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|The London Reference Phono Cartridge|
on the original Decca cartridge, the Reference is neither moving coil
nor moving magnet. It has no cantilever, and its generating elements
are just 2 mm above the elongated line contact stylus tip. The
result is a level of direct contact with the music that is unmatched.
We liked it so much when we reviewed it (read the review here in PDF) that we bought it.
The Reference works well in most arms (except straight-line tracking arms that are very short). It tracks between 1.6 and 2 grams (we suggest 2 g), and in our tests it tracked even the most modulated test discs.. It has 5 mV output, suitable for a standard MM phono input. List price US$5295.
ORDER LRC, London Reference cartridge, $5995
A great MM/MC phono preamp, and so much more!
ADL is a division of Furutech,the Japanese companyknown for high-grade connectors, cables and countless other accessories. The GT40 Alpha is four units in one. It's a terrific phono preamp, easily switchable between MM and MC sensitivity.
It's a USB DAC, ready to connect to your computer and give you resolution up to 24 bits and 192 kHz. And you know what? Unlike most other USB DACs, it's really good. But that's not all.
Notice the phone jack on the front? Yes, it's a headphone amplifier, and an unusually capable one. But that's still not all. The GT40 also contains an analog-to-digital converter, which means it can be used to digitize LPs, cassettes, or indeed any analog material. And it does that well too. Amazing!
And it's a preamplifier, if you need one, with two inputs, for a turntable and a digital source.
Click here to read our review of the original GT40 in PDF form. Our review of the Alpha version is coming soon (it's even better).
Get your own GT40 Alpha for just $749 But check out the accessory cables you'll want, at a special price if you order them at the same time as a GT40.
ORDER ADL GT40, $749
ADD BIS-USB3 BIS Audio's superb USB cable, normally $125, for just $85
ADD AELI-1, Atlas Element interconnects, 1 m, normally $99, for just $79
|Simaudio Moon 310LP phono preamp|
it is, the successor to the LP5.3 phono preamp, with even lower noise.
How good is this phono preamp? In our review in UHF No. 83 (which
you can read in PDF form),
we called its performance magnificent, and we said it was a serious
challenge to our reference phono preamplifier. What's more, it's quiet.
No, not quiet, silent!
Now you can order your own 310LP from our Audiophile Store. It's switchable between MM mode (for high-level cartridges) and MC (for low-impedance cartridges. For MC, the impedance and capacitance can be adjusted to suit your cartridge. This is done internally with jumpers, but on request we will ship yours already adjusted to your specifications. We show the silver version, but the black one is available on special order. Add a suitable high-quality interconnect cable, balanced or coaxial, at the same time at a bargain price.
ORDER 310LP, Moon phono preamp, silver, $1899
ORDER 310LP, Moon phono preamp, black, $1899
Add one of these warmly-recommended interconnect cables from Atlas, at a bargain price, only if ordered at the same time as the 310LP (for full information, see our Cable page).
ORDER AHS-1, 1 meter pair Hyper Symmetrical, usually $425, for $275
ORDER AAS-1 Ascent Symmetrical, 1m,usually $859, for $700
ORDER AMI-1, 1 meter Mavros, usually $1350, for $1199
|Power supply for the 310LP|
it even better,by adding the 320S external power supply. Want stronger
dynamics and a deeper soundstage? The 320S catapults Simaudio's best
preamp into super preamp territory
ORDER 320S, Moon power supply, silver, $1399 DISCONTINUED
|Moon 110LP MC/MM phono preamp|
How can Simaudio replicate the success of the LP5.3 (now called the 310LP) for a thousand bucks less? There are fewer settings, there's no balanced output, and the power supply is a "wall wart." Yes, it still has MM and MC settings, and it's still both musical and silent. We don't know of anything near that price that can compare. You can read our review of the 110LP (combined with the review of the Nerve phono preamp, below), in PDF format. You can also read our review of the LP3.
On request, we'll preset it for your choice of cartridge, MM or MC.
ORDER 110LP, Moon phono preamp, $599
BY THE WAY...
A CD to burn-in your phono stage
|Phono Burn-In & RIAA Test CD
Got a phono preamp, or an amp with a phono section? So how do you break it in, short of playing deejay for the next 50 or 100 hours? The Phono Burn-In and RIAA Test CD from Granite Audio is the answer. Its signals are recorded on a CD at low level, with an inverse RIAA equalization applied. Just connect a CD player to the phono input, and put this CD in repeat mode. Separate sections for MM and MC inputs. Put an output meter on the amp, and see whether the equalization curve of your phono section is accurate.
ORDER: CD-101 $46.50
ORDER: CD-101 at the same time as one of the phono stages above (one CD per purchase) $28.50
For your turntable belt
|Rubber Renue belt treatment
Sometimes you discover things accidentally. We've often see those bottles of gunk that makes a drive belt sticky so that it works for a while even if it's stretched beyond recognition. Rubber Renue is not that. We first used it on a turntable belt that was starting to slip. Not only did it stop slipping, but we were surprised to hear that the turntable sounded better than it ever had before. Once we changed the belt, we tried an experiment: we used Rubber Renue on it before we installed it. The result was striking: a smoother, less "pebbly" sound that was closer to live music. This is a cheap tweak too, because a bottle of this stuff will most likely last you for life. We've used it long enough that we can say confidently that it doesn't reduce the belt's useful life. We've been recommending it for a while, but everyone tells us they don't know where to find it. Well, now you know...you can get it at The Audiophile Store. It's now offered in a smaller easy-to-ship bottle at a lower price.
