Back in May I wrote a blog post about room acoustics (cannily called ‘We need to talk about room acoustics‘). Long story short, the folks at GIK Acoustics had (some months prior) very kindly loaned me a bunch of acoustic panels to use in my Reel-to-Reel Rambler demo room at Hi-Fi Show Live. I was so impressed by them that, before returning them, I took them to my home listening / living room and had a bit of a play. The effect was so dramatic that I immediately realised I could never now live without them. However, the panels I had borrowed were very far from liveable with in my much more compact space, having been designed for a considerably larger one, and so I set out on a quest to find the perfect balance between sonic nirvana and home-friendliness.
Read all about phase II of the challenge, involving lots of shuffling and fine-tuning of a range of bass traps, on my Reel-to-Reel Rambler blog at: In pursuit of sonic nirvana: the GIK Acoustics experiment continues
US hi-fi brand Ayre Acoustics celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reworked version of a fully balanced integrated amplifier “that sent the preamp stage packing,” says David Price in the latest issue of Hi-Fi News. Continue reading “Another class act”: Hi-Fi News reviews Ayre’s AX-5 Twenty integrated amp
“Real budget esoterica is few and far between,” says audiophile, gifted violinist and hi-fi reviewer Rafael Todes. And US brand Magnepan’s quasi-ribbon LRS (‘Little Ribbon Speaker’) loudspeaker “properly fits the bill”. Continue reading “Blown away”: StereoNet reviews Magnepan’s ‘budget’ LRS loudspeaker
In July, Hi-Fi Plus published a glowing review of Computer Audio Design’s Ground Control Reference (GC-R) system grounding unit. In the August issue, its creator, Scott Berry, answers questions about the impact of high frequency noise on audio systems and why addressing it can make such an audible difference.
Continue reading Hi-Fi Plus: Computer Audio Design’s Scott Berry discusses the impact of high frequency noise on audio system performance
What do you do if you covet Magnepan’s soaring flat panel loudspeakers but don’t have the largest of listening rooms? “We hear you”, said the Minnesota-based brand, and created the .7 (‘point seven’), a scaled down version of its acclaimed 1.7 model. Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood thinks this is “easily the best loudspeaker available” at it price point and urges you to give it a listen. Continue reading “Extraordinary sound quality”: Hi-Fi World says the Magneplanar .7 “is a loudspeaker you should know about”
“Raidho tales its name from Norse mythology and the ‘journey of life’ and in the right system these TD2.2 floorstanders have every chance of completing your path to the ultimate hi-fi experience,” says Andrew Everard and Paul Miller in the July issue of Hi-Fi News.
Continue reading Hi-Fi News on the “tantalising drivers” of Raidho’s TD2.2 loudspeaker
Reviewer Roy Gregory isn’t known to mince his words, so if the claims of a hi-fi accessory are to be put to the test, you can count on him to tell the snake oil from the real deal. So how about Computer Audio Design’s GC-R system grounding unit? “I am saying that optimizing your grounding arrangements is fundamental to hearing what your system is capable of – and getting the benefit you’ve already paid for,” writes Gregory in the July issue of Hi-Fi Plus. “You should hear the GC-R in action. It’s musical benefits are kind of hard to ignore.” Continue reading “A huge step up”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Computer Audio Design’s GC-R system grounding unit
In the latest issue of What Hi-Fi, the magazine’s review team gives us the best of the best: “the pick of the kit that, while undeniably expensive, we yearn to own”. These are the products that have come through the magazine’s test rooms and “have simply blown us away.” Among them is “arguably the most transparent and honest amplifier we’ve ever tested.” Continue reading The best amplifier in the world? Ayre Acoustics’ KX-R Twenty & VX-R Twenty pre/power pairing is “in with a strong shout” says What Hi-Fi
Paul Rigby, editor of online website The Audiophile Man, has seen pretty much everything that the hi-fi world has to offer over the years. Can anything surprise him, then? Turns out it can. “A lot.”
Continue reading “Perfectly shocking”: The Audiophile Man reviews both the open and closed versions of Dan Clark Audio’s Aeon 2 headphones
Each month, Hi-Fi Choice magazine’s Buying Guide helps readers select the components they want to audition with its “pick of the best to pass through our respected reviewing process.” Continue reading New entry to Hi-Fi Choice pick of the best: Dan Clark Audio Aeon 2 headphone