Tag Archives: High-end

Sony TA-A1ES

REVIEW: Sony TA-A1ES amplifier

For various reasons, it’s taken a while to get my hands on Sony’s flagship high-resolution audio player, the HAP-Z1ES – which isn’t the subject of this review. The buzz has been building about this novel approach to the whole computer music thing, with its onboard storage, DSD upconversion and lack of any sign of network […]

The dawn of the High Resolution Audio age – maybe next year, eh?

According to all the pre-publicity, this year’s CES show was going to mark a turning point in the way we all listen to music. It didn’t quite happen like that…       CES 2014 was going to be the event at which audio moved beyond CD quality and data-reduced downloads, and became high-definition. Not only had […]

Is the hi-fi system dying from a lack of enthusiasm?

A piece published on the CNN website over the weekend, dramatically headlined The death of the home stereo system, suggests that a decent sound system is no longer a priority for first-time consumer electronics buyers. Whereas once new arrivals in college rooms or their first flats would unload and set up the hi-fi before doing […]

Marantz NA-11S1

REVIEW: Marantz NA-11S1 – a very good thing worth the very long wait

When it comes to high-end network music players, the smaller specialist audio companies have led the market. Linn and Naim are perhaps the best-known examples, with Cyrus joining the party somewhat later – the larger mass-market brands have been cautious in this area, and only now are we seeing signs that the whole music-streaming idea […]

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 […]