Category Archives: Sound Fowndations

Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio launches new ‘third generation’ DS003

PRESS RELEASE: In 2020 DS Audio launched its new flagship Grand Master phono cartridge, the first model in the company’s “third generation of optical cartridges”. Now, the brand new DS003 draws on innovations from the Grand Master to update the existing DS 002 model, extending ‘third generation’ technology to a more affordable price point.

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“A class act” from pro to home: Hi-Fi Critic reviews Kerr Acoustic’s K300 Mk3 loudspeaker

Kerr Acoustic’s Jes Kerr came from a background as a session musician and producer, so when he turned to loudspeaker design, his focus was initially on the professional studio market. However, Kerr has since turned his sights towards home audio and on bringing professional-quality hi-fi to the music-loving listener. Reviewer Chris Frankland likes what he’s hearing.

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‘Pro and Home Audio: Bridging the Gap’: Stranger High Fidelity & Sound Fowndations to stage a very special UK event, 14 & 15 August 2021

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Stranger High Fidelity, the exciting bespoke hi-fi retail service launched in 2020 by Cameron Jenkins of independent record label Stranger Records, is collaborating with specialist high-end audio distributor Sound Fowndations to stage an exclusive event at the iconic Real World Studios this August.

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Clearaudio Concept deck in T3 magazine’s Top 10 ‘Best Tech’ for home entertainment

“No matter who you are, where you are, what you do or how you do it, here are a stack of ideas on how tech can make it better,” says gadget and technology magazine T3. In its May issue, T3 offers Top 10 recommendations for ‘Best Tech’ in home entertainment, home office, fitness, gardens, the smart home, getting around and pastimes and passions. Clearaudio’s Concept turntable package features high on the home entertainment list.

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Ultra convenience meets sonic elegance: What Hi-Fi? reviews the Clearaudio Concept Active MM turntable

“The Concept Active MM is a pretty unusual concept: turntables with these features aren’t two-a-penny in the affordable market, but they are even rarer at this more expensive end,” says What Hi-Fi? magazine in its recent review. But “if any high-end turntable can do that convincingly, it is likely to be one derived from a five-star, former What Hi-Fi? Award-winning model.”

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“Real sonic improvements”: Hi-Fi Choice recommends Furutech’s NCF Booster-Signal-L cable and connector holders

Since their first appearance in 2017, Furutech’s NCF Booster series of cable and connector holders have been both award-winners and best-sellars, thanks to the marked and utterly consistent difference they can make to the performance of an audio system. Hi-Fi Choice gives a five-star verdict. Continue reading “Real sonic improvements”: Hi-Fi Choice recommends Furutech’s NCF Booster-Signal-L cable and connector holders

Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio releases details of its own technology to other manufacturers

PRESS RELEASE: Since 2013, DS Audio has been pioneering the world’s only optical phono cartridges which have earned rave reviews from the international audiophile press. Now, the company is blazing another unusual trail, by releasing details of its unique technology so that others can join the optical audio market.

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Hi-Fi of the Year: Clearaudio’s Concept Active deck and Dan Clark’s Aeon 2 headphone among Hi-Fi Choice magazine’s pick of 2020

“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.

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“This may be the best cartridge I’ve ever heard”: Ken Kessler reviews DS Audio’s new flagship Grand Master optical pickup for Hi-Fi News

The Grand Master optical cartridge is not only DS Audio’s new flagship, but its completely new design also sees in the company’s ‘third generation’ of what is proving to be a peerless approach to phono cartridge engineering. Ken Kessler finds his music delivered “with such conviction that I was getting too emotional to be critical.”

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