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Acrobatics, master tapes, prog rockers and threats of remortgaging the house: UK launch of Gamut’s flagship Zodiac loudspeaker was not to be missed!

And yet it was very nearly missed by ‘Mr Gamut’ himself. CEO and chief designer Benno Baun Meldgaard took a tumble down a flight of stairs just a few days before the event and, confined to bed rest, was unable to travel from Denmark to Dorset.

But as the saying goes, you can’t keep a good man down and so, undeterred by his unfortunate acrobatics, Meldgaard was adamant that he’d be there at least in spirit if not in body. Cue live video link…

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“A whole world of nuance and harmonics”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Raidho’s D-1.1 standmount loudspeaker

The D-1.1 is the flagship of Swedish loudspeaker brand Raidho’s “small, supremely endowed” standmount range and the latest version of what originally began life as the D1. Chris Thomas puts it to the test in the March issue of Hi-Fi Plus.

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“Magnificent control”: Hi-Fi News reviews Audio Analogue’s Maestro Anniversary integrated amplifier

“When you have something to celebrate, it’s worth doing it in style,” writes James Parker in the May issue of Hi-Fi News, referring to Italian amplifier specialist Audio Analogue’s two ‘Anniversary’ models to mark the brand’s two decades in the business.

Having previously been impressed by the Puccini Anniversary, the magazine’s review team now turns its attention to the Maestro Anniversary. At “twice the size and double the power” of the Puccini, will the Maestro be “doubly entertaining?”
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Hi-Fi Choice Recommended: Clearaudio’s new TT5 entry-level tangential tracking tonearm

When buying consumer goods from clothes to cars, “rarely do you find the right tool for the job and when you do, you pay for it dearly,” says David Price in the May issue of Hi-Fi Choice. The world of hi-fi is no exception, with one “glaringly obvious issue” being the disparity between the way a vinyl record is pressed and the manner in which it’s played back. “Conventional arms let the stylus be dragged radially across the record as it follows the groove, but why not do it the same way as the original disc was cut?”

Enter the tangential (or parallel) tracking tonearm. Clearaudio have been making them for several decades, but they don’t tend to come cheap. So what will Price make of their latest model, the new entry-level TT5?
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“So much to like”: Raidho’s XT-1 standmount loudspeaker is a Hi-Fi News Editor’s Choice

Raidho’s X-series of loudspeakers speakers have been joined by the new XT-series, featuring enhanced titanium-covered drivers. The new XT-1 is the series’ entry-level mini-monitor. Nick Tate takes it for a spin in the April issue of Hi-Fi News.
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“Glorious reflections”: Hi-Fi Choice reviews the ‘real-world approach’ of the Larsen 8 loudspeaker

“Most speakers are tuned for ideal acoustic conditions,” notes Chris Ward in the April Issue of Hi-Fi Choice. But in reality very few of us live in a home that offers such conditions – which is why Swedish brand Larsen takes a decidedly different approach to loudspeaker design. Ward puts the top-of-range Larsen 8 though its paces.  Continue reading “Glorious reflections”: Hi-Fi Choice reviews the ‘real-world approach’ of the Larsen 8 loudspeaker

Hi-fi accessories from Aesthetix, Clearaudio, Furutech, IsoTek & Kate Koeppel all winners in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards 2017

The last of four posts showcasing highlights from US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound’s prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017, this time featuring those all-important hi-fi accessories.

From cables and connectors to racks and record cleaning machines, Editor-in-Chief Robert Harley and his team ‘rack up’ their top product recommendations from across the world of audio. Whatever your need or problem, there’s an award-winning accessory that can sort it out.

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Clearaudio, Kronos & Transfiguration among top ‘tables & cartridges in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards 2017

Further highlights from US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound’s prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017, this time focusing on all things vinyl-grooving. From turntables to cartridges, Editor-in-Chief Robert Harley and his team of expert reviewers offer their top product recommendations from across the world of hi-fi.
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The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards feature electronics from Aesthetix, Exposure, Gamut, Clearaudio & Musical Surroundings

More highlights from US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound’s prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017, this time focusing on electronics.

From phonostages to power amps and DACs to disc players, Editor-in-Chief Robert Harley and his team of expert reviewers offer their top product recommendations from across the world of hi-fi.

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Magnepan, Raidho, Gamut, Larsen & Riva loudspeakers collect multiple Editors’ Choice Awards from The Absolute Sound

US-based hi-fi magazine The Absolute Sound has just published its prestigious Editors’ Choice Awards for 2017.

Editor-in-Chief Robert Harley and his team of expert audiophile reviewers offer their top product recommendations from across the world of all things audio, along with mini-reviews of each award-winning product. First up, loudspeakers….
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