As featured in last weeks Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine Audio Gold is London’s “loveliest” independent specialist Hi fi shop. Based in leafy Crouch End you’ll find an Aladdins Cave of collectible audio equipment and vinyl, including the largest selection of turntables in London. Vinyl is enjoying a huge renaissance right now and browsing the collection with a superb cup of coffee makes for a wonderful shopping experience.
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|10. New or Second Hand Turntable from £150. We stock all kinds of turntablesnew and old, DJ decks, audiophile decks, decks with usb connectivity to transfer to digital. New decks from Pro-Ject starting at £150, up to Mitchell Transcriptors for £1200. Of course,… don’t forget the vinyl, we have lots, covering all genres of music + when you buy a turntable get a free record up to 10% of the turntable cost.
|9. MiniRig i-speaker £100. The loudest and best portable speaker by far and we are chuffed to be the ONLY London stockist. Up to 50 hours of 15 watts playback on a full charge via USB. Simply connect via 3.5mm jacks and set your music free! Also comes with a padded zip case.
Hugely popular is the Steepletone SRP1R, a copy of a 1970’s dansette style player which comes in black or red and sounds perfect for low-fi listening of rock and pop. £150.
For the Uni Student
If you’re tight for space, on the move, or want to plug straight into a mini system without any fuss, the Numark PT01 is fabulous. It has USB connectivity if you want to do basic vinyl transcriptions. £95.
For the Grandchildren
And probably the best sounding and affordable turntable ever made, the Project Essential is in red, white and black. Extra features include posher cartridges, USB stages, pre amps, and even cork mats. It’s a lovely present that can be added to by others. £160 black, £170 colours.
For the Budding Bedroom DJ
Secondhand turntables make a very personal special present. Ours is probably the best selection in the country. Serviced, guaranteed, swappable if need be… Expect to pay £125 upwards for something lovely, occasionally as low as £75.
The records themselves of course. From a couple of quid up and away, new and old, folk through to punk, we have thousands of LPs waiting to be gifted. Plus, wall frames to display the best covers — cheaper ones from £20 or bespoke, locally made oak and walnut ones at £60… handsome.
Send Grandma off to sleepy, sweet dreams with the ever popular ‘Pillow Talk’ speaker from Roberts Radio. Simply plug into the headphone jack of her new radio and it gently sings away under the duck down. £13.
Dr Dre range. All of a sudden the best selling headphones in the country. From £79 for Diddybeats.
For Brothers and Sisters
Sennheiser PX100 fold-up headphones. Almost certainly the best lightweight headphones available at this price. Black, white and iPhone versions available for a bit more. £55.
Sennheiser noise reduction headphones in various shapes, sizes and colours. Perfect present for those with something better to listen to than the train, plain or kids in the street again. From £100.
Don’t laugh, this is the best little iPod dock available for the money. We’re serious! Available in pink and white. iPig £60.
On that serious note… the Pure Chronos in CD or iPod versions is a consistent award-winning DAB clock radio and iPod dock. Superb sounding and the right price. £99.
For the Newlyweds
But most serious of all, the Vita R2i or its big posh brother the R4i (£579). Undoubtedly the best iPod docks, with DAB radio too. We tested one alongside a Bose Wave recently and we couldn’t stop talking about the superior quality. Gloss white, black or a very beautiful walnut. £279.
Vita again. The R1i. Like the R2i and R4i, the R1i is without doubt the best single speaker DAB radio. There’s an optional battery and case for taking it walkabout and it’s got Aux in for your iPod. Black, white, walnut, yellow and a few red ones. £179 for walnut or £200 for the gloss colours.
For Family Friends
Roberts Solar DAB. Just a fab all-round reasonably priced lovely little radio. Red, white, black, green. Line in for your iPod. We’ve had these away with us on picnics and camping trips all summer. Love them. £79.