For Exposure’s compact XM series of hi-fi components, the awards just keep on coming. The XM5 integrated amp is “a design for all seasons” that’s “ideal for smaller loudspeakers and smaller rooms”.
“The most engaging to-die-for sound I’ve had the pleasure of hearing for some time,” says reviewer Jason Kennedy of the Computer Audio Design CAT (or Computer Audio Transport). “The CAT is obviously a superb digital source and one of the finest I’ve yet encountered… you want to use it all the time because it’s so quiet and revealing.”
For some reason it seems that we audiophiles don’t talk much about room acoustics. Which is curious, since we’re constantly obsessing about the control, damping and isolation of pretty much everything else from connector cables and the component parts of a cartridge, to the feet of our speaker stands. But what of the effects of arguably the biggest component, the largest instrument, in the room – the listening room itself?
Here at David Denyer PR, we found ourselves with an acoustical challenge and, in having to work our way through it, came to realise the very real significance of room acoustics.
Read all about the challenge, how it was effectively resolved and how it inspired us to revisit our entire listening room set-up, on our blog at thereeltoreelrambler.com/2020/05/21/we-need-to-talk-about-room-acoustics
“In my book, these are perhaps the finest planar headphones available for the audiophile on the go right now,” says Jay Garrett, editor of online magazine www.stereonet.co.uk. And, “having the option of closed or open-backed variants is a really smart move, I think.” Continue reading “Ingenious, impressive…”: StereoNet gets up close and personal with Dan Clark Audio’s Aeon 2 open and closed headphones
If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to enter the realm of Magnepan’s superb flat panel, planar magnetic loudspeakers, then look no further. The new Magneplanar LRS (‘Little Ribbon Speaker’) is just your ticket.
“Max Townshend is the real deal,” says Jason Kennedy, editor of The Ear online audio magazine, and “the Allegri Reference is [his] latest and most successful passive preamplifier.” So what makes it so successful, and “a true high end component”?
Dan Clark Audio, formerly known as Mr Speakers, recently released a new version of its Aeon planar magnetic open and closed headphones. Hi-Fi News test drives the Aeon 2 Open.
Furutech’s by-the-metre, off-the-reel DSS-4.1 loudspeaker cable is designed for the demanding listener, whether destined for the professional studio or the home listening room. HiFi World hears the difference it makes.
With the UK Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March ordering the temporary closure of electronics retailers, and with worldwide distribution of all non-essential products being seriously curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, British hi-fi brand Exposure is keen to continue to be of service to audiophiles and music lovers during these difficult and uncertain times.
“It is several years – back in 2012 to be precise – since we reviewed the first compact Townshend line level control based on a ‘fractal’ miniature auto-transformer wound with cryogenically-treated wire,” writes Martin Colloms in the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of HiFi Critic. This was and still is the Allegri, which is still offered in Allegri Plus form as a six input, single-winding passive volume control or ATVC. Colloms continues to use the Plus as a reference. So how will the new Reference compare?