Category Archives: Decent Audio

New ‘all-valve’ sister brand of Audio Analogue launches Pegaso P50A integrated amplifier

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New Italian audio brand Pegaso may be just a year old, but already it comes with decades of design expertise and a wealth of hi-fi know-how, thanks to the company’s family tree. What’s more, it plans to specialize, focusing purely on valve-based electronics. First ‘out of the stable’ is the P50A integrated amplifier.

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New EX-8 integrated ‘hub’ amplifier from Ayre Acoustics

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Earlier this year, Colorado-based Ayre Acoustics previewed its new ‘8 series’ of hi-fi components at the Munich High-End Show and the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Now, the first product in the series, the EX-8 integrated ‘hub’ amplifier, arrives on the market and comes to the UK via a new distribution agreement with Decent Audio.

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van den Hul’s new top phono cartridge: the Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius

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As one of the world’s most prolific cartridge designers, A.J. van den Hul never stops inventing and re-inventing. And, since he is also one of the most renowned, a new edition of van den Hul’s top-of-range model is a noteworthy event. Enter the new Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius.

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“Remarkable”: Hi-Fi Plus revisits Magnepan’s flagship 30.7 to report on a valuable design update

Earlier this year Chris Martens published a favourable preview of Magnepan’s new top-of-range loudspeaker in Hi-Fi Plus (issue 157). Now, as the 30.7 nears full production, he revisits the flagship ‘Maggie’ in view of an important change to this “remarkable design achievement”.

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The new Alexa-enabled Riva Voice Series: Hi-Fi Plus gets an exclusive preview of the next generation of smart speakers

Riva Audio’s new Voice Series was just launched at IFS in Berlin and will come to market soon. Pairing Alexa’s brains and voice control with RIVA’s premium award-winning audio, its aim is “to bring you the next generation of smart speakers”. Following an exclusive preview of the ‘Concert’ model in late beta form, Hi-Fi Plus is excited by the series’ potential.

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“The only speaker system you’ll ever need”: Hi-Fi Choice is bowled over by Eclipse’s TD510ZMk2 loudspeaker with matching TD520SW subwoofer

The Eclipse way of looking at things says that “modern hi-fi has gone wrong” and that the key to preserving the heart and soul of music is a technical one, rooted in the ability to recreate an impulse signal as accurately as possible. Multiple moving-coil drivers just can’t cut the mustard, it contends, which is why it favours a single driver design. David Vivian sizes up its latest duo of offerings for Hi-Fi Choice magazine and is seriously impressed.  Continue reading “The only speaker system you’ll ever need”: Hi-Fi Choice is bowled over by Eclipse’s TD510ZMk2 loudspeaker with matching TD520SW subwoofer

Two looks, two technologies, two top speakers… exploring Raidho’s ‘flagship with a difference’: the X-5 & XT-5

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When is a flagship product not a flagship product (at least not in conventional terms)? When you redefine those terms, which is what Danish loudspeaker legend Raidho has done with its latest duo of masterpieces, the X-5 and XT-5 floorstanding loudspeakers. Following their world premiere at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last autumn, both models are now arriving on UK shores.

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“A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander

While most loudspeaker designers favour the classic dome tweeter, the world-renowned Danish brand Raidho was pretty much founded on its famous pseudo-ribbon tweeter. The performance of this new invention was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. So Raidho re-invented those too. In the brand’s D series, the re-invention takes a further leap forward with the addition of pure diamond. Continue reading “A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander