“Record cleaning only scratches the surface (pun intended),” writes Hi-Fi Plus’ Andrew Harrison. “Every aspect of vinyl replay can come in for scrutiny.” A good part of this comes down to the nature of the technology itself: “dragging a rock through a groove and translating these movements into electrical signals” is naturally prone to errors from rotation, geometry, mechanical movements, the ingress of dust and dirt, etc etc. Thankfully there’s “a vibrant world of vinyl beyond the turntable and the record itself” to help keep everything running smoothly, and Harrison has chosen a selection of some of the best.
Next month’s edition of What Hi-Fi? is a ‘vinyl special’ issue, devoted to the best turntables you can buy. Mull over the magazine’s pick of the spinners, ranging from around £100 all the way up to just shy of £20k. Among them are several award-winning favourites from covetable German analogue experts Clearaudio.
Clearaudio’s ‘Matrix’ record cleaners have long been renowned for their gentle yet highly effective vacuum cleaning capabilities. Shhh… the new Smart Matrix Silent is the quietly elegant, and impressively user-friendly, successor to the brand’s earlier Smart Matrix Professional model.
December… ‘tis the season for cranking up your favourite tunes, putting on a bit of a show, having some fun and, traditionally, giving generously. The folks at hi-fi brand Clearaudio have been entering into that very spirit, by supporting – and starring in – a ‘cheeky’ new short film inspired by one of contemporary cinema’s most iconic music and dance scenes.
“Pitch slurring,” “warbling” and “watery pitch” are just some of the unwanted results when a turntable suffers from speed variation, writes Noel Keywood in the November issue of Hi-Fi World. “Subjectively it isn’t an obvious issue until you hear the same music played on a pitch-stable turntable,” and then it’s “like taking off misty glasses.” Unfortunately, the problem is surprisingly common. Fortunately, there are some handy gadgets that enable DIY solutions.
Continue reading Turntable speed accuracy: Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood explores Clearaudio’s Stroboscope Test Record, among others
Each autumn, the editors of US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound pick out their audio peaks and pinnacles and crown them worthy winners of the annual Golden Ear Awards.
In 2018, Associate Editor Neil Gader singles out Clearaudio’s Charisma V2 phono cartridge. “Like its name implies, you’ve either got it or you don’t. This cartridge has got it,” he writes.
“We may be in the streaming age, but this hasn’t stopped vinyl sales booming. Audiophiles and analogue devotees, as well as digital converts, are rediscovering the joys of records,” writes Wired magazine, which has just singled out (no pun intended) its best record players for any budget in 2018.
“Budget, staggeringly expensive, ripping or old-school…” – there’s a deck for everyone in the July issue of What Hi-Fi? And two of the fifteen five-star masterpieces listed are from German analogue experts Clearaudio: the £995 ‘Concept MM’ and £17,330 ‘Innovation Wood’.
Continue reading What Hi-Fi? vinyl special: Clearaudio Concept & Innovation are two of “15 of the best decks you can buy”
It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.
New from German analogue masters Clearaudio is the Tracer radial tonearm, taking the company’s family of radial and tangential arms to a tidy ten-strong.