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of the Year Awards are the US-based magazine’s the most exclusive and prestigious honours, paying tribute to the very best components of the previous year. The award-winners are an elite bunch, since only one or two products are selected each year in just a handful of product categories.
Continue reading Flagship Magnepan loudspeaker and phono cartridges from DS Audio & van den Hul are The Absolute Sound’s Products of the Year 2017
How many times have you read a glowing review of a high quality, low compliance phono cartridge, only to find yourself bumping up against a ‘but…’. The ‘but’ in question being the caveat that, in order to enjoy the cartridge’s full performance potential, you’ll need a high mass tonearm. Yet for some decades the majority of tonearms on the market have typically been of the low-to-medium mass variety. What to do? UK audio brand Timestep has the solution.
Continue reading New Timestep tonearm: the perfect partner for high quality, low compliance phono cartridges
Japanese optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio has just launched its first audio accessory, the ST-50 stylus cleaner. Elegant in appearance, easy to use and designed to last a lifetime, it delivers flawless cleaning to even the most delicate of styli.
Continue reading Optical cartridge pioneer DS Audio creates new ST-50 stylus cleaner
In 2016, Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with two bang-up-to-date ‘Anniversary’ editions of the company’s earlier classic integrated amplifiers, the Puccini and Maestro. Now, the Italian brand has launched its ‘PureAA’ line of products, drawing key ideas from the Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Second in the line, following the AAcento amplifier, is the new AAphono.
Continue reading Audio Analogue adds to its new ‘PureAA’ line with the AAphono phono stage
“Magnepans don’t look like typical box speakers and don’t sound like them either,” writes Chris Martens in the March issue of Hi-Fi Plus. He means it in a good way. A very good way, in fact, having long used the company’s speakers in his reference system. Here, he reviews the new flagship 30.7 four-panel dipolar loudspeaker system.
Continue reading “World-class, a landmark design”: Hi-Fi Plus reviews Magnepan’s new flagship 30.7 loudspeaker system
Danish Scansonic may be the sister company of the highly covetable Danish brand Raidho, but its impressively affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is winning over audiophiles and music lovers in its own right. Just added to the range is the new MK-5 stand-mount model.
Continue reading Scansonic adds to its astonishingly affordable range of high-performance loudspeakers with new MK-5 stand-mount
New from German analogue masters Clearaudio is the Tracer radial tonearm, taking the company’s family of radial and tangential arms to a tidy ten-strong.
Continue reading New Clearaudio Tracer tonearm marries stability and agility with elegant simplicity
“We are in a new era where hair-shirt-finished-and-styled hardware with five-figure price tags no longer cuts it,” says Ken Kessler in the March issue of Hi-Fi News. Fortunately, design-savvy hi-fi brand Metaxas & Sins places as much attention on styling as it does on superb sound. It’s in good company, notes Kessler, as he reviews the Macrophone standmount loudspeaker.
Continue reading Hi-Fi News highly commends Metaxas & Sins’ modular Macrophone standmount loudspeaker
This “Italian stallion” brings “more to the stable than just outright power,” says reviewer Chris Ward in the March issue of Hi-Fi Choice. Think emotional intelligence, artisan build quality and extremely good value for money – all of which adds up to “a highly addictive proposition.”
Continue reading “Powerful yet sweet”: Hi-Fi Choice recommends Audio Analogue’s new AAcento integrated amp
The link between speakers and amplifiers is one of the most critical in a system. Fortunately Japanese hi-fi cable and accessories expert Furutech knows a thing or two about achieving the purest possible signal transmission. “It’s all about the copper,” says Hi-Fi News editor Paul Miller, who puts the brand’s flagship speaker cable to the text in the magazine’s March issue.
Continue reading “Detail delivered with panache”: Furutech’s flagship NanoFlux speaker cable is Hi-Fi News Editor’s Choice