Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Caroline Osborn: 1945-2014

Doyenne of the What Hi-Fi? Buying Guide for more than 30 years – and my beloved best friend (and best man)   Caroline Osborn, who died on March 24th, was for more than 30 years the driving force behind the What Hi-Fi? Buying Guide. After working as a diamond sorter among other jobs (she once […]

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REVIEW: Denon DA-300USB DAC

…And here’s what happens when mainstream hi-fi players start taking desktop audio seriously Until recently, the whole world of desktop audio wasn’t something troubling the big names of mainstream audio unduly. True, everyone from high-end companies to accessory specialists and even all-but-unknown start-ups had already gone down the route of providing digital-to-analogue converter bridges between […]

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REVIEW: Simple Audio Listen Bluetooth speakers

Simple by name and smart by nature, these innovative speakers deliver great desktop sound As I think I’ve said before, regular readers will know I’m not the greatest fan of Bluetooth speakers: too many of them are inexpensive, plasticky and a triumph of some kind of style over function. However, of late I’ve been spending […]

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REVIEW: Naim for Bentley Premium Audio System

The best-sounding in-car sound system around has a new home in the latest Flying Spur As an audio reviewer, one gets used to all sizes and shapes of packages turning up on the doorstep, from tiny boxes containing headphones or USB DACs to the memorable ‘where’s your forklift, mate?’ delivery of a TV a few […]

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Frankenspiel FS-X: the baby Bluetooth box that can…

I’ve been playing with a prototype Bluetooth speaker from a well-known portable audio name, and it’s really rather special One of the advantages of my recently-found liberty is that I no longer have to conform to the ‘in production, in the shops and in a press release’ rules of reviewing: it makes for a much […]