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A NOTE TO CUSTOMERS WHO WANT TO PURCHASE ADD-ON EQUALIZERS

In the past, most manufacturers of preamp-control centers, integrated amplifiers, and receivers made it easy to connect external audio equalizers and similar devices.  They almost universally included a RECORDER  MONITOR LOOP.  These were easily identifiable by a MONITOR button on the front panel.  Others even included and EXTERNAL EQUALIZER LOOP.  These were easily identifiable by two pair of extra RCA jacks on the rear panel, usually with jumper connections between them.  You inserted your external device into these connection.  If you have such a product, you will have little problem connecting any of our external products.

If you are in the market for a new preamp-control center, integrated amplifier, or receiver, you should keep that in mind.  There really is a need for this feature if you use an audio recorder.  It facilitates your being able to ensure that the audio recording you were making was actually taking place as you intended, as you can monitor its progress.

More recent A/V products have removed these feature at a savings of about $0.50 cost.  If this is your case, not all is lost.  There are work-arounds, such as,  our SuperConnector, or the use of a separate phono stage, such as our Professional Moving Magnet Preamp MKII.  Contact us for specific applications.
 

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REK-O-KUT®  RE-EQUALIZER II

Pre-1955 records were recorded to different standard than now employed in RIAA equalized phono amplifiers.  The Re-Equalizer compensates for this.  Easily installed thru the external tape monitor circuit or your preamplifier/receiver or via the SuperConnector.

"If anything, I'm as amazed by the Re-Equalizer's apparent noiselessness as by its obvious flexibility"
 
Art Dudley, STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE, January, 2009

"The only thing to say about this is that it is a pity that I didn’t buy it long time ago. This piece of equipment is really necessary for playback of 78’s"
Another satisfied customer

"What have you done to me?!  Now I have to listen to a few thousand 78s...over again to hear them right"

And yet, another satisfied customer

On Stereophile Magazine List of Recommended Components

* Accurate reproduction from any source is accomplished by producing an accurate equalization difference curve to compensate the output of your RIAA phono preamp

* In "BYPASS" mode, the mono or stereo signal is hard-wired input to output - introduces absolutely no noise or distortion to any modern audiophile unit.

* In “IN” mode, left and right are combined to mono, and phone compensation introduced

* Supplied with six pages of recommended compensation settings to accommodate any vintage
  record - including acoustics. This is the most highly researched chart ever produced.

* For early dual-band and single groove stereo discs, two units are required.  20% off 2nd unit

* Passive equalization design & film capacitors assure low TIM and transparent sound.

* High input impedance for use with either tube or solid-state amplifier outputs.

* Connects to hifi systems like any ordinary graphic equalizer.

* Works with phono, tape recorder outputs - any source.

* Sixty-Four different record compensations
* Walnut case available

Listen to LP, DECCA DL-9008

Listen to 78,
RCA B10570

   CLICK FOR: REQ MANUAL (UPDATED)        CLICK FOR: SPEC SHEET        CLICK FOR: REVIEWS

Price: $369.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $9.50 Shipping


GEMINI DRP-1 DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDER

The DRP-1 from Gemini is a stand alone digital rack mountable recorder that allows you to record and playback from one convenient device.  It's 19" 1U rack space design ensures discreet integration into rack-mount setups, making this handy recording device ideal for audiophiles, musicians, schools, churches and anywhere else high-quality audio recording is a must.

If you want to record live, on location, you do not have to drag a 60 pound open reel recorder.  Take this small, light-weight, CD-quality recorder.

The DRP-1 features a USB port and SD card slot, allowing you to record directly to a thumb drive or memory card.  The DRP-1 gives you the option to record in a variety of MP3 formats or in WAV at 44.1kHz/16-bit.  For added flexibility, you can also choose to record in Stereo or Mono mode.  Once recording is complete, it’s easy to download the file to your computer.

The DRP-1  allows you to connect microphones, keyboards and other electronic instruments with ease. Or, if you’re recording a full band, feed your mixer into it.  On the back, the unit features a stereo RCA line input, stereo RCA line output, XLR/¼-inch combo mic input and balanced XLR outputs. On the front, the recorder provides ¼-inch stereo line inputs, a ¼-inch mic input and a ¼-inch headphone jack with dedicated volume control.

