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While attending the hugely popular Audio Video Show in the Polish capital I took the opportunity to visit an award-winning hi-fi producer just a short drive from the centre of Warsaw. HEM made a name for itself by designing and producing the fine electronics for Mytek, known for DACs and amplifiers. When the Covid pandemic […]

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The Henry Wood Hall in Borough, south London is a large but not otherwise particularly distinctive grey Victorian church, it was undoubtedly grand in its day but has absorbed a lot of soot since then. When you walk through three sets of doors into the main hall this notion is completely reversed, the scale and […]

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I2S – pronounced eye-squared-ess for those unfamiliar with the term – is a serial digital signal bus scheme originally intended for board-level IC-to-IC transfer (integrated circuit). Now, an increasing number of audio equipment manufacturers are specifying I2S as a digital interconnect for use, for example, between a CD transport or a streamer and an associated […]


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Bowers & Wilkins’ Worthing factory produces 6,500 pairs of 800 series loudspeakers every year, a figure that likely exceeds any other range of high end loudspeakers. So once they have production up and running they don’t rush into changing the model range until significant improvements have been made across the board. But this year after […]

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DC blockers are not a new thing but two new examples have been launched in the last month or so from mainstream brands, what gives? DC on the mains or DC offset causes transformers to vibrate and buzz, and when those transformers are large enough this buzzing becomes audible. I have had a few power […]

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In my younger days I would do it once or twice a week, then when I moved out of town it went down to once a month, and come lockdown listening to music with friends became a virtual affair (what else did you think I was talking about?). The virtual sesh has proved to be […]


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Max Townshend is an engineer first and foremost, he doesn’t pay much heed to the marketing and styling which is part and parcel of selling audio equipment today. His components are very much in the form follows function camp and nowhere is this more obvious than in the Isolda speaker cables. These are made up […]

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Falcon Acoustics have come up with a way to make their loudspeakers more affordable without compromising on quality. Complete at home is the name they have come up with for what are essentially kits containing the building blocks of a loudspeaker but which do not require any DIY skills to put together. Unlike kit form […]

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A selection of accessories that help you get the most out of your turntable and thus make your records sound even better. Some of these devices are used every time I set up a turntable others are for routine maintenance while the rest are handy tools for refining turntable set up. At least one was […]


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It’s been five years since I last visited the Rega factory in Southend and the place has changed markedly in that time. The main difference is the scale of the operation, there are now 140 people working there, so what was a newly built and quarter filled mezzanine floor in 2015 is now full of […]

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Reader’s of Munich High End show reports will no doubt remember the room with vintage horn system that has appeared there every year for some time now, huge metal Western Electric horns have energy and immediacy that most speakers cannot compete with and while not exactly tonally neutral they can knock your socks off with the right […]

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Richard Barclay concludes his explorations in the deep waters of headphone tech with an investigation into what really counts in a headphone amplifier. As a headphone is essentially a miniature loudspeaker, it shouldn’t be surprising that the interactions between headphones and headphone amplifiers are very similar to those between loudspeakers and power amplifiers. Many of […]