Tag Archives: hi-fi

REVIEW: Naim Mu-so Qb

Things weren’t promising the first time I heard the new Naim Mu-so Qb in action: after being introduced to the technology, the initial taste of what it could do, in an unfamiliar listening room, playing far too loud for the space, put me in mind of the window-rattling bass boom I’d heard from a pimped-up […]

Technics SL-1200G turntable – giving the customers what they want?

The return of the Technics direct drive turntable is official, but the new models are rather more conservative than expected UPDATE: Since I posted the blog below, it’s been reported that Technics is saying the SL-1200G will sell in the USA for $4000. So, at last the Technics turntable is back: the company has just […]

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 […]

JUST PUBLISHED: new edition of Sevenoaks Sound & Vision Select magazine

66 pages of products, advice, tips and information – and it’s free! Now available is the second issue of Select, the free online magazine from Sevenoaks Sound & Vision. Covering everything from headphones and wireless speakers to TVs, multiroom audio and high-end hi-fi, it’s packed with information, tips and advice on how to choose, buy […]

REVIEW: Astell & Kern AK500 system

Nothing looks quite like the extraordinary Astell & Kern AK500 system ‘stack’ – but if you’re expecting it to be style over substance, think again… The Astell & Kern AK500N is unusual enough: a high-end CD ripping/storage/network player, all housed in a near-cube with styling apparently inspired by the Matterhorn, powered by internal batteries and […]