1 July 2016
Audio Note (UK) is proud to present our own, custom made, solid silver
We have struggled for many years to find cartridge tags that offered
both great performance and reliability. Having tried every possible
offering available today from other manufacturers, we decided - as we
usually do! - that the only sensible course of action was to design and
specify our own. After many months of trial and testing, we finally
came up with a cartridge tag that met the high standards we required,
and after investing over $8,000.00 for proper tooling to ensure future
quality and long term repeatability, here are the results; the Audio
Note (UK) solid silver cartridge tags.
Unlike the majority of cartridge tags available from other
manufacturers, these are not simply repurposed industrial connectors
with an extra flash plating of gold or silver. These are made from
SOLID SILVER (not plated brass or copper as is usually the case) and
are specifically designed to fit the pins of our IO cartridges
precisely, offering the best possible connection between cartridge and
tonearm cabling. Thanks to the design of the pin connection area, they
can also be adjusted to fit a range of other cartridge pin sizes,
reducing the often seen problem of the cartridge pin and tag not
achieving a solid or reliable connection.
They also have a good sized cable connection area at the rear, with a
scooped out middle section to aid fast and reliable soldering. This
rear section can also be ‘clamped’ around the tonearm cable / solder
joint if required, without altering the size or shape of the pin
As the connection surfaces of the tags are silver, we recommend using
our own Audio Note (UK) Silver Solder for installation; there really is
no better choice.
They are priced at £6.00 (+ VAT and shipping) per tag.
1 March 2014
We are now bringing to an end the free replacement scheme for
copper bodied, copper foil paper in oil Audio Note (UK) Capacitors.
The final date for us to receive any capacitors that are to be
inspected and considered for free replacement will be 1st September
Any copper bodied Audio Note (UK) branded paper in oil capacitors that
have failed whilst in use, regardless of age, that arrive at our Shop
in the U.K before this date will be eligible for consideration under
the replacement scheme.
After this date, only recently supplied new production capacitors will
covered under our standard 3 month warranty scheme, as described at the
bottom of the Capacitors page on this site.
1 June 2013
We are separating the news about parts developments from the main new
pages as it makes for a better focus on either, so here goes.
New Distribution Arrangements
From June 1, 2013 we are limiting the availability of most parts from
general distribution, so from that date all component sales will take
place from our salon in Paris and from a newly set up company in HK
named Audio Note Parts.
Details of the above companies are:
Audio Note Parts HK Ltd.
At the moment mail order only, there are plans to open an outlet in HK,
this will be notified on this news page when it has been confirmed.
Ms. Pat Yuen, Sales Administer, Tel.: +852 2408 4781 Email:
email@example.com., responsible for order processing, shipment and payment
There are several new parts on their way so I shall start with the new
non-magnetic Tantalum resistors, as these have already been available
for a while.
Non-Magnetic Tantalum Resistors.
Starting in late September 2012 we will introduce a new range of 2 watt
tantalum resistors, which are similar to the old Shinkoh resistors in
that they are non-magnetic, using a copper end cap rather than the
slightly magnetic iron/nickel end caps used in our standard range of
tantalum resistors, with a tinned OFC copper lead out wire also used on
our traditional tantalum resistors. We are restricted to 100KOhms on
the non-magnetic 2 watt resistors, but experiments with a pure tantalum
resistive coating (at the moment we use a tantalum oxide) will extend
the range to 2M2 or so, so eventually, assuming that the equipment that
did old style sputter process used previously can be resurrected.
So how does the lack of magnetic material affect the sound you might
Now those of you familiar with the old long discontinued Shinkoh
resistors may have compared to our slightly magnetic versions, and may
therefore be able to nod in agreement to my experience which is that
the Shinkohs sounded more transparent, layered, subtle and elegant, so
you may be pleased to hear the new non-magnetic AN tants add further
texture, a darker background and an even greater sense of immediacy or
believability, call it what you like, to what the already fine, but
sadly unavailable Shinkohs offered so this is a genuine advancement
rather than just a pure replacement.
The new 2 watt versions will be priced at £12.50 each as their cost is
considerably higher than the standard type.
We will be working on offering also non-magnetic 1 and ½ watt versions,
but this will take a little time as the cost of materials, tooling etc.
are very substantial, so with a bit of luck I expect we will see them
in 2013 sometime all being well.
Non-Magnetic Tantalum Silver Resistors
We also have samples (nothing for sale yet) of a 2 watt tantalum
resistor which has silver end caps and silver lead out wire, these are
being tested at the moment, but early indications already show great
promise sonically over and above the already great improvements the
previously mentioned non-magnetic resistors achieve, so these may
become “the last word” in audio resistors, I certainly hope so as the
cost of development not to mention manufacture is almost prohibitive.
Expected retail price for the 2 watt silver tantalum resistor is
expected to be just under £30.00 per
resistor, which when all is
considered is not too bad.
New Speaker Terminals
As we learn more and more about the effects materials have on the sound
quality of our equipment, and as more money become available to test
ideas an materials it is becoming increasingly obvious that the
traditional material choices in most connectors (regular brass is 57%
copper and 43% zinc and zinc is not the most wonderful conductor and
therefore has some significant sonic short comings, whereas Tellurium
copper is 99.3% copper and 0.7% Tellurium) we are therefore developing
a range of solid Tellurium copper connectors starting with a new
speaker terminal dubbed the ONGAKU speaker terminal and closely
followed by a Tellurium copper version of the widely used MEISHU STR
speaker terminal, available in the usual two versions 10 mm and 25 mm
We will make these new terminals available in both heavily silver
plated and uncoated copper versions (like the silver plated versions
the copper ones taint pretty quick, but still sound fine), pictures on
the web site shortly of both, prices will be and all exclude UK Vat,
AN-STR/10, MEISHU speaker terminal, silver plated, red with 10 mm shaft
AN-STR/10, MEISHU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, red 10 mm
shaft £24.40 each
AN-STR/10, MEISHU speaker terminal, silver plated, black with 10 mm
shaft £25.60 each
AN-STR/10, MEISHU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, black with
10 mm shaft £24.40 each
AN-STR/25, MEISHU speaker terminal, silver plated, red with 25 mm
shaft, £27.20 each
AN-STR/25, MEISHU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, red with 25
mm shaft £26.00 each
AN-STR/25, MEISHU speaker terminal, silver plated, black with 25 mm
shaft, £27.20 each
AN-STR/25, MEISHU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, black with
25 mm shaft, £26.00 each
ONGAKU speaker terminal, silver plated, red, £36.50 each
ONGAKU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, red, £34.40 each
ONGAKU speaker terminal, silver plated, black, £36.50 each
ONGAKU speaker terminal, bare Tellurium copper, black, £34.40 each
Chokes, & Output & Mains Transformers
We are expanding the range of chokes to include a wider range of types,
including various c-core versions, the output transformer offerings
will be expanded as well, and we will be introducing a wide range of
mains transformers, including many c-core types.
I am putting together the list at the moment, so more on that later,
but suffice to say that there will be some serious news there coming up