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  • Ortofon 2M Mono Cartridge Ortofon 2M Mono Cartridge Quick View

    $356.00
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    Ortofon 2M Mono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    The new Ortofon 2M MONO Series - the true MONO from Ortofon!


    The 2M Series of cartridges is designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today. 2M Series provides excellent compatibility in an assortment of playback systems and with a wide variety of phono preamps.


    2M Mono Plug and Play model


    The new 2M headshell is a practical and elegant solution for our customers who wish direct and easy mounting and replacement on their tonearm. The combination of 2M Headshell and 2M Series cartridge adds unique distinction to the turntable!

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $356.00
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  • Prestige Series ME+ Cartridge Prestige Series ME+ Cartridge Quick View

    $150.00
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    Prestige Series ME+ Cartridge

    There are many analog lovers with record collections that include mono albums. At Grado we strive to have products that will fit all the needs of the analog enthusiast. So now, Grado offers two new cartridge models in a mono version. The MC+ and the ME+ are mounted with an elliciptical diamond. The ME+ uses one of GRADO's upgraded generating systems. All wooden body cartridges are available in mono version. This will make your records quieter and enhance the musical pleasure of these recordings.


    The Prestige model ME+ uses a modified four piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished, elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing.


     


    Frequency Response: 10-50

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 35

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $150.00
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  • VPI Classic 4 Turntable - Piano Black VPI Classic 4 Turntable - Piano Black Quick View

    $10,000.00
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    VPI Classic 4 Turntable - Piano Black


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    **All Cartridges Installed Free Of Charge**


    The Classic 4 is a precision measuring device in its own right; as well as telling you what's in your records' grooves, it will also tell you just how competent your setup is. - Roy Gregory


    The Classic 4 is really, chief designer and former co-owner, Harry Weisfeld's table. He didn't design this table for the consumer, he designed it for his own personal us so he could listen to a 12 inch arm on a Classic table (Classic 1-3 do not have the space to properly mount a 12 inch arm.) We presented the table at the 2012 New York Audio Show to make a statement while also announcing the VPI Traveler. It wasn't intended to bring into the VPI line but the positive feedback and interest immediately made it a staple in the production line.


    Identical build as the Classic 3 but with a larger size chassis, plus having a 12 inch arm gives you more stability, lower tracking distortion, and additional low level resolution from your records. Having the additional size gives the listener a chance to mount a second 10 or 12 inch tone arm in the rear. Why would you have two arms? This lets you have both a stereo and mono cartridge set up at the same time.


    The Classic 4 features a ½ thick machined aluminum plinth bonded to a 1/8 steel sub plate with dampening fabric in between. This is then bonded to 2 of MDF creating a plinth which is so massive and well damped it virtually eliminates resonance. The Classic 4 can use either an extended Classic Signature arm or an extended Classic 3D arm.


    The custom nature of this table comes from the numerous options you have. You can mount 1 or 2 tonearms, 10" or 12" arms, any arm made by almost anyone, it is all customizable and affordable.


    This product is not eligible for further discount.


    VPI Turntables
    $10,000.00
    Classic 4
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  • Prestige Series MC+ Cartridge Prestige Series MC+ Cartridge Quick View

    $90.00
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    Prestige Series MC+ Cartridge

    There are many analog lovers with record collections that include mono albums. At Grado we strive to have products that will fit all the needs of the analog enthusiast. So now, Grado offers two new cartridge models in a mono version. The MC+ and the ME+ are mounted with an elliciptical diamond. The ME+ uses one of GRADO's upgraded generating systems. All wooden body cartridges are available in mono version. This will make your records quieter and enhance the musical pleasure of these recordings.


    The Prestige model MC+ uses a three-piece OTL cantilever technology, oxygen free wire in the coils and a specially designed, high polished elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing.


     


    Frequency Response: 10-50

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 35

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 5mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5

    Stylus Type: E

    Inductance: 45mH

    Resistance: 475

    Stylus Replacement F: U

    Mounting: S/P

    Weight: 5.5



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Grado Cartridges
    $90.00
    Cartridge Buy Now
  • Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil) Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil) Quick View

    $1,280.00
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    Ortofon MC Cadenza Mono Cartridge (Moving Coil)

    Hi-Fi Ortofon


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    Find your old records as well as new micro groove mono records and experience the Cadenza Mono!


    Nude Fine Line Diamond for Mono


    The Cadenza Mono model is made with a nude fine line stylus and a cylindrical aluminium cantilever. For easy use the pins are connected so you get the same signal from both pairs of connecting pins. The stylus radius is r/R 8/40 µm.


    Sharing internal build with the Cadenza Red and with optimized adjustments for mono playback the sound is relaxed, homogeneous and moderate.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $1,280.00
    Moving Coil Cartridge
  • Ortofon MC Quintet Mono Cartridge Ortofon MC Quintet Mono Cartridge Quick View

    $524.00
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    Ortofon MC Quintet Mono Cartridge

    Ortofon


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    MC Quintet Mono is a true mono cartridge for playing mono microgroove vinyl records


    The Quintet Mono is a new true Mono from Ortofon.


    It features Nude Elliptical r/R 8/18µm stylus that is a good solution for playing mono microgroove vinyl records. The Quintet Mono will track perfectly through even worn and damaged records and ensure the surface noise control.


