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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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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PS AUDIO: Cherished Audiophile beliefs

Paul McGowan: In my post Climbing the ladder I pointed out that something fundamental changed between the introduction of digital audio and today with respect to DAC architecture.  DACs of old (we’re only talking 25 years or so) used a fixed architecture to handle the PCM signal.  That architecture relied on a string of 16 […]

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HORCH HOUSE: Capturing the magic of master tape on reel-to-reel, vinyl and digital

They say ….. As music lovers, we’re spoilt for choice. Our favourite tunes are now available in a wider variety of formats than ever before. But whether you’re a vinyl collector, a digital convert or a die hard reel-to-reel aficionado, one thing’s agreed: nothing can ever sound – or feel – quite like an original […]

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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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PS AUDIO: “it struck me how little high-end audio plays any sort of role here.”

Paul McGowan: It’s been said that CEDIA is where the growth area in consumer audio electronics is. As I wandered the halls yesterday, setup day, it struck me how little high-end audio plays any sort of role here.  In every case, manufacturers boast “great sound, high resolution, music and video at the touch of a […]

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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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PS AUDIO: The worst

Paul McGowan writes: I am visiting the high-end show in Tokyo at the moment and last night, between demonstrations of the system, I was wandering the halls of the show when the strains of one of my all time favorite operas came drifting down the hall.  La Boheme, as performed by Renata Tebaldi in 1951 […]

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