“What is the best amplifier in the world – and does such a thing even exist?” asks What Hi-Fi. Well, much depends on your definition of ‘best’. “But if sonic honesty and engineering integrity are anywhere near the top of your priorities,” says the magazine, “we think this Ayre pre/power pairing is in with a strong shout.”
In 2016 Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with a handful of brand new ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier classic amplifiers. Then, in 2018, the brand launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Third in the line, following the AAcento amplifier and AAphono, is the new AAdac.
Audio Analogue’s hefty yet stripped-down audiophile amplifier may not be for everyone, but it is definitely “an amplifier worth hearing,” says Hi-Fi World’s editor Noel Keywood. Continue reading “Gloriously open sound”: Hi-Fi World reviews Audio Analogue’s Puccini Anniversary amplifier
To mark its twentieth anniversary, Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue took a fresh look at several of its most noteworthy amplifiers, redesigning them from the ground up to create a new flagship range. The range kicked off with the Puccini and Maestro integrated models, which were then joined by the new Bellini preamplifier and Donizetti power amplifier. Hi-Fi News has been enjoying the latter pairing.
Raidho often features on audiophiles’ wish lists, and for good reason. The Danish company crafts loudspeakers for discerning music lovers who seek superlative sound, world-leading technological innovation and striking visual design. At the top end of Raidho’s range is the new TD Series, which has just arrived in the UK.
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…
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.
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.
Colorado-based Ayre Acoustics’ QB-9 DAC has been one of the company’s most successful ever products. Ayre are now releasing a brand new update bringing the QB-9 right back to the cutting edge of audio technology.
German brand Dual was once the biggest turntable manufacturer in Europe and its name was on most music-lovers’ lips throughout the vinyl heydays of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. If you wanted a really good record player that was easy to use and highly affordable, then Dual was on your list. What Hi-Fi? has just reviewed the fourth generation of one of the brand’s classic 1980s decks. Continue reading What Hi-Fi? magazine comes over all nostalgic for Dual’s CS 505-4 deck