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Review - McIntosh MT2

McIntosh MT2

New York’s McIntosh launches the MT2 its most affordable turntable to date
B ig Mac for less whack: McIntosh’s MT2 offers unbox-and-go simplicity from the global hi-fi leader for £4,995 (Lot of Big Macs !). McIntosh has announced a new turntable that brings the famous McIntosh sound and build quality to a new low price point (£4,995). McIntosh’s new MT2 Precision Turntable is its most affordable turntable ever produced. It combines the latest turntable technology with the New York giant’s legendary aesthetic, design and build quality.

Review - Pro-Ject Debut III S

Pro-Ject Debut III S

Pro-Ject Introduce the Debut III S Audiophile Turntable
T he Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile is the first widely available Debut model to feature an S-shape tonearm. In addition, it’s also the first to feature a new Pro-Ject exclusive cartridge, new turntable feet and the new Pro-Ject logo to go with Pro-Ject’s new corporate headquarters.

Review - NAD C 558

NAD C 558

NAD launch the C 558 turntable
A s vinyl goes from strength to strength, NAD has unveiled a brand new belt-drive design featuring chunky anti-resonance MDF plinth, heavyweight glass platter and Ortofon OM10 cartridge as standard. Available November 2016 priced at £449.

Review - Rega Planar 6

Rega Planar 6

Rega launch the Planar 6 turntable
T he Rega Planar 6, the successor to the RP6, comes with a new power supply or PSU the NEO and the RB330 arm. The package can be factory fitted with the new Ania MC cartridge (£1398) or be bought without a cartridge. The Rega Planar 6 or P6 is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight Tancast 8 polyurethane foam core plinth (a material developed for the aerospace industry). This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate). HPL is exceptionally thin whilst extremely rigid and is presented in a stunning Polaris matt grey finished with high gloss polymer black edge trim.

Review - Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Expand the Essential III Turntable Range
P ro-Ject are expanding the Essential III turntable range by adding two new turntables, the Essential III A which is the Essential III with an acrylic platter and the special edition George Harrison Record Player – pictured. The original Essential III is being upgraded to have a new MDF platter. All three models come with an aluminium tonearm and an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge.

Review - Roksan Radius 7

Roksan Radius 7

Roksan Launch The "Pink" Turntable
R oksan Audio have announced a special edition version of their Radius 7 turntable (SRP £2,050) , in a stylish pink finish.

Review - Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Launch The Essential III Turntable
T he Pro-Ject Essential III turntable (£239) replaces the multi-award winning Essential II, and expands on its predecessor both aesthetically and audibly.

Review - Pro-Ject Primary

Pro-Ject Primary

Pro-Ject launch the Primary turntable
T he Pro-Ject Primary at £189 is a belt driven turntable that comes supplied with arm, an Ortofon OM 5E MM cartridge and a detachable dust cover. The Primary can play at both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM – The speed change is manual. A separate version with a built-in USB phono stage is also available.

Review - Reloop - TURN3

Reloop - TURN3

Reloop HiFi Launch The TURN3 Turntable
R eloop are steadily becoming a market leader for turntables in the DJ equipment sector. But now, after 18+ months of development, they’ve decided to transfer their knowledge to a new product (and brand) that focuses on home listening and higher quality playback.

Review - Pioneer PLX-500

Pioneer PLX-500

Pioneer Launch The PLX-500 - Vinyl Ripping Turntable
T he Pioneer PLX-500 Turntable is a three speed, high torque turntable with a USB output. The USB output can be used to record or rip your vinyl to computer audio files. The PLX-500 is aimed at both home listeners and DJs. Guess it's only DJs that would want to use it to mix and scratch your vinyl records !

Review - Technics SL-1200GAE

Technics SL-1200GAE

The Timestep Evoke Is A Super Technics SL-1200GAE
Y ou could summarise the Timestep Evoke with - "Take one Technics SL-1200 GAE deck add some clever enhancements and heh presto the new Timestep EVOke. Timestep's original EVO was a modification of the old Technics classic SL-1200 the new EVOke takes the new SL-1200GAE and adds an improved tonearm, cartridge and power supply.

Review - Edwards Audio TT Lite

Edwards Audio TT Lite

Edwards Audio Launch The TT Lite Turntable
T he Edwards Audio TT Lite turntable at £250 is a cheaper more affordable version of Edwards Audio's existing TT turntable. The official name is Edwards Audio Apprentice TT LITE which explains why the word apprentice features in the photo.

