Vertere stunned the world with its astonishingly resolute and alarmingly expensive Reference Tonearm last year, this year its creator Touraj Moghaddam has managed to deliver an arm at the other end of the scale. The Vertere SG-1 will be approximately £1,500 without arm cable (starting at £200 for D-Fi) and like its stablemate takes a different approach to bearing design.read more
Cyrus has launched the Stream X Signature, it’s most ambitious network streamer to date. It combines compatibility with high resolution audio formats and “the most advanced audio engineering” according to its maker. Differences with the Stream X include power supply filtering and the addition of a ballast transformer. Capable of streaming high resolution audio files at up to 24 bit/192 kHz and compatibe with all the usual file formats.read more
Some years ago, whilst going through an obsessive period with hi-fi, I got onto the Naim track. Once I tuned into the grip and rhythm of Naim gear nothing else came close. Starting with a Nait integrated amp, I eagerly upgraded through the range as soon as funds would allow.read more
Quantization Noise Killed The Cat, an odd name for a DAC but this is no ordinary converter. Made in Norway for both the music lover and the hands on audio enthusiast the AB-1.2 is an asynchronous USB DAC in a compact box with a micro USB connector, RCA phono outputs and a light on the front. There are two switches on the back but they do not need to be used. read more
Wilson benesch’s Circle 25 Anniversary turntable has a Delrin plinth rather than the usual MDF and comes in white for £1,995, the ACT 0.5 Anniversary arm is the same again.
PMC unveiled the biggest member of the twenty series to date. The three-... read more
Bowers & Wilkins most affordable ‘proper’ speakers, the 600, series has been totally revamped for its fifth incarnation. The series has been in the company’s range for 19 years now and was last revised back in 2007 when the FST midrange was introduced in the three-way 683. The new 600 series continues to trickle down technologies developed for Bowers’ more exotic models and this is nowhere more obvious than in the tweeter.