Webwatch May

HFC reveals the best hi-fi websites, social media and online content to fuel your passion for sound  Turntable orchestra

What happens when Technics gathers 30 of the world’s best turntablists and gets them to scratch and cut Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E minor (the first LP issued, back in 1948)? The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra, that’s what. Check out the madness for yourself here.

Procrastinate with RHA

Glasgow-based RHA produces some of the most distinctive in-ear headphones in the business and its blog features everything from advice and news on its products to interviews with photographers from around the world and show reports. Find out more here.

Importance of sound

Bowers and Wilkins’ superb blog is always a great read, and the latest feature – an interview with Nicolas Krauze – is no exception. The conductor of the Orchestre de Chamber Nouvelle Europe talks about music he can’t live without, the importance of sound and so much more. Read all about it here.

Debut disc spinner

Youtube member Perlewitzaudio has put together an eclectic series of reviews including Sony’s most advanced DAT Walkman and U-Turn’s Orbit turntable, but the most interesting has to be the world’ first CD player, Sony’s CDP-101. See and hear it in all its glory here.

Treasure trove

Ortofon’s Treasure Trove concept offers refurbished products that have previously been used for demos, training or reviews. They’re not factory new, but are under warranty and available in small numbers at a discount. Products are available irregularly so it’s worth checking often. Take a look here

Time for a change

Staying on the subject of needles, The Vinyl Factory’s series of Vinyl FAQ videos is perfect for virgin vinylistas, providing invaluable advice on everything from when it’s time to change the needle on your turntable to how dust affects the playback of your records. See them for yourself here.