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The three years that have passed since the High End show have done nothing to temper the enthusiasm of the crowds visiting Europe’s biggest audio event, turnout was better than expected with not even atypically high temperatures being enough to keep the fans at bay. Exhibitor numbers were undermined by the inability of Chinese companies […]

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Paul Benge is now HiFi Guy and alongside MSB DACs and TAD loudspeakers he is bringing in Holbo’s Airbearing Turntable from Slovenia. At £6,500 this must be the most affordable air powered, linear tracker arm equipped record player available today. It comes with a super silent air pump that produces the pressure to support a […]

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It has been a long time since there was a hi-fi show in the UK, or anywhere else for that matter, so this event at the Staverton Park Hotel near Daventry was an exciting place to be. The attendance was good, the rooms light and airy and the sound in many of the demonstrations distinctly […]


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Rajiv Dave (top) of Chord Electronics explained a little more about the 2go portable streamer (£995) and 2yu DAC adaptor (£450) that were released just before the show. Dave formally worked with the BBC on their digital tech in the nineties, including Nicam, RDS and DAB and he explained how 2go which was initially made to go […]

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It would seem that the hardy audiophile is not going to be put off visiting the UK’s most popular show just because there’s a virus around. Audio T’s Bristol Show was as busy as ever if not more so, throngs of enthusiasts queueing in the cold for the opportunity to hear a wide selection of […]

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After six years in Windsor this show has moved to the rather more salubrious surroundings of Ascot race course where the substantial grandstand provided plenty of space for exhibitors to spread out and demonstrate their wares. If nothing else Ascot proves that there is a lot more money in horse racing than hi-fi, the place […]


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The biggest hi-fi show in Paris is held in two locations next to the Seine in the 15th arrondissement. Run by the country’s largest retailer Son Video it occupies two floors of a Novotel and nearly as much space in the nearby CAP centre and attracted over 10,000 visitors during a rainy weekend in October. […]

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None other than Yves Bernard André, founder and designer at YBA, was demonstrating his Signature electronics via Marten Bird 2 speakers in the Harmony Hi-Fi room. This system had excellent vitality and tonal depth playing a cello and organ piece by Vivaldi on CD. It’s pretty serious stuff with the Signature Monos at £26,000 a […]

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This was my first visit to the Audio Show at Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa and I have to say it’s a nice place. Originally a country house and still containing many of the features of its heyday it has been extended and modernised to create a hotel with a lot of conference rooms that […]


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  Living Voice showed the forthcoming R80, an 80 litre reflex loaded two-way due for release in late December. It’s a four Ohm design with a generous 95dB sensitivity and equipped with ScanSpeak Elipticore 8 inch drivers in parallel and the Elipticore 38mm tweeter. These are a new design with oval voice coils and domes, […]

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Aqua Acoustic from Italy have created the first block in a new modular system for digital audio. The LinQ is a modular network interface with Roon and UPnP modules available at launch with more to follow, it two low noise transformers, a fully floating hybrid two stage network and FPGA module and connects to Aqua’s […]

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Now that the dust has settled around the MOC exhibition centre in Munich it’s getting a little bit easier to see the trends from the homages to machined metalwork that dominate much of this fabulous event. The High End is probably the largest dedicated exhibition of hi-fi in the world today, certainly bigger than anything […]