GAMUT: Lobster

They say ….. Audiophiles, are you sitting comfortably? Moreover, is your chair playing an active role in the quality of your listening experience? If not, then you may need one of these… You’ve no doubt spent many hours evaluating every element of your hi-fi system and its placement in your listening room. But what about […]

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CAD / Computer Audio Design: Their 1543 MKII DAC

They say ….. The world’s finest dedicated USB digital-to-analogue convertor has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its unique CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC. It retains the […]

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EXPOSURE: Enhanced edition of top integrated amp – the 3010S2-D

They told us ….. The 3010S2-D is the fourth incarnation of Exposure’s top integrated amp. For high-end audio at mid-range prices, the Exposure 3010S2 series has long been considered as one of the best options on the market. The British brand, renowned for creating hi-fi components with involving musical reality, places its focus firmly on […]

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MIYAJIMA: Top-of-range Madake cartridge

They told us ….. Singled out as one of The Absolute Sound’s top three ‘Auspicious Debuts’ at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Miyajima’s newest top-of-the-range stereo cartridge, the Madake, is now available in the UK. The clue about what makes the Madake special lies in its name: Madake is the Japanese term for a […]

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MIYAJIMA: Artisan moving coil cartridges

They tell us ….. Japan-based Miyajima has been making phono cartridges for more than three decades. Although they were only discovered by American and European audiophiles in recent years, they have since received rave reviews all over the world and deservedly so. With several patents under his belt, Noriyuki Miyajima is a passionate music-lover and […]

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GAMUT: Zodiac loudspeaker

They say ….. If you’re already a fan of Gamut’s superlative RS Series (and let’s face it, if you’ve heard them, you will be), then you’re in for one heck of a treat. The new hot-off-the-press Zodiac is a further development of the pride of the RS Series, the huge RS9. “The Zodiac is basically […]

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: The velvet revolution rocks on

What is the most influential album of all time? Music lovers can (and do) argue about such things at length, but few would deny the first Velvet Underground album its right to be up there. It was number one when another British newspaper published its “50 albums that changed music” list back in 2006. The […]

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BRIAN WILSON: His astonishing genius

Alexis Petridis writes: “First came the drugs, then the voices. Brian Wilson’s brain has taken a battering. Alexis Petridis tries to get inside the complicated mind of a musical legend. I meet Brian Wilson in the tiny, windowless conference room of a Mayfair hotel, where he is promoting his latest series of British concerts accompanied […]

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MELCO: New Digital Music Library At High End 2016 in Munich

  They tell us ….. MOC Munich – 5th to 8th May 2016 Hall 3 – Stand L03/H05 www.melco-audio.com New Melco Music Library N1ZH60 – HDD version of ground breaking N1ZS10 at very attractive price point. New Melco feature – Melco CD Import for Archiving of CD collections. New Melco components for Digital music playback […]

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BRIDGE AUDIO LABORATORY: The BAlabo BP-1 MK-II Power Amplifier

They told us: The BAlabo BP-1 MK-II Power amplifier is a tour-de-force in amplifier design and the absolute last word in musical performance. The BP-1 MK-II has a level of transparency and warmth that is seldom achieved in large power amplifiers. As a 100% solid state design, the BP-1 MK-II possesses incomparable grip and effortless […]

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EXPOSURE: Their enhanced edition of 3010S2-D preamplifier

They say ….. British brand Exposure Electronics has long been renowned for creating high-performance audio components with involving musical reality, yet with an affordable price tag. For high-end audio at mid-range prices, Exposure’s 3010S2 series is widely considered to be one of the best options on the market. In January 2015, the brand released a […]

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MAGNEPLANAR: 0.7

They say ….. What do you do if you covet Magnepan’s soaring loudspeakers but don’t have the largest of listening rooms? “We hear you”, said Magnepan. Enter the new 0.7 (‘point seven’), a scaled down version of the brand’s acclaimed 1.7 model. To say that Magnepan’s Magneplanar 1.7 flat-panel loudspeaker is highly regarded in its […]

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FOR YOUR SHORTLIST? Pancin / VZ1 – loudspeakers

They say: We proudly present our first product. Loudspeakers VZ1. VZ1 is a new time of design in audio world. This is the time of esthetics unsubordinated to functionality – this is the time of technical solutions, which have to be as perfect as the form, in which they will be closed.  This is the […]

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McINTOSH: Unique Alice Cooper McIntosh turntable donated to Cooper’s USA Rock & Roll auction!

They tell us ….. McIntosh Laboratory, the global leader in high-performance home entertainment systems for over 65 years, is proudly donating a one-off Alice Cooper MT5 turntable (usual price £7,495) to Cooper’s Solid Rock Rock & Roll Vampire Bash charity auction in Arizona, USA, this weekend. McIntosh Laboratory has created a unque Alice Cooper MT5 […]

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FOR YOUR SHORTLIST? QUAD S series

  At the time of release they said: NEW! Quad S Series Quad celebrates its 79th year of audio innovation with an all-new loudspeaker range: the S Series, launching this spring and set to be unveiled exclusively at Sound & Vision – The Bristol Show. Incorporating a specially designed ribbon tweeter, the range consists of […]

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PAPER MAGAZINE SURVIVAL: Traditional advertisers love glossy paper. Unfortunately though, the customer’s reality is digital

Hello and and welcome from me, Neil McCauley / editor in chief Feeling a bit cynical re print-based advertising which has consistently failed to deliver on the promise? Are you sceptical about online advertising? I guess you might well be, which possibly is why you’re here now. Am I right? Don’t abandon print. Reinforce it […]

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