Hardware Reviews

floorstanding loudspeaker
May 2015
Loudspeakers come in many materials but not often concrete. In Germany high end audio gets extreme and in Weimar a company is building concrete loudspeakers. Heavy and beautifully made they have real designer appeal and real...
headphones
May 2015
Audio Technica uses over forty years of know-how to build an aggresively priced closed back headphone that gives open-backs a run for their money.Audio Technica has been making iconic and professionally-revered headphones...
digital music store NAS
May 2015
A former turntable manufacturer turned data storage giant has built an audio oriented NAS drive that gives streamers a real shot in the arm.
Maki Electronics Laboratory Co was set up in 1975 to make high mass turntables with...
loudspeaker cables
Apr 2015
Not all the best stuff is made by the big boys, sometimes a one man business can beat the odds and deliver the goods. That is the case with SImply Audio from Holland, a new force for value in the of over hyped world of...
integrated amplifier & DAC
Apr 2015
Can this Musical Fidelity integrated with onboard DAC sound as good as it looks? Réne closes his eyes and lets the music work its magic.
When I was asked to pick a Musical Fidelity amplifier for a review I was attracted to...
Preamplifier & power amplifier
Apr 2015
René didn’t like class D amplifiers but that has all changed now that he’s heard this remarkable pairing from NAD. High resolution, power and features, what’s not to like?Several years ago I considered New Acoustic Dimension...
Phono stage
Apr 2015
Leema's least expensive phono stage may be small but it's capable of very big things when attached to a tip top turntable. Jason Kennedy finds out just how essential it really is for a vinyl lover.
Leema started out in...
digital to analogue converter DAC
Mar 2015
This is a DAC with a difference from a Dutch startup that seems to have considered all the options and produced a humdinger straight from the gate.
Products from small new companies are often fraught with challenges as far...
CD, tuner and amplifier with Bluetooth
Mar 2015
I don’t know about you but Elipson’s spherical Planet loudspeakers are among the most attractive in the business, the timeless geometric design has been in production for decades and deservedly so. I guess it was inevitable...
integrated amplifier & DAC
Mar 2015
Like father, like son is certainly true for Paul and Scott McGowan of PS Audio. Scott developed his own amplifier under the name of his father’s company but financed it with crowd sourcing website Kickstarter. It’s a totally...
Naim UnitiQute 2
network streamer, DAC & amplifier
Mar 2015
Naim's qutest streaming amplifier is 2 and for its birthday the engineers in Salisbury gave it a new antenna and access to more music than you can shake a baton at.
Why review this 2014 revamp of Naim’s most affordable...
digital to analogue converter DAC
Feb 2015
Dutch DAC specialist Metrum Acoustics has always been at the forefront of digital technology, but with its latest creation it has re-written the rules of digital to analogue conversion so comprehensively that René had no...

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