Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Record Store Day and the Rega Mini Fono A2D phonostage with USB

We have had a lot of requests from customers who have recommissioned their old record players .. or bought a new one so that they can enjoy their LP collection again. The common problem has been that in the 20 or so year gap since they last used vinyl things have changed a little. Most amplifiers no longer have a record player input, so any upgrades to their system over the years probably mean that things will no longer work.

Events like 'Record Store Day' have really increased interest
Record players have a much lower output than CD, Taper and radio ... infact they are the only source component that does not use the standard 'Line level'

The solution is to buy a separate Phonostage. This plugs into a line input of your amplifier (any will do) and your record player plugs into the Phonostage. This steps up the level of the vinyl to the correct level.

There are a huge number of available units, we carry various from under £100 to over £5000 ... The quality is very important with these units ... as the output of a cartridge is about 100 times less than that of a CD Player the signal is very susceptible to noise - so quality components are a must.

An ideal first choice is the Rega Mini Fono A2D ... this is price at just £89 and also includes a Digital converter so that you can plug it into a computer and record your favourite albums.

Rega A2D - Rear view showing USB socket

To see our range of Phonostages - click here

Friday, 25 April 2014

Isotek mains cables

Just updated our Isotek mains cable page

Take a look here : Isotek Mains leads

Reviews to follow ... if you would like to try one out for yourself, give us a call on 01270 580734

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Isotek Mains filters - new demonstration stock coming soon

We have always really liked Isoteks range of Mains Filters ... and within the next week or so we shall have a selection of models available for home trail .. more information soon

Link to Cheshire Audio - Isotek prices

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Grado Headphone prices reduced by 20%

Grado, even though they dominate the middle range of the headphone market have recently realigned their prices to bring them into line with the US market.... prices have dropped by around 20% which is excellent news!

To see the model line up and new lower prices - go to : Grado Headphones

Or ring us on 01270 580734

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Ortofon Cadenza Black

One of our favourite higher end cartridges. The Cadenza Black is very much in the mould of the classic Ortofons of old ... beautifully made with exceptional attention to detail.

The Black has the exceptional clarity and control that high end Ortofons like the MC3000 were renowned for, but also has the warmth an musicality to pull the best out of even a mediocre recording.

We can offer a very generous trade in on your old MC cartridge against a new Ortofon ... give us a call on 01270 580734 for details

See the range here : Cheshire Audio - Ortofon page

Technical data
Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec.0,33 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz< 0,8 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz> 27 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz> 20 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB20 - 60.000 Hz
Frequency response 20 kHz - 20 kHz+1,5/0
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force *)90 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral16 µm/mN
Stylus typeNude Shibata on Boron cantilever
Stylus tip radiusr/R 6/50 µm
Tracking force range2,0-2,5 g (20-25 mN)
Tracking force, recommended2,3 g (23 mN)
Tracking angle20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance5 Ohm
Recommended load impedance> 10 Ohm
Cartridge body materialStainless steel Aluminium
Cartridge colourBlack/Black
Cartridge weight10,7 gram