Hardware Reviews

Digital preamplifier
Dec 2013
Every once and a while someone is kind enough to loan me a McIntosh product, this time it was the Dutch distributor New Transtec that brought a D100 digital preamplifier to play with. I have been in love with McIntosh since...
loudspeaker
Nov 2013
Some things will never change and we have little need to alter them. An instrument played in 1977, the year Dudley Harwood started his loudspeaker company, will sound the same in 2013 given the same room and the same...
loudspeaker
Nov 2013
I used Focal loudspeakers in my own system for the 15 years up to 2010. Over that time different cone materials from Focal have all made their mark; first impregnated paper with a polyglass coating, later yellow Kevlar was...
record player
Oct 2013
Brinkmann turntables embody the remarkable standard of German engineering better than many of their competitors, the pictures give you some idea of the build quality on offer but in the flesh this brute of a record player is...
loudspeaker
Oct 2013
After several visits to the Blumenhofer Acoustics company deep in the Bavarian forests, I finally got the chance to listen to one of their horn loudspeakers in my own living room. Size and weight were always a problem since...
loudspeaker
Oct 2013
Most audio enthusiasts are aware that Acoustic Energy made its name with the AE1 in 1988 but fewer are aware that this classic speaker has been transformed into a luxury model with high gloss ebony wood panels. Changes have...
Preamplifier & power amplifier
Sep 2013
Trilogy is a small but ambitious British company that goes to massive lengths to build professional and fully featured electronics. And I mean fully featured, you wouldn’t guess by looking at the 909 preamp that it’s a...
loudspeaker
Sep 2013
Munich 2013 was the place to be for the launch of the latest PMC loudspeaker, the fact.12. The High End Show is filled with all kinds of loudspeakers from the almost affordable up to the very best and most expensive (not...
Preamp/streamer/DAC & monoblock power amplifiers
Sep 2013
When it comes to well designed and well-built German audio equipment there are many companies that deliver the goods but a list of names would never be complete, so I won’ try. I will make one exception however, Audionet, a...
digital interconnect
Sep 2013
I have been called a fool many times. In the seventies, when I was among the first to write about differences in speaker cables, and later when I discovered the same kind of sound changes with interconnects. In the nineties...
Phono stage
Aug 2013
In this part of the world small brand Japanese audio has a caché that you just can’t buy, it takes years of consistently high quality in build and sound to achieve but once established gives even new companies a leg up. The...
Digital to analogue converter
Jul 2013
Although there is a less is more ethos across the high end world few companies imbue their products with the degree of design purity that Primare does. This one suspects is down to their Scandinavian roots, that part of the...

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