Grado Black1 & Green1 Cartridge
Black1- $120, Green1 – $145
The newly redesigned Black1 and Green1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Black1 and Green1 models use a three piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond mounted in a brass bushing. The Green1 model is selected from the Black1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the production run will meet these standards and become Green1 models.
Grado Blue1 & Red1 Cartridge
Blue1- $195, Red1 – $245
The newly redesigned Blue1 and Red1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Blue1 and Red1 models use a four piece OTL cantilever technology, standard oxygen free wire in the coils and Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Red1 model is selected from the Blue1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 10% of the production run will meet these standards and become Red1 models.
Grado Silver1 & Gold1 Cartridge
Silver1- $340, Gold1 – $380
The newly redesigned Silver1 and Gold1 have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. The Silver1 and gold1 models use a four piece OTL cantilever technology, ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire in the coils and Grado’s specially designed elliptical diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Gold1 model is selected from the Silver1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 5% of the production run meet these standards and become Gold1 models.
Grado Model MC+ & ME+ Cartridges
MC+ – $145, ME+ – $240
There are many analog lovers with record collections that include mono albums. Grado offers two new cartridge models in a mono version. The MC+ and the ME+ are mounted with an elliciptical diamond. The ME+ uses one of GRADO’s upgraded generating systems. All wooden body cartridges are available in mono version. This will make your records quieter and enhance the musical pleasure of these recordings.
Grado Model DJ100i & DJ200i Cartridges
DJ100i – $115, DJ200i – $195
Built and designed to meet the demanding needs of the professional DJ musician, these cartridges deliver performance never known before in the pro DJ market. The Grado specially engineered transmission line cantilever allows for the ideal transfer of music signal and for safe and effective stylus back-cueing. The DJ series can track from 2 to 5 grams, and delivers the warm musical Grado sound the audio industry has embraced and enjoyed for 50 years.
The DJ series incorporates our newest Flux-Bridger generator systems for lower effective tip mass and lower electrical inductance. Each DJ series cartridge is hand assembled to Grado’s high standards, which contributes to the unchallenged consistency of performance, and the Grado guarantee of reliability. The DJ series of cartridges are the most advanced phono pickups ever offered to the professional DJ market, without exception.
The PP 3i is an update on the very successful PP 3 Phono-to-USB Preamp & PP 2, offering superb measured and sonic performance.
The PP-3i phono preamp consists of a low noise discrete MC preamp followed by a low noise opamp-based RIAA MM stage incorporating a 12dB/octave infrasonic filter to attenuate turntable “rumble” noise. The output feeds the Line Output as well as the soft clipped input of an A/D converter with USB Output. This can be connected to any PC for recording from vinyl disc to a hard drive.
Selling Price: SGD213
Selling price: SGD499
- Belt drive system
- Moving Magnetic Cartridge (MMC)
- Wooden deck in walnut veneering
- Plays 2 speed – 33 rpm and 45 rpm
- 33.2cm full-size aluminum platter
- USB Port for PC connection to convert vinyl to digital format
- Built-in phono pre-amplifier
- Semi-automatic (auto start & auto stop)
- Anti-skating & adjustable counterweight
- Removable plastic dust cover
- Mini USB 2.0 – for connection to PC/Mac
- RCA output – for connection to amplifiers/receivers
Included in the package
- Shure MMC cartridge
- Aluminium headset
- USB cable
- Software CD for audio conversion
- User manual
- Leaflet – Lenco L-90 Product Brochure
Behringer PP400 is an ultra compact phono preamp with big performance. At just 10cm x 3cm x 6cm (W x H x D), this awesome preamp performs RIAA equalization and amplifiers phono signal to line level.
Many modern receivers & amplifiers omit the phono input. With PP400 phono preamp, it is easy to lift music from vinyl records by connecting your vinyl record players to amplifiers, mixers or recorders.
We are happy to see that PP400 comes with a ground terminal to eliminate the annoying 50Hz hum commonly found in turntables. The enclosure box is well-built in metal. With this rugged build, PP400 is sure to last a long time.
Behringer specifies that it is suitable for all magnetic pickups. We have only tested it using MM cartridge,
but it should work with MC too and based on our research & customer feedback, it will not work NOT with MC.
Full specifications below
- Converts your phono signal to a line level signal
- State-of-the-art phono preamp to accommodate magnetic pickups
- Ultra low-noise audio operational amplifiers offer outstanding sound performance
- Dedicated RCA and 1/4″ TRS output connectors
- DC 12-Volt adapter included
Lepai LP-2020A is an essential upgrade to turn your vinyl music into HiFi quality. Whether you are a budding enthusiastic or audiophile, you can’t go wrong with this 25 dollar (USD) mini amplifier.
At just 11.5cm wide by 4cm high by 9cm deep and 300 grams, the output of this amplifier is amazing. It offers 20 watts per channel continuous output, two inputs (RCA & 3.5mm jack), and bass and treble controls. We use it to drive 6 1/2 inch two way bookshelf speakers and Lepai does it with ease.
The core of the amplifier that does all the magic is the Tripath TA2020 amp chip. It was cited by the engineering magazine IEEE Spectrum as one of the chips that “shook the world” when it was introduced in 1998. Class-T amplifiers offer both the audio fidelity of Class-AB and the power efficiency of Class-D amplifiers.
There are many mini amplifiers in the market nowadays which incorporate this amp chip. You can cross check the pricing with Topping TP20-MK2 TA2020 Class T Digital Mini Amplifier, which is around SGD140. Both amps use the same TA2020 chip anyway. That’s why I feel that the Lepai beats them hands down due to the ultra cheap price and equally astonishing performance.
Selling Price: SGD 70.
- There are many versions of this amp. Ours is the latest 2012 model with tone balance control, built-in protection circuit, and 12VDC power supply
- If you are a handy person, you can modify the amplifier by adding a wooden case like I did in the picture. Originally, the amp comes in metal chassis.
- You can actually powered this amp with 12V DC and fit it into your car.
More reviews and background about this amplifier can be found at the links below