    Quintet Mono uses a strapped output to deliver the same output signal from both sets of pole pins. This effectively eliminates the need for mono-specific equipment, making it possible to enjoy true mono reproduction on any stereo playback system.


    Quintet Mono is the best cartridge in the Quintet series to play monophonic records.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $524.00
    Cartridge
  • Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge Quick View

    $125.00
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    Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Spherical 65um Diamond, true mono, for 78s


    The 2M 78 Series - the true MONO from Ortofon!


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M 78 features a 65um diamond for playback of 78rpm records, and a true-mono engine.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $125.00
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  • Mono Masters Mono Masters Quick View

    $69.99
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    Mono Masters

    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Albums Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. MONO MASTERS is released in mono on three 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.


    Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.

    LP 1
    1. Love Me Do (Original Single Version)
    2. From Me To You
    3. Thank You Girl
    4. She Loves You
    5. I'll Get You
    6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
    7. This Boy
    8. Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand
    9. Sie Liebt Dich
    10. Long Tall Sally
    11. I Call Your Name
    12. Slow Down
    13. Matchbox
    14. I Feel Fine
    15. She's A Woman


    LP 2
    1. Bad Boy
    2. Yes It Is
    3. I'm Down
    4. Day Tripper
    5. We Can Work It Out
    6. Paperback Writer
    7. Rain
    8. Lady Madonna
    9. The Inner Light
    10. Hey Jude
    11. Revolution


    LP 3
    1. Only A Northern Song
    2. All Together Now
    3. Hey Bulldog
    4. It's All Too Much
    5. Get Back
    6. Don't Let Me Down
    7. Across The Universe
    8. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

    The Beatles
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Beatles Mono Box Set The Beatles Mono Box Set Quick View

    $374.99
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    The Beatles Mono Box Set


    Limited Edition 14-LP Box Set With Exclusive 108-Page Hardbound Book


    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Albums Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles' nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
    Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles' albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging. The boxed collection's exclusive 12-inch by 12-inch hardbound book features new essays and a detailed history of the mastering process by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. The book is illustrated with many rare studio photos of The Beatles, fascinating archive documents, and articles and advertisements sourced from 1960s publications.


    Box Set contains the following:


    108 Page Hardback Book

    Please Please Me Mono Vinyl LP

    With The Beatles Mono Vinyl LP

    A Hard Days Night Mono Vinyl LP

    Help Vinyl Vinyl LP

    Rubber Soul Vinyl LP

    Revolver Vinyl LP

    Beatles For Sale Vinyl LP

    Sgt Pepper Vinyl LP

    Magical Mystery Tour Vinyl LP

    The Beatles (White Album) Vinyl 2xLP

    Mono Masters Vinyl 3xLP



    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.

    Please Please Me

    1. Taste Of Honey

    2. I Saw Her Standing There

    3. Misery

    4. Anna (Go To Him)

    5. Chains

    6. Boys

    7. Ask Me Why

    8. Please Please Me

    9. Love Me Do

    10. I Love You

    11. Baby It's You

    12. Do You Want To Know A Secret

    13. There's A Place

    14. Twist And Shout


    With The Beatles

    1. It Won't Be Long

    2. All I've Got To Do

    3. All My Loving

    4. Don't Bother Me

    5. Little Child

    6. Till There Was You

    7. Please Mr Postman

    8. Roll Over Beethoven

    9. Hold Me Tight

    10. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

    11. I Wanna Be Your Man

    12. Devil In Her Heart

    13. Not A Second Time

    14. Money


    A Hard Day's Night

    1. I Should Have Known Better

    2. If I Fell

    3. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You

    4. And I Love Her

    5. Tell Me Why

    6. Can't Buy Me Love

    7. Hard Day's Night

    8. Anytime At All

    9. I'll Cry Instead

    10. Things We Said Today

    11. When I Get Home

    12. You Can't Do That

    13. I'll Be Back


    Beatles For Sale

    1. No Reply

    2. I'm A Loser

    3. Baby's In Black

    4. Rock 'n' Roll Music

    5. I'll Follow The Sun

    6. Mr Moonlight

    7. Kansas City

    8. Eight Days A Week

    9. Words Of Love

    10. Honey Don't

    11. Every Little Thing

    12. Don't Want To Spoil The Party

    13. What You're Doing

    14. Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby


    Help!

    1. Help

    2. Night Before

    3. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

    4. I Need You

    5. Another Girl

    6. You're Going To Lose That Girl

    7. Ticket To Ride

    8. Act Naturally

    9. It's Only Love

    10. You Like Me Too Much

    11. Tell Me What You See

    12. I've Just Seen A Face

    13. Yesterday

    14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy


    Rubber Soul

    1. Drive My Car

    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

    3. You Won't See Me

    4. Nowhere Man

    5. Think For Yourself

    6. Word

    7. Michelle

    8. What Goes On

    9. Girl

    10. I'm Looking Through You

    11. In My Life

    12. Wait

    13. If I Needed Someone

    14. Run For Your Life


    Revolver

    1. Taxman

    2. Eleanor Rigby

    3. I'm Only Sleeping

    4. Love You To

    5. Here There And Everywhere

    6. Yellow Submarine

    7. She Said She Said

    8. Good Day Sunshine

    9. And Your Bird Can Sing

    10. For No One

    11. Dr Robert

    12. I Want To Tell You

    13. Got To Get You Into My Life

    14. Tomorrow Never Knows


    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    2. With A Little Help From My Friends

