Hardware Reviews

Loudspeaker
Apr 2013
Sonus faber’s new Venere range is largest the company has released in one hit for as long as I can remember. It currently consists of two standmounts, two floorstanders, a centre channel and a surround model, there will also...
Digital to analogue converter
Apr 2013
For as long as I can remember D/A-converters have intrigued me and as a result these little boxes prey on my wallet from time to time. I have owned quite a few, ranging from Audio Alchemy, TEAC and Apogee to PS Audio and I...
USB DAC/headphone amplifier
Mar 2013
A&R Cambridge or Arcam as it's known these days is well established in the field of hi-fi proper, but it could be said that the rPAC represents a departure from their usual products. It's true that they've made DACs...
Speaker cable
Mar 2013
I have been using Townshend Isolda EDCT for a number of years now and regard it to be one of if not the best speaker cable money can buy. So I was surprised when its maker told me that the current version, the enhanced deep...
NAD M50
Streamer & server
Feb 2013
It seems strange that it has taken until now for me to find a truly high end digital music player that works well. One that bridges the gap between an Ethernet coupled NAS and a digital to analogue converter through a S/PDIF...
power cable
Feb 2013
In October I visited Definitive Audio and took some pictures of the stunning finish on the latest example of the Living Voice Vox Olympian horn loudspeaker. At the time I spotted two new power cables from Audio Note Japan/...
Phono Stage and Cartridge
Oct 2012
With its range of half width cased components Rega has very shrewdly taken over the mantle that Naim created but which it has subsequently abandoned in favour of more conventionally sized components. Cyrus has been in this...
47 Labs Shigaraky system
CD System
Oct 2012
This review was written in 2005 when the world was a wealthier place and the Shigaraki System cost just over £5,000. Seven years later the system still exists albeit with an upgrade to the speakers and costs nearly £9,000 in...
Rega Apollo
CD Player
Oct 2012
This section is dedicated to classic components, products that are not longer made but which warrant attention because they were excellent value in their time and are therefore a great second hand buy. The first example is...
Software Player
Oct 2012
The world of software players for the Mac is an ever expanding one and there isn’t time to try them all, so my system is to wait for someone with a good ear to recommend interesting options. This happened at CES in January...
MC Cartridge
Oct 2012
A crazy science fiction name always draws me to a product, who could resist Krell amps when they first appeared? Significantly fewer than were drawn to the Tralfamador amplifier, a long lost Irish creation that disappeared...
Two-way Loudspeaker
Oct 2012
John DeVore makes a refreshing change from the American loudspeaker manufacturers that I often meet, he is not super slick and will not spout forth a well rehearsed monologue about the glories of his products at the...

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