Tag Archives: High-resolution audio

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 […]

TEAC HA-P50

REVIEW: TEAC HA-P50 headphone amplifier

Compact and very capable, great-sounding and with a good range of digital input flexibility The boom in the sales of headphones has seen the hi-fi industry undergoing two changes: one is the large number of companies getting into the personal audio market with their own range of headphones, and the other is the appearance of […]

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 […]

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So, as if we weren’t confused enough by DSD, FLAC, PCM and HRA…

The Americans are having another crack at defining what makes a high-resolution recording – and the goalposts are on the move again You may remember that, at the beginning of this year, I expressed some dismay about the coining of the term Hi-Res Audio, or HRA, by America’s Consumer Electronics Association, and the rather lacklustre […]

Cambridge Audio Azur 851 E and 851W

REVIEW: Cambridge Audio Azur 851E/851W

Heavyweight pre/power amplifier is a remarkable purist flagship for the value for money range This year marks two decades since London-based Audio Partnership acquired the Cambridge Audio brand, and in those 20 years the company has moved on from the initial budget amplifier offerings under the new ownership to a wide-ranging product portfolio. As well […]

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 […]