FULL-TIME POSITION – GENERAL ASSISTANT
HiFi Gear is an online and in-store retailer of specialist hifi and home cinema equipment, based in King Street, Hereford, offering the people of Herefordshire and the UK an enjoyable and professional home audio retail experience.
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist staff with the general day-to-day running of the business, in both online and in-store aspects. This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to begin working within the hifi/home electronics market, as no prior training or experience is necessary and will be provided. However, a keen interest in music and technology will be of significant advantage as would a heightened range of computer skills.
The assistant would be required to work between 8:50am and 5:00pm, five days a week. You would be expected to work Saturdays, but would have a day off in the week.
The ideal candidate will possess the following traits:
- A confident and professional demeanour
- Computer literacy
- Good organisation skills
- Confident telephone manner
- Ability to comfortably interact with customers face-to-face
To express interest in this position, please send your CV along with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please feel free to come in-store and deliver your CV and cover letter in person.
Cyrus Audio is a famous British hifi brand, renowned by enthusiasts for their quality hifi amplifiers, CD players, DACs and streamers. Cyrus design, engineer and manufacture essentially all of their hifi products here in the United Kingdom, an operation that allows them to ensure the best possible standards of build quality and sound integrity.
The VT-E vertical Bluetooth turntable is the first of its kind, at least that we’ve seen, to offer such an optimal level of functionality and still retain a brilliant sound quality. When combined with the Ruark Audio MR1 Mk 2 loudspeakers, the result is a highly innovative, high-fidelity vinyl player with minimal cabling and a really compact profile. This guide seeks to help simplify the process of pairing your VT-E BT turntable and Ruark MR1 Mk2 speakers together for wireless playback. The ProJect VT-E BT Turntable and Ruark Audio MR1 Mk 2 is available from our website as a complete set order package.
Arcam are now offering the chance to improve and enhance the calibre of your hifi system with a trade-in promotion, simply bring your old DAC to HifiGear and receive a £200 discount on a new irDAC II, regardless of the brand or model of your previous DAC. This means that you’re now able to own the irDAC II for only £299 instead of £499.
The world of hifi can be a daunting and confusing place at first, especially when looking at different models of speakers and amps and CD players and streamers and the mighty list of technical terms they come with. Hopefully, we can help bust some of that jargon here. Are we missing a word or term you’d like to know the meaning of? Leave us a comment below.
After three years of being on the market in their current form, the award-winning and critically acclaimed P7 from Bowers & Wilkins has had a major function upgrade – wireless capability.
Quad are renowned for designing and engineering some of the most impressive sounding and longest-lasting hifi components on the market, a reputation they have developed over 80 years of experience, tradition and gruelling product development. It may sometimes be difficult to justify upgrading your system; while technology as a whole and Quad, in particular, have grown and improved immensely over the years – your thirty year old Quad system still sounds as good as the day you bought it… But Quad are now offering two very good intensives to move on your old system and experience sound like never before…
Siegmund Loewe with Manfred von Ardenne
Loewe are a well established and highly regarded manufacturer of television sets and hifi products, having been designing and engineering many ground-breaking innovations for almost 100 years. While renowned worldwide for their impeccable build quality, stunning picture, immersive sound, luxurious design and overall futuristic feel; Loewe has a compelling history as an impacting force behind the development of consumer electronics industry as we know it today. This history is extensive, so I’ve tried to simplify it out to some of the more impacting milestones.
A Moving Magnet phono cartridge is comprised of a tiny magnet, located at the end of the cantilever of the stylus that sits between two coils. One coil caters to the left aspect of the music, while the other is for the right – this allows for the stereo sound. This magnet vibrates between the two coils and induces a small electrical current within them in the process. Because the magnet is so small, it needs less tracking/downward force to correctly manoeuvre between the grooves of a vinyl record. A Moving Iron cartridge makes use of essentially the same construction, but swaps the magnet for a tiny piece of iron or other light-weight and ferrous alloy. The iron is lighter and so reduces the necessary tracking force even further.
Moving Magnet is the most common type of phono cartridge, so many integrated amplifiers now feature a Moving Magnet phono stage and many manufacturers, such as Rega and Ortofon design and construct a wide range of MM cartridges with varying levels of quality. While every MM cartridge makes use of this fundamental construction, the way that this is implemented within a cartridge varies as do the materials used, allowing for differing qualities and a unique sound-signature depending on the brand and model.
Moving Magnet Cartridge design. The Magnet sits between two coils at the end of the cantilever.
Moving Coil cartridges feature an inverted version of the Moving Magnet design. Instead of a magnet sitting on the end of the cantilever between two coils, the coils are attached to the cantilever and a magnet is placed near them. Because space within the cartridge at this level is extremely limited, the coils are made from an exceptionally fine wire.
The coils tiny size results in a very low output. While Moving Magnet cartridges tend to offer a more relaxed, warmer sound, Moving Coils are known for offering a better level of detail and a wider stereo field than the Moving Magnet alternatives. Moving Coil Cartridges will often require an external phono-stage specific to their construction.
Moving Coil Cartridge design. Inverted to MM design, the coil is this time on the cantilever with a magnet located close-by.