• Wed, 06/06/2018
    It just smells funny. NAD is gambling on there being life in the silver disc yet with its budget C 538 player launched this month. In an attempt to cover all the angles the £249 player is “Designed as either a music lover’s first CD player or as a quality replacement, the C 538 employs many of the same engineering techniques found in audiophile players but at a fraction of the price.” read more
  • Tue, 08/05/2018
    Auralic is replacing its Aries range of network streamers with the Aries G1 (£1,899). Like its predecessor this streams high-resolution digital music from local network locations, attached USB storage, internet streaming sources like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Spotify, and internet Radio — delivering all of it over more

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Latest Reviews

  • Tue, 12/06/2018
    Getting the best out of loudspeakers is as much about finding an amplifier that works as anything else. It’s a nuisance that you can’t match amps and speakers by looking at the specs, all they really tell you is approximately how much power is needed, but the crux of a really good combination has little to do with that. I re-learned this lesson when I first installed this standmount, a medium size two-way built to celebrate Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary last year. read more

Show Report

  • May, 2018
    SME announced a rather different turntable called Synergy (£14,950). The has a phono stage built into the plinth and is supplied with an arm based on the Series IV and an Ortofon Windfield PWTi moving coil cartridge. The turntable has suspension... read more


  • Thu, 26/04/2018
    The unseasonably hot night of Wednesday, April 18th saw the launch of a new sound system at Mayfair's Tape London nightclub. Great: what's this got to do with The Ear, you might ask? And rightly: last time I looked, we hadn't been taken over by International DJ magazine. But Tape is a venue with a difference — how many nightclubs do you know with a built-in state-of-the-art high-resolution recording studio, and a sound system to match?