Tag Archives: audiophile

Bang & Olufsen launches a conventional loudspeaker – well, almost…

New BeoLab 50 model takes the technology of the outlandish BeoLab 90 and makes it rather more domestically acceptable Just had an interesting flying visit to Denmark to hear the new Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 50 speakers, launched today. Trips to the acoustics department in Struer are always fascinating, but this one was doubly so […]

Mutec MC-3+ USB

REVIEW: Mutec MC-3+ USB: clocking the best way to improve your digital audio

German pro-audio company proves that, for the best possible sound, timing is everything That’s the problem with being interested in audio: just when you think you have your system completely sorted, along comes something to challenge your assumptions and show you there’s still room for improvement. The problem is doubled (at least) when you make […]

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 – […]

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

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 […]

Marantz MusicLink: it’s back, with the new HD-AMP1

To hear of a new audiophile amplifier-in-miniature from Marantz is exciting enough: when you discover it’s also part of the revival of one of the most covetable series in the company’s history, it’s time to take some serious notice. The HD-AMP 1 first broke cover at the D+M Group’s annual European dealer/press event in the […]