In the 2018 selection of Hi-Fi Plus’ outstanding products of the year, the shortlist for the category of ‘cost-no-object loudspeaker’ ultimately came down to just two models – both of them made by Danish brand Raidho. While there could only be one final winner, the company as a whole “is clearly doing something very right,” says the magazine’s team of expert reviewers.
Catch up with the latest news and reviews over at The Reel-to-Reel Rambler, in which David Denyer and fellow hi-fi journalists Ken Kessler and Neville Roberts delve into the world of open reel tape.
In recent posts, Ken Kessler digresses (in his inimitable style!) on cassettes, Neville Roberts flies to Venice to witness a live audiophile recording, and David Denyer checks out some new releases on tape and the latest developments with Metaxas & Sins’ new R2R deck….
We asked for it, we got it. Furutech’s top-of-range UK power connector is now available in a new silver-plated version.
Clearaudio’s ‘Matrix’ record cleaners have long been renowned for their gentle yet highly effective vacuum cleaning capabilities. Shhh… the new Smart Matrix Silent is the quietly elegant, and impressively user-friendly, successor to the brand’s earlier Smart Matrix Professional model.
In 2013, Japanese DS Audio unveiled the world’s only optical phono cartridge, the DS-W1. A series of even further advanced models soon followed, ranging from the flagship DS Master 1 to the (then) entry level DS 002, each attracting rave reviews from the worldwide audiophile press. Now, the new DS-E1 makes the superlative sound of the optical cartridge more accessible still, at half the price of the DS 002.
A year ago, Danish audio brand Gamut joined Raidho and Scansonic as part of the Dantax group of companies. Now, the high-performance product ranges of all three brands are benefitting from the resulting influx of collaborative design and engineering expertise.
In 2017 Exposure Electronics launched the ‘XM’ series of hi-fi components, cleverly packing an impressive complement of high-end features and performance into an astonishingly compact and affordable design. Since then, the series has picked up a raft of reviews and awards, and grown to include a phonostage, an integrated amplifier, a preamplifier, mono power amps and a headphone amp. ‘Any chance of a CD player too?’ asked customers. Absolutely!
Miyajima, the Japanese company best known for its stunningly crafted artisan phono cartridges, has created a beautifully simple yet highly effective little audio accessory for vinyl lovers – and it costs less than your average record!
AVForums, Europe’s number one home entertainment tech community, has announced its Editor’s Choice Awards for 2018, celebrating “the hi-fi products that really shone this year”. Picking up the Award for Best Hi-Fi Amplifier is Exposure Electronics’ XM5 integrated model. Quite an achievement, particularly when you consider this little amp’s compact, half-width size.
Each year, the expert team at Hi-Fi News brings us the magazine’s audio highlights of the previous 12 months – “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls throughout 2018.” In the bumper 108-page Yearbook issue, “the very best that hi-fi has to offer” includes source components from DS Audio, Soulines and Timestep, amplifiers by Exposure, loudspeakers from Raidho and Magnepan and cables by Furutech.