Tag Archives: Stereo

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 – […]

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 […]

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UPDATED: High-resolution audio – now with added fibre…

My latest music-network upgrade is another run of fibre-optic cabling – and it’s made an amazing difference UPDATE 08.06.15: More fibre, more sound! Well, I’ve just introduced some more fibre optics into my audio system, and this time the sound really has taken a leap forward. I took a bit of a kicking from the […]