    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

    4. Getting Better

    5. Fixing A Hole

    6. She's Leaving Home

    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite

    8. Within You Without You

    9. When I'm Sixty Four

    10. Lovely Rita

    11. Good Morning Good Morning

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

    13. Day In The Life


    Magical Mystery Tour

    1. Magical Mystery Tour

    2. Fool On The Hill

    3. Flying

    4. Blue Jay Way

    5. Your Mother Should Know

    6. I Am The Walrus

    7. Hello Goodbye

    8. Strawberry Fields Forever

    9. Penny Lane

    10. Baby You're A Rich Man

    11. All You Need Is Love


    The White Album

    Disc One

    1. Back In The U.S.S.R.

    2. Dear Prudence

    3. Glass Onion

    4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

    5. Wild Honey Pie

    6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill

    7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

    8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun

    9. Martha My Dear

    10. Im So Tired

    11. Blackbird

    12. Piggies

    13. Rocky Raccoon

    14. Don't Pass Me By

    15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road

    16. I Will

    17. Julia


    Disc Two

    1. Birthday

    2. Yer Blues

    3. Mother Nature's Son

    4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey

    5. Sexy Sadie

    6. Helter Skelter

    7. Long Long Long

    8. Revolution 1

    9. Honey Pie

    10. Savoy Truffle

    11. Cry Baby Cry

    12. Revolution 9

    13. Good Night


    Mono Masters
    LP1
    1. Love Me Do (Original Single Version)
    2. From Me To You
    3. Thank You Girl
    4. She Loves You
    5. I'll Get You
    6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
    7. This Boy
    8. Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand
    9. Sie Liebt Dich
    10. Long Tall Sally
    11. I Call Your Name
    12. Slow Down
    13. Matchbox
    14. I Feel Fine
    15. She's A Woman


    LP2
    1. Bad Boy
    2. Yes It Is
    3. I'm Down
    4. Day Tripper
    5. We Can Work It Out
    6. Paperback Writer
    7. Rain
    8. Lady Madonna
    9. The Inner Light
    10. Hey Jude
    11. Revolution


    LP3
    1. Only A Northern Song
    2. All Together Now
    3. Hey Bulldog
    4. It's All Too Much
    5. Get Back
    6. Don't Let Me Down
    7. Across The Universe
    8. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

    The Beatles
    $374.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono + Book - 14 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Ortofon 2M Mono - Replacement Stylus Ortofon 2M Mono - Replacement Stylus Quick View

    $240.00
    Buy Now
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    Ortofon 2M Mono - Replacement Stylus

    Ortofon


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Replacement Stylus For The Ortofon 2M Mono


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M Mono features a true-mono engine and a Nude Spherical diamond for accurate playback of mono LP records from all eras.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $240.00
    Replacement Stylus Buy Now
  • The White Album (Mono) The White Album (Mono) Quick View

    $38.99
    Buy Now
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    The White Album (Mono)

    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Ranked 10/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. THE BEATLES is released in mono on two 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.


    Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.


    LP 1
    1. Back in the U.S.S.R.
    2. Dear Prudence
    3. Glass Onion
    4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    5. Wild Honey Pie
    6. The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
    7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    8. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
    9. Martha My Dear
    10. I'm So Tired
    11. Blackbird
    12. Piggies
    13. Rocky Raccoon
    14. Don't Pass Me By
    15. Why Don't We Do It In The Road?
    16. I Will
    17. Julia


    LP 2
    1. Birthday
    2. Yer Blues
    3. Mother Nature's Son
    4. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
    5. Sexy Sadie
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. Long, Long, Long
    8. Revolution 1
    9. Honey Pie
    10. Savoy Truffle
    11. Cry Baby Cry
    12. Revolution 9
    13. Good Night

    The Beatles
    $38.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rubber Soul (Mono) Rubber Soul (Mono) Quick View

    $22.99
    Buy Now
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    Rubber Soul (Mono)

    Ranked 5/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles' nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers. Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.


    1. Drive My Car
    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    3. You Won' See Me
    4. Nowhere Man
    5. Think For Yourself
    6. The Word
    7. Michelle
    8. What Goes On
    9. Girl
    10. I'm Looking Through You
    11. In My Life
    12. Wait
    13. If I Needed Someone
    14. Run For Your Life
    The Beatles
    $22.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Pet Sounds (Mono) (200 Gram 45 RPM) Pet Sounds (Mono) (200 Gram 45 RPM) Quick View

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    Pet Sounds (Mono) (200 Gram 45 RPM)


    Ranked 2/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    Mono


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom


    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearant Audio


    Stereo Mix Produced By Mark Linett Under The Supervision Of Brian Wilson


    The ultimate pressing of The Beach Boys' iconic album from Analogue Productions!
    Pet Sounds, the 11th studio album by The Beach Boys, is acclaimed by critics
    and musicians alike as one of the most influential works in the history of popular
    music. Brian Wilson wrote and composed almost all of the songs - mono
    mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California
    crew rose to fame, and now Analogue Productions brings them to you with THE
    definitive Pet Sounds reissue on 200-gram vinyl at 45 RPM pressed at Quality
    Record Pressings. You get to choose - either the mono or stereo album version,
    or both!


