Category Archives: Hi-fi glossary, Home Cinema terms

Definitions of terms used in Hi-fi and Home Cinema.

Staff Wanted: Full-Time Sales Assistant

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FULL-TIME POSITION – SALES ASSISTANT

Sales assistant required for busy retail, CI and e-commerce based hi-fi & home cinema business with retail store in the heart of Hereford. Joining a team of four, you will be keen to learn about and assist with sales of luxury, high-value audio products. High motivation and a proactive attitude are a must, with a desire to fully support our customers at all stages of the sales process. Computer skills will be required and a full, clean driving license would be of benefit. A passion for music will be a distinct advantage. Previous sales experience is not necessarily required, but a keen attitude to learn is essential.

Key activities include:-
• In-store demonstration of hi-fi equipment to customers
• Creating customer sales invoices via PC
• Communicating with both suppliers and customers via telephone, e-mail and face to face
• Quoting for custom installation projects
• Social media marketing of the business
• Occasional deliveries to customers
The position is full time, with 22 days holiday per year. Hours of work are 9am until 5pm with 1 hour lunch break, five days per week, which can include Saturdays. Full on the job training will be given.

To apply for this position, please email your CV together with a covering letter to phil@hifigear.co.uk stating what you believe you could bring to this role.

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What Are MM and MC Phono Cartridges?

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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

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 Cart

Moving Coil Cartridge design. Inverted to MM design, the coil is this time on the cantilever with a magnet located close-by.

 

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Ortofon 2M Series Moving Magnet Cartridges

Ortofon 2M Series

 

Ortofon are a Danish manufacturer of high quality phono cartridges, designed to get the very most out of your vinyl collection from a variety of price points. Ortofon cartridges, both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil configuration are commonly found supplied with high quality ProJect turntable models, but Ortofon cartridges sound exceptional with any compatible turntable.

 

Ortofon’s 2M Series of cartridges are highly renowned and are often considered to be some of the best value for money moving magnet cartridges on the market today.

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