Navigating through files and folders on the DRP-1 is easy thanks to its large, bright full-color LCD screen and Search jog wheel.  During recording, the display screen indicates information like file format, track time, file number and amount of space left on the SD card.

•Slim19” 1U rack mount design
•Full-color LCD screen•Records from any MONO or STEREO line source
•Records 128, 256 and 320 kbps MP3 files and WAV files (16-bit/44.1kHz)
•Record direct to the included SD card right out of the box (1 GB)
•SD (up to 4GB) or SDHC (up to 32GB) compatible
•Record direct to USB flash drive of any capacity
•Combo XLR and ¼” Microphone inputs with Mic/Line switch
•Front and rear RCA inputs
•1/4-inch (6.3mm Jack) line input
•1/4-inch (6.3mm Jack) headphone/line output
•RCA and Balanced XLR outputs
•Headphone volume control
•Input gain switch with 3 input gain levels – 20 db, 0 db and +10 db
•Adjustable record level with digital input VU
•Easily playback previously recorded media
•Easily download to a computer with the included USB cable

DRP-1: $199.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $15.00 shipping


 

APHEX EXCITER WITH OPTICAL BIG BOTTOM


Not and equalizer, but a synthesizer of missing harmonics and fundamentals.  This can help in the restoration of vintage sounds.  With the the Model 204 you can actually replace distorted and filtered off highs by creating new upper register harmonics to sweeten the sound of old recordings.  With more modern recordings, the added realism can be dramatic.  The patented Aural Exciter enhances detail, clarity and imaging. It has even been scientifically proven to increase intelligibility. It pulls a vocal or an instrument up out of a mix.  The new Optical Big Bottom adds low-end punch with deeper, more powerful bass.

Aural Exciter Features
Increased presence and clarity
Restore natural brightness
Greater perceived loudness
Improved detail and intelligibility

Optical Big Bottom Features
Deeper, more resonant bass
Little or no increase in peak output
Tighter bass articulation
Extended low frequencies

Basic Specifications
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 38KHz (+ 0.5dB)
Hum and Noise (unweighted ):  -93dBu
Crosstalk:  -79dB
Input Impedance:  20 KOhms
Output Impecance:  112 Ohms
THD :  0.0003%
Connectors: XLR and 1/4”phone jacks
Power Requirements:  90-250VAC 50-60Hz, 12w
Dimensions: 19”W x 1.75”H x 8.25”D (482.6mm x 44.5mm x 209.6mm)
Shipping Weight:  9lbs (4.1kg)
List Price:  $399.00

Additional Specs and Reviews

Operating Manual

APHEX EXCITER: $299.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $11.50 shipping


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REK-O-KUT®  LOW NOISE STEREO PHONO / AUX SWITCH

                                                                       
* Especially suited to connecting two phono turntables to
  one phono preamplifier input.
* All grounds separated on PCB to provide extremely low
  noise pickup - no hum!
* Connects either of two sources to one input or one source
   to either of two inputs.
* Hum-free compact and sturdy shielded steel case.
* Gold plated RCA connectors for all inputs and outputs.

A precise, two-way switch utilizing RCA connectors,  especially suited to phono applications. Because most other switches are really designed for high-level, or "Aux" levels, they introduce hum and other noises when used with the extremely low levels produced by phono cartridges.

This switcher can be used to switch either of two phono turntables to the input phono of a hifi amplifier. It can also be used to add two Aux inputs to an amplifier that has only one such input and it can be used wherever one input needs to be expanded to two or visa-versa.

Price: $37.50 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $5.25 Shipping In USA

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $16.00 (Canada - $15.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (Canada - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available.


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REK-O-KUT®  PROFESSIONAL MOVING MAGNET PREAMP MKIII

INCREDIBLY ACCURATE FREQUENCY RESPONSE, LOW- DISTORTION-LOW NOISE-NEW HIGH OUTPUT

Add a turntable to an amplifier that has no phono input or a second turntable to an amplifier with only one phono input.  The REK-O-KUT Professional Moving Magnet Preamp can be used to convert any AUX input to phono use.  The Professional Moving Magnet Preamp is designed for both home as well as broadcast and studio applications.

