Hardware Reviews

CD transport and integrated amplifier
Nov 2018
YBA. Am I the only one who thought Young British Artists? Tracy Emin and unmade beds, Damien Hirst and pickled sharks? Wrong answer. In the context of good music reproduction, YBA can only mean Yves-Bernard André, whose...
DAC preamplifier headphone amplifier
Nov 2018
Ifi have a good go at blinding you with science on the webpage for this DAC, the list of features and technologies is confusing even if you know what half the terms mean. This is a marketing approach that is often inversely...
Streamer DAC
Nov 2018
When Auralic launched its G1 series they took the unusual step of using casework that looks almost exactly like that on the more expensive G2 range, at a glance you have to be reasonably familiar with the range to spot the...
floor standing loudspeaker
Nov 2018
Eastern Europe has been generating a clutch of new audio brands, among them loudspeaker marque Audio Solutions which has launched a new range. Trevor Butler’s been taking a listen.
I first heard Audio Solutions’ new range of...
turntable arm & cartridge
Nov 2018
What do you do after you have set up a vinyl mastering studio using vintage hardware and established its credentials with some truly great sounding records. If you’re Darrel Sheinman founder of Gearbox you decide to make a...
turntable and arm
Oct 2018
A few years ago Rega set out to build the ultimate turntable, they looked at completely new ways to create a plinth with massive stiffness and negligible weight and used technology from F1 and aerospace to create the Naiad,...
standmount loudspeaker
Oct 2018
In the interests of full disclosure I need to preface what you are about to read with a couple of facts about me. First, as you can see in my bio on this website, I am a Harbeth owner, and have been since 2014. My main...
floor standing loudspeaker
Sep 2018
The 700 series sits in the middle of Bowers & Wilkins three ranges of ‘serious’ loudspeakers, flanked by the more affordable 600 series below and the more ambitious 800 series above. It has a lot of the tech from the...
standmount loudspeaker
Sep 2018
Entering a crowded market place, French brand Elipson goes head-on to compete with some stiff competition with its latest two-way stand-mount. Trevor Butler takes a listen to see if there’s any chance of entente cordiale. ...
AC mains filtering distributor and cables
Sep 2018
When I told an acquaintance that I was doing this review his cup of scepticism overflowed. Let me paraphrase, and sanitise, his comments for a mixed audience. ‘Ha! More snake oil. How can rational people be taken in so...
active DSP loudspeaker
Aug 2018
Most loudspeaker makers improve their products by degrees; they refine cabinets, drive units and crossovers and gradually make them better. You get the occasional jump in performance when a new cone or dome technology is...
network streamer
Aug 2018
The Auralic Aries started out as a compact network streamer in a curvy plastic case, it looked cool and sounded even better, eventually spawning an alternate LE version with a lesser clock and basic power supply and a Mini ...

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