On Friday Absolute Sounds chose the plush surroundings of retailer KJ West One to launch the new Sonus faber Homage Tradition loudspeakers to UK press. Head of design Paolo Tezzon introduced the range with the largest model, the Amati Tradition because orginally it was the violin making school of Cremona where the Amati family worked that inspired Sonus Faber to start building loudspeakers back in 1983.read more
Melco has announced updated versions of its range of network storage and playback servers. The three new models build on the performance, flexibility and ease of use offered by the original N1 series, and reflects both technical improvements and feedback from owners to not only further improve sound quality but also to add new functionality previously not possible with this type of source component. All three remain commited to Melco’s computer free streaming ethos.read more
Improving a streaming system depends on the nature of the system. The most basic and straightforward streaming system is a laptop and a DAC (digital to analogue converter). The audiophile approach is to use a dedicated audio server and streamer, sometimes built into the same box.read more
Being bitten by the super-tweeter bug a few months ago I took the opportunity to try a pair of ELAC 4Pi Plus.2 super-tweeters at home. This is an omnidirectional ribbon tweeter that has been on the market for a very long time and has been incorporated into some of ELAC’s best loudspeakers in the past, it has now partly been replaced with the JET ribbon tweeter. The 4Pi Plus.2 however, remains available to enhance the performance of any loudspeaker. read more
The Bristol show is always a blast, this year some of that was provided by Hurricane Doris on the night before set-up day, this tore off a piece of building which closed the main route to the hotel. But it takes more than crazy traffic to stop a... read more
Having made a name with new-thinking in professional loudspeakers, a Dutch brand is launching its foray into hi-fi territory with some highly researched products, as Trevor Butler discovered on a visit to The Netherlands.