Monthly Archives: July 2014

TEAC HA-P50

REVIEW: TEAC HA-P50 headphone amplifier

Compact and very capable, great-sounding and with a good range of digital input flexibility The boom in the sales of headphones has seen the hi-fi industry undergoing two changes: one is the large number of companies getting into the personal audio market with their own range of headphones, and the other is the appearance of […]

WD Red 6TB

WD ups its Red NAS drives to 6TB

Larger-capacity Western Digital Red models designed for use in housings up to eight bay – a 48TB NAS, anyone? Must be some kind of synchronicity: just as I was looking at my existing music storage system and working out how long it would be before the existing 3TB drives were full, along comes a press […]

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Now America’s Consumer Electronics Association seeks to define Ultra High Definition TV. Meanwhile, in the real world…

Having had a crack at defining hi-res audio, now the CEA wants to boss the spec of next-gen TVs. Ain’t gonna hold back those rushing to popularise 4K, though… Only a couple of weeks ago, I expressed my dismay at the clunky – and confusing – Master Quality definitions hatched up by, among others, America’s […]

home automation

A standard is such a good idea, why not have lots of them?

Another opportunity is missed as competing standards for home integration and multimedia square up for the fight for control of your home Way back when, I remember going to one of the CES shows in the States – yes, before I got sensible – and finding it abuzz with talk of a new standard. Firewire, […]

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Almost everything you think you know about live sound is probably wrong – time to go back to school…

A day with the experts at PA company Britannia Row Productions proves illuminating and thought-provoking, and shows how a new generation of live sound engineers is being trained You can always tell the hi-fi enthusiast at a gig: he – ‘fraid it’s almost inevitably a he – will be the one checking out the speakers […]