Goldnote PST-10 turntable power supply. For Mediterraneo, Bellavista range etc. £750.


In black.

Excellent upgrade for Mediterraneo etc.

Perfect pitch and improved dynamics and detail.

Can be combined with Fiorino TSC (also in stock) to radically upgrade earliest Bellavista range.

PST-10 is a super inductive power supply designed for all Gold Note low voltage powered turntables. With its pure energy it will increase the sound quality of your analogue set up significantly.


The special external power supply has been developed using a Super Inductive Dual Choke hybrid design. It feature an inductive filter on the analogue stage and a dual choke design powered by a double inductor driving both the negative and positive high-current stages.

The Gold Note proprietary Dual Choke design perfectly filters the signal voltages to eliminate any interference and electrical noise from the AC power supply.

Provides a shield from the AC power grid by achieving complete insulation, an ideal working environment is created for the electronics to perform at their best.

This ultra-clean power supply generates enhanced noise reduction, greater dynamics, better resolution and finer detail guaranteeing the best realism and musicality.

Dedicated specifically to the Gold Note low voltage turntables, the PST-10 features a 4 power supply stages with 4 ultra-low noise voltage regulators. The device is powered by 4 transformers ( 3 dedicated to the power supply and 1 for the inductive choke filter).

To enhance performance, the PST- 10 is supplied with a 1,5m long custom silver core conductor cable to power the turntable.

Retail 1150 Euros.

The Speaker Presentation Trap.

I have always argued that the voice is the sound we recognise the best because we are most attuned to it from our mother’s voice as a baby and onwards through life to wanting to hear the exact characteristics of a favourite singer’s voice.

Consequently, I have always been beyond fussy about voice and the midrange. E.g. Croft amps, classic BBC speakers and, of course the Quad ESL 57s.

Whether a bass guitar should sound tighter (very venue dependent) or a synthesiser more focussed in the original recording is neither here nor there if voices do not sound simply superb IMO.
For this reason, my speakers over the years have had to excel in this area. The V or U shaped frequency response curve seems absurd to me especially if you listen to vocal music…
Also, the prominent bass it requires will sound slower with more overhang than was intended. I prefer a fast, leading edge to the bass notes without the bloom.
And yet, I have been a little surprised lately by how some recent speaker designs in shows have seemingly clearer, better defined midrange instruments than my all-time favourite speakers while at the same time having inferior, more synthetic-sounding vocals!
Then it dawned on me, when I was studying some speaker crossovers, that often the tweeter is tipped-up to give ‘better definition’. One demonstrator pair had 3 ohms less resistance on the tweeter than the original crossover diagram to impress the gullible. This ‘improves’ midrange definition and attack but tends to make voices sound less real and more robotic! (Never mind the fact that many ears prefer a dip around 2 KHz over the flat response…)
A manufacturer’s trick which relies on impressiveness over naturalness in vocal tone.

Harbeth HL MK3 Monitors – £550

Harbeth HL MK 3 Monitors.
(Better than the HL MK 4 with its ‘improved’ TPX bass/mid driver.)
And in my opinion (and to my surprise!) more musical, transparent and quicker sounding than the Harbeth HL compact 7 Radial.
In good condition with new original tweeters.
Serial numbers 1977A and 1977B.
Speaker 1
Speaker 2


Hi-Fi Shows

I went to the Milan Hi Fidelity show last weekend and the same 3 things struck me as happens in just about all the Hi-Fi shows I attend.

1) Some absolutely dreadful Muzak is played just because they are excellent recordings. This means that when I request a decently-recorded CD track I know well to be played, I am nearly always disappointed compared to my own system.

2) Some systems have impressive bass; more than I am used to. From experience, having owned some bass behemoths in the past, I know that – for me at least – it is just a novelty that soon wears thin. I much prefer a fast, transparent bass to room-shaking depth and the compromise in midrange clarity that comes with that. The unrealistic desire many have to recreate orchestral scale in their rooms detracts from the delicacy needed for World Music, Jazz or Folk.

3) And now for my most controversial point. I am used to what some would dismissively call ‘pipe and slipper’ speaker designs such as old Spendor BC1s, Harbeth HL Monitors and Rogers LS5/8s. As often happens, I heard a track I knew well at the show, a viola da gamba track played by Jordi Saval. The speakers were Brave New World designs built from what looked like solid aluminium billet. The natural resonances and reverberations I expected were, for the most part, bleached away! Many recordings seem to lose much of the natural resonance and 3 dimensionality of the music. The approach of most modern Hi-Fi systems is to be clean, focussed, tighter-than-reality and rather uninvolving. Valves add a global 3 dimensionality often lost.
There is an intuitive understanding that for music to sound real something more Yin and Yang than simple resonance control is required. It is not that subjectivists condone adding colouration, as many objectivists claim, but that they instinctively seek that extra connection and engagement you get with the original performance which the recording often lacks. Furthermore, valve amps generally sound more natural than transistor probably because the signal travels through a vacuum rather than silicone.

Funk Firm F-X arm – £850.

Excellent condition with box.

Same as FX-R except for fixed arm lead.

(The removable arm lead on FX-R has fragile pins.)

Retailed for £1300.

Cleaning records.

I have tried cleaning records in various ways over the years.

From tap water and washing-up liquid which can leave a calcium residue to wood glue which  can get stuck in the grooves where spread too thinly.

I recently tried Covid hand sanitiser rubbed gently into grooves with my finger tips and used warm water to rinse it off. This works very well and leaves no calcium deposits. By using finger tips one can feel how much attention each record needs before it becomes clean.

Funk Firm Houdini Mini Review – Nov. 2020

The Funk Firm Houdini has added focus, lowered distortion, improved dynamics slightly but, most importantly, the music now floats out of the speakers in a way digital never really manages. This is in quite a high-end front end. Without exaggerating, I would compare the effects to a successful £2000 upgrade or 25% improvement in my set-up and I have had over 40 years of experience in getting the best out of systems. What is particularly interesting about Houdini is that I can’t think of an upgrade in any part of the Hi-Fi chain where quite that same improvement in space and perspective within the soundstage is achieved. The music sounds closer to the real event rather than just different.

Now stocking Houdini as I have been so impressed!

Damage to New Records

Record sleeves even with specialist pressings are often made of cardboard and put fine scuffs on the records every time they are removed. This can cause surface noise. E.g. Aldous Harding – ‘Party’ my most recent buy. I have had to buy plastic-lined paper inner sleeves which work well but the original cardboard one doesn’t fit alongside them.


Turntable DC power supply

Minimalist turntable DC power supply with adjustable speed control.

Can run on battery 9-12V.

Speed stable, detailed and silent!

Built on maple and ebony block with Black Gate capacitors and 2W Audionote tantalum resistors.

Wired with flat silver in cotton sleeving.

Excellent sound quality!

4 ohm speakers and effect on power delivery.

I often get asked about this and some speaker manufacturers like to avoid stating average impedance when they quote speaker sensitivity…

In 2002, Paul Messenger described beautifully the paradox of 4 Ohm speakers.

‘Over the years, speaker makers have tended to evolve their designs to suit the typical transistor amplifier which is essentially a voltage source with a low source impedance.

Halve the speaker’s impedance from 8 to 4 Ohms and the speaker draws twice the current and power from the amplifier. This extra power gives an increase in apparent (though mythical) sensitivity. Once one manufacturer adopts the strategy, others feel obliged to follow.’

A 4 ohm speaker actually draws 2W when provided the voltage required to provide 1W into an 8 ohm speaker so a 93db 4 ohm speaker is no easier to drive than a 90db 8 ohm one!