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Vinyl record label, Gearbox Records, has announced the Automatic II turntable, targeted at novice and experienced vinyl users alike.

Gearbox Records was established in 2009 and has cultivated a reputation for producing great quality vinyl releases. It then struck up a collaboration with the Austrian hi-fi brand Pro-Ject Audio, resulting in the original and distinctive Automatic turntable.

The MkII (£549) is a similar affair, taking its design cues from Dieter Ram’s 1955 Braun PC 3 SV record player. It’s a meld of the old and the new with transparent plinth allowing users to see the internal workings of the deck. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity for streaming vinyl wirelessly, as well as Gearbox’s music-recognition technology that allows tracks to be added from your record collection to your Spotify playlist.

It carries a built-in valve phono stage, designed and tuned for moving magnet (MM) cartridges such as the pre-fitted Ortofon OM10. Plug the turntable into any line input and you’ll be ready to listen to your collection straight from the box.

Design-wise, the Automatic II uses an ultra-low-mass tonearm with adjustable counterweight and sports a 7-inch glass platter with support for 33rpm and 45rpm speeds. The belt drive has been upgraded from the original, with the second-gen version using an aluminum pulley for better speed stability.

The electronics have also been upgraded for better performance, and the app – which can be used for track recognition and adding to your Spotify playlist – is according to Gearbox, “slicker and easier to use”.

The Automatic II will be available at Amazon and an exclusive showroom at Spiritland Headphone Bar in London. Those who make it to the Spiritland venue can have a go with the turntable, with Gearbox reimbursing the travel expenses of anyone who purchases an Automatic II by up to £50.

Appointments for test-driving the turntable are available on Mondays and Tuesdays. Email shop@spiritland.com or phone +44 203 178 5706 to book.

The Gearbox Automatic II turntable is on sale in October.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by William Volcov/REX/Shutterstock (9943118ah) Nick Jonas Fourth annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn benefit concert, Arrivals, New York, USA – 23 Oct 2018

Nick Jonas is joining “The Voice” as Season 18 Coach season this spring.

He joins returning host Carson Daly as well as familiar coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson on the NBC music competition series.

Jonas said that he was so excited to be a part of The Voice family. He couldn’t wait to help these awesome artists really construct and hone in to find their unique voices. The voice coaches was such an amazing group of individuals.

In addition to performing as a solo artist Jonas performs as The Jonas Brothers with his brothers Kevin and Joe. A new single, “Sucker,” which announced their band’s return to music debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 earlier this year. Nick’s solo single “Jealous” also has been certified triple platinum while Jonas Brothers album “Happiness Begins” hit number one on the Billboard 200.

Earlier this year The Jonas Brothers appeared on “Songland” – the fellow NBC music competition series.

President of NBC Entertainment – alternative and reality Group Meredith Ahr considered Nick as a member of one of the hottest pop groups, added that his success in navigating all aspects of the music industry was exceptional. They were so impressed by Nick’s innate passion musicality, and technical aptitude which he brought to ‘Songland’ earlier this year and know he would be an incredible fit as The Voice coach. They were excited to see Nick Jonas lend his breadth of knowledge, relatability and mentorship to a new crop of artists.”

Talpa Media USA Inc., MGM Television and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television collaborate to produce “The Voice” . John de Mol, whose role is an executive producer together with Mark Burnett, Amanda Zucker, Audrey Morrissey, and Kyra Thompson created the show. The Voice has gone through 18 season in USA and has been immitating all over the world.