The REK-O-KUT Professional Moving Magnet Preamp will make it possible to use a line level input on any amplifier or  mixing console for playback with a turntable that is equipped with a conventional, moving magnet phono cartridge.  Typical input sensitivities of such inputs are roughly 250 mVolts, and the outputs of typical moving magnet cartridges is  about 3.5 mVolts. The preamp boosts the level of the magnetic cartridge and also applies "record compensation" in the  form of the RIAA curve. This adjusts the relative levels of bass and treble to match that of modern records.  Used with the Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer, it makes a fully adjustable playback system for vintage and mono records.

*Highly accurate RIAA record compensation.
*Includes 39 inch 43 pF/ft interconnect cable.
*Input matched to most high-quality pickups.
*6 Hz subsonic filter to cut ultra low rumble.
*Includes cable for computer soundcard.
*High-quality, gold-plated RCA jacks.
*Includes soundcard adapter cable.
*Discrete component design.
*Power: 120 VAC/60 Hz.
*Low hum steel case.

Minimum Performance Specifications:
about specifications

Sensitivity: 3.5 mV
Rated Output: 300 mV
RIAA Deviation: +/- 0.25 dB
Sub-Sonic Filter:  6 Hz
THD: 0.025%
Signal/Noise: Better than 80 dBA
Input Impedance: 47 kOhms, and 220 pF
Output Impedance:  600 Ohms
Overload: 50 mV
Maximum Output:  4.0 Volts
Crosstalk: 45 dB at any frequency between 20 - 20 kHz
Dimensions: 5- 5/8" X 1-1/2" X 3-1/4"
Shipping weight: 2 Lbs

How does it compare to some exotic preamps?  Click here                              Reviews?

Professional Preamp: $73.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $6.00 Shipping
European version, add $5.00

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $17.00 (Canada - $15.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $24.00 (Canada - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available.


REK-O-KUT®  AUDIOPHILE ARCHIVAL PREAMP MKII

Now with higher output and overload capability, and an added power on/off switch.  Add one or two turntables to an amplifier that has no phono input or a second turntable to an amplifier with only one phono input.  The REK-O-KUT Audiophile Archival Preamp can be used to convert any AUX input to phono use.  A Rear panel switch sets up for one turntable for LP and one for 78s, or one turntable for both types of record.  If desired, connect the output of the preamp directly to a computer sound card. It is designed for both home as well as broadcast and studio applications.  The preamp also applies accurate “record compensation” in the form of the RIAA curve or the most common 78 RPM record curve.  Actually, this 78 curve is almost a perfect match for early London/Decca FFRR, and many non-NAB broadcast transcriptions.  This equalization curve is adjustable with the front panel Equalization switch. This adjusts the relative levels of bass and treble to match that of modern records or of vintage 78s and early radio broadcast transcriptions.

*Accurate LP record or 78 RPM record compensation.
*78 RPM  EQ also suitable for early London FFRR.
*Subsonic filter at 10 Hz to prevent ultra low rumble.
*Includes 39 inch 43 pF/ft interconnect cable.
*Input matched to most high-quality pickups.
*Add one or two turntables to a hifi system.
*Includes cable for computer soundcard.
*High-quality, gold-plated RCA jacks.
*Includes soundcard adapter cable.
*Discrete component design.
*Power: 120 VAC/60 Hz.
*Low hum steel case.

Minimum Performance Specifications:
about specifications

RIAA Deviation: +/- 0.5 dB  Click here to see LP and 78 response curves
THD: 0.05%
Signal/Noise: Better than 85 dBA
Sensitivity: 3.3 mV
Rated Output: 300 mV
Input Impedance: 47 kOhms, and 200 pF.
Overload: 50 mV
Maximum Output:  4.0 Volts
Crosstalk: 45 dB at any frequency between 20 - 20 kHz.
Dimensions: 6- 5/8" X 2-1/2" X 1-1/2"
Shipping weight: 2 Lbs

Archival Preamp: $93.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $9.00 Shipping
European version, add $5.00


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DENON DRA 397 STEREO RECEIVER TO POWER YOUR HIFI

 Denon makes some of the best consumer audio products available at a reasonable cost.  We found this unit for you because is is one of the few stereo receivers available that still has a phono-turnabable input on it.  It has FM and AM tuners built in.  It even switches your audio and video components.   Like most newer integrated amplifier, it does not feature recorder monitoring.  Therefore, if you wish to use an external noise reduction device, or equalizer for phono use, we recommend you also purchase an external preamp and possible our SuperConnector.

