DS Audio ST-50 stylus cleaner: Cleaning up

October 16, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Dust and grime are the enemy of any vinyl playback system. That’s especially true of the phono cartridge – and the stylus, in particular. DS Audio has come up with an ingeniously simple, user-friendly and effective solution. By Deon Schoeman […]

Yamaha’s turntable links past and future

September 11, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Those who still consider turntables and vinyl the stuff of yesteryear should take a look at the new Yamaha TT-N503: a belt-drive turntable that also includes network connectivity, music streaming and multiroom capability. At face value, the TT-N503 looks just […]

Yamaha takes aim at the high end

August 28, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

After months of rumours, Yamaha has finally released a range of new, high-end components. The Yamaha 5000 Series consists of a stereo pre-amplifier, a stereo power amplifier, and a belt-drive turntable. They join the NS-5000 stand-mount speakers released in late […]

Exclusive tonearm range now in South Africa

August 21, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

One of the world’s most exclusive – and expensive – tonearms is now available in South Africa through HFX Systems. Swedish Analog Technologies (SAT) is the brainchild of Barcelona-born Marc Gomez, and the original SAT tonearm caused a sensation when […]

Synergy is SME’s all-in-one turntable

June 26, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

British high-end turntable and tonearm maker SME has introduced an all-new, integrated turntable. The new design is supplied with tonearm, cartridge and built-in phono stage – a first for the marque. The Synergy is a completely new turntable, and comes […]

SA turntable could be a world-beater

June 5, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Making waves among Gauteng-based audiophiles, music lovers and hi-fi fans over the past six weeks or so is a rather special turntable from Cape Town-based engineer Lance Dixon. Dubbed the Revolve, this isn’t just some cobbled together record player, but […]

SME takes over iconic Garrard turntable brand

May 8, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

SME, the British high-end turntable and tonearm producer, has taken over the Garrard audio brand. Garrard is synonymous with legendary turntables produced from the 1950s to the ealy 1980s, with the 301 and 401 transcription turntables perhaps the most sought […]

Timestep weighs in with high-mass tonearm

May 1, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

While low to medium mass tonearms have been considered the norm since the1980s, there is a growing demand for high-mass tonearms to better match the latest-generation low-compliance moving coil cartridges. Timestep has reacted to that demand with an all-new high-mass […]

Sumiko unveils new phono cartridges

April 17, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Phono cartridge maker Sumiko will unveil six new models at next month’s Munich High-End expo. The newcomers include a quartet of moving magnet designs, and two new moving coil designs. The four new MM cartridges will be included in the […]

Tracer is latest from Clearaudio

March 27, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

German turntable marque Clearaudio has released a new tonearm. The Tracer combines the brand’s reputation for simply elegant aesthetics with fine engineering, and promises a high degree of sonic honesty. The Tracer features a rigid but lightweight carbon tonearm tube […]