If you are in the vicinity of Carnage Hall Cheshire on the 28th of June then please pop over and listen to some great music sounding at its best. Yes indeed, Hosted by NuNu Distribution, their UK partners, Sonneteer of Surrey(also in the UK) will be there with their beautifully looking and sounding systems to delight your aural senses. Apart from the beautiful setting, the great sound, and lovely people, the best thing about it all is it’s free. So please come along to hear the Alabasters and Ortons singing and the Sedleys dancing to the best tunes put to record.
The Analogue Sound is carving out a big niche for itself globally, claiming back some territory in the now highly confused digital audio space. While the rest of the world decides if it’s streaming, downloading, or optical disc-ing the music loving world is still dancing to the sounds of spinning Vinyl. The good ol’ fashioned Audio Fair is definitely back in Vogue and no more so than in Tokyo. June 13 and 14, 2015 showed that audio enthusiast are still willing to attend events in their thousands. More importantly to us our partner in Japan, Allegro with Mr Kyoji Arai decided to take the Sonneteer range along. The Sonneteer Alabaster amplifier and Sedley phono stage, famously a dual Audio Excellence award winner in the land of the rising sun, both graced the ears of the attending crowds. For more information please go to Analogue Audio Fair Tokyo and if your Japanese is no better than mine then Google translate does a great job for you.(It worked automatically on our Chrome browser).
Picking up the baton from the much loved Campion amplifier, we have decided that the Alabaster, as well as carrying the spirit of the Campion, will inherit its phono stage too. Like a shy yet gifted child the little circuit huddled up amongst the line stages on the pre-amp printed circuit board has delighted those who have gotten to know it well. Perhaps too long in the shadow of our outboard Sedley phono stage, it has maybe been given too little time in the limelight by us. That said, its followers are many and their voices have been heard. Some end users have benefited from a retrofit recently and others have asked if the Campion phono stage could be included. We have gracefully obliged on all accounts.
The phono stage which takes over the Line 2 slot in the pre-amplifier section of the Alabaster will be dedicated to Moving Magnate phono cartridges or high output Moving Coil only. The standard settings are, for those with a technical penchant, are 47K? input resistance with a 47pF capacitive load. An earth stud is also added to the rear panel to accommodate your turntable connections. Vinyl not included.
For more on phono stages, amplifiers and thoughts for ears please visit our magazine.