Four years ago, Japanese company DS Audio broke new ground with the world’s only optical phono cartridge, borrowing technology developed and honed in various scientific, industrial and medical applications. The company’s debut model, the DS-001, was only released in its native Japan but the overwhelming response it received soon led to a second model, the DS-W1, and to worldwide distribution. Since then, the range has grown with the addition of the flagship DS Master 1 and entry-level DS-002 models.
The new DS-W2 is a direct replacement for the DS-W1 which will now be phased out. It offers significant design enhancements over its predecessor. The DS-W2 now occupies the middle position in the company’s range of optical phono cartridges, delivering improved performance over the entry level DS-002 and incorporating an appealing amount of trickle-down technology from the flagship Master 1.
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Earlier this year ‘The Wand’ tonearm made its debut at Sound & Vision: The Bristol Show thanks to a new distribution agreement with County Durham-based Decent Audio. Now, it is available from selected UK dealers for the first time.
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British hi-fi brand Exposure’s new top-of-range 5010 series features a preamplifier and a pair of mono power amplifiers and builds on the brand’s previous flagship, the highly-regarded MCX series.
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When is a flagship product not a flagship product (at least not in conventional terms)? When you redefine those terms, which is what Danish loudspeaker legend Raidho has done with its latest duo of masterpieces, the X-5 and XT-5 floorstanding loudspeakers. Following their world premiere at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last autumn, both models are now arriving on UK shores.
Continue reading Two looks, two technologies, two top speakers… exploring Raidho’s ‘flagship with a difference’: the X-5 & XT-5
Californian brand Aesthetix’ Saturn Series of hi-fi components has, since its first incarnation more than a decade ago, steadily earned a worldwide audiophile fan base and a healthy collection of accolades and awards. Now the Series’ performance has risen to new heights thanks to a range of impressive enhancements in the form of the Saturn Eclipse edition, which has just arrived on UK shores.
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Following the considerable success of Furutech’s remarkable accessory, the NCF Booster, the company has introduced a second companion edition, the new NCF Booster-Signal. Prepare to be surprised at the clear and positive difference that this innovative duo can make to your system’s performance.
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From Serbia to the UK via Devon-based Timestep comes one very interesting turntable indeed. Mathematically inspired it may be, but the Kubrick DCX’s performance is full of heart and soul. Available individually or partnered with Timestep’s excellent T-09 high mass tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.
Continue reading A match made in Devon: Timestep brings the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable to the UK and adds the Timestep T-09 tonearm & T-01HS headshell
How many times have you read a glowing review of a high quality, low compliance phono cartridge, only to find yourself bumping up against a ‘but…’. The ‘but’ in question being the caveat that, in order to enjoy the cartridge’s full performance potential, you’ll need a high mass tonearm. Yet for some decades the majority of tonearms on the market have typically been of the low-to-medium mass variety. What to do? UK audio brand Timestep has the solution.
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Japanese optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio has just launched its first audio accessory, the ST-50 stylus cleaner. Elegant in appearance, easy to use and designed to last a lifetime, it delivers flawless cleaning to even the most delicate of styli.
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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 Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Second in the line, following the AAcento amplifier, is the new AAphono.
Continue reading Audio Analogue adds to its new ‘PureAA’ line with the AAphono phono stage