In the world of high performance hi-fi with high budgets to match, you might assume that an asking price of £125 wouldn’t buy you much. Think again, says Hi-Fi World, having just discovered the “hidden charms” of Topping Audio’s entry-level headphone amp.
Dan Clark Audio’s “sporty-looking” entry-level Aeon 2 planar magnetic headphone is available in both open-backed and closed-back versions. Hi-Fi World’s Martin Pipe takes the former for a test drive and finds it as “fast as the sports car its lines were inspired by”.
£115 for a compact multi-input DAC? Hi-Fi World’s Chris Frankland was curious: what was under the bonnet and could it live up to its ‘hot hatch’ moniker?
PRESS RELEASE: Dan Clark Audio’s flagship Ether 2 headphone is known for feeling as good as it sounds – and now, it does three times more so.
“Call it what you will – the very best of the best, the cream of the crop, top of the list, head of the heap, king of the hill,” says Hi-Fi Choice editor Steve Sutherland. Either way, the magazine’s Yearbook is packed with ideas for either tweaking your system or seeking a whole new change of direction – or simply fantasising about ideal setups.
PRESS RELEASE: Previously imported by Air Audio for the UK market, MS HD Power has now signed an agreement to transfer distribution to Electromod.
“Now, more than ever, is a time to celebrate all that brings us joy,” says Hi-Fi News editor Paul Miller in his introduction to the magazine’s annual Yearbook. This may have been the global annus horribilis of them all, but still, there has been “hardware to inspire our senses and music to sustain our souls”.
At just £85, can Topping Audio’s “very compact” DAC deliver the sonic goods? Absolutely, says Hi-Fi Choice – and with added flexibility to boot.
PRESS RELEASE: What Took You So Long? sang indie rock band The Courteeners in their third chart single, released in 1998. If you’ve been wondering the same about Topping Audio, then wonder no more. Topping’s famously affordable hi-fi has finally arrived in the UK market, thanks to a new partnership with Buckinghamshire-based retailer Electromod.
Paul Rigby, editor of online website The Audiophile Man, has seen pretty much everything that the hi-fi world has to offer over the years. Can anything surprise him, then? Turns out it can. “A lot.”