valve-boxes

February is the time to dig out the classics and take them down to Tonbridge for John Howes' legendary Audiojumble. This year's event saw a record number of stalls and a lot of enthusiasts crowding the event to find bargains and classics. It was as ever top light entertainment for nearly all the family. These […]

metropolis-studios

This the first Headroom show is an innovative move by Surrey retailer Unilet Sound & Vision, and a good way of exposing their dedicated new headphone department. The line-up of exhibitors included those who make audio headwear, portable players, headphone amps, DACs and advice on the high geek art of getting the best out of […]

gryphon

RenĂ© van Es checks out an ambitious dealer show and finds that when it came to producing a sound to match the price points some are more successful than others. In Brussels there’s usually a high end audio show in November, where distributors show their new toys to grown up boys. But this year a […]


le-dauphin-cutter

Make your own records to a higher standard than Neil Young and Jack White with Le Discographe vinyl cutting lathe by Le Dauphin (1930- 1948). This beast is Mullard TY5-3000 transmitter valve from www.valve-museum.org More typical of Audiojumble fare is this stack 'em high sell 'em at very reasonable prices approach. You don't see many […]

vinyl-frontier-singles

September means many things to many people but to the audio enthusiast it means show time. The first date of the season in the UK is the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall not far from the Silverstone F1 race track. This large and warren like hotel has rooms great and small, some of which […]

scene setter-820

In 2013 this show was branded as the Signals 20th Anniversary show, it featured all the major brands stocked by the Suffolk retailer. This year the doors have been opened to all brands which has widened the array of kit on demonstration.  The venue is by far the best of any hi-fi show I’ve visited; […]


primary-control

Primary ControlThis elegant German arm allows VTA adjustment on the fly, azimuth variation, has magnetic anti-skate and offers variable damping. The bearing is an inverted unipivot that leans on its sapphire bearings as it traverses the LP. Prices start at €6,000. Marantz NA8005Most affordable network player yet in the Marantz range the NA8005 (top of […]

Corum-audio

Corum AudioIt wouldn’t be Munich without an over the top loudspeaker and this year the hotly contested title goes to Corum Audio from Venice, Italy. The solid wood Sinatra consists of a horn midrange (the sphere) which is 900mm in diameter and the 900mm square bass speaker, both are solid wood and claim a combined […]

devialet-sam

Devialet votes for SAMDevialet has come up with a way to match its amplifiers to specific loudspeaker models so that each pairing delivers linear phase at low frequencies. Speaker Active Matching (SAM) is achieved by Devialet measuring individual loudspeakers and creating software that its amplifiers can use to compensate for abberations in phase response “up […]


odyssey-arm

I bumped into John Gordon at Audio World 14, he has been quietly making Odyssey tonearms on a custom basis for several decades but you rarely see his work. I’m told they sound as good as this RP1 looks, which for £1,600 seems like a great deal. Vivid Audio decided to put on a show […]

Wb-circle-25

Wilson benesch’s Circle 25 Anniversary turntable has a Delrin plinth rather than the usual MDF and comes in white for £1,995, the ACT 0.5 Anniversary arm is the same again. PMC unveiled the biggest member of the twenty series to date. The three-way twenty.26 has a 50mm midrange dome and 7inch bass alongside a dome […]

Lenco-L833-DD

Lenco L 830 DD. Beige, direct drive, Swiss: what's not to like? £100, should have bought it! Beard P100, 77lbs of British steel; £450 Formats of yore No.21 the 8-track casseete Alan Sugar's remarkably Rega Planet like Amstrad TP12 with Jelco arm. Purportedly a B&W creation in clear acrylic with wooden edging added by the […]