RBH SOUND: Their HP-2 Headphones

SoundStage! Hi-Fi has posted a review of the RBH Sound HP-2 headphones ($249). His conclusions: “There’s no doubt that the RBH Sound HP-2s deserve to be added to our list of Recommended Reference Components, and it’s no wonder Brent ended his review with this: “f you want closed-back, audiophile headphones, the HP-2s are the best […]

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LUXMAN: Pure ‘Class A’ Makes Music Magic

They say ….. Venerable Japanese high-end audio specialist delivers its finest integrated amplifier yet, operating in pure Class A mode to deliver an addictive musical rush Luxman, one of the world’s oldest and most revered audio manufacturers, enters its tenth decade of audio excellence with the arrival of the L-590AX Mark II – the best […]

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DOUBLE ALBUMS: Are these the 5 worst double albums ever?

Neil McCormick …… If one new album from your favourite band is a treat, how about two? I remember when Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti first came out in 1975. The sleeve alone promised so much, a graphic tenement block featuring cut-out windows, opening onto inner sleeves offering an interchangeable abundance of possibilities. It was an […]

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RHA AUDIO: S500i Universal-Fit Earphones

Chris Martens has posted a review of the RHA Audio S500i universal-fit earphones ($49) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you sample other models in its immediate price class, it soon becomes clear that RHA’s entry-level earphone is, in a sense, a man among boys. As such, it serves as a delightful way to introduce music […]

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ATC: Their SCM19AT Active Loudspeaker System

  ATC Loudspeakers is pleased to announce its new SCM19AT active loudspeakers for the home are now shipping in the U.S. consumer Hi-Fi and CI (custom integration) markets. ATC, Acoustic Transducer Company, formed in 1974 is the renowned manufacturer of handcrafted precision loudspeakers that can be found in the most prominent music and film mastering […]

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HEGEL: Their H160 Integrated Amplifier

    Blake Gelle has posted a review of the Hegel H160 integrated amplifier ($6195) at AVHub. His conclusions: “Hegel’s advertising blurb for the H160 is: “connect whatever you want and make it sound as good as it can”, and for once I agree with the advertising blurb, because the Hegel H160 is an absolutely […]

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ASTELL and KERN: AK380 Copper Music Player

  Each AK380 casing is milled from a solid, 1.7Kg block of copperwhich is then hand finished and coated in a four-stage process that prevents oxidization and produces a brushed-metal finish. The player is completed by a carbon-fibre backing, and comes with a V1 leather case. Only 500 units of the AK380 Copper will be […]

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MONITOR AUDIO: Their Platinum II Series Loudspeakers

They say ….. The Platinum II range has produced the most musical, accurate and beautiful loudspeakers Monitor Audio has ever made. Inspired by rigorous new analysis and breakthrough innovation by the engineering team, Platinum II is a potent mix of evolutionary refinement and discovery, offering genuine audiophile performance with a stunning design and materials specification. […]

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ELAC: Their Uni-Fi Series speaker line

  They say ….. ELAC, a leader in premium loudspeakers and consumer electronics proudly unveils the Uni-Fi series of loudspeakers designed by Vice President of Engineering Andrew Jones.“My goal with the Uni-Fi series was to create a line of speakers with technology and performance normally reserved for speakers costing significantly more,” Jones said. “By going […]

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MISSION: LX – ‘Luxurious Sound Without the Price Tag’

They say ….. LX-2 and LX-3 are the first speakers to arrive from Mission’s all-new entry-level LX Series, delivering exceptional sound at affordable prices Mission, the legendary British loudspeaker brand, has always had a reputation for delivering compelling musicality at affordable prices. Launching this spring, the LX-2 standmount speaker and LX-3 floorstander are the perfect […]

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ENTOTEM: A media server with 2TB capacity and run from Android, Plato is app controlled and able to rip vinyl, CDs and tapes.

They say ….. A media server with 2TB capacity and run from Android, Plato is app controlled and able to rip vinyl, CDs and tapes. Vinyl can be played by connecting your existing deck to Plato, which records it to 24bit/192kHz files, the latter are integrated with Gracenote. Hence, your music can be accessed as […]

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BLUE HORIZON: The Outer Sanctum

  They say: Blue Horizon’s new Sanctum isolation platform is specifically designed to isolate individual high-performance components such as turntables, DACs, preamplifiers, power amplifiers, CD players and streamers from all sources of unwanted vibration. The platform’s construction brings together a selection of materials from opposite ends of the elasticity spectrum, combining them to reduce resonance. […]

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AVID: Their Reference Loudspeakers

They say: Made up of one stand-mounted design and two floor-standing models, they are sure to impress with their truly massive black aluminium enclosures and trademark AVID design touches. The three models start with the stand-mount Reference Three through the Reference Two and finishing with the range-topping Reference One. Performance is, as you would expect, […]

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ROBERTS RADIO: Limited Edition Windsor Green

Harrods and Roberts have teamed up to create a Limited Edition Windsor Green, battery or mains operated, iStream2. As well as your well-known DAB channels the iStream2, weighing in at 1.7kg and including a headphone socket, enables you to play thousands of Internet radio stations and offers thirty pre-sets for storage. Alternatively, personal playlists can be […]

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IBM engineer designs and hand-builds affordable tube audio gear

Steve Guttenberg ….. Tavish Design’s Vintage 6SL7 phono preamplifier brings out the best in the sound of the Audiophiliac’s LPs. Scott Reynolds founded Tavish Design in 2011 to follow his bliss. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, works for IBM, and authored over 30 patents. He may be a whiz with digital tech, but […]

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AUDIOENGINE: HD6 Premium Powered Loudspeakers

    Gary L. Beard has posted a review of the Audioengine HD6 premium powered loudpeakers ($749/pair) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So who is the perfect HD6 customer? I suspect for many reading this, the HD6′s could be a perfect second system. For others—especially those who live in smaller abodes—the HD6 might just be […]

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McINTOSH: Their feature-packed MX122 processor is set to arrive in the UK

They say: McIntosh Laboratory’s new feature-packed MX122 processor, which debuted at CES 2016, will soon be available in the UK via McIntosh’s UK distributor Jordan Acoustics. The new MX122 brings the legendary McIntosh sound and build quality to home cinema connoisseurs for just £6,995 and is the latest way to enjoy McIntosh’s exclusive A/V technology, […]

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AUDIENCE: Their Au24 SX Cables

  They say ….. Au24 SX substantially exceeds the performance of Audience’s long-standing and acclaimed Au24 cable lines by the use of improved XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) dielectric material, higher-purity “six nines” copper, and by improvements to the cable geometry. The Au24 SX loudspeaker cables are of a heavier gauge than previous Au24 lines. In comparison […]

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ANSUZ ACOUSTICS: The Darkz d·tc resonance control is ….

  They say ….. The Darkz d·tc resonance control is the company’s first product release that sits within its high-end, d·tc, line.  Made of a heavy composite material that was created in, of all things, a particle accelerator to create a hard and dense material structure, containing diamond, the Darkz d·tc weighs in at a […]

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