Exclusive to HTFR is the Stanton Diablo turntable stylus. HTFR love their Red products and this is no exception. Created exclusively for HTFR by Stanton, the Diablo aims to please not only in terms of looks but sound quality too.
Whilst vinyl is making way for digital DJs, many still enjoy their turntables and there will always be a new for new styli. Stanton are now one of if not the biggest turntable manufacturers out there with their STR8-150 being the go to turntable now that the old Technics decks have been retired.
First off the Diablo is gorgeous to look at. The Ferrari red oozes quality and gives some life to often drab black and grey turntables. It really does stand out on your deck. Its a very lightweight needle so you’ll need to mess with the weight of your tone arm but that doesn’t mean its cheaply made. It feels solid enough to take the usual battering these things get and won’t complain. The most important thing is that it fits the tonearm properly, you won’t have to struggle to get it on or off which is always a plus.
The Diablo uses a spherical needle, if that doesn’t mean much to you there are two needle types, elliptical and spherical and whilst both have their pros and cons spherical is generally favoured. Because its spherical it sits higher in the groove meaning you get good sound with lower wear on your records. The results on this are impressive and compare favourably to Ortofons efforts with a solid sound that’ll make you happy to be a DJ.
The Diablos are a little bit more expensive than expected but the build and sound quality are top notch and if you want to add a bit of extra style to your turntables you won’t go far wrong with these.