Furutech adds to best-selling NCF Booster range with new NCF Booster-Signal

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Following the considerable success of Furutech’s remarkable accessory, the NCF Booster, the company has introduced a second companion edition, the new NCF Booster-Signal. Prepare to be surprised at the clear and positive difference that this innovative duo can make to your system’s performance.

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A match made in Devon: Timestep brings the Soulines Kubrick DCX turntable to the UK and adds the Timestep T-09 tonearm & T-01HS headshell

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From Serbia to the UK via Devon-based Timestep comes one very interesting turntable indeed. Mathematically inspired it may be, but the Kubrick DCX’s performance is full of heart and soul. Available individually or partnered with Timestep’s excellent T-09 high mass tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.

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At the cutting edge: a day in the studio with Chasing The Dragon’s Mike Valentine

As work days go, this one was surely right up there in the top ranks. Earlier this week I had the enormous good fortune to spend a day in the studio with Mike Valentine, owner and producer of the audiophile record label Chasing The Dragon.

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“A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander

While most loudspeaker designers favour the classic dome tweeter, the world-renowned Danish brand Raidho was pretty much founded on its famous pseudo-ribbon tweeter. The performance of this new invention was spectacular but initially posed a challenge: it was too far ahead of the game and so responsive and dynamic that integration with conventional dynamic midrange and mass drivers proved tricky. So Raidho re-invented those too. In the brand’s D series, the re-invention takes a further leap forward with the addition of pure diamond. Continue reading “A seriously special speaker”: Hi-Fi News spends some quality time with Raidho’s D-2.1 floorstander

High End highlights: some hot happenings to check out at the Munich Show this weekend

It’s that time of year again folks… when hi-fi’s greatest hitters from around the globe flock to the world’s largest audio exhibition. Yes music lovers, High End Munich 2018 is almost upon us. So, just before I get packing, here are some of the highlights I’ll be heading for.

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“Less can be so much more”: David Price reviews Exposure’s compact XM HP headphone amp in Hi-Fi News and Hi-Fi Choice

The fifth in Exposure’s XM series of compact, half-width components, the XM HP is “extremely versatile” and offers “more than its official designation as a headphone amplifier would suggest,” says David Price, who awards it a duo of badges – ‘highly commended’ and ‘recommended’.
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“The whole musical truth”: Metaxas & Sins will launch brand new open reel tape recorder at 2018 Munich High End Show

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You’ve no doubt heard the rumours. You may have read a few teasers. Perhaps you wondered whether it would actually happen. It’s happening. In May 2018, high-end audio brand Metaxas & Sins will launch one of the world’s first modern day open reel tape recorders. If you’re familiar with the unique work of creator Kostas Metaxas, you’ll know to expect something extremely special indeed, where superlatively authentic sound meets breathtaking design.

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Flagship Magnepan loudspeaker and phono cartridges from DS Audio & van den Hul are The Absolute Sound’s Products of the Year 2017

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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.
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New Timestep tonearm: the perfect partner for high quality, low compliance phono cartridges

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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.

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