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Trevor Horn’s Video as we all know now, did not kill the radio star. If anything radio has grown much stronger since. In the same vein digitised music has yet to do away with all analogue forms and Vinyl has been spinning its virtues louder than most. So much so that the last decade has seen an actual solid and consistent growth in the sales of vinyl records 1. This has prompted more recording artists and companies to release more of their recordings on the format which in turn can only allow this trend continue.

Still in the groove.

Here at Sonneteer we have not shied away from supporting both digital and analogue formats. The Sedley phono stage has served the Vinyl loving community since the late 90s and in that time we have also had two CD player models, the Byron and Bronte spinning silver disks for the music loving public. Though while CDs and CD players seem to be on the Hearse to the format crematorium needles are still merrily jigging in the vinyl grooves. Tellingly we have recently retired our two CD player models and have introduced an internal phono stage to our most popular amplifier, the Alabaster. This is the same bit of Sonneteer, much praised, electronics’ trickery that used to grace the now also retired Campion amplifier.

Between the amp and the turntable

The phono stage is the box of electronics’ tricks that sits between the record player’ stylus and the audio amplifier stage in a music playing system like your hifi. It probably does the most important job in getting the music correctly off the record and playing as it should into your ears. Because of the way records are made (remember these techniques were invented a very long time ago) they require an equalisation filter which has become known as a head amp or phono stage to correct the anomalies of production. Please visit our Magazine pages2 for more on the subject.

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