Category Archives: Decent Audio

Be my baby: Hi-Fi Choice reviewer David Price falls in love with Raidho’s compact XT-1 standmount loudspeaker

Danish brand Raidho is world-renowned for its high-end, flagship loudspeakers. But what you may not realize is just how well the company also does compact and bijou. David Price checks out the entry-level end of the range, in the form of the diminuitive XT-1 standmount model. Continue reading Be my baby: Hi-Fi Choice reviewer David Price falls in love with Raidho’s compact XT-1 standmount loudspeaker

Audio Analogue kicks off new ‘PureAA’ line with the AAcento integrated amplifier

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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 the Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing on key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features.

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“Almost irresistible”: Magnepan .7 loudspeaker is a Hi-Fi Plus 2017 Award winner

What do you do if you hanker after Magnepan’s soaring (and multi award-winning) flat-panel loudspeakers but you don’t have the largest of listening rooms or budgets? “We’re on it”, said Magnepan, and promptly created the .7 (‘point seven’), a scaled down version of the brand’s acclaimed 1.7 model, and now a Hi-Fi Plus 2017 Award winner.
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Transfiguration Proteus wins Hi-Fi Plus’ 2017 Award for best phono cartridge

The range of Transfiguration phono cartridges from Japanese Immutable Music is a deliberately limited one, focusing on just three exquisitely innovative models. But there seems to be no limit to the number of awards they’re notching up…

Positive Feedback’s Writers’ Choice Award 2015, Hi-Fi World Product of the Year 2016, The Absolute Sound Editors Choice Award 2017… Transfiguration’s flagship Proteus just keeps on impressing reviewers around the globe. And now it’s the proud winner of the 2017 Hi-Fi Plus Award for the top phono cartridge.
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“What I’d recommend to a friend”: The Audio Beat reviews Scansonic’s MB-1 loudspeaker

Danish Scansonic shares a parent company, Dantax, with the highly covetable loudspeaker brand Raidho and the relationship between the two goes more than skin deep: Scansonic’s flagship HD range is created by Raidho’s design team, promising a raft of ‘Raidho DNA’ but at a considerably more affordable price. The Audio Beat’s Roy Gregory explores how much of that original DNA can be found in the MB-1 standmount model and asks the question, would I recommend it to a friend?
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“Wonderfully eloquent”: Hi-Fi Critic reviews Audio Analogue’s Puccini Anniversary integrated amp

“Inside and out, there is no doubting the quality of construction of the Puccini Anniversary,” writes reviewer Chris Frankland in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Critic. Launched in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Italian brand Audio Analogue, the Puccini Anniversary is named not after the great composer Giacomo Puccini, but after the product’s designer, Andrea Puccini. But will this zero feedback integrated amplifier be music to Frankland’s ears?

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“Truly excellent”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Riva’s Arena wireless loudspeaker

Riva’s WAND (Wireless Audio Network Design) series of multi-room wireless speakers gives you best-in-class audio with the freedom and flexibility to easily listen to anything you want, however you want and anywhere you want. Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom runs the Arena model past a discerning pair of audiophile ears in the magazine’s September issue.
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D is for diamond: Transfiguration creates special limited ‘D’ edition of flagship Proteus phono cartridge

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Hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka, Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges have been hailed as being among the world’s most musically honest. This is no accident, since their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most minute, natural musical detail from a record’s groove and second, to get out of the way. So when it’s said that a Transfiguration cartridge ‘lacks character’, it’s a compliment. Says Yoshioka, “The best audio components are those that simply don’t seem to exist – so good that they add nothing, subtract nothing.”

It’s precisely this quest for ever-more natural musical detail that led Yoshioka to develop a very special, limited edition of Transfiguration’s flagship Proteus cartridge: the new Proteus D.

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“Well-rounded winner”: Nick Tate highly commends Sansonic’s MB-5 loudspeaker in Hi-Fi news

Always coveted the stunning sound of Danish loudspeaker legend Raidho, but lacked the requisite budget? Sister company Scansonic HD shares ‘DNA’ and a designer, Michael Borresen, with the prestigious brand. Nick Tate takes their attractively-priced £5,799 MB-5 for a test drive for Hi-Fi News.

“It’s a hard life being a £6,000 loudspeaker,” says Tate in the introduction to his review. “Competition is tough, both from more budget brands doing their cost-no-object flagships, and high-end marques making entry-level designs. In short, six grand speakers risk being run over from both sides of the road…” So how will the MB-5 hold up?
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