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Why Magnepan is considering a mini version of its flagship 30.7 loudspeaker

Magnepan’s flagship 30.7 loudspeaker is a giant in every sense of the term. It’s a four-way, four panel titan of a design that stands more than two metres tall, with a sound quality that has earned both ecstatic reviews and highly prestigious awards.

But since you need a BIG space for this loudspeaker, the 30.7 isn’t for everyone. Perhaps it should be though, says Magnepan…

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Ken Kessler’s pick of the pick-ups: the entire DS Audio range!

Hi-fi journalist Ken Kessler doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is – both in the positive and the negative. In the 2019 Hi-Fi News Yearbook he focuses on the former, looking back on “two of the greatest new products to ever enter my listening room.” High praise indeed!

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Cost-No-Object Loudspeaker of the Year: Magnepan 30.7 highly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

This December sees one of the largest ever issues of Hi-Fi Plus magazine, which is devoted to the magazine’s annual Awards. Our wider world may be in turbulent times, but “the level of innovation and intuitive design that has gone into recent audio products is hugely uplifting,” says editor Alan Sircom. So, while we may not all have access to ‘cost-no-object’ budgets, we can still rest assured that these categories of award-winning models are contributing to the advancement of hi-fi and hence the musical enjoyment of us all.

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Dan Clark Audio headphones doubly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

Every year, Hi-Fi Plus magazine picks out the best products its review team has seen over the previous 12 months. When it comes to headphones, not one but two from Dan Clark Audio are commended as being among the very best: one at the high-end and one high on value.  Continue reading Dan Clark Audio headphones doubly commended in Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019

Exposure’s XM CD player wows yet again, winning Hi-Fi Plus Awards’ ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’

It’s had rave reviews from Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi Plus and Hi-Fi News. Now, the latest addition to Exposure’s compact XM series earns yet another gong for this multi award-winning range: the XM CD player is ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’ in the Hi-Fi Plus Awards 2019.  Continue reading Exposure’s XM CD player wows yet again, winning Hi-Fi Plus Awards’ ‘Disc Player or Transport of the Year’

Hi-Fi Show Live 2019

Now in it’s seventh year, the unique high-end audio extravaganza that is Hi-Fi Show Live went from strength to strength this year, with its move to a spectacular new venue: the vast but elegant Ascot Grandstand. Exclusive product launches, packed workshops and a raft of superb sonic demonstrations were the name of the game this October.

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Aesthetix Mimas integrated amp and DS Audio’s DS-E1 optical phono cartridge in Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2019

Every issue, Hi-Fi News delivers in-depth reviews of high-end audio equipment. And every December, the magazine’s Yearbook showcases the best of the best products reviewed throughout the year. It’s the music enthusiast’s go-to guide for the world’s most outstanding hi-fi.

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“Light fantastic”… Hi-Fi Choice recommends Dan Clark Audio’s Ether 2 headphone

US-based Dan Clark Audio (formerly ‘Mr Speakers’) has updated its original planar magnetic Ether headphone to create the Ether 2. Neville Roberts puts the new model to the test in the December issue of Hi-Fi Choice magazine.

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“Making history”: Hi-Fi Choice thinks Exposure’s new XM CD shows there’s still plenty of life left in CD yet

While some in the audio industry seem convinced that the era of compact disc has well and truly had its day, David Price isn’t so sure. “It rather reminds me of 1988, when compact cassette knocked vinyl off the top spot for the first time,” he writes in Hi-Fi Choice. And we all know what became of vinyl, eh? Good job, then, that companies such as Exposure are still investing in CD.

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Reel-to-reel tape at Hi-Fi Show Live, how to make a master tape, the art of a making an awesome live recording and more

Catch up with the latest R2R news and reviews over at The Reel-to-Reel Rambler, where David Denyer and fellow hi-fi journalists Ken Kessler and Neville Roberts delve into the world of open reel tape.

And don’t forget that ‘the rambler’ will be at Hi-Fi Show Live  in Ascot on 26th & 27th October! Find out more here.

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