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May 2013
Antelope Audio, maker of the impressive Zodiac Gold DAC has upped the ante with a higher specced version called Zodiac Platinum. It’s killer app is DSD upsampling, a feature that Antelope is claiming to be unique to this...
May 2013
M2Tech has taken a leaf out of Audioquest’s book and built a Dragonfly competitor in the highly compact form of the HiFace USB DAC. This asynchronous converter is only 88mm long (3.5inches) yet can decode at up to 32-bit/...
May 2013
Linn has revived the Isobaric principle in its latest floorstander the actively driven Akubarik. With its Aktiv power pack cunningly blended into the tapered back of the speaker this is an extremely neat looking design given...
Apr 2013
The headphone market is the biggest thing in audio right now so it’s hardly surprising that loudspeaker brands are getting in on the act. Latest entrant is KEF which hopes that its 50 year heritage will give it some profile...
Apr 2013
Slovakia’s premium tube electronics manufacturer has released the TP306VR+, a phono stage with distinctly high end sensibilities. For starters it’s an MM/MC stage with tube regulation and Lundahl step-up transformers for...
Apr 2013
Tomorrow’s the day when the remaining record shops of the western world will be overflowing with new vinyl releases put out to celebrate their continued existence. There are hundreds of special releases on 7, 10 and 12inch...
Apr 2013
Avid has introduced black versions of its range topping Acutus turntables. Previously available in chrome the Acutus SP and Reference SP have now been released in a ‘lustrous’ black finish. This is apparently in response to...
Apr 2013
Easter Friday was cold and gloomy which made a good excuse to visit John Howes (above right) for the launch of Howes Acoustics, his new listening room and museum near Heathfield in East Sussex. This is where John and Mike...
Apr 2013
Ladies and gentleman I give you the Pivetta Opera Only. Probably the largest amplifier in the world, this will undoubtedly be the highest light at the forthcoming High End show in Munich between the 9th and 12th of May....
Apr 2013
The  Linn Sneaky DSM represents a new entry level product in its DSM (digital stream multi-source) range of integrated streaming components. The Sneaky DSM is a streamer, preamp and power amp in a slimline case that comes in...
Mar 2013
Acoustic Energy has a new flagship speaker in the Reference Three floorstander. Running a ring radiator tweeter, metal midrange and pair of five inch metal bass drivers this three-way is as sophisticated under the skin as it...
Mar 2013
Krell’s latest integrated isn’t an amplifier it’s a beast. Even by the company’s high power standards an integrated that delivers 275 watts into eight Ohms and twice that into four is a powerhouse. The preamp is based on...

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