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Jun 2013
Cyrus has added a fourth component to its Stream X range in the form of the £1,250 Stream Xa. This is a wired/wireless UPnP network streamer with internet radio and digital inputs, onboard DAC and an analogue line output. It...
Jun 2013
Immutable Music has released details of its range topping new cartridge the Transfiguration Proteus. This moving coil is a yokeless design that has ring magnets either side of the coil wires in order to provide precisely...
Jun 2013
Meridian Audio hosted a visit from audiophile rocker Neil Young on Wednesday. Meridian is associated with Pono, the hi-res music service which Young has been instrumental in setting up and which claims to be on the eve of...
Jun 2013
Krell has released the Connect wireless streamer in two guises, with and without and onboard DAC. It will play most of the popular formats but does not include DSD in its roster, in fairness this a very rare feature on...
May 2013
Antelope Audio, maker of the impressive Zodiac Gold DAC has upped the ante with a higher specced version called Zodiac Platinum. It’s killer app is DSD upsampling, a feature that Antelope is claiming to be unique to this...
May 2013
M2Tech has taken a leaf out of Audioquest’s book and built a Dragonfly competitor in the highly compact form of the HiFace USB DAC. This asynchronous converter is only 88mm long (3.5inches) yet can decode at up to 32-bit/...
May 2013
Linn has revived the Isobaric principle in its latest floorstander the actively driven Akubarik. With its Aktiv power pack cunningly blended into the tapered back of the speaker this is an extremely neat looking design given...
Apr 2013
The headphone market is the biggest thing in audio right now so it’s hardly surprising that loudspeaker brands are getting in on the act. Latest entrant is KEF which hopes that its 50 year heritage will give it some profile...
Apr 2013
Slovakia’s premium tube electronics manufacturer has released the TP306VR+, a phono stage with distinctly high end sensibilities. For starters it’s an MM/MC stage with tube regulation and Lundahl step-up transformers for...
Apr 2013
Tomorrow’s the day when the remaining record shops of the western world will be overflowing with new vinyl releases put out to celebrate their continued existence. There are hundreds of special releases on 7, 10 and 12inch...
Apr 2013
Avid has introduced black versions of its range topping Acutus turntables. Previously available in chrome the Acutus SP and Reference SP have now been released in a ‘lustrous’ black finish. This is apparently in response to...
Apr 2013
Easter Friday was cold and gloomy which made a good excuse to visit John Howes (above right) for the launch of Howes Acoustics, his new listening room and museum near Heathfield in East Sussex. This is where John and Mike...

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