  •  Amplifier Section:
    • Rated Output: 80W + 80W (8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.08% THD)
    • Frequency response: 10Hz - 100kHz +0 dB, -3 dB (at 1W)
    • Output level/Load impedance: Zone2, Zone3: 1.2V/47 kohms
    • Total harmonic distortion: 0.009% (-3dB at rated output, 1 kHz)
    • Tone control: Treble: ± 10 dB at 10kHz, Bass: ± 10 dB at 100 Hz
    • Inputs: Phono and 3 audio/video (composite video) inputs
    • independent audio and video switching for main room
    • Front-panel and remote switching for 2 pairs of main speakers
    • Preamp-level subwoofer output
    • Headphone jack
       
  • Preamplifier Section:
    • Input sensitivity/Impedance: Phono: 2.5mV/47kohms
    • CD, CD-R/Tape, DVD/VDP, VCR, V. AUX: 200mV/47kohms
    • RIAA deviation: +/- 0.5db(20Hz - 20kHz)
       
  • FM Section:
    • Tuning frequency range: 87.5 - 107.9 MHz
    • Usable sensitivity: 1.0µV (11.2 dBf)
    • S/N ratio (A-weighted): Mono 77 dB, Stereo: 73 dB
    • Total harmonic distortion: Mono: 0.15%, Stereo: 0.3%
    • Frequency response: 20 Hz -15 kHz, +0.5, -1.5 dB
    • Stereo separation: 43 dB (1 kHz)
  • AM Section:
    • Tuning frequency range: 520-1710 kHz
    • Usable sensitivity: 18 µV
  • General:
    • Power supply: AC 120V, 60 Hz
    • Power consumption: 3.4A
    • Multi-brand remote control
    • warranty: 2 years

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 17.1"
  • Height: 5.8"
  • Depth: 16.4"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 20.7 lbs
  • Shipping: 25 lbs

DENON 397: $399.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $25.00 shipping

 

iKEY HDR7 PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDER

This is an extremely versatile audio recorder.  It is about the size of two cigarette packages.  You don't use reels of tape or DAT cassettes; you use cheap USB Flash drives (cruzer)  that cost about $10.00.   With a 1 GB cruzer, you can record 1.5 hours of CD quality audio, or  8 hours of high quality MP3.  With an SDHC card, the sky is the limit!

 

 

Features:

* Full color LCD screen
* Built-in studio-quality electret condenser microphones
* Records from any MONO or STEREO line source
* Records MP3 & AAC files up to 320 kbps and WAV (BWF) &
  AIFF files up to 24-bit/96KHz  - true HD audio performance
* Built in Limiter, Compressor, and Auto Gain Control
* 1/8-inch (3.5mm Jack) stereo headphone/line output
* 1/8-inch (3.5mm Jack) stereo line input
* 1/8-inch (3.5mm Jack) for external stereo microphone
* Input gain switch with 3 input gain levels – 20 db, 0 db and +10 db
* Adjustable record level with digital input VU
* playback previously recorded media
* Headphone volume control
* Easily download to a computer with the included USB cable
* Stand mountable (stand included)
* AC adaptor included
* Batteries, 1 GB SD card, and Wind screen are included
* Compatible with FAT and FAT32 format only
* Weight: 0.55Lbs/0.3kgs
* Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.87” x 6.22” x 1.46” (73 x 158 x 37 mm)
 



iKEY HDR7: $169.99 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $7.50 shipping
 


 

ICONNEX USB INTERFACE FOR STANDARD TURNTABLES


If your turntable does not have a USB output and if you simply must do it via USB, then the ICONNEX will fit your requirements.   Unlike fixed units in USB turntables, this device has a volume control to maximize the quality of your recordings.

The Iconnex is a portable USB soundcard plug and play device.  It requires no drivers and can capture the sound of any audio source.   It is switchable between line inputs and phono inputs, as it has a built-in phono preamp.   Power is supplied via its USB cable.  Works with PC or MAC.  Included is a USB cable and Audacity recoding software.

Use its built-in preamp or connect one of our outboard units to it.

Take a look a the manual.

Features:

  • Connects to USB port on computer
  • 16-bit/48kHz AD/DA converter
  • Phono input with grounding screw for direct connection of turntables
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • Compact size
  • Switched Line or Phono input
  • Stereo RCA output
  • Record volume control

iKEY PLUS: $55.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $6.80 shipping

Special price when bundled with non-USB turntable: $45.00