    The reception for our previously-issued 33 1/3 version drew praise from reviewer
    Michael Fremer of AnalogPlanet.com who wrote: "The instrumental separation
    and front-to-back layering is nothing short of astonishing compared to the pleasing
    mush offered up by other editions." Acclaimed mastering engineer Kevin
    Gray has been able to extract details heretofore uncaptured from the tape with
    Brian Wilson's original mono mix "and present it in a way that is pleasing and
    natural to the ear," wrote Lee Dempsey, for Endless Summer Quarterly.


    Our stereo version was mixed from an assembled digital multi-track master that
    synced the original 4-track master instrumental with the 4 or 8-track vocal overdub
    master. The stereo mix was mixed to 15 ips 1/4" analog tape with SR noise reduction.


    Even better, the 45 RPM versions of this historical musical masterpiece makes your
    cartridge a near-perfect tracker by way of reduction of inner-groove distortion, a
    clear sonic advantage. You get two 200-gram LPs in a beautiful tip-on gatefold
    jacket from Stoughton Printing.


    Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation as
    well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time. Conventional keyboards
    and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle
    bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments,
    Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. This classic has some of the
    group's most stunning melodies - "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Caroline
    No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended to go on
    the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are "You Still Believe in Me,"
    "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."


    VH-1 named Pet Sounds as the No. 3 album in the Top 100 Albums in Rock 'n'
    Roll History, as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and journalists. It's been
    ranked No. 1 in several music magazines' lists of the greatest albums of all time,
    including NME, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked No. 2 in Rolling
    Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

    LP 1
    1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    2. You Still Believe Me
    3. That's Not Me
    4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
    5. I'm Waiting For The Day
    6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
    7. Sloop John B


    LP 2
    1. God Only Knows
    2. I Know There's An Answer
    3. Here Today
    4. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
    5. Pet Sounds
    6. Caroline No

    Beach Boys
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Mono - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier Quick View

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    Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier

    40th


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Designed as the ultimate MC phono stage and the perfect match for the Rega Apheta MC cartridge Ios has made the transition in to the reference style case to match Isis and Osiris. The new Ios has the addition of balanced XLR connections mute and mono functions. The PCB layout has been redesigned to improve the noise floor and the entire unit has been fully rewired with ultra low capacitance cabling.


    The function of a phono pre amplifier is to match the output from a pick up cartridge to the input of a line level amplifier. It is required to amplify the very low signals produced by the cartridge and also to equalise the sound in accordance with RIAA record cutting standard. Rega believes that moving coil and moving magnet cartridges require different types of phono pre amplifiers to achieve optimum performance. The IOS is therefore dedicated to moving coil cartridges and avoids compromises. We have avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality.


    Design innovation


    The Rega Ios is a four stage all symmetrical amplifier. To provide optimum performance it is dedicated to amplifying the very low level signals that are generated by moving coil cartridges.


    The first stage uses a 1:10 step-up transformer, which can be optimised to the cartridge by the selection of the correct loading and zobel DC resistance correction network connected across the MC transformer secondary.


    The second stage is a symmetrical compound pair class A amplifier, using paralleled low noise Hitachi transistors in the input stage.This drives the passive high frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage.


    The third stage is a symmetrical class A differential amplifier with a common base driver stage; this is also used as the active amplifier in the low frequency part of the RIAA equalisation stage. The fourth stage is the active filter, this configuration uses the same circuit as found in the second stage. The filter element uses a very high bandwidth operational amplifier.


    The power supply is a symmetrical discrete tracking power supply using fast diodes and a low noise voltage reference. Each stage has its own localised power supply, and LED referenced current generators. Very high quality, polypropylene capacitors have been used in the signal path. 1% tolerance polypropylene capacitors are used in the RIAA EQ stages and audio grade capacitors are used in the rest of the circuit.


    We hope that you enjoy this product as much as we have enjoyed creating it. - Rega


    Rega
    $6,995.00
    Rega Ios Moving Coil Amplifier Buy Now
  • Ortofon 2M 78 - Replacement Stylus Ortofon 2M 78 - Replacement Stylus Quick View

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    Ortofon 2M 78 - Replacement Stylus

    Ortofon


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Replacement Stylus For The Ortofon 2M Mono


    2M are designed for precise and accurate retrieval of the information in the record groove. Our philosophy is to play the record sound as accurate as possible, without coloring the sound. We have optimized the design for ease of mounting the cartridge, weight and size to fit the most common turntables at the market today.


    The name 2M was selected among several ideas. We wanted a modern name that would be easy to pronounce and to remember, and therefore an alpha numerical name was chosen. 2M means MM, which is the abbreviation for moving magnet.


    Of course the 2M isn't just another pretty face. It has been engineered to the highest standards and is congruent with the unrelenting commitment of Ortofon to provide the most precise and accurate reproduction possible without coloration.


    The 2M series of cartridges feature Ortofon's trademark split pole pins, an invention that enables moving magnet cartridges to have a flat frequency response, as with a moving coil cartridge. Split pole pins were invented by Ortofon, and were originally presented in the 500 series and Super OM series.


    The 2M 78 features a 65um diamond for playback of 78rpm records, and a true-mono engine.

    Ortofon Cartridges
    $93.00
    Replacement Stylus Buy Now
  • The Ultimate Analogue Test LP The Ultimate Analogue Test LP Quick View

    $39.99
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    The Ultimate Analogue Test LP

    Editors Editors Editors Editors


    Analogue Productions set out to produce the ultimate test record.


