Hardware Reviews

loudspeaker
Sep 2014
Ask most people the question: “Does size matter?”  And the answer will be: “Yes it matters; loudspeakers should be small, preferably invisible”.  The sonically sensitive however, have no concern about size at all and could...
network amplifier
Aug 2014
The term all signing and dancing gets bandied around rather a lot when it comes to audio electronics but in the case of the NAD D7050 it would appear to be appropriate. The sheer amount of badges shown on its web page gives...
DAC
Aug 2014
California-based Schiit Audio was established in June 2010 by industry stalwarts Mike Moffat - digital audio specialist and founder of Theta - and Jason Stoddard - former chief amplification engineer at Sumo. Their ambitious...
loudspeaker
Aug 2014
Look around any audio shop or AV outlet in any country and you find loudspeakers all over the place. In all sizes, from very cheap to extremely expensive, some are painted while a lot are veneered or look like they are...
Record Player
Jul 2014
Turntables have come in many shapes and sizes since the transition occurred from cylinder to disk replay. Technology has changed too, with the advent, firstly of clockwork platter mechanisms and acoustic recording, followed...
digital to analogue converter
Jul 2014
The time must be right for music servers, streamers and D/A converters, I get one DAC or server after another, sometimes only for listening sometimes for reviews published in The Ear or in Dutch magazines. I love this kind...
DAC, active loudspeaker and subwoofer
Jun 2014
The moment four talented minds decide to get together to develop an active loudspeaker system, based on all the knowledge they have accrued, you expect something special. Grimm Audio is a Dutch company established by Eelco...
closed back headphones
Jun 2014
MrSpeakers seems an ironic name for a brand that seems entirely concerned with headphones, but I’ll let that pass just this once. The Alpha Dog as the name infers is the top model in a compact range of two headphones, both...
Portable DAC & headphone amplifier
Jun 2014
Looks can be deceptive in audio as in life, the Chord Hugo looks a bit big to be a truly portable DAC but way too small be a serious piece of electronics. Yet it is both at the same time, a battery powered headphone...
Phono stage & moving coil cartridge
Jun 2014
Never promise to lend me a fine piece of audio equipment, because I won’t let it lie. Van den Hul didn’t get a moments peace while I waited for their Grail SB phono preamplifier with a matching cartridge. It turned up in a...
floorstanding loudspeaker
Jun 2014
In an attempt to foil my fellow reviewers and audio loving friends I got my hands on one of the very first pairs of PMC twenty.26 loudspeakers that came to the Netherlands. This model was introduced to mainland Europe at the...
floorstanding loudspeaker
May 2014
When I discovered that the Cambridge Audio Aero speakers were equipped with a BMR driver my interest was more than usually piqued. This type of driver is a pretty rare beast, you can find it in Naim’s Ovator speakers and on...

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