Category Reviews

AK Jr red

REVIEW: AK Jr – Astell & Kern’s new kid on the block

It may be designed as an entry-level addition to the acclaimed digital music player range, but this £399 machine is has serious intentions – and it’s now available in red, too! Click here for the updated AK Jr. review Advertisements

REVIEW: Arcam A49 – a transatlantic triumph

  Designed in the UK, made in the USA, Arcam’s A49 amplifier is a thrilling-sounding exercise in effortless power OK, I admit it: I haven’t been the greatest fan of some recent Arcam amplifiers. Rather as I find some Cyrus designs overbright and forward-sounding, so the amps from the near neighbour in Cambridgeshire have been […]

REVIEW: Technics R1 and C700 systems tested

I’ve now had a chance to review both the Technics C700 Premium system and the Reference R1 set-up, and the results are very promising So, almost a year since I first heard the beginnings of the Technics revival, the boxes started arriving containing the review samples. And having now listened to both the R1 Reference […]

mu-so by Naim

REVIEW: Hands-on with mu-so by Naim

Much-anticipated all-in-one proves stylish and flexible – and it does ‘the Naim thing’, too!   UPDATE: A new Naim control app for mu-so and other Naim network music products, mentioned in the review below, is now available for both iOS and Android smartphone and tablets. The new unified control app for Naim’s mu-so and the […]

Oppo PM-1

REVIEW: Oppo PM-1 headphones

Beautifully presented high-end headphones also have a beautiful presentation UPDATE: Oppo has responded to those users wanting slightly more treble from their PM-1 headphones with the announcement of new earpads, designed to give a slight lift in the treble response while maintaining the existing midband and bass characteristics. The newly-designed earpads will be supplied as […]

Oppo HA-1

REVIEW: Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier

Bells, whistles and solid engineering in this all-in-one headphone amp and DAC, plus a smooth, confident sound to make the most of the superb PM-1 ‘phones Headphone amplifiers are clearly like buses: you wait ages for one, then two come along at once. And so it was, just as I was wrapping up my review […]

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 […]