Category Archives: Sound Fowndations

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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Can sonic bliss really be this effortless? US-based web magazine PartTimeAudiophile.com spends quality time with Furutech’s NCF Clear Line Power Supply Optimizer

Editor-in-Chief Marc Phillips has a plastic storage bin that’s filled with all the audio tweaks he’s tried and rejected over the years. “You know what’s not in that box? Anything from Furutech. Especially the Furutech NCF products, which I’ve been using happily for the last few years.” But is the new The NCF Clear Line “just too easy, too simple? Can sonic bliss really be this effortless?”

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Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio’s ‘next generation’ Grand Master model is now ready for shipping

PRESS RELEASE: In 2013, DS Audio unveiled the world’s only optical phono cartridge, which it has since followed with a small but impressive collection of further advanced models, all of which have met with rave reviews from the international audiophile press. Now, the new Grand Master design pushes the exceptional potential of optical technology for analogue sound quality even further and heralds, says DS Audio, “the third generation of optical cartridges”. Continue reading Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio’s ‘next generation’ Grand Master model is now ready for shipping

New from Furutech: NCF Clear Line AC power supply optimizer

PRESS RELEASE: Furutech’s new NCF Clear Line is an audio grade passive AC optimizer, small enough to hold in your hand, that instantly enhances the quality of your power supply. Simply plug it into any vacant mains socket on either a power distributor or wall outlet, then sit back and relish the improved performance of your audio and video systems.

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Aesthetix and Furutech demagnetisers in Hi-Fi Plus round-up of top vinyl accessories

In the second part of Hi-Fi Plus’ round-up of some of the latest and greatest products for vinyl enthusiasts to “preen, clean, set-up and adjust their LPs and turntables,” Andrew Harrison discovers the joy of an anti-magnetic spin thanks to these two handy gadgets.

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