ALNIC: H-3000 – test review

Dom writes: This is the follow up to my review of the entry point H-1201, except this time we hit the opposite end with the range topping H-3000. The difference is that this is an all out assault on the phono stage market complete with LCR technology – which is not easy to implement without […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor: Q-20-P preamp and Q-20 power amp test review

Neil McCauley writes: First, here’s how the makers describe their units: Q-20-P The Q-20-P complements the Q-20 power amplifier, it features MC, MM and one line input, a line-level output and a headphone output. The Q20P is designed to be as simple as possible in order to maintain signal integrity. It is ideal for the […]

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CROFT ACOUSTICS: Phono Integrated integrated amplifier test review

Art Dudley (Stereophile Magazine) writes: The name sounds perfect. It fits neatly next to those of Messrs. Leak, Sugden, Walker, Grant, Lumley, and others of Britain’s most rightly revered amplifier builders. In fact, when their distributor called and asked if I’d like to review the latest amplifier from Croft Acoustics, I accepted without actually knowing […]

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Audio Alchemy DTI•Pro 32 Jitter Filter test review

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes: With the introduction of Audio Alchemy’s Digital Transmission Interface (DTI) more than three years ago, the company created an entirely new category of hi-fi product: the jitter filter. The original DTI was a good start, but didn’t always improve the sound of the better-quality digital front-ends. MORE

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Two-channel Solid State Music Systems Group Test (Cambridge Audio, NAD, ARCAM and more)

Canada HiFi write: It’s truly remarkable just how different the same CD album can sound on different two-channel music systems. Every amplifier and every CD player has their own sound characteristics and qualities. Sometimes these characteristics are subtle and other times they can be very obvious. Below we evaluate three two-channel music systems ranging from […]

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Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI headphone test review

Chris Martens (HiFi+) writes:  The Japanese firm Final Audio Design has been creating high-end audio products since 1974, and has—for the past two decades—been actively working to produce extremely high-performance earphones and headphones. For this review, we will focus on Final’s recently released, mid-priced Pandora Hope VI headphone (£699.99), which, relative to earlier and more […]

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REGA: DAC-R – test review

Marc Gusew writes: The Rega DAC-R is now available in Australia at $1199 RRP and offers many enhancements and meaningful upgrades over the previous generation Rega DAC ($999 RRP). If you are familiar with the older DAC, you will also be familiar with the DAC-R because it looks virtually the same, with only the front facia […]

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CYRUS: The soundKey review

They tell us …. Small, perfectly formed… and extremely high-performing. Cyrus’ new portable DAC is a little charmer.       Find out more HERE ===//=== Hi. If you are in the trade and you want us to consider posting your press release then please click HERE. Please click HERE if you want to see the […]

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REGA: RP-1 record player test review

Art Dudley (Stereophile) …… I tried to name a high-end audio product that’s been recommended more often than the Rega Planar 3 turntable. I failed. The closest I could come was Rega’s own RB300 tonearm, surely the best-selling perfectionist tonearm of all time. After that came the Rega Planar 2 turntable, a sample of which I owned […]

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MANLEY LABS: 250 Neo-Classic monoblock power amplifier test review

  Originally published 2002 Paul Bolin (Stereophile magazine) writes: There’s something special about big tube amplifiers. No other audio component has such a primal appeal or can so quickly reduce grown (?) audiophiles to Homer Simpsons sighing, “Mmmmm…toooobs.” EveAnna Manley, president of Manley Laboratories, understands the effect of high-powered tubes on the audiophile brain and […]

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: iD100 iPod, iPhone dock test review

Noel Keywood (HiFi World) writes: Beware – docks for Apple i-items may use analogue or digital audio, because the multipin output connector offers both. Manufacturers commonly don’t make clear which one is used, but best quality comes from the digital feed because it is not sullied by the player’s internal digital convertor. Cambridge, being nifty […]

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USHER: Diamond mini test review

In 2013 Usher releaesd a standmount loudspeaker with Diamond tweeter. Jon Myles is bedazzled. Taiwanese company Usher manufactures a comprehensive range of loudspeakers at its purpose-built facility in the Far East (Taiwan) – one that has been attracting a growing number of enthusiastic customers here in the UK. We were impressed with the Usher Dancer […]

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HARBETH: Monitor 30.1 test review

The Absolute Sound (Paul Seydor) writes Alan Shaw’s Harbeth Monitor 30.1, which has been released in time to celebrate the company’s thirty- fifth anniversary as a manufacturer of high-quality loudspeakers, is the best compact two-way speaker system I have ever heard, regardless of type, cost, or complexity. By this I mean, of course, that it […]

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LEEMA: Tucana Vs Stello Ai500 – test review

Stereophile ….. One comes from South Korea, the other from North Wales, so April Music’s Stello Ai500 and Leema Acousticss Tucana ll couldn’t be culturally more dissimilar, but these two ‘super integrateds’ prove to have fascinating parallels, Tony Bolton finds… Ah, the ‘super integrated’ amplifier! It’s a concept that’s newer than some might think. In […]

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REGA: DAC-R D/A processor test review

Jon Iverson (Stereophile mag) writes: I’ve spent the last month recording songs for a pal’s upcoming album. His act consists of powerful female and male singers, acoustic and electric bass, and acoustic guitars and mandolin. Jay-Z is funding the project, which is destined to transform the entire hip-hop/rap beat-driven pop landscape into an acoustic-music wonderland.Okay, […]

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VERSA DYNAMICS: 2.0 LP player test review

– by J. Gordon Holt / Stereophile There is something vaguely disturbing about the idea of an $8000 turntable and arm combination. That’s more money than a lot of audiophiles have invested in records through the years. Total overkill! Or so it might seem. But the entire history of analog disc reproduction, from the first […]

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NAIM: ND5 XS test review

HiFi Choice magazine writes as follows: Naim introduces its ‘entry-level’ network audio player, but there is nothing ‘entry-level’, however, about its performance, says Malcolm Steward The ND5 XS is Naim’s second network audio player and its first to offer native streaming of 24-bit/192 kHz sources. It follows the lauded and more expensive (£2,995) NDX (HFC […]

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