Tag Archives: hi-fi

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 […]

Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3: the Daleks have landed!

When you’re dealing with speakers this big and heavy, a simple courier drop-off isn’t quite possible! So the delivery of the Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond speakers began with a false start: space had been cleared both for the 803 D3s and their massive boxes, and then – slightly anti-climactically – the hapless courier […]

New Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamonds in air force blue – and why you can’t buy them

Spotted during a tour of the Bowers & Wilkins factory the other day, a rather unique pair of the company’s new 800 Series Diamond speakers Had a fascinating tour of the Bowers & Wilkins factory this week, as part of the launch event for the new 800 Series Diamond speakers: in preparation for the range, […]

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 […]

Sevenoaks online magazine goes live

First digital issue of Select now available – and it’s free Now online is the first issue of Select, the new digital magazine from Sevenoaks Sound & Vision, complete with articles from John Archer, Ken Kessler – and me! Covering everything from 4K to Wi-Fi, and from multiroom to Dolby Atmos, the 68-page magazine contains […]