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HRS M3X Platform Makes Life (or at least Listening) More Stable

HRS isolation platform “The M3X Isolation Base is available in four standard sizes, with three different load ranges to optimize component matching. Our review sample was 21 x 19 x 3″ (53.3 x 48.3 x 7.6 cm), optimized for a load of up to 52 lbs (23.5 KG), a couple of inches all around more than we actually needed. This was, in fact, better than it being too small…”

Phiaton PS 300 NC Noise Canceling On-Ear Headphones

Phiaton PS 300 NC Noise<br />
Canceling On-Ear Headphones“Reminiscent of Koss in its glory days, this new company is attempting to inhabit the high end of the headphone market at a time when the former headphone maker has gone way downmarket. Phiaton has also applied some serious engineering effort to the noise canceling design process as well. The PS 300 NC is not just a headphone, but a package that comes with a pair of proprietary rechargeable batteries (18-hour life cycle), and a charger that can use either USB or AC power, and in the latter case provides attachable plugs for different national power systems…”

Antec A/V Cooler

Antec AV Cooler (Small)“This quite inexpensive accessory is a platform made of plastic and aluminum that draws air in at the back, and blows it out underneath. You can see the two fans on the bottom. The fans run at two speeds, 1200 rpm on Low and 1600 rpm in the High position. The unit weighs just over 4 pounds, and is almost 2″ high, and roughly 17″ x 14″ wide and deep, respectively. The fan noise level is said to be 22.45 dBA in Low and 28.7 dBA in High…”

Phono Accessories: Sonic Bliss Turntable Mat, High End Disc Stabilizer, HRS Analog Disk Record Clamp

HRS Record Clamp

“I was intrigued by the listing, and though there are many mats out there, most DJ slip types, this one looked interesting. Its technological hook seemed to be a crochet-like pattern that exposed at least as much air between the LP and platter as rubber, an integral part of the design of the RingMat I have used for close to 20 years. By providing this space, vinyl/stylus resonances and platter/motor noise are dissipated in the air, while the record is firmly supported…”

OPTRIX CD/DVD Treatment Fluid

OPTRIX CD/DVD Treatment Fluid

“This will be a brief review of a small bottle, 2 fluid ounces or 60 milliliters in all, that coats optical discs to increase their readability by filling micro-scratches and improving reflectivity of the pitted surface. According to the white paper seen under the photo, “OPTRIX contains isopropyl alcohol, distilled water and optically optically active nonionic surfactants”, and has “antistatic properties”, is “chemically neutral and will not damage your CDs or Laser discs.”

Rega Turntable Tweaks - Rega Planar 3 Turntable Motor Upgrade

Rega Turntable Tweaks

“When the Planar 3 evolved into the P3 a couple of years back the biggest change was a new motor and motor mounting arrangement. Whereas the motor on the Planar 3 was suspended below the plinth on a pair of elastics, the P3’s new motor can be rigidly mounted to the plinth, owing to its much lower levels of vibration. The new motor also does away with active, electronic trimming, apparently enhancing its smoothness even further…”

Rega Turntable Tweaks - Iron Audio Rega Acrylic Platter Upgrade

Rega Turntable Tweaks

“Perhaps an odd name for a company making products out of acrylic, Iron Audio was, until recently, called Sheer Audio and you may have seen their platters marketed under this name in the past. As with the Origin Live upgrade this one is for Rega users only, Iron Audio’s acrylic platter designed to fit the Planar 3, P3 and the P25. The company also makes a model for the Planar 2, P2 and NAD turntable…”

Rega Turntable Tweaks - Aural Thrills Turntable Isolation Box

Rega Turntable Tweaks

“A few months back I was trolling around Ebay looking for bargains in phono stages and cartridges and stumbled upon a turntable isolation box made by a small company in Texas called Aural Thrills Audio. I’d been having good results running my Rega on the top shelf of a Vantage Point four shelf rack with the help of a slab of granite and some Black Diamond Racing cones and “those things” (carbon fibre squares used with the cones). Keeping the thing perfectly level, however, was an exercise in frustration…”

Rega Turntable Tweaks - Origin Live Tonearm Modification

Rega Turntable Tweaks

“In business since 1986 this British company is starting to gain more and more recognition in North America for its Rega arm modifications as well as for its own arms and turntables. It’s easy to tell that the owners are audio fanatics themselves and their excellent website offers a wealth of information and advice for the turntable tweaker and plenty of detail about their products…”

Rega Turntable Tweaks (Introduction)

Rega Turntable Tweaks

“As for analog hardware I’ve been steadily working on trying to wring ever more performance from my Rega Planar 3. One of the best things about owning such a popular product, produced in great number over a period of many years, is that more people will inevitably dream up ways of improving it…”


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