News

iFi Zen Phono 3 & Zen DAC 3

Rediscover & Reconnect with the iFi Zen Phono 3 on Record Store Day 2024 With Record Store Day 2024 fast approaching, vinyl lovers everywhere will be looking to indulge in the nostalgia and authenticity of their favourite artists. In light of this, iFi, a pioneer in high-fidelity audio components, introduces the Zen Phono 3 – […]

Onkk q-sdd turntable

Onkk Q-SDD Vinyl Reproduction Machine Onkk is proud to launch its flagship product Q-Slotless Direct Drive Vinyl Reproduction Machine at The London Audio Show, 20-21 April 2024. The Onkk Q-SDD sets new standards in analogue reproduction by reducing wow and flutter to unmeasurable levels, featuring switchable open/closed loop operation on the UI, recreating exactly what […]

Avid turntables at richer sounds

Avid UK availability transformed with Richer Sounds deal Avid has transformed the availability of its British-made hi-fi equipment in the UK, following a landmark deal with retail giant Richer Sounds. The founder-owned and run Cambridgeshire-based manufacturer has teamed up with Richer Sounds to offer its range (excludes flagship Reference range) online via the retailer’s website […]


Hardware Reviews

Tellurium Q Ultra Silver II USB cable

Tellurium Q Ultra Silver II USB cable Never did I think that a one-metre cable would change the sound of my system quite so much. But did this short USB cable bring a change for the better? Speaking to the guys from Hegel at the Oslo Hi-Fi Show I decided that I wanted to experiment […]

Show Reports

Audio Show Deluxe 2024 https://the-ear.net

You have to hand it to Kris Sawicki, he knows how to organise a hi-fi show. Having cut his teeth at the North West Audio Show in Cranage the upmarket Audio Show Deluxe is a very pleasant affair to visit and about as smoothly run as it gets according to exhibitors. This year was only […]

Features

Paul Messenger RIP

Gentle giant and hi-fi guru Paul Messenger was my mentor and the man that got me into this game when he was draughted in to edit Hi-Fi Choice magazine in 1987. That was the year the title changed from being a quarterly A5 publication to a monthly A4 magazine, Paul handled the transition seamlessly because […]


How To

Jplay streaming control app

Jplay streaming control app Jplay is a streaming control app that works broadly along the same lines as Roon but does not require a core to be running on a separate processor, what’s more it aims to provide high sound quality as well as a rich user experience. Roon has proved that streaming enthusiasts are […]

Gear

Humminguru S-Duo and Vinylshield accessories

S-Duo stylus pressure gauge and cleaner There is a certain amount of controversy about stylus cleaning – what are the best methods to keep the tip clean, or clean it if it gets crud on it – and how to look after our precious vinyl resource. Enter the Humminguru S-Duo. The Ear’s readers will hopefully […]

Music Reviews

Lizz Wright Shadow

Lizz Wright is considered a soul singer but that’s not what you get on the remarkable Shadow. Instead we have a superb voice and some top notch backing that fall into many styles including blues and folk but mainly heartfelt. Shadow is a diverse collection of songs that includes Gillian Welch’s ‘I Made a Lover’s […]