Hardware Reviews

bookshelf loudspeaker
Dec 2014
René waxes lyrical about a giant slaying, flax powered slice of affordable high end with a totally new Focal sound.
Over a year ago I listened to and greatly enjoyed the Focal Aria 948 loudspeakers, the biggest model in the...
power amplifier
Nov 2014
The latest PrimaLuna power amplifier is for anyone who wants to create serious volume levels in the listening room, René must be among them.Last weekend we had some friends over for dinner, one of them is a music lover. The...
USB DAC & headphone amplifier
Nov 2014
The Geek Out DAC caused quite a kerfuffle in the forums when its maker Light Harmonic started making all sorts of claims for its performance. I even had comments from competitors, and they were not entirely positive,...
network streamer, DAC, tuner & amplifier
Nov 2014
Not many audio companies make streamers with built in storage and amplification, scratch that, nobody seems to make a streaming audio system in one box apart from Cocktail. There are a few streamers with onboard storage made...
airplay loudspeaker
Nov 2014
Small is beautiful. This elegant Japanese desktop proves that size need not limit musical enjoyment nor aesthetic style.Desktop speaker systems take many forms but none as elegant as Eclipse’s ovular TD-M1. Not only does it...
moving coil cartridge
Oct 2014
The waiting is over, a classic Japanese cartridge is back in full production after a twenty year hiatus. René finds out that it more than lives up to the brand’s reputation?
Kiseki is the Japanese word for miracle, Kiseki is...
loudspeaker
Oct 2014
Somehow I have never managed to experience one of the great BBC loudspeaker designs like the LS3/5a or the LS5/9. Although I have heard many speakers that claim to come close to these originals from the likes of Harbeth,...
integrated amplifier & DAC
Oct 2014
Norway is not the first country you think of when looking for manufacturers of great audio equipment. But it is home to companies that are well known all over the world. Some will remember Tandberg, famous in the seventies...
turntable & tonearm
Oct 2014
The RP10 is Rega’s latest and most ambitious turntable aside from the as yet to be finalized Naiad. It features many of the ideas developed for Naiad yet costs considerably less than the £20k expected price of that model. It...
USB DAC
Oct 2014
Released into the wild in September 2013 the Loki is Schiit’s first dedicated DSD-capable USB DAC. As DSD is essentially a sub-niche within the existing niche of high resolution audio. While it remains to be seen whether DSD...
DAC/preamplifier
Sep 2014
An almost cubic DAC with a knob on it, from Bulgaria, with my reputation? Not half. Turns out that Antelope Audio has its origins in the US but all the R&D and marketing comes from Sofia, so Bulgarian enough then. I...
wireless music system
Sep 2014
The mu-so is Naim’s first foray into the world beyond separates hi-fi. An all in one wireless sound system designed to sit on the sideboard of music lovers who want quality without clutter and the ability to play tunes...

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