News

Aug 2015
Atlas Cables has announced an updated version of its Ascent Ultra interconnect cable. As well as building on the qualities of the existing Integra plug, which significantly reduces the plug mass and eliminates potential...
Jul 2015
Following a seven-year absence, Leema Acoustics’ micro monitor is back: introducing the new Xen 2. The original Xen was the result of a research project to squeeze a BBC-graded monitor speaker into a 5L cabinet by Leema’s ex...
Jul 2015
Highly regarded by us at The Ear, Metrum has a new entry level DAC called Musette. In order to improve upon the Octave MkII  Metrum has stopped using a “secret industrial chip”, and implemented the Transient technology that...
Jul 2015
The National Gallery's new Soundscapes exhibition pairs new work from six sound artists and musicians including Jamie xx, classical composer Nico Muhly, and Oscar-winning film composer Gabriel Yared with art they have chosen...
Jul 2015
American headphone specialist, Audeze has launched the Deckard headphone amplifier and DAC, with the claim that it “drives any headphone with power to spare”.  Deckard is named after Harrison Ford’s lead character in Blade...
Jul 2015
‘Queen: The Studio Collection’, to be released on 25 September 2015, brings together the complete collection of 15 studio albums, re-mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig and half speed mastered for vinyl by Miles Showell at...
Jul 2015
Black Rhodium’s Venus mains cables have been designed to give very clear diction and instrument separation through a “dramatic reduction” of ‘Transient Phase Distortion’. This is done by using thicker insulation than is...
Jul 2015
The Chord Company has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY. First unveiled at Sound and Vision 2015, in February Sarum Super ARAY technology distils 30 years of Chord know-how into a...
Jul 2015
Foo Fighters (seen enjoying hi res lifestyle above) celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's acclaimed 1995 debut album this year. Having built itself into one of the premiere stadium and arena headlining attractions...
Jul 2015
Quad marks its 79th year with an all-new loudspeaker range: the S Series. Each model combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass/midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter. The range comprises two standmount models (S...
Jul 2015
Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer, has developed its first in-ear headphones starting from first principles. The result: Sphear breaks with conventions and “proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used...
Jun 2015
From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility. Naim also releases Firmware Version 4.3 today, enabling DSD playback for existing owners of Naim streaming...

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