Hardware Reviews

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...
USB DAC
Jan 2015
An asynchronous USB DAC for tweakers and music lovers alike, Henry Audio has taken over where QNKTC left off to provide a different take on the challenge to make computer audio as hackable as the software used for playback....
various
Jan 2015
2014 was a good year for new kit, both René and I struggled to narrow our selection down to three piece each and many fine products were discovered that didn’t make the cut. But the six products below were the cream of the...

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