Hardware Reviews

integrated amplifier & DAC
Apr 2015
Can this Musical Fidelity integrated with onboard DAC sound as good as it looks? Réne closes his eyes and lets the music work its magic.
When I was asked to pick a Musical Fidelity amplifier for a review I was attracted to...
Preamplifier & power amplifier
Apr 2015
René didn’t like class D amplifiers but that has all changed now that he’s heard this remarkable pairing from NAD. High resolution, power and features, what’s not to like?Several years ago I considered New Acoustic Dimension...
Phono stage
Apr 2015
Leema's least expensive phono stage may be small but it's capable of very big things when attached to a tip top turntable. Jason Kennedy finds out just how essential it really is for a vinyl lover.
Leema started out in...
digital to analogue converter DAC
Mar 2015
This is a DAC with a difference from a Dutch startup that seems to have considered all the options and produced a humdinger straight from the gate.
Products from small new companies are often fraught with challenges as far...
CD, tuner and amplifier with Bluetooth
Mar 2015
I don’t know about you but Elipson’s spherical Planet loudspeakers are among the most attractive in the business, the timeless geometric design has been in production for decades and deservedly so. I guess it was inevitable...
integrated amplifier & DAC
Mar 2015
Like father, like son is certainly true for Paul and Scott McGowan of PS Audio. Scott developed his own amplifier under the name of his father’s company but financed it with crowd sourcing website Kickstarter. It’s a totally...
Naim UnitiQute 2
network streamer, DAC & amplifier
Mar 2015
Naim's qutest streaming amplifier is 2 and for its birthday the engineers in Salisbury gave it a new antenna and access to more music than you can shake a baton at.
Why review this 2014 revamp of Naim’s most affordable...
digital to analogue converter DAC
Feb 2015
Dutch DAC specialist Metrum Acoustics has always been at the forefront of digital technology, but with its latest creation it has re-written the rules of digital to analogue conversion so comprehensively that René had no...
integrated amplifier
Jan 2015
Rega's latest integrated fills a gap in the range with yet another highly entertaining and engaging amplifier that combines more musicality and precision than most of the competition can muster.
We are big Rega fans here at...
network streamer, server & amplifier
Jan 2015
Want a streamer but don't want get involved with networks and separates? Novafidelity's X12 is about the least expensive answer on the market.
There are a number of ways to get into music streaming, apparently the simplest...
loudspeaker
Jan 2015
René gave this review the title: The pure one, a reference to the neutrality and clarity it brings to the party. An absence of character that does wonders for the finest recordings.
Readers might remember how much I fell in...
multiroom streaming audio system
Jan 2015
Bluesound is NAD in disguise. Made by the same Canadian parent company this range of streaming audio products ticks all the boxes in René's list of what's required in a decent multiroom product.
The market for products that...

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