“The Gamut Lobster Chair is billed as ‘the world’s first audiophile chair’. I will respectfully defer — ‘firsts’ don’t really matter to me as much as ‘awesomeness’, and this chair is awesome,” writes Scot Hull of US-based e-zine, Part-Time Audiophile.
The Absolute Sound (TAS) has just published its brand new and biggest ever Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers. The 2016 edition covers all types of speakers, from floorstanders, stand-mounts and desktops to planars and horns, across a range of price brackets.
The magazine’s review team has mulled over the world’s top models and picked out a select few to provide audiophiles with an easy-to-navigate PDF guide, available as a free download.
Clearaudio recently extended their renowned Innovation range of turntables with a new model, the Innovation Basic. While it’s actually anything but ‘basic’, the price is very competitive and brings the Innovation range within reach of a greater number of music lovers.
Adam Smith puts the Innovation Basic to the test in his review for the October 2016 issue of Hi-Fi News.
Continue reading ‘Unreservedly recommended’: Hi-Fi News reviews Clearaudio’s new Innovation Basic turntable
Right now is a terrific time to be a music lover and audiophile, given the almost endless choices of wired and wireless options on which to spin your favourite tunes. Then again, those endless choices can be a tad bewildering, with traditional stacks of black boxes at one end of the spectrum and the tiniest of portable devices at the other.
“The trick is to find a happy medium,” advises Hi-Fi Choice. “For true music fans where sound quality is everything, there’s only one way to go.” The integrated amplifier.
For the magazine’s September 2016 issue, the team gathered up a host of integrateds across a range of prices and came up with five models that should be on your audition list if audio nirvana is your goal.
Among them is British brand Exposure Electronics’ 3010S2-D, a Hi-Fi Choice Editors’ Choice model with “A fast, powerful sound that’s highly involving yet tonally smooth and impressively neutral.”
Read the full feature in the September 2016 issue of Hi-Fi Choice
Find out more about Exposure Electronics at www.exposurehifi.com
If you’re in the market for one heck of a pair of high-performance loudspeakers but feel daunted by the array of choices on offer, check out the latest issue of The Absolute Sound. The October 2016 edition of the US audiophile magazine includes in-depth reviews of six ‘super speakers’, including the Gamut RS3i – the little guy with the surprisingly big soundstage.
“We endeavour to include a wide selection of hi-fi equipment in Hi-Fi Choice, ranging from so-called entry-level systems right up to those exotic items that most of us can only drool over,” begins Neville Roberts in the magazine’s October 2016 issue.
While both the entry level and the middle ground of the hi-fi spectrum are well catered for, at the top end there sits a sparse range of audio elite “where price tags can often approach that of a small house”. Affordable only to a tiny minority, “do they really have
a place in today’s audio lineup?” asks Roberts. It’s a good question and one that he pondered in depth at the recent UK launch of Clearaudio’s Statement v2 turntable – claimed to be one of the world’s finest – hosted by Dorset retailer Stone Audio.
Continue reading Is ultra high-end audio worth the expense? Absolutely, says Hi-Fi Choice’s Neville Roberts, after an encounter with the Clearaudio Statement v2 turntable
Blue Horizon, Hampshire-based creators of audio accessories, have just launched their newly redesigned website.
The site showcases the brand’s expanding range of nifty solutions to acknowledged problems, all designed to enhance the performance of your hi-fi system.
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Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue recently marked its 20 years in business with a new ‘Anniversary’ edition of its very first product, the Puccini amplifier. Having earned a ‘Highly Commended’ badge from Hi-Fi News (in the June 2016 issue), the amp’s celebrations continue with further reviews from Gramophone and What Hi-Fi magazines.
“Power cables can be something of a conundrum,” admits Jon Myles in the September issue of Hi-Fi World. “There’s no doubt replacing the stock lead supplied with your CD player, amplifier, pre-amp or tuner with a specialised model can make a difference to sound quality. But at the top end prices can seem prohibitively expensive compared to the benefits.”
Enter IsoTek’s new EVO3 Initium which, at just £65 for a 1.5 metre length, promises to deliver a cost-effective upgrade to your system.
Devon-based Timestep is well-known for its intelligent (and fully sanctioned) modifications of various iconic Technics turntables. Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood takes the company’s latest deck, an upgraded edition of Technics’ new SL-1200 GAE, for a spin.