ORDER: RRU-100B $8.95
The Super Exstatic record brush
had never been keen on fancy record brushes, because we had never seen
one that was worth the bother. Well, we've changed our mind! We are
ecstatic about the Goldring Super Exstatic record brush, which does a
fine job of getting litter off the disc. The brush centre is of very
short nap velvet, so firm it feels almost like rubber. On each side is
a row of fine carbon fibre tufts, to catch what the velvet picks up.
And it picks up a lot! Now that we've tried it, we wouldn't be without
ORDER GSX, $36
Titan Oil for your stylus
some weird chemistry involved in high end hi-fi, but we heard the
effect of this product with our own ears. Titan Oil is a lubricant for
your stylus, and it audibly reduces harshness and high frequency
distortion. Just use a small artist's brush (not included, though we
wish it were) to put some on, and do it again every week or so...more
if you play a lot of records. Caution: it does make the stylus
slightly sticky, and for that reason it picks up more dust balls. But
since we got our Exstatic brush (see above) that just isn't a problem.
ORDER TSO-1, $39.95
The UHF Record Cleaning Fluid
carefully-designed solvent is meant for LP-cleaning machines, but
it can also be used with wet/dry LP brushes such as the one from Mobile
Fidelity. It is safe for both the machine and
your records. We've gotten a lot of repeat orders for this product.
Unlike some cleaning fluids which use isopropyl alcohol and what seems
to be household detergent, we use a safer solvent, with a high-purity
surfactant that leaves no residue.
NOTE: the manufacturers of some cleaning machines say they will void your warranty if you use any fluid but theirs. Our solvent is supplied as a concentrate, which can be used to make 4 liters of fluid (you must supply the demineralized or distilled water). Instructions are included.
ORDER LPC fluid, $19.95
The Music Hall LP-cleaning machine
We've seen a lot of these machines, but when we tried one for ourselves, we bought one. And we think you'll like it too. Buy one, and get our UHF record cleaning fluid (a concentrate to make 4 litres) free.
ORDER WCS-2 $979
|The UHF Record Cleaning Kit
Our record cleaning fluid was designed for use in machines equipped with a vacuum extraction system. However there is a less expensive way. For an extra $5, we supply the cleaning concentrate (which dilutes to make 4 litres), a long-grain microfibre cloth, and a spray bottle. Spray the (diluted) fluid onto the record, making sure the label is protected. Brush firmly with the cloth until the record is dry. The cloth plus the fluid are especially convenient for removing those little waxy grains left over from the record moulding process, the ones that can make your cartridge skip grooves.
ORDER LPC-plus kit, $24.95
|You're not getting the best from vinyl if there's dust on your stylus. We have two solutions, and we use both ourselves.|
The AmCan DuStylus is a gummy substance that you dip your stylus into. Remove it, and the dust stays behind. Wash it under the tap when needed.
ORDER DUS AmCan stylus gum, $49.95
After each LP side, we use UHF Steyelus, the cleaning fluid from our own chem lab. We didn't launch it until we were satisfied it was superior to the other stylus cleaners. The cap includes a small brush. Stroke from rear to front, let dry (about 10 seconds), and you're good.
ORDER LPS, UHF Steyelus cleaner, $11.95
The Record Clamp
you know that a record clamped to the turntable plays for a slightly
shorter time than one that isn't? It's easy to figure out the
cause...record slippage. But a heavy clamp will change the action of
your turntable suspension. Enter the J.A. Michell record clamp, which
is light, but fastens by tightening a collet. It hardly adds anything
to the weight. It is, by the way, what we use on our Audiomeca J-1
reference turntable and our Linn LP12. The current version is no longer
gold, as shown, but black with a silver knob. We also have a special
all-black version meant for turntables with very short posts, such as
ORDER MRC clamp, $75
ORDER MRC-R clamp for Rega, $85
Super record sleeves from Japan
Even some new recordings seem to get noisier with each play. Why? Often it's the fault of the inner sleeve (if there even is one!), which traps dirt and tiny chunks of paraffin, and contains its own grit particles which get pressed into the grooves. These remarkable sleeves look like rice paper, and are made of the material that is used for "rice paper" partitions in Japan. The lintless anti-static paper is reinforced with polyethylene. Records slide in and out without scratching, and without picking up static. Highly recommended for the best recordings.
ORDER: LPR, 50 Japanese sleeves, $39.95
ALL PRICES SHOWN IN CANADIAN DOLLARS. FOR ORDERING INFORMATION, IN CANADA OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, GO BACK TO THE MAIN AUDIOPHILE STORE PAGE.