Author Archives: andreweverard
Affordable OLED TVs could be coming – though you’ll have to wait
The Sharp/Foxconn alliance appears to have OLED technology in its sights, though we’ll be in the next decade before it starts making TV panels. But is that going to be too late? The protracted negotiations regarding the acquisition of a major stake in Sharp by Taiwan-based Foxconn have led to a lot of speculation over […]
Neat’s Iota speakers grow into the WTF sensation of the Bristol show
Compact – actually, make that tiny – floorstanders pick up the plaudits at Sound and Vision event This could so easily be one of those clickbait stories: ‘They wanted to design a new loudspeaker – and you won’t believe what happened next!’ You see, the latest model from British speaker company Neat Acoustics – […]
The end of 3D TVs? What took them so long?
So long, SwimmyVision™ – you really won’t be missed Reports coming out of Korea over the past few days suggest that the world’s leading TV manufacturers – LG and Samsung – have finally realised that 3D is a gimmick that’s had its day. Again. OK, so the big two aren’t completely dismissing the facility, which […]
REVIEW: Naim Mu-so Qb
Things weren’t promising the first time I heard the new Naim Mu-so Qb in action: after being introduced to the technology, the initial taste of what it could do, in an unfamiliar listening room, playing far too loud for the space, put me in mind of the window-rattling bass boom I’d heard from a pimped-up […]
Naim expands wireless line with new £595 Mu-so Qb
New model features cubic shape, uses side-mounted auxiliary bass radiators Naim has just announced the second model in its Mu-so line of all-in-one wireless music systems, the £595 Mu-so Qb. Named for its cubic shape, the new model is taller than the original Mu-so, launched some 18 months ago, and is designed to fit into […]
Technics SL-1200G turntable – giving the customers what they want?
The return of the Technics direct drive turntable is official, but the new models are rather more conservative than expected UPDATE: Since I posted the blog below, it’s been reported that Technics is saying the SL-1200G will sell in the USA for $4000. So, at last the Technics turntable is back: the company has just […]
Horch House – reviving classic recordings through ‘soft refurbishing’, in analogue and digital
Premium-priced label undertakes transfers from the original masters to LP, hi-res digital files – and even reel-to-reel tape One of the joys of the annual High End Show, held each May in Munich, is the sheer variety of products on display. Downstairs from the glitzy showrooms in the main atrium space, an ever-growing number of […]
REVIEW: Marantz HD-AMP1 is a classic in the making
New Marantz HD-AMP1 combines retro style with a specification that’s right up to date – and a superb sound
There’s more to Dolby Atmos than flying instruments!
I’ve just published a blog on the new recording by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, released on Blu-ray Audio complete with Dolby Atmos sound Is there a place for Dolby Atmos in music? Yes, I understand all about the need for flying debris in those big action movies. but for a recording of a […]
Naim adds DSD to nDAC and DAC-V1, boosts sound quality
Two models gain single-rate and double-rate DSD64/DSD128 via a free firmware download, available from today Naim has just announced a firmware update for its Naim DAC (or nDAC) and DAC-V1 models, allowing both to handle DSD music files. DSD can be input over the asynchronous USB connection from a computer in the case of the […]