    We've consulted many experts in the field, including mastering engineers, audio experts, turntable experts and audiophile listeners, to create a test record that's never been made before. When Barry Wolifson from Sterling Sound in New York City called us with the same idea we had been thinking about - that being to create the ultimate test record - he and our audio expert Clark Williams began to brainstorm and research ideas until they were both completely satisfied with what should go on the record.


    Most of the test records in the past have been made to test a variety of equipment. This test record excludes silly cannon shots, typewriters, voices on one channel and other useless fluff. This one specifically addresses your turntable and cartridge. It's designed to provide the basic test signals necessary to calibrate a turntable or cutting lathe as simply as possible. Most of the signals have specific implications, but it is certainly possible to use them in any number of novel ways.


    This record was mastered and cut on a Neumann VMS 80 lathe at Sterling Sound and pressed at Record Technology, Inc. on high-quality, 180-gram virgin vinyl.


    Side 1

    General Reference Level

    This 1 kHz reference tone will allow you to establish a "base level" for all measurements.
    Track 1 1Khz reference tone 7cm/s Mono, in phase (Lateral)

    Basic reference for all measurements, adjust meter for maximum convenience (in the studio 0VU).
    Adjust preamp channel balance for equal output.
    Also used to check the offset angle of the photo cartridge; L&R signals should be exactly in phase as displayed on an oscilloscope.


    Azimuth Adjustment

    Track 2 1kHz reference level Left channel only

    Measure Right channel output.

    Track 3 1kHz reference level Right channel only

    Measure Left channel output.

    The object is to sit the stylus exactly perpendicular in the groove.

    Twist cartridge about its radial axis until the measurements from Track 2 and Track 3 are equal or very close to equal for both channels.


    High Frequency Adjustment

    Tracks 4, 5 and 6 are used to calibrate the RIAA high frequency equalizer of a phono preamp. This will be used to calibrate a mastering lathe's phono preamplifier or any phono preamplifier that has these adjustments.

    Track 4 1 kHz tone at -20 below reference level, Lateral

    Reference for High Frequency test.

    Track 5 10 kHz reference tone at -20dbu, Lateral
    Adjust the high frequency until the output level equals that of Track 4.

    Track 6 1 kHz to 20 kHz sweep at -20dbu, Mono (Lateral)

    The AC millivoltmeter reading should stay constant across all frequencies. There are a number of factors which can affect frequency response, including cable capacitance, cartridge loading, tracking force and worn parts. Because of this, it can be difficult to achieve perfectly flat frequency response. Sometimes by making small compromises in the 10 kHz adjustment, a better overall frequency response can be achieved.


    Low Frequency Adjustment

    Tracks 7 & 8 are used to calibrate the RIAA low frequency equalizer of a phono preamp.

    Track 7 1 kHz to 20 Hz sweep at 0 VU (Lateral)

    Play Track 7 and measure the output with your AC millivolt meter.

    Ideally, the output will be flat across all frequencies. When viewed on an oscilloscope, the amplitude would remain constant during the frequency downsweep.

    Track 8 100 Hz reference tone at 0 vu (Lateral)
    Adjust LF Eq to reference (which is your reading from Track 1).


    Track 9 VTA adjust

    This is an IEC intermodulation distortion (IMD) test signal; 60Hz & 4kHz 4:1 ratio.

    Using an IMD tester, adjust VTA by raising or lowering the tonearm for minimum distortion.


    Track 10 Standard Wow & Flutter test signal; 3150Hz
    The Wow & Flutter meter will give dynamic speed variations as a percentage deviation from nominal.

    Also, the frequency counter should read exactly 3150 Hz for nominal speed. You can use the Hz function on your multi-meter (if so equipped) to verify speed here as well. You can also use to find the measurements at 45RPM. The correct reading at 45RPM would be 4253 Hz (45/33.33) x 3150.


    Side 2

    Track 1 Anti-skating test; 315Hz amplitude sweep to +12dbu (Lateral)

    Signal should remain clean in both channels up to the highest level, both audibly and as viewed on an oscilloscope. In case of distortion, increase anti-skating force or decrease anti-skate until breakup occurs equally in both channels. The left channel information is inscribed on the inner groove wall, the right channel information, on the outer groove wall. Because of the offset angle of a pivoted tonearm, a constantly varying vector force biases the arm towards the center of the record causing the stylus to lose contact with the outer (i.e. right channel) groove wall. Both linear and modulated groove velocity, tracking force, stylus profile, and vinyl composition are contributing factors. The anti skating force attempts to ameliorate this by applying an opposing similar force.

    It is also accepted that the overall force vector increases as the tonearm approaches closer to the spindle or end of the record.


    Track 2 Pink noise lateral

    Track 3 Pink noise vertical

    Used for cartridge "demagnetizing"

    You can also use this track to loosen up the cantilever's suspension to help break in a new cartridge. Play these tracks five to ten times after every 300 hours of normal LP playback.


    Track 4 1kHz @ reference level, vertical
    This out-of-phase signal should cancel to nothing when summed to mono.

    Any signals still present are distortion artifacts, lack of channel balance, or timing (phase) anomalies. This test can be a second confirmation of anti-skate adjustment.


    Track 5 1kHz to 10Hz sweep @ -20 below

    reference level, vertical
    Resonance anomalies in the tonearm / cartridge interface will show up as amplitude peaks and dips as the frequency sweeps down.

