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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


  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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


We didn’t manage to get to Bristol for the first time since 1988 but that’s no reason not to report on some of the highlights of this always entertaining event. No longer dubbed Sound & Vision but not entirely devoid of home cinema the event was apparently as busy as ever with plenty of new […]


It was inconvenient that the weekend of the Copenhagen High End show coincided with the weather changing from mild and balmy to wet and windy but inside the Clarion hotel there were plenty of great systems to enjoy. This small but elegantly formed show featured exhibitors from across the globe alongside some smaller local companies […]