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Hi-Fi News Test Record

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Hi-Fi News Test Record

Latest Edition. HFN Analogue Test LP - The Producer's Cut.

As a response to the lack of newly produced test records, and due to customers requiring a definitive means of setting up their vinyl replay systems, the Cartridge Man has, on the back of the success of his previous test LP, produced an all-new test record.

Recorded onto audiophile quality 180g vinyl, the new version also includes a full-sized set-up protractor and includes an additional frequency sweep test.

The 'Producer's Cut' is the successor to the original HFN Test LP, first pressed in 1996. Len Gregory, The Cartridge Man, who produced the original version, had over the years concluded that there were a number of improvements that could be made to his earlier work which in the four years since it's release had sold an amazing 10,000 copies around the world.

He went back to Graham Durham at The Exchange for a new recording session, to re-cut the original tracks, to add a frequency sweep track and to extend the Pink Noise tracks. Then it was off to Pallas in Germany to arrange for production, their best quality Audiophile pressing on 180gm virgin vinyl.

The resulting mechanical quality is excellent, flat, stable and quiet, everything that an audiophile pressing should be!

In total, there are now seventeen tracks. Side one covers channel identification and phasing, pink noise, and bias settings (Four tracks at increasing amplitudes).

Side two contains tracking ability bands at the outside, middle and inside of the disc, cartridge/arm resonance and alignment tests, full frequency (20Hz-20Khz) test and a residual noise test. All bands are separated by locked grooves.

The package is completed with the inclusion of a unique, multi-discipline, alignment protractor, a truly universal device that can be used to set up all sizes and types of arm to fine degrees of accuracy, a reprint of the seminal article by John Crabb on the theory and practice of arm/cartridge alignment, and copious sleeve notes to take the user through the set up procedure step by step.

Test Record specifications and features:

  • Channel identification
  • Phase check
  • Channel balance
  • Pink noise L/R
  • Anti-skate/bias setting
  • Tracking ability
  • Cartridge/arm lateral resonance
  • Cartridge azimuth
  • Residual system noise check
  • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency sweep
  • Set-up protractor
  • Recorded onto audiophile 180g vinyl
  • New Audiophile Pressing
  • New and extended tracks
  • Complete Arm/Cartridge alignment system
Average Rating (4 Reviews):  
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Bias settings sorted!
27 January 2022  | 

I've been using the "nominal" bias setting on my Mission tone arm since I bought it in the late 80s. That's to say, tracking at 2g, set the bias to "2". This test record showed substantial mis-tracking on the right channel at that bias setting. In fact I couldn't quite get enough bias, even setting it to "max", but the tracking is loads better. Also tweaked the cartridge slightly from vertical, which helped. I thoroughly recommend this, if (like me!) you've never checked your tracking objectively. As far as I can see, if you get the tracking optimised with this test record, it will have to be as good as it can be with music disks!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

30 June 2015  | 

Does what it says on the "tin" but dont regard it as biblical!! I found that my lps sound better when backing off a little on the anti skating test tracks.

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25 May 2015  | 

… but not too helpful.
Some tracks are too short to allow evaluation.
2nd side pressed eccentrically!
If you have a good sounding TT, this disc is not really necessary.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

26 March 2015  | 

Good to find out ur table settings and cartridge condition.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful.

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