News

  • Mon, 29/06/2015
    From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility. Naim also releases Firmware Version 4.3 today, enabling DSD playback for existing owners of Naim streaming products equipped with their highest spec SHARC DSP hardware (ND5 XS, NDX, NDS, SuperUniti, NAC-N 272).read more
  • Tue, 23/06/2015
    The SoundBucket was designed from scratch to hi–end audio standards by British pro audio company Crookwood. They claim this novel Bluetooth design represent a real improvement over the mass produced portable speakers currently available.  Every facet of the design was made to reproduce music well, from the obvious choice of high quality drivers, to the less obvious cylindrical aluminium case.read more

How To

  • Thu, 18/06/2015
    About a year ago, I created a direct cut recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (a truly remarkable slab of vinyl, Ed).  We were lucky enough to receive some great press and have now sold over two thousand copies worldwide.  This created the question of what to release next.read more

Latest Reviews

  • Tue, 16/06/2015
    Ayre is one of those companies that quietly gets on with producing innovative, well thought out and in my experience great sounding hardware. I have tried amplifiers and CD players in the past and always mourned their loss when the review period came to an end, so when the opportunity arose to listen to the only digital to analogue converter in the line I was very keen indeed. 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?