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  1. Turntable Troubleshooting

    Rega Planar 8 & Hana ML

    Using a turntable is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways of listening to music but it can present issues occasionally. Setting up and using a turntable is a little tricker than pressing play on a CD Player or Network Streamer but is well worth a little hassle. If you’re having setup issues with your turntable, this guide should help.

    For advice on setting up a Rega turntable, see our set-up guide by clicking here.


    My turntable no longer turns on!

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  2. How to set up a Rega turntable

    Rega Research builds some of the best sounding, built and designed turntables available today, ranging from their entry-level Planar 1, all the way to their range-topping Naiad. These turntables will provide years of musical enjoyment providing they are set up correctly. In this quick guide, we will show how to set up your Rega turntable to get you listening to your favourite records in no time.

    Firstly, we recommend thoroughly reading the user manual provided with your turntable as not all Rega turntables are identical. The Planar 1 and Planar 1 Plus are sold pre-fitted with Rega's Carbon Moving Magnet cartridge and have a pre-set tracking weight stopper. To set up a Planar 1, simply push the provided counterweight to the end of the tonearm until you hit the built-in stopper. Now your tracking weight is set, It's as simple as that.

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  3. Hifi Gear's Guide To Sonos (Updated 2020)

    Hifi Gear's Guide To Sonos?

    It's been a good 6 years since we've last did a blog about Sonos, not too much has changed over the course of those years, only with mobile app tweaks, newly announced products and revamped designs for cetain products. You will see the usage of the Play:3 used in this blog post, please note that yes, it has now been discontinued, but there still is a wide audience that still uses this product so it has been used in some examples.

    Maybe you've seen it on the TV, in a magazine or just caught a glimpse of it in a store or at a friend’s house, and now you're looking to find out a little more as to what Sonos exactly is and what it offers.

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  4. What Are MM and MC Phono Cartridges?


    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.

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  5. Record Store Day Special: Converting Vinyl to Digital



    Following the resurgence of vinyl, we're quite often asked about how our customers can convert their analogue vinyl recordings into digital files that their modern devices can understand. Whether this be because their new vinyl purchase didn't include a digital download link, or because they have some rarities or special pressings from the past that never made it on to the digital format. We've put together this step-by-step guide on how to convert your vinyl records into digital files. Of course, this process is done in real-time - so the larger your collection, the longer the process will take...

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  6. How to Set-Up a Naim Muso Qb

    We're absolutely astounded by the depth and clarity that this little box can push out, although not surprised that Naim were the masterminds behind its conception.  We've got ours up and running and have compiled this little step-by-step guide to help make the relatively easy process just that little bit easier. Purchase one here!


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  7. AudioQuest, NightHawk: Why Two Headphone Cables?

    Those of you who have purchased a pair of NightHawk headphones may be wondering why two headphone cables are supplied within the box. William Low, CEO of AudioQuest has provided an explanation.

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  8. HifiGear | Vinyl Request Form

    We've had an overwhelming response from our customers regarding our new vinyl selection at our shop in King Street, Hereford. We're unfortunately unable to stock absolutely everything, but if you can't find what you're looking for or are after a specific genre, artist or album - then please fill out the form below and let us know! We're updating our collection all the time and are always keen to hear what sort of things our customers are listening to and would like to listen to. See the list of what's currently in the shop.


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  9. Record Store Day Special: Vinyl Vs. Digital?

    This weekend is annual Record Store Day, a day of the year where vinyl lovers come together to appreciate the true value and warmth of an analogue recording, along with all of the nostalgia and with newer albums being printed to vinyl too; the 'new-stolgia' that comes with it.


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  10. Bowers & Wilkins Recertified Products Explained

    Same quality, much better price HifiGear: Recerified B&W Explained

    We recently took a trip to the Bowers & Wilkins factory in Worthing where they build the company’s prestigious 800 series and flagship Nautilus speakers. This is also where the new media products go for recertification.

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