    Once again, by listening in 'Mono' it is easier to hear the distortion artifacts.


    Track 6 Silent groove for bearing rumble and table isolation

    During playback of this track, nothing should be transmitted from the turntable to the speakers. Replay the track and gently tap on the rack or base that the turntable is resting on. There should be little or no thump transferred to the speakers. This track will help you experiment with turntable isolation methods and products to be able to get the most out of your playback system. You may want to use a closed or sealed headphone for best listening results, or a stethoscope on the plinth.

    Analogue Productions
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Masterpieces (45 RPM) Masterpieces (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Masterpieces (45 RPM)


    A Historic Record - Recorded Just Four Years Removed From The Dawn Of The Analog Tape Era!


    Remastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Analog Tapes


    Recorded On An Ampex 200, Using 3M-111 Magnetic Tape Running At 15 Inches Per Second


    Gatefold Old-School Tip-on On Jacket By Stoughton Printing Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Named A 2015 Record To Die For By Stereophile Magazine.


    Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes, the record was plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings. The depth and space when those rich chromatic harmonies create a wide and well-defined soundscape, the timbre of the orchestra as a whole as well as individual instruments, and the thick, wooden sound of Wendell Marshall's bass are among the aural pleasures provided when you drop a needle on this platter; expect goose bumps. - Music = 5/5; Sonics = 4.5/5 - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, May-June 2015.


    I chose the CD reissue of this album as one of my R2D4s for 2012, but now from Chad Kassem's Analogue Productions comes this QRP LP, and it's an occasion for popping corks. Released in 1950, this was Ellington's first LP, and he used the new medium to stretch out four of his biggest hits. The arrangements are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the sound just slightly less so. Recorded by Fred Plaut, who later miked Kind of Blue and other Columbia classics, it has the dynamics, depth, and in-your-face tonal realism of a modern (mono) audiophile thumper. Among the best jazz albums ever. - Fred Kaplan, for Stereophile - Records To Die For - February 2015.


    This new re-issue slays my vintage copy in every way. Every dimension of the recording was much better...dynamics, harmonics, frequency response, detail, jump...all just leaped out at me! The recording sounded like it had been made that morning...absolutely fresh-sounding. No veiling. No roll-off. In fact, it's so good that it doesn't matter that this is a mono recording! Listen to it on a great turntable...you'll hear mono that fools you into thinking that it's not mono. Just wait until you hear Yvonne Lanauze sing, Mood Indigo amigos, after a long instrumental build-up...she'll take you there! ... The pressing itself was impeccable: flat, and free of noise, tics and pops...a genuine masterpiece of the pressing-plant arts. The Hyperion OCL, the finest cartridge that I've ever heard, revealed how superbly these grooves were carved! Commendable, reference-grade analog...very, very close to master tape sound. Very damned close! Kissing cousins close! Hell, maybe even closer than that. In fact, I now consider the Analogue Productions re-issue of Masterpieces by Ellington to be one of the very finest Jazz records ever released. (Sorry Miles! Move over, Kind of Blue!). - David W. Robinson, editor-in-chief, Positive Feedback Online.


    Most highly recommended (the record is now on the QRP presses). It's one of my 'Records to Die For' in the February 2015 Stereophile. A true classic both musically and sonically and a historical work of art you can now own. - Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.

    LP 1
    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Sophisticated Lady


    LP 2
    1. The Tattooed Bride
    2. Solitude

    Duke Ellington
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Manley Steelhead RC Phono Stage Manley Steelhead RC Phono Stage Quick View

    $8,400.00
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    Manley Steelhead RC Phono Stage

    Stereophile Product The 2003 Four


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Handcrafted in the USA


    We debuted to the world a killer frikkin' cool phono stage at CES 2001. It was called, aquatic naming theme continuing, The Steelhead®, as it is an upstream device and has a very clever MC variable load auto tranny that we designed and our very own Manley Magnetics department executed (which makes the MC stage so very clever). Iron=transformer=steel makes sense to me...


    It has two Moving Coil inputs with selectable impedance load 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 Ohms via Mr. Clever Steelhead transformer/autoformer. It also has variable and selectable Moving Magnet input impedances too 25, 50, 100, 200 Ohms and 47 kOhms. Very nifty is the selectable-dial-able-in-able-from-the-faceplate-able capacitive loading for all three of the MM & MC inputs 0 to 1100 picofarads in 10 picofarad steps. Very cool! Equalize baby! TEN picofard steps! Wow! Now you can really dial this in for perfect cartridge matching with ZERO penalty. None of this switching detracts from the sound quality or adds any extra anything to the signal path. Rest assured.


    It's got six tubes. 2 x 6922 plus 4 x 7044 or 5687. It's got a big honkin' volume control. It can drive an amplifier directly if you want, if you don't do digital. Hey and if you happen to have three turntables set up, we give you 2 x MC and 1 x MM selectable inputs! It's got variable and fixed volume outputs. And All-tube really low Z tube buffered outputs. Like inherently 20 Ohms plus the little 47 Ohm OK drive those high capacitance audiophile cables why doncha resistor, so it's real output impedance is only 67 Ohms. No wanky cathode follower (oh bor-ing) output here like the other guys. We got your real low impedance all-tube outputs right here! It will drive anything and everything. Long cables, no problem.


