What took so long? Ortofon SPU without headshells.

A couple of years ago Ortofon introduced "Naked" SPU cartridges without their iconic headshells. 
You can mount these to any tonearm that doesn't have SME (Or Technics) type of quick release mount.
They mount with a little adapter plate.
Makes you wonder why this didn't happen before.

There are 3 models in the Ortofon Catalog and one extra model made for the 40th anniversary of ATR one of their distributors in Germany. I tried the ATR C40, with a bonded elliptical stylus (It is equivalent to the SPU #1E with headshell) which sounded great. Full, liberated, physical, fun.

It lead me to move one step up with the Classic N E,  that has a naked elliptical stylus and is similar to the Classic GE MKII. The highs go higher with more detail while everything else remains the same. Other than the price point it is hard to see any advantage to the bonded stylus.

The price point is not to be neglected though. Like a Denon DL103 it is an MC cartridge that is a little less worrisome to use. The fear and consequences of wiping out the cantilever are lower. It does 96% of the job for 40% less money and worries.

A mono model would be nice!

SPU ATR C40, Similar to the SPU #1E (Bonded Elliptical Stylus).

SPU Classic NE, similar to the SPU Classic GE MKII (Naked elliptical Stylus).


The Spindle Spinner

This is was my lockdown project. A record cleaning tool that let's you hold your records comfortably, flip sides, switch hands etc so that you can clean your records without touching the grooves and without having to put the record down on a surface contaminated by other records.
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ASR Emitter I

Simplicity, plug-and-play, set-and-forget.

We've just done demonstrations with the ASR Friedrich Shaefer Emitter I. The Emitter sounds amazing. Elegant, big and open with a very deep, transparent and well controlled bass. 
Our speakers speakers are not difficult to drive and the Emitter is just cruising. There is no stress, no hard edge anywhere. You can just relax and listen to music without questioning anything.

It bridges the divide between tube and solid-state, sounding like both (or neither, depending on how you look at things) and makes you wonder what else you could wish for. Ready to take any challenge by any other amplifier.
It is also very logically designed and the minimalist, timeless aesthetics match the design of the speakers perfectly.

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The separate power supply is key.

A legendary design. Phaidon HiFi.