Hardware Reviews

Digital to analogue converter
Jun 2013
There are moments when I don’t quite understand the marketing inclinations of Naim Audio, in particular moments when they promote product combinations that deserve to be treated separately. Take the DAC-V1 digital-to-...
Q Acoustics Concept 20
loudspeaker
Jun 2013
I got a remarkable result with the Q Acoustics 2010i last year, at £120 it was the least expensive speaker I had reviewed in a long while but far from the least entertaining, almost the opposite. Q Acoustics has done well by...
loudspeaker
May 2013
When PMC launched the twenty series last year my first thought was, I want to hear the big one, the twenty.24 floorstander. After all when it comes to speakers bigger is better is it not. When I reviewed that model I was...
power amplifier
May 2013
Every once in a while a product appears on the market that is so appealing that you need to buy it. This time it is not a gadget but a real audio product from a highly reputed company in Salisbury. A small power amplifier in...
CD player
Apr 2013
Could it be that one reason Canary Audio makes a big deal out of its 100% American manufacturing is that it has a name that sounds slightly oriental? Or am I over analysing things a little. Canary is most definitely a North...
USB DAC & Headphone amp
Apr 2013
The Modi and Magni are the newest models from the increasingly popular, North American based Schiit Audio. The naughtily named maker of DAC and headphone amplifier separates now have an official UK distributor in Electromod...
Valve amplifier
Apr 2013
Ever since the first ProLogue the PrimaLuna brand has earned a reputation for well-made, practical products with superb sound quality. The experience that PrimaLuna has built up over the years and its keen eye for new...
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...

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