Just for the record

Despite the rise of streaming through tinny computer speakers, many music fans are still prepared to pay a premium for perfect sound. And that’s a market expertly catered to by Noel Cloney of Cloney Audio, which has been selling top-quality turntables to audiophiles for half a century, writes Nadine O’Regan

2nd December, 2018
Noel Cloney pictured with a Clearaudio Master Reference turntable priced at €16,000 PIc:P Fergal Phillips

Noel Cloney has many fond memories of working in his shop, Cloney Audio, but the audio specialist recalls one particularly nostalgic moment last year, when a father and son arrived to the store in Blackrock, Dublin to do their Christmas shopping.

“The father was buying his son a record player,” Cloney recalls. “And the son was saying to him: ‘How do I play the middle track on it?’ People are so used to automation and...

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