    It's got selectable gain 50, 55, 60, 65dB on a switch that even auto-mutes as you change it so no nasty bangs. Gain switch markings are referred to from the input of the 1st active electronics at 1 kHz to the fixed output @ 10k load, regardless of whether source is MM or XFMR stepped-up MC. It is not really practical to include MC step-up gain on the front panel markings due to the variable SOURCE impedances of the MC cartridges and the variable LOADING that the input XFMR will have on any given cartridge. All of this total MC gain variability should be confined to about 3 to 12 dB of range though. XFMR step-up gain plateaus as the load Z on a given MC cartridge is optimised...producing no VOLTAGE gain but in fact a bit more POWER gain... All this means you should set a load Z which sounds best with your particular MC cartridge and adjust gain to suit your system's operating level. Whatever you like. You will not blow anything up.


    (Bottom line: there is plenty of gain... enough to do justice to your fave lo-output MC cartridges).


    It's got a mute switch. It's got a just turn it down while I cue up so I don't throw my woofer cones across the room but I still want the same volume I was listening at before I flipped the side DIM switch. And what goes with DIM better than SUM which would be the MONO button... It has a killer hyper-regulated outboard power supply that plugs in on the huge-est connector you ever saw. And you can just hit the standby button to keep everybody off while you take a small holiday to Tahiti. A backlit MANLEY STEELHEAD illuminated badge reflects back to vinyl-days-of-yore while the millions of BLUE LEDs remind you that this is modern tube engineering design, baby!


    The VARIABLE Outputs are controlled by the precision film dual NOBLE® volume control. They are SMOOTH action these days as the fashion went against the detented ones.


    This is a tweak-o-holic tube-lover's dream...


    Manley Labs
    $8,400.00
    Manley Steelhead Phono Stage Buy Now
  • Pet Sounds (Stereo) (200 Gram 45 RPM) Pet Sounds (Stereo) (200 Gram 45 RPM) Quick View

    $54.99
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    Pet Sounds (Stereo) (200 Gram 45 RPM)


    Ranked 2/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    Stereo


    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom


    200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearant Audio


    Stereo Mix Produced By Mark Linett Under The Supervision Of Brian Wilson


    The ultimate pressing of The Beach Boys' iconic album from Analogue Productions!
    Pet Sounds, the 11th studio album by The Beach Boys, is acclaimed by critics
    and musicians alike as one of the most influential works in the history of popular
    music. Brian Wilson wrote and composed almost all of the songs - mono
    mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California
    crew rose to fame, and now Analogue Productions brings them to you with THE
    definitive Pet Sounds reissue on 200-gram vinyl at 45 RPM pressed at Quality
    Record Pressings. You get to choose - either the mono or stereo album version,
    or both!


    The reception for our previously-issued 33 1/3 version drew praise from reviewer
    Michael Fremer of AnalogPlanet.com who wrote: "The instrumental separation
    and front-to-back layering is nothing short of astonishing compared to the pleasing
    mush offered up by other editions." Acclaimed mastering engineer Kevin
    Gray has been able to extract details heretofore uncaptured from the tape with
    Brian Wilson's original mono mix "and present it in a way that is pleasing and
    natural to the ear," wrote Lee Dempsey, for Endless Summer Quarterly.


    Our stereo version was mixed from an assembled digital multi-track master that
    synced the original 4-track master instrumental with the 4 or 8-track vocal overdub
    master. The stereo mix was mixed to 15 ips 1/4" analog tape with SR noise reduction.


    Even better, the 45 RPM versions of this historical musical masterpiece makes your
    cartridge a near-perfect tracker by way of reduction of inner-groove distortion, a
    clear sonic advantage. You get two 200-gram LPs in a beautiful tip-on gatefold
    jacket from Stoughton Printing.


    Pet Sounds is famous for its use of multiple layers of unorthodox instrumentation as
    well as other cutting edge audio techniques for its time. Conventional keyboards
    and guitars were combined with exotic touches of orchestrated strings, bicycle
    bells, buzzing organs, harpsichords, flutes, Theremin, Hawaiian-sounding string instruments,
    Coca-Cola cans, barking dogs, and more. This classic has some of the
    group's most stunning melodies - "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "God Only Knows," "Caroline
    No," and "Sloop John B" (the last of which wasn't originally intended to go on
    the album) are the well-known hits, but equally worthy are "You Still Believe in Me,"
    "Don't Talk," "I Know There's an Answer," and "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times."


    VH-1 named Pet Sounds as the No. 3 album in the Top 100 Albums in Rock 'n'
    Roll History, as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and journalists. It's been
    ranked No. 1 in several music magazines' lists of the greatest albums of all time,
    including NME, The Times and Mojo Magazine. It was ranked No. 2 in Rolling
    Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

    LP 1
    1. Wouldn't It Be Nice
    2. You Still Believe Me
    3. That's Not Me
    4. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
    5. I'm Waiting For The Day
    6. Let's Go Away For Awhile
    7. Sloop John B


    LP 2
    1. God Only Knows
    2. I Know There's An Answer
    3. Here Today
    4. I Just Wasn't Made For These Times
    5. Pet Sounds
    6. Caroline No

    Beach Boys
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • CI Audio PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier CI Audio PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Quick View

    $995.00
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    CI Audio PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Channel Islands Audio is proud to announce the release of our long-awaited PEQ•1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier!


