Contrary to the view that some people get, reviewing audio equipment is a ‘pastime’ that is fraught with dangers. For a start, the primary measuring ‘implement’ is a very personal, and individually flawed pair of ears. Secondly the environment varies not only with every reviewer on the planet, but also in terms of humidity, temperature, […]


A car’s suspension has a number of functions but one of them is to isolate the driver from bumps and irregularities in the road surface, to do this a suspension system consists of a spring and a damper (or shock absorber). The spring is selected on the basis of the weight it has to support […]


Computer Audio Design is a small London based company with a quest to get the best possible sound out of digital audio. Designer Scott Berry is a hair shirt sporting purist, a state of affairs made explicit by his 1543 MkII DAC which has only one input and one pair of outputs (USB and RCA […]


After the success of our last direct cut album featuring the Syd Lawrence orchestra, I had a problem. What should I record next? Chasing the Dragon is a small record label and we are completely self-funded. Therefore, we will not be recording Mahler’s 8th Symphony anytime soon! I did think of recording the Planet Suite, […]


Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, will.i.am, Rihanna, The Verve, Mark Ronson, Maroon 5, The Cure, Justin Bieber and Lana Del Rey are just some of the high profile artists who have recorded or been mastered at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, yet this is the first time in 10 years that it has made […]


ATC started out making drive units when Billy Woodman founded the company in the mid seventies yet it was only recently that they branched out into tweeters. So when Ben Lilly came to my lair in order to replace the tweeters in the ATC SCM150 ASL active monitors I like to keep handy (in case […]


The latest and penultimate model in the Wilson Audio range is a substantial beast that weighs in at over 100 kilos and stands over one and a half metres high. But it fitted into the dem room at KJ West One both physically and sonically, in fact fitted in does not really do it justice […]


Something radical has been happening in West Sussex, the Bowers & Wilkins research labs in Steyning has taken the Kevlar drivers out of the company’s range topping 800 series loudspeakers. The yellow Kevlar cones are synonymous with the brand and have featured on every 800 series model since the first 801 was launched in 1987. […]


We talk to Rob Watts about the digital engineering behind Chord Electronics remarkable Mojo portable DAC. Rob explains just what ‘taps’ are and why they matter, and there’s a lot more to it than digital audio technology. Jason Kennedy: You like to talk about taps in DAC chips, the more the RW: merrier seems to […]


Pete Thomas’ house by the sea, his pied a mer, recently featured in the Sunday Times Homes supplement, it was selected for the quality of its restoration, but that’s not what drew me to the seaside earlier in the summer. One aspect of the interior is somewhat at odds with grade II listing and that’s […]


I was wondering how much influence a loudspeaker stand would have under the Harbeth P3ESR loudspeakers in my smaller system in the study. The forums led me to expect huge changes in sound quality, I had my doubts but thought I would give it a try. I gathered three stands to see what differences they […]


Ken Ishiwata’s listening room is hidden in the basement of an innocuous looking office building in Eindhoven, you would barely guess that this was Marantz’s European headquarters let alone the lair of the guru behind KI signature and SE products for the last thirty years. Yet it’s a magnificent room that took eight months and […]