Home | Audio Reviews | Audio Shows | Partner Mags | News     


Enjoy the Music.com
Hi-Fi World
April 2016
In This Issue...
We've Got A Great Issue This Month
Article By Noel Keywood


Hi-Fi World April 2016


  Shaun Daniels, M.D. of Peak Hi-Fi and his manufacturing company SMD, especially wanted me to see and review their new SMD V2.0 turntable, because he knows I am a long term Garrard 401 user. And I was delighted... you can read my review on page 10. In case it isn't quite clear, page space being limited, I received a prototype – and had to reject it. Measurement showed a good, but not exceptional performance – I sensed a problem.

After Shaun bought in the same test equipment I use, to see what I was seeing, he found even greater spindle circularity was needed plus a better felt washer and changes to motor feedback. These improvements made an extraordinary difference, moving the V2.0 to a level fractionally better than Direct Drive. I suspect that is down to its now-superb bearing that is likely better than all others, as well as its big 9 kg machined platter. And I must not forget the Maxon RE-max 29 brushed D.C. motor and Escon 36/2 motor controller of course.

What a fascinating project and product the SMD V2.0 turned out to be. I was intrigued by it and left very surprised by just what idler drive could achieve using modern day parts to overcome olden day limitations. I hope you enjoy reading what is coming out of Sheffield these days; it isn't cutlery any more.

Also, as Martin Pipe notes, although the Garrard 401 and 301 turntables put idler drive back onto today's turntable wish lists, long ago others used it, notably the Swiss Lenco company in their GL75 turntable. I have serviced them and used them – and they are quaint but clunky! But all the same, a big fan base and web site has grown up around them, all of which you can read about on page 83. Extraordinary.

And whilst I'm known for my Garrard, as it were, Jon Myles is known by Naim as a Naim-ey (or whatever they are!), meaning he owns Naim, knows it every which way and is totally in tune with the marque. This also means he gets to snout out every new Naim product before they've finished inserting the last screw – and that's why you'll find the impressively complex and well finished Mu-so Qb on page 63 of this issue.

The hi-fi world moves ahead, even whilst moving backwards – to vinyl replay. I hope you enjoy reading about its differing directions in this issue!


--- Noel Keywood, editor.



Click here to subscribe to Hi-Fi World.



















































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Florida Audio Expo 2022
AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
Capital Audiofest 2021 Show
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2022  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.