It’s a common conundrum. You covet the superior sound of a high-end audio system, but you’d rather not have to take out a second mortgage to fund it. Thankfully, you don’t have to, as there are plenty of superb-sounding hi-fi components that won’t break the bank.
Bewildered by the choices on offer? Fortunately help is on hand with The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide To Affordable Audio 2016, created to help maximize your purchasing power and your hi-fi system enjoyment.
Continue reading Clearaudio, Exposure and Magnepan among The Absolute Sound’s 40 greatest bargains in high-end audio
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.
Continue reading Gamut, Raidho & Magnepan in The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Loudspeakers 2016
High-end hi-fi distributor Decent Audio is delighted to announce a new exclusive UK distribution agreement with renowned Danish loudspeaker brand Raidho. On 29th-30th October a selection of Raidho’s stunningly ambitious speakers will make their UK debut at this year’s Hi-Fi Show Live in Windsor. Come along and find out what’s behind the brand’s reputation as a true revolutionary.
Continue reading Danish loudspeaker revolutionary Raidho to make Hi-Fi Show Live debut thanks to new UK distribution agreement with Decent Audio
Japan-based Immutable Music has long been renowned for its small but outstandingly formed range of Transfiguration phono cartridges, whose revolutionary design completely restructures the conventional moving coil (MC) concept. Now, the range is undergoing a number of enticing enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, the Proteus.
Continue reading Newly-enhanced Transfiguration Proteus phono cartridge arrives in UK
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.
Continue reading Audio Analogue Puccini Anniversary amplifier still in celebratory mood with latest reviews from Gramophone and What Hi-Fi?
“There’s something almost personal about the MC-ONE Special in terms of its packaging and how its presented,” begins Paul Rigby in his review of van den Hul’s new enhanced edition of their earlier MC-ONE model. “Opening its gold-embossed wooden box container, you will find a hand-written specification list from Arjon van den Hul, who built it, under the lid: I felt like a kid receiving a secret message.”
Continue reading “The one I want”: Paul Rigby reviews the van den Hul MC-ONE Special cartridge for Hi-Fi World
Undeniably big yet unquestionably beautiful, the latest pair of planar magnetic loudspeakers from Minnesota-based Magnepan stand over 6.5 feet tall and are 29 inches wide. But being flat panels, they’re also cannily thin at just 2.5 inches deep.
Unlike several other flat panel speakers, ‘Maggies’ (as they’re known to devotees) are not electrostatic but ribbon loudspeakers, in which a light mylar film carries ribbon electrical conductors set between magnets. No need to plug them into the mains then.
So how do they sound?
Continue reading “Truly mag-nificent.” Hi-Fi World’s Jon Myles & Rafael Todes are seriously impressed by the new Magneplanar 20.7
“Portable Bluetooth loudspeakers can be something of a mixed bag,” says Jon Myles, writing in the June 2016 issue of Hi-Fi World. “There’s a delicate balance to be achieved – light and small enough to be carried around, yet sufficiently sturdy in their construction and driver arrangement to make them a rewarding listen.”
The Riva S aims to address both of those challenges head-on. Light and petite out the outside, on the inside it packs seven drivers – three active, firing right, left and forwards, plus four passive bass radiators. It’s an unusual arrangement, designed to deliver a bigger soundstage than might otherwise be expected from its bijou dimensions.
“Yes, it’s compact,” agrees Myles, “but the little Riva S is also rather potent.”
Continue reading Riva S Bluetooth loudspeaker: “another winner” & “one of the best” say Hi-Fi Plus & Hi-Fi World
Described as “the world’s most musically natural phono cartridges,” Japanese Transfiguration have had all three of the models in their small but stunningly crafted range put to the test by reviewer Paul Rigby, aka The Audiophile Man.
Both the top-of-range Proteus and mid-range Phoenix S scored a ‘Groovy’ award, while the lower-priced Axia S earned a ‘Deeply Groovy’.
“In ultimate terms, of course, the company’s Phoenix and Proteus cartridges offer superior sound quality for obvious budget and design reasons but, somehow, with the Axia S, the company has succeeded in hitting a perfect price point/performance blend. Incredibly, then, I see the Axia S as the best Transfiguration cartridge in the range and one of the best designs in its price range currently for sale on the market,” concludes Rigby.
Read The Audiophile Man’s full reviews of the Transfiguration Proteus, Phoenix S and Axia S.
Find out more about Transfiguration cartridges, including details of stockists, from UK distributor Decent Audio.
Transfiguration Proteus MC cartridge
Transfiguration Phoenix S
Transfiguration Axia S
Danish Scansonic may be the sister brand of highly covetable Raidho, but its fabulously affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is starting to make waves in its own right. Now, it enters the Bluetooth arena with the new wireless active M BTL-series.
Continue reading Scansonic M BTL-series loudspeakers: Raidho-inspired, wireless and active – the ‘next gen’ of hi-fi