Review - Klipsch + Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

Klipsch + Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

Klipsch Launch The Klipsch + Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable
T he Klipsch + Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable is a collaboration between Klipsch and Pro-Ject with a walnut veneer to match Klipsch Heritage series speakers - the turntable comes complete with a signature Paul W. Klipsch logo cork slipmat.

Review - Rega Planar 1

Rega Planar 1

Rega Launch The Planar 1 Turntable
T he Rega Planar 1 turntable or P1 is a new addition to the Planar turntable range and sits below the existing Planar 2 and Planar 3. The Planar 1 is a complete turntable package and comes with the Rega RB110 tonearm ( which features Rega’s bespoke zero play bearings) and Rega Carbon cartridge. As such you only need to set the bias and fit and set the counter weight to be up and spinning vinyl. Other features of note in the Planar 1 are a 24v, low noise, synchronous motor to reduce vibrational transfer.

Review - Statement v2

Statement v2

Book your tickets to the UK launch of Clearaudio's Statement v2 turntable
S tone Audio will be hosting the launch of Clearaudio's Statement v2 on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2016. This will be the UK's first following its initial preview at the Hi-Fi Show Live in Windsor. This is the first time that the Statement which has been lauded by critics as one of just a handful of the world's finest turntables - has been available for demonstration with a UK dealer.

Review - Rega Planar 2

Rega Planar 2

Rega Launch The New Planar 2 - Turntable
T he New Rega Planar 2 comes in at £375 and is a complete re-working of Rega's classic Planar 2 turntable. The Planar 2 includes an arm and cartridge in the package. For the Planar 2 it’s the RB220 tonearm, which features new ultra-low friction ball bearings, a stiffer bearing housing, and an automatic bias setting. Cartridge wise you get the Rega Carbon MM cartridge.

Review - Pro-Ject Classic - Turntable

Pro-Ject Classic - Turntable

Pro-Ject Launch The Classic Turntable
T he £799 Pro-Ject Classic Turntable is a celebratory belt driven turntable for Pro-Ject's 25th Birthday and was first seen at the Munich High End HiFi Show 2016. The Pro-Ject Classic takes the vintage aesthetic "frame" design of those iconic turntables from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s but adds modern technology to deliver an exciting sound in an attractive and easy to set up package. The Classic offers both 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm replay via a manual speed change.

Review - Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon

Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon

Pro-Ject Launch The RPM 3 Carbon Turntable
T he Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon Turntable improves upon Pro-Ject's entry level an award winning RPM 1 turntable but is trying to stay affordable at £599. The Pro-Ject RPM 3 Carbon comes with the Ortofon 2M cartridge fitted as standard.

Review - Audio Technica AT-LP5 Turntable

Audio Technica AT-LP5 Turntable

Audio-Technica Launch The AT-LP5 USB Turntable
T he Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable (yours for £329) is a direct-drive turntable (traditionally more expensive to produce than belt driven turntables ( but then without the belt drive turntable problems of speed stability etc.)) that can playback both 33 1/3 & 45 RPM records. The AT-LP5 also offer both line level RCA phono outputs and a USB output for recording records to digital computer audio formats. The AT-LP5 has also been designed with a cast aluminium platter and thick damping mat housed together in a structure that has been engineered for minimum chassis resonance, but hiding all this within a discreet look. The J-shaped tonearm in the AT-LP5, is engineered to minimise tracking errors, and harks back to the original Audio-Technica designs of the 1960’s & 70’s, and comes fitted with Audio-Technica’s lightweight AT-HS10 head shell and the exclusive AT95Ex Dual Moving Magnet cartridge.

Review - Roksan Radius 7

Roksan Radius 7

Roksan Launch The Radius 7 Turntable
T he Roksan Radius 7 Turntable is being launched at the Bristol HiFi Show 2016. The Roksan Radius 7 is the latest incarnation of Roksan’s coveted Radius turntable. The Radius 7 sports a new plinth material and a vastly upgraded motor, elevating the performance of this stylish, popular deck to new levels. Retail price is £1,900.00, and the Roksan Radius 7 is supplied with a Nima tonearm as standard. Availability is March 2016.

