Tag Archives: Compact Disc

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…

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REVIEW: Quad Platinum DMP and Stereo power amplifier

While the links to history are obvious, there’s a distinct whiff of ‘I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’ about the Quad Platinum range. In my position as Audio Editor of Gramophone, I do occasionally have to disabuse people of a few well-rehearsed myths about the readership. No, the magazine’s readers didn’t all start […]

REVIEW: Tivoli Audio Music System +

Upgraded all-in-one could be the ideal second-room/small-room system So you’ve got yourself a decent hi-fi system, but you fancy something better than an iPod dock or a portable radio in the kitchen? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to have what they used to call a study, and is now a home office? Then again, perhaps […]

REVIEW: Esoteric K-07 SACD/CD player/DAC

Maybe it’s time for one of Japan’s best-kept audio secrets to become a bit less – well, esoteric I’ve always liked Esoteric equipment, ever since I first clapped eyes on some of the range many years ago in a shop in Tokyo’s Akihabara district – you know, the ‘Electric Town’ area everyone used to rave […]

Studio Master downloads for less than the price of a CD

You’ve just lost another excuse for not downloading your music in better-than-CD quality. French online music retailer Qobuz is offering more than 2000 albums in 24-bit resolution – not just at the same price as buying an MP3 version, but actually cheaper than the CD-quality downloads. And it’s not the usual ‘audiophile’ stuff – so […]