    Features



    • Ultra-Low noise

    • Ultra-Low harmonic & intermodulation distortion (THD/IMD)

    • Dual-Mono Design for low crosstalk

    • Heavy steel faraday cage for high resistance to electromagnetic and radio frequency interference

    • Rear panel DIP switches for convenient configuration & adjustment

    • 5 Year Warranty

    • Handcrafted in USA


    The PEQ•1 is a versatile design offering outstanding performance with a wide variety of phono cartridge types.


    This new dual-mono design is aimed at music lovers seeking the utmost life-like performance from their vinyl collection. Dynamic and detailed, yet smooth and rich, with soundstage and imaging to create realism rarely heard.


    Power


    The internal design of PEQ•1 starts with a dual AC input (one for each channel).


    When the outboard power supply is connected, the AC is fed to two independent filter/regulation circuits (1 per channel). These circuits feed the L & R audio stages with ultra-low noise on par with the best battery technologies, and without the inconvenience. There is also a Chassis Ground switch to optimize chassis shielding.


    The standard AC supply is an AC wall adapter type with a single winding feeding the L&R circuits.


    This supply is 120V input only.


    Countries with 220~240V mains must use the AC·15 MKII Upgrade Supply.


    The AC·15 MKII Upgrade Supply Features:


    • Large Toroidal Transformer with dual outputs (1 per channel)

    • AC Line Filtering

    • Dual common-mode choke filtering (1 per channel)

    • 120V/240V Selectable Input Voltage

    • Rear Panel Power Switch

    • Detachable AC Input & Output cables



    Audio Circuit


    Input signals are connected via highest quality Cardas™ panel-mounted RCA jacks. The input jacks are routed to two independent mono circuits of identical layout. This assures exact performance from both channels and reduces crosstalk.


    Circuit topology consists of an input gain stage with selectable resistive load, capacitance, gain, and subsonic filter. This gain stage is followed by a passive high frequency cut, then an active bass boost to create the RIAA equalization curve, then to the output jacks.


    Careful layout yields a very short signal path from input to output, and a combination of star grounding power supply components/ground plane for the audio circuits, result in a silent background and immunity to EMI/RFI pickup. The entire circuit board is then housed in a heavy steel faraday cage to further reject outside interference, then inside the attractive aluminum outer chassis.


    Highest quality components are used throughout:


    Cardas™ jacks, Nichicon Muse™ NP power supply capacitors, Vishay™ 2% Polypropylene signal and bypass capacitors, Takman™ metal film & carbon films resistors, and Grayhill™ switches.


    5 Year Warranty


    Enjoy peace of mind with our comprehensive 5 year warranty. Full service information is included in the product manual.


    CI Audio
    $995.00
    PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Buy Now
  • Nano V2 Phono Stage Nano V2 Phono Stage Quick View

    $450.00
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    Nano V2 Phono Stage


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    The printed circuit board is encased in a solid CNC-machined, resonance-free aluminum chassis. The latest sophisticated surface-mount technology is used in conjunction with precision electronic components, such as Burr-Brown (Texas Instruments) integrated circuits. The Nano v2s extremely short signal paths lead to pure, noise-free music reproduction.


    The fully dual-mono design features separate left and right switches for input loading and gain control. Users can also select between moving coil or moving magnet sensitivity, extracting the best results from virtually any phono cartridge.


    The new Nano Phono v2 moving coil / moving magnet phono stage provides higher quality performance.


    Clearaudio
    $450.00
    Nano V2 Phonostage Buy Now
  • Nova II Phono Stage Nova II Phono Stage Quick View

    $1,200.00
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    Nova II Phono Stage

    2013



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    For the past 15 years, Michael Yee's Phonomena phono stage designs have defined Q.P.R., or Quality/Price Ratio, for phono stages, and the Nova II is no exception.


    Built in California, the new Nova II is a battery-powered phono stage with incredible flexibility and performance. The Nova II replaces the popular Nova Phonomena. Our Nova II battery-powered phono preamplifier, sharing improved chassis design of our MYDAC II, features dual-mono, discrete circuitry with extensive gain and loading flexibility, delivering the best sound in its price range. Like the Phonomena II and SuperNova II, the Nova II has rear panel accessible switches for easily accessible and highly flexible gain and loading adjustment. It features 2 rechargeable internal NiMH dual-mono battery packs with Smart Sensing auto recharge feature. All AC and charging circuits automatically disconnect when listening in battery mode. The Nova II features enhanced casework design and upgraded internal components.


    The Musical Surroundings Nova II is a complete phonograph preamplifier with RIAA equalization that amplifies the output signal of a phono cartridge, either moving coil or moving magnet, up to a nominal "line level". The Nova II may be used with a receiver or an integrated amplifier. If you use separate components, a line level control unit (preamp) is required before the power amp, since there is no independent volume control for the Nova II. The Nova II's power supply is internal and connnects to the wall with the supplied wall mount transformer.


    Clearaudio
    $1,200.00
    Nova II Buy Now
  • Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $25.99
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    Magical Mystery Tour (Mono) (Out Of Stock)

    Ranked 1/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!


    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    Gatefold


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles' nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers. Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Fool on the Hill
    Flying
    Blue Jay Way
    Your Mother Should Know
    I Am the Walrus
    Hello Goodbye
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    Penny Lane
    Baby You're a Rich Man

    All You Need Is Love
    The Beatles
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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