Review - Rega Rp3 with Elys2

Rega Rp3 with Elys2

Rega Launch The New RP3 Turntable At Bristol HiFi Show 2016
R ega are demoing the completely redesigned Planar 3 turntable at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2016. The previous Planar 3 has been around many years, and won many an award, so it’s not going to be easy to improve on. Even so Rega are revealing the 2016 Rega Planar 3 or RP3 with the following improvements amongst others :-

Review - Sony PS-HX500 - Turntable

Sony PS-HX500 - Turntable

Sony Reveal The PS-HX500 - Hi-Res Audio Recording Turntable
T he Sony - PS-HX500 was seen in prototype form at CES 2016 and now more details have been posted on the Sony website. The £450 PS-HX500 includes an Analogue to Digital converter so you can convert your vinyl collection to computer audio files. Nothing new here. What's currently unique about the Sony - PS-HX500 is that it can convert vinyl natively to DSD 5.6 Mhz also known as DSD128 or double DSD. Of course it can also convert vinyl to PCM up to 192 kHz 24 bit quality. You just need to connect the USB output from the PS HX500 up to a computer to capture the recording as a computer audio file.

Review - Klipsch Turntables

Klipsch Turntables

Klipsch Launch Their First Turntables At CES 2016
T he picture isn't a photo shop funny or as Klipsch put it time to actually adjust your sets - it's the first turntable, from this famous speaker and headphone manufacturer, revealed at CES 2016. The turntable is available in the same walnut veneer as found in the Klipsch Heritage Series speakers as well as the Reference-style (pictured) copper and black look.

Review - Technics SL-1200GAE

Technics SL-1200GAE

Technics Launch The SL-1200G Turntable
P erhaps the title should use the word "Relaunch" as the Technics SL-1200G is a relaunch of one of the most popular turntables ever the Technics SL-1200 Direct Drive turntable, discontinued in 2010. Technics have improved on the original SL-1200 in the SL-1200G, as well as upping the price to $4,000. At the recent Bristol HiFi Show 2016 Technics were keen to point out that the UK price of the SL-1200G will be decided in June 2016. They're looking for £3,000 but if things go well for Technics, in terms of manufacturing costs, it could be less perhaps going down to £2,800. update (16-04-2016) Technics have now confirmed that the R.R.P. of the SL-1200G will be £2,799.

Review - Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK-BT

Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK-BT

Audio-Technica Reveal the AT-LP60BT - A Wireless Turntable
T he Audio-Technica AT-L60BT is a Bluetooth turntable so you can set it playing and hear the results on any HiFi System that can receive a Bluetooth signal from the AT-L60BT. Both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds are covered.

Review - Pro-Ject 2 Xperience SB S-Shape

Pro-Ject 2 Xperience SB S-Shape

Pro-Ject Launch The 2 Xperience SB S-Shape Turntable
2 016 sees Pro-Ject start the year with the new 2 Xperience SB S-Shape turntable (Yours for £1,299.00). 2015 began in a similar manner with the announcement of the original 2 Xperience SB. The new 2 Xperience SB S-Shape has all the benefits of the 2 Xperience SB, except that the SB S-Shape turntable replaces the 9CC Evolution tonearm with a new aluminium S-Shape design. This alternative model (the SB S-Shape) is for audio fans who love to tweak, easily accommodating multiple high-end head shell and cartridge combinations. For instance a wide variety of Pro-Ject Audio Systems and Ortofon headshells are fully compatible with the new S-Shape tonearm.

Review - Roksan Oxygene 30

Roksan Oxygene 30

Roksan Launch The Oxygene 30 Turntable
T he Roksan Oxygene 30 turntable – SRP £2,500 uses trickle down technology from Roksan’s iconic Xerxes, and sits in the middle of the Roksan turntable range (above the Radius 5.2, but below the Xerxes 20Plus). The Oxygene 30 comes as a package of Oxygene 30 deck, XPS-7 speed control/power supply and a Pro-Ject 9CC Evolution tonearm. The cartridge is up to you to decide on.

Review - Pro-Ject RPM 5 Carbon turntable

Pro-Ject RPM 5 Carbon turntable

Pro-Ject Launch The RPM 5 Carbon Turntable
T he Pro-Ject RPM 5 Carbon turntable, SRP £899.00, is Pro-Ject’s last new turntable for 2015. The RPM 5 replaces the old RPM 5.1 and introduces a whole load of new benefits. The benefits, offered by the Pro-Ject RPM 5, include a new tonearm, new decoupled motor, new finish, and even a new platter. UK customers can have an Ortofon Quintet Black cartridge installed for an extra £400

Review - Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon turntable

Pro-Ject RPM 10 Carbon turntable

Pro-Ject Launch The RPM 10 Carbon Turntable
T he Pro-Ject RPM 10 at £2,300 is a belt driven turntable offering both 33 1/3 and 45 rpm playback speeds. The RPM 10 Carbon replaces the old RPM 10.1 being a stylish design with great Sonics. UK customers can also buy a package with an Ortofon Cadenza Black for only £1,000.00 extra (saving £750.00).


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