren Transrotor Plattenspieler sämtliche Informationen, die in Ihren Analog-Schallplatten gespeichert sind. Aus alten und neuen Vinylscheiben perlt Musik frei in feinsten Abstufungen, exakt nachgezeichnet vom Entstehen bis […]

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VINYL REPLAY: Benz Micro or Ortofon Cadenza?

I have listened to a number of carts in two different systems, and the two that stood out were the Benz Micro L2 wood and the Ortofon Cadenza Black. It is unfortunately not possible for me to compare them directly in the same system. My impressions were that the Benz Micro sounded lush and warm, […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: Their Omega Standard tone arm

They say: The standard version of the Omega is mechanically very similar to the Silver-Ruby Model. The main differences being the use of tungsten bearings, copper wire and colour configuration. The standard version is anodised black with silver counterweights. Technically the arm is very sophisticated, being dynamically balanced, damped by differential masses and having non-coincident […]

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