Symmetry has launched the Ayre QA-9 analogue to digital converter on the UK market for £2,995. This was originally designed for the professional studio market but the company realised that there was demand from music lovers who want to convert their vinyl collections to digital, so it has been released on the domestic market. It […]


Magico has expanded its ‘entry level’ S- Series with the addition of the S3. This full range, floorstanding loudspeaker offers “cutting edge technology and unparalleled performance at its price”. According to Magico CEO and chief designer Alon Wolf, “By drawing from our technological well and in-house manufacturing capabilities, we are now able to deliver a […]


Kevin Edwards of Talk Electronics has introduced a new integrated amplifier in his Edwards Audio range. The Apprentice IA50W is a 50 watt per channel, British made amplifier for those on a budget. It retails for £400, which by my calculations, makes it the least expensive example of its type. It differs from its predecessor […]


Slovakian tube electronics specialist Canor has a new range topping CD player/DAC. The substantial CD 1.10 has been built to match Canor’s top end amplifiers and has a matching LED display in eye catching and highly legible orange, without this you might mistake it for an amplifier because the disc drawer is so discreet. But […]


The new X1 from Alpha Design Labs (ADL), a division of Tokyo-based brand Furutech, is a small, high-spec portable headphone amplifier and digital to analogue convertor (DAC). It supports digital input from Apple iOS devices up to 16-bit/48kHz as well as 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files from PC via USB. In addition, a 3.5mm line-level input can […]


The STST Motus II is a German turntable which combines direct drive with a suspended subchassis. The Motus II (£4,999.95) is the more interesting of two models Made by Stefan Strohmetz, the Motus uses the same ‘in house’ designed direct drive motor but without the sprung suspension. Both models have a POM platter and are […]


The world’s first native DSD/DXD/PCM DAC. That’s what ifi are calling it’s new Nano series iDSD. This pocket size, portable converter will play native DSD using the DOP (DSD over PCM) protocol and will cost “less than £200” when it’s launched in December. The battery powered iDSD (above and below left) is designed primarily for […]


Starting on the 1st November Music Matters will be hosting a month long Hi-fi Festival based in its stores. They will be showcasing a series of informative events with all manner of demonstrations covering topics from state-of-the art streaming audio systems to getting the best from a turntable. Experiencing ultra high quality two channel stereo […]


On 31st October Cyrus is launching "a completely new product – something Cyrus has never done before" and marking the launch with a series of events across the UK.This launch weekend will allow enthusiasts to see and hear the new product before anybody else. Kicking it off will be the world-wide launch of the new […]


Chord Electronics has launched the Chordette Qute EX DAC, an upgraded version of the QuteHD. The Qute EX (£1,195), which is available alongside the QuteHD, offers both 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files. The new converter adds an advanced new chipset and circuit board that enables decoding at […]


QNKTC from Norway has launched the AB-1.2 USB DAC (digital to analogue converter) with a price tag of just £110. The AB-1.2 from QNKTC (quantization noise killed the cat!) is a “compact, elegant and robust DAC that brings superior performance to an entire class of audio products, significantly out-performing the standard DACs found inside these […]


Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Ă…kerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It’s Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman’s mission to own all “relevant” albums on vinyl. He has 750, […]