• Tue, 28/07/2015
    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 Beeb founders. The new Xen 2 is based on the previous model but with a host of improvements for 2015. With a volume of just five cubic litres and an A5 sized front baffle the new Xen 2 is super-compact and easy to position in almost any home or studio more
  • Tue, 28/07/2015
    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 has proved so effective in the flagship Pavane DAC. The Musette is designed for the same basic casework as used for the Octave but to get more flexibility, both  front and back panel have been changed as one more coaxial input is 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 more

Latest Reviews

  • Fri, 17/07/2015
    Arcam has gone through a few changes since its heyday in the eighties and nineties. Once an independent run by its founder and chief engineer John Dawson it is now owned by Canadian conglomerate Jam Industries and run by a dedicated managing director who leaves John to get on with the interesting stuff. 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


  • 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?