Tag Archives: digital audio

Tidal: the greatest thing ever, or just the latest wave?

The launch of a CD-quality streaming service from the Wimp people has the ‘tech’ press a-buzz, but is its success written in the sand? The latest and greatest music-streaming service appears to be Tidal, the newly-launched offering from the people behind the unfortunately-named (at least in English-speaking markets) Wimp. What’s not to like? It has […]

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 […]

Linn gets sourcey with its Exakt Akudorik speaker stands, and Nautilus in its expansion plans

Latest Exakt Akudorik speakers load processing engine and amps into their stands, while third-party speaker program kicks off with a word in B&W’s shell-like Things we clearly all got wrong when Linn first announced its Exakt system about this time last year: one was that it was only ever going to be available at flagship […]

Technics is back – and here’s the inside story

I’ve been following the development of the products chosen by Panasonic to revive one of the best-known names in audio – and they’re nothing if not ambitious Technics is back. Speaking at IFA in Berlin today, Michiko Ogawa – former Technics engineer, celebrated jazz pianist and the leader of the Panasonic project to revive the […]

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 […]

Almost everything you think you know about live sound is probably wrong – time to go back to school…

A day with the experts at PA company Britannia Row Productions proves illuminating and thought-provoking, and shows how a new generation of live sound engineers is being trained You can always tell the hi-fi enthusiast at a gig: he – ‘fraid it’s almost inevitably a he – will be the one checking out the speakers […]

HEOS by Denon

Denon and Marantz Dealer Conference 2014: We can be HEOS for ever and ever…

The arrival of the new HEOS wireless multiroom sees the D+M Group shaping up a century-old company for a very different future Things are changing at D+M Group, the parent company of Denon and Marantz: yes, core products such as amplifiers and AV receivers are very much still present, but the company is reinventing itself […]

Fiio X3 with v3.0 firmware

REVIEW: Fiio X3 gets even better as new firmware adds DSD and a slicker interface

Free download improves the user-interface immensely, and the £160 digital media player now handles more music formats and plays them better, too The Fiio X3, the Chinese company’s great-sounding little digital media player, just keeps on getting better. You may have read my original review of this bargain-priced device back in August last year, and […]

Pro-Ject Dac Box DS

REVIEW: Pro-Ject DAC Box DS

Fine-sounding converter is now even better value with DSD capability DSD: it’s a contentious subject among those interested in all things high-resolution. I’ve been subject to some quite scathing comments from some keyboard warriors for suggesting anyone should buy products not supporting DSD, which they see as the way, truth and light; others, meanwhile, see […]

Naim Muso

Naim mu-so is a radical all-in-one network music system

Selling for £895 when it goes on sale in September, mu-so packs Wi-Fi, UPnP, Bluetooth and AirPlay, along with six speakers driven actively by 450W of digital amplification – and Android app control! This is the Naim mu-so: launched in April as Muso, but now renamed mu-so in time for its on-sale debut in September […]