McIntosh has put together a luxury all-in-one system dubbed MXA70. Priced at £5,995 it contains a 50-watt McIntosh amplifier, in-house aluminium loudspeakers and a dedicated headphone amp. Also included is a McIntosh DAC with four digital inputs. First unveiled at CES 2014, the MXA70 is available for the first time in the UK from Jordan Acoustics, McIntosh’s UK distributor. The speakers, finished in high-gloss piano-black, have been designed in-house to complement the electronics.read more
As part of a series of events marking the 21st year of Sonneteer its Orton integrated amplifier has been elevated to MK IV status. The changes for 2014 include an aesthetic upgrade and some circuit design upgrades, resulting in claimed improved sound quality and looks. The MK IV now sports a fully machined aluminium and stainless steel remote control handset. Featuring polished stainless steel ball-buttons which are mirrored on the amp’s fascia.read more
The term all signing and dancing gets bandied around rather a lot when it comes to audio electronics but in the case of the NAD D7050 it would appear to be appropriate. The sheer amount of badges shown on its web page gives you some idea of its capabilities; these include Bluetooth aptX, Apple Airplay, DLNA certification and Spotify. read more
Primary ControlThis elegant German arm allows VTA adjustment on the fly, azimuth variation, has magnetic anti-skate and offers variable damping. The bearing is an inverted unipivot that leans on its sapphire bearings as it traverses the LP. Prices... read more
Music it is said is part and parcel of every audiophile's raison d'être. It is the reason for large speakers and annoying electronics that occupy living space and endanger peace, happiness and in some cases marital bliss. And yet it would appear that less of us are parking our ears in front of the audio set-ups we cherish so much as often as we once did.