Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cambridge Audio Azur 851 E and 851W

REVIEW: Cambridge Audio Azur 851E/851W

Heavyweight pre/power amplifier is a remarkable purist flagship for the value for money range This year marks two decades since London-based Audio Partnership acquired the Cambridge Audio brand, and in those 20 years the company has moved on from the initial budget amplifier offerings under the new ownership to a wide-ranging product portfolio. As well […]

Fiio X3 with v3.0 firmware

REVIEW: Fiio X3 gets even better as new firmware adds DSD and a slicker interface

Free download improves the user-interface immensely, and the £160 digital media player now handles more music formats and plays them better, too The Fiio X3, the Chinese company’s great-sounding little digital media player, just keeps on getting better. You may have read my original review of this bargain-priced device back in August last year, and […]

Cocktail Audio X30

REVIEW: Cocktail Audio X30

Slimline casework hides a real Swiss Army Knife hi-fi component: hard-disk player, amplifier, network music server/player, Internet radio and more Many people, it seems, want a simple solution to enable them to store and access their music collections: my usual advice to combine a computer with a dedicated network music player or network system cuts […]


Focal & Naim acquired by French-based investment companies Naxicap Partners and Aquasourça

New investors to boost companies under new name: Vervent Audio Group Focal & Naim, the company formed by the merger of the British audio company and the French speaker manufacturer, has a new name: from today, following its acquisition by French based investment company Naxicap Partners and private equity firm Aquasourça, it’s now called Vervent […]

Pro-Ject Dac Box DS


Fine-sounding converter is now even better value with DSD capability DSD: it’s a contentious subject among those interested in all things high-resolution. I’ve been subject to some quite scathing comments from some keyboard warriors for suggesting anyone should buy products not supporting DSD, which they see as the way, truth and light; others, meanwhile, see […]