Danish brand Raidho is world-renowned for its high-end, flagship loudspeakers. But what you may not realize is just how well the company also does compact and bijou. David Price checks out the entry-level end of the range, in the form of the diminuitive XT-1 standmount model. Continue reading Be my baby: Hi-Fi Choice reviewer David Price falls in love with Raidho’s compact XT-1 standmount loudspeaker
You know that feeling when you discover a new musician, band, singer or orchestra… or, even better, a long-standing one that’s new to you but since they’re not actually new, there’s already a back-catalogue of treats to look forward to? Oh boy, is that a good feeling!
Here’s what makes it even better: when the recordings in question are on reel-to-reel tape. The ultimate double whammy – brilliant musicians, superlatively captured.
So allow me to introduce you to Italian cellist Enrico Dindo and his chamber orchestra, I Solisti di Pavia. But before we get down to proper introductions, let me just say that this is the second time that the Italian music label Open Reel Records has introduced me to a significant musical talent of which I was previously unaware. Consider my hat tipped and cap doffed in true gratitude.
Do you live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream music and sound? Then, dear reader, I’m delighted to report that I’ve discovered something that can help: The Audiophile’s Clinic. Don’t worry, this isn’t a rehab clinic. Nobody’s going to try to cure you of your addiction. On the contrary, the aim of The Audiophile’s Clinic is to help ensure that you can indulge freely in your obsession (sorry, hobby), delve yet further into your passion for music and feed your need for audio nirvana unimpeded. To put it another way, The Audiophile’s Clinic is here to ensure your musical wellbeing.
Continue reading Got an audio ailment? Need some hi-fi healing or reel-to-reel rehab? Allow me to introduce you to The Audiophile’s Clinic
Danish Dantax A/S and Gamut Audio are delighted to confirm that Gamut is now part of the Dantax group of companies, joining fellow Danish high-end audio brands Raidho and Scansonic.
Gamut’s CEO and chief designer Benno Baun Meldgaard said, “This is excellent news for Gamut. To be an integral part of a wider ‘family’ of companies, all of which are wholeheartedly committed to high-end audio, gives Gamut a strong and stable foundation from which to move forward and build on our success to date.”
In 2017 Exposure Electronics launched the ‘XM’ series of hi-fi components, cleverly packing an impressive complement of high-end features into a compact and affordable design. Now, the XM3 phonostage, XM5 integrated amp, XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power amps are joined by the new XM HP headphone amplifier.
In 2016, Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with two bang-up-to-date ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier classic integrated amplifiers, the Puccini and the Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing on key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features.
Launched in 2017, Furutech’s new NCF Booster is a performance-enhancing cable and connector holder. Initially it seemed a tad slow coming to worldwide distribution – because rave reviews in the Japanese press meant that initial production runs sold out to industry insiders before even making it into shops! Fortunately, the company soon increased production and now the NCF Booster is available worldwide and gathering awards.
Launched in 2017, Furutech’s Destat III effectively eliminates dust and static not only from vinyl records but also digital media and audio and video components. Hi-Fi Choice puts it to the test in the magazine’s first issue of 2018.
Here’s a new year brain teaser: what was first attempted in Austria, shortly thereafter taken up in Germany and is now being hotly pursued by a Greek? The answer (of course, given the above title) is the development of a brand new reel-to-reel tape deck. And whoever gets there first will have quite the world exclusive to their credit – even if just briefly, given the others at their heels…
Continue reading Will 2018 be the year of reel-to-reel, as Metaxas & Sins announces the creation of new ‘GQT’ Portable Analogue Tape Recorder, and the Ballfinger M-063 comes to market?
Launched in 2017, British brand Exposure’s XM series of amplifiers is cleverly designed to pack a raft of high-performance features into a compact half-width design. Hi-Fi World’s Martin Pipe puts the XM5 integrated amp to the test – and awards it the full five stars.