Tag Archives: hi-res music

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 […]

Classé Sigma series

Why Classé is ignoring the AV features arms-race

New Classé Sigma SSP processor, launched with two matching power amps, plays it simple in the quest for ultimate sound quality Interesting afternoon at the London Bowers & Wilkins office yesterday, hearing about – and hearing – the new Classé Sigma series with company CEO Dave Nauber. The range is designed to slot in below […]

Linn offers 24 days of free high-resolution downloads

Starting today, Studio Master tracks for free until Christmas Eve – what’s not to like? As in previous years, Linn is offering free Studio Master quality high-resolution music downloads in the run-up to the festive season, in its 24-bits of Christmas promotion. From December 1st, it’s running what it describes as an ‘online advent calendar’, […]

Pono Music: how much???

Neil Young’s Pono Music player and service is here. Or coming. Or something. But with album pricing like this, it’s going to struggle to catch on   Like others who make their living scribbling about consumer electronics, I’ve been following with interest the progress of Neil Young’s Pono, from the initial announcements, through the Kickstarter […]

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 PM-1

REVIEW: Oppo PM-1 headphones

Beautifully presented high-end headphones also have a beautiful presentation UPDATE: Oppo has responded to those users wanting slightly more treble from their PM-1 headphones with the announcement of new earpads, designed to give a slight lift in the treble response while maintaining the existing midband and bass characteristics. The newly-designed earpads will be supplied as […]

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 […]

Linn Mahler Lieder

Linn Records rethinks digital music strategy as Studio Masters gain in popularity

Scottish label’s Studio Master releases to be available worldwide through other online stores; from August Linn Records site will only sell its own releases Linn Records is refocusing its digital distribution strategy, in a move set to see the company’s 24-bit Studio Master content available via other digital music stores worldwide from next month. At […]