Tag Archives: audiophile

So, two years on…

It’s two years since I set up this site, and it’s been non-stop fun I’ve just been reminded by WordPress that it’s two years since I originally set up this site, with the first story being a review of Just Audio’s AHA-120 headphone amplifier. Over the past couple of years I’ve had great fun here […]

Frankenspiel FS-X: in Single or Dual mode, it’s so much more than just a Bluetooth speaker system

The market is awash with Bluetooth speakers of varying plastickiness, and it’s rare that a day goes by without me receiving at least one press release extolling the virtues of some new miracle said to be just the thing to get the party started/entertain the whole beach/play music while cycling/amaze your friends and win true love – […]

Now DSDs are becoming easier to play, where exactly do you get them?

Online music vendors are waking up to the resurgence of interest in the single-bit hi-res format, but there is an alternative… DSD was born as part of one of those inevitable consumer electronics format battles, as hardware and music companies sought to find the next step on from CD. For the proponents of Super Audio […]

The end of Linn preamps means – well, the end of Linn preamps. That’s all.

Having claimed to sound the death-knell for the CD player six years ago, Linn’s now calling time on the hi-fi preamplifier. It’ll take more than that…

SPES: magical, mystical sounds from an ancient tradition

I’m greatly enjoying the latest recording from one of my favourite labels, 2L, which combines Western choral singing with traditional Sami musical styles. The Sami are the indigenous people who live in part of the far North of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and are sometimes known as Lapps or Laplanders. The new release, SPES, is […]

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 […]

Naim does DSD with new NAC-N 272 preamp/DAC/network player

New from Naim is the £3300 NAC-N 272, a combined network music player, DAC and preamplifier – and for the first time in a Naim product it can play DSD files, either from local storage such as USB devices or streamed over a home network. The reason I was down in Salisbury last week – […]

Making a Statement: building Naim’s super-amp

Naim boss Paul Stephenson may say ‘We’re glad 2014 is behind us, and we can move on’ – he admits times were tough last summer, mainly due to global economic and political unrest –, but the company is still upbeat after recording its best-ever sales last year, with record months in the last quarter. Giving […]

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 […]

Two-channel audio alive and well in Japan’s megastores

So hi-fi as we know it is on its last legs, is it? The huge selection on sale in a couple of Japan’s consumer electronics superstores suggests otherwise… Some will have you believe that hi-fi as we know it is on its way out, replaced by small speakers, Bluetooth whatnots and streaming services, but having […]