Well the Vinyl Revolution certainly shows no sign of slowing down I am very glad to say, as many of you know there really is some real magic with vinyl, not just on a nostalgia level but with the quality of sound, it just sounds right, hence why it has come back so strongly as to be honest it can be a bit of a pain, you get the odd pop and click, you can’t skip tracks easily and you have to keep getting up and down to change sides but besides all that we still sell more turntables than any other source which makes me very happy indeed and the main reason for this popularity is plain and simply down to sound quality
I have said many times, as far as I am concerned to get the most from your music enjoyment ideally you’ll have a turntable and a digital source whether that be CD, Streamer or a Server / Dac combo, basically a good analogue and digital source and you’ve got the best of both worlds, so after all this talking I am really happy to say that we have now added VPI Turntables and Lyra and Kiseki Cartridges to our portfolio.
I’m always keeping an eye for new brands and one brand that kept coming up in conversation with my customer’s was VPI Turntables and after doing some research they get nothing but glowing reviews so it really seemed like a logical step as they really do offer something different to our other Vinyl playback offerings and they are from New Jersey and along with Bruce Springsteen we know that great things come from Jersey
Seriously though they offer a range of turntables from £1500 to £40,000 with a very unique look, they use a Uni-Pivot tonearm which a new one to me but after listening to them they definitely seem to work, many of these are actually 3D Printed which is very different.
We have started by focusing on the VPI Prime range so we have the Prime, Prime Scout and Prime Signature turntables now on permanent demo which I have just finished setting up, they are actually really pretty straightforward to get up and running although the Uni-Pivot arm took some getting used to, so anyway please feel free to come in for a listen anytime -
Lyra and Kiseki cartridges!
Obviously to bring on a new Turntable brand we need cartridges to put on them, needless to say I still love our Dynavector cartridges but I have always felt it would be nice to offer a couple more choices here, well Lyra really are up there with the most respected cartridge makers out there and Kiseki offer something quite different with only 2 models in the range at the moment but they really do give a lovely analogue sound, quite different to Lyra and Dynavector, more along the Koetsu sound really.
So to sum up, there has never probably been a better time for vinyl as we get great pressings now and there is so much choice on excellent turntables I am really pleased to have strengthened our propositions for our customers so please feel free to get in touch to discuss and of the above.
Now for some pictures
The VPI Prime Scout with the Lyra Delos MC Cartridge
The VPI Prime with the Kiseki Blue N.S. MC Cartridge
Prime Scout (right) V the Prime
VPI Prime Signature with the Lyra Kleos SL MC Cartridge