News

  • Mon, 10/08/2015
    According to Danish speaker builder DALI "music is art and the recording is the canvas on which musicians paint. Because of this we at DALI believe the experience of listening to music should be the aural equivalent of walking through a great art gallery, the music untouched and played out exactly as the artist originally intended, yet also enhanced by its surroundings and presentation. This is the end we challenged our own 'audio artists' to achieve. The result is dubbed Opticon."read more
  • Tue, 04/08/2015
    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 negative eddy currents that reside in all metallic plugs and connectors, Atlas also wanted to make the cable more efficient and ‘faster’ in its performance.read more

How To

  • Fri, 03/07/2015
    Ken Ishiwata’s listening room is hidden in the basement of an innocuous looking office building in Eindhoven, you would barely guess that this was Marantz’s European headquarters let alone the lair of the guru behind KI signature and SE products for the last thirty years.read more

Latest Reviews

  • Thu, 30/07/2015
    When my memory serves me well, and on audio related topics it usually does, the two best phono stages I have had at home were equipped with LCR RIAA EQ networks. So when I noticed that Remton Audio of the Czech Republic was making one I immediately contacted UK distributor BD-Audio. A little explanation of LCR: the RIAA circuits in most phono stages use resistor and capacitor networks in the feedback circuit to reverse the RIAA slope used to make vinyl records. read more

Show Report

  • May, 2015
    At the end of every show report there are always more pictures left, sometimes of gear that just looks fantastic like the Care Orchestra Celestial Crossway mains conditioner (above), which wins our best product name of the show award, and often... read more

Features

  • Tue, 23/06/2015
    For the purpose of gaining some insight into the Ayre QB-9DSD DAC I asked company president Charles Hansen a few apparently innocuous questions. I was therefore surprised to receive the following response, which makes fascinating reading. Especially for fans of DSD.   JK: Is there any benefit in 2x, 4x or greater upsampling of DSD and if so is this something you will offer as an upgrade?