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Bel Canto, Minneapolitan Music Makers

11th February 2020

Fantastically small, fantastic sounding. Bel Canto was founded by John Stronczer in 1991, a true music enthusiast, he’s instilled this passion into some fantastic electronics in the time since. All Bel Canto products are designed and manufactured in Minneapolis, Minnesota, it’s refreshing to see the manufacturing of electronics take place so close to its designers.

The team at Bel Canto design their products with real self-assurance, they wholly understand their vision of both form and function. Equally, Bel Canto have stuck with the times, with their DACs and Network Players having full MQA support.

With their e.One range, they have occupied a large gap in the market, of small, but powerful electronics; all of the different models taking up roughly the same amount of space as a Rega Brio. This rather small form-factor offers (ironically) huge versatility, and is not to be underestimated as a key feature of the e.One range.

Pictured are the DAC 2.7 (£2,400), REF500S (£2,500), and CD3t (£1,600). This makes for a fantastic Hi-fi system (a pair of speakers help as well). It’s to be understood that this £6,500 setup, does in fact sound like a £6,500 setup. It can be easy to underestimate the e.One due to its size, but we can assure you it makes sense as soon as you sit down for a listen.

2019 Vinyl Lover Buyer Guide

3rd December 2019

‘Tis the season, so why not get the vinyl junkie in your life a bit of an upgrade. You don’t need to spend a lot, to get a lot. Turntable accessories make fantastic stocking filler, that will surely spark a smile on Christmas day. Also keep in mind the dozens of records we have in the shop for sale!

Cleaning:
Have you been putting off cleaning your records, if so, give yourself a Christmas project to burn off your Christmas dinner!

AudioQuest Anti-Static Record Brush – £17.95:


Simple but effective. This style of brush is designed to be used every time you play a record, and while it certainly doesn’t offer a deep clean, it will stop your records from getting dirtier, and can increase the lifespan of your stylus. It is especially effective if your records have been cleaned with one of the more substantial cleaning products listed below.

Simply Analog Delux Vinyl Cleaning Boxset – £50:


Lots of kit, in a swanky case. This little cleaning kit includes a goat hair brush, velvet brush, liquid stylus cleaner, vinyl cleaner, and a microfibre cloth. This is a great all-rounder beginners kit for someone who is starting to take their collection more seriously.

Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine – £499:


This is how you bring out the big guns on your gunky records. You can sit back an relax while the work is done for you. There is enough cleaning solution for a few hundred records, so you’ll not be needing new solution very often.

Tonar Nostatic Record Sleeves 50 Pack – £16:


If you’re cleaning your records, you don’t want to be sticking them back into their dirty sleeve. This is a pretty self-explanatory item, and I won’t insult your intelligence with an explanation.

 

Cartridges:
Ortofon 2M Red – £95:
This is the entry level moving-magnet cartridge from Ortofon, but it certainly doesn’t sound like it. This makes a lovely upgrade for an assortment of turntables, namely the Rega Planar 1 or 2.

Ortofon 2M Blue – £185:
This is like the 2M Red, but even better-er. The Blue is renowned for its bang-for-buck factor, a very musical and lively cartridge. Similarly a great upgrade for an assortment of turntables, especially the Rega Planar 3, but a 1 or a 2 certainly will benefit as well.

Dynavector 10X5 MKII – £549:
This is the perfect cartridge for someone wanting to transition from Moving Magnet to Moving Coil. The 10X5 is a high output MC cartridge, and as such can be run with a MM phono stage, meaning you won’t have to upgrade your phono stage straight away (or at all).

By no means is this the extent of our cartridge range, if you’re looking for something specific, or general advice, just ask.

Miscellaneous:
Little Fwend – £180:
The Little Fwend looks like it should be on spaceship control panel from a 1950’s Sci-Fi film, but while it mightn’t shoot you into hyperspace, it will save your stylus from sitting in the inner groove all night, preventing needless degradation.

Servicing, Spares, and Vinyl
We are able to service turntables new and old, so get in touch if your deck needs a bit of a face lift. In terms of spares, if you’re needing a new drive belt, dust cover, slip mat, etc, get in touch. Also finally, we have plenty of vinyl in the shop, but if you are absolutely desperate for something specific before Christmas Day, be in touch ASAP. Phone us at 01315 167561, or flick us an email at edinburgh@loud-clear.co.uk

 

Amy Duncan

24th January 2015

Just a first announcement that there will be an Amy Duncan gig at The Mill, Loud & Clear Edinburgh on the evening of 7th March 2015. Full details to follow but this is a charity gig and will be a fabulous night. Numbers are very limited so please register your interest asap.

Going that extra mile

30th April 2014

Loud & Clear Edinburgh have set up base at an additional location in the Central Highlands. We hope that by next year we will be able to welcome you for demonstrations. For now it may mean that we are closer to you on a regular basis. If you live in the North Perthshire or Highland district and have any Hi-Fi needs please let us know and we can call round for a visit at relatively short notice.

St. Andrews Night event and Saturday open day

12th November 2012

Just a little reminder that the Edinburgh shop will be hosting an event with Simple Audio, STAX & Hi-Fi Man on Friday the 30th November, 5pm-8pm & Saturday the 1st December, 10am-5pm. Come along for a bit of pre-xmas cheer and a chance to pick up a few hi-end stocking fillers!

Live music from Mark Corbett on Friday evening

Making of a Legend,

24th May 2012

Driven by my own passion for the music of Bob Marley, Loud & Clear Edinburgh will present ‘Catch a Fire’ on glorious vinyl during this year’s record shop & music weekend at Bonnington Mill and that’s just the start of it!

Each year we are joined by those nice guys from Diverse Vinyl for our annual Vinyl Day. This year we are moving the date to August and making it a full weekend of Music, Art & Entertainment. We will have classic album sessions, live music sessions, vinyl for sale, new product launches and much more over the whole weekend. Some events will be ticketed, and numbers restricted, so book early and you will also get a chance to grab some special new vinyl releases.

Full timetable will be published at the end of June, but keep the weekend free, book a trip to Edinburgh and enjoy the world’s biggest arts festival which now includes Loud & Clear.

Friday-Sunday, 17th-19th August 2012

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