Dan Clark Audio’s “sporty-looking” entry-level Aeon 2 planar magnetic headphone is available in both open-backed and closed-back versions. Hi-Fi World’s Martin Pipe takes the former for a test drive and finds it as “fast as the sports car its lines were inspired by”.
£115 for a compact multi-input DAC? Hi-Fi World’s Chris Frankland was curious: what was under the bonnet and could it live up to its ‘hot hatch’ moniker?
Simon Wilce finds much to enjoy in Exposure’s award-winning ‘spinner’, whether partnered with the brand’s own matching half-width XM5 integrated amplifier or used as a CD transport with an external DAC. “For anyone still excited by CD this is a must-hear without a doubt,” he concludes.
If your listening room is your living room, or indeed any room within a standard modern home, you’ve no doubt pondered the abiding debate: should you go for small standmount speakers or the full floorstanders? “Fortunately for the space conscious there’s a good choice out there of compact floorstanding speakers, of which the Scansonic M20 is a prime example,” says Hi-Fi Choice. Continue reading Finesse with a smaller footprint: Hi-Fi Choice tunes into Scansonic’s compact M20 floorstanding loudspeaker
“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.”
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
“Audio Analogue has a long and illustrious career making audio electronics of all shapes and sizes, and at all price levels,” writes Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom. The new AAdrive and AAdac, which complement the existing AAphono and AAcento integrated amp, “all combine to offer a delicious-looking system” and are both “something of a high-end star combination in the making”.
British hi-fi brand Exposure Electronics has just unveiled a new and improved website at exposurehifi.com. The new design gives Exposure’s online presence a fresh look and presents the company’s five series of award-winning products in an attractive, clear and user-friendly way whether you’re browsing on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Exposure has been perfecting the art of creating real hi-fi for real music lovers since 1974. All of the brand’s products are designed, engineered and proudly manufactured in Britain by a talented team of audio engineers.
Take a tour of the new site at exposurehifi.com.
Cameron Jenkins is the founder of independent record label Stranger Records. His production, songwriting and musician credits include Lana Del Rey, The Verve, Lemon Jelly and The Charlatans. He has his own studio space in the legendary Real World Studios near Bath, from where he now also runs Stranger High Fidelity, a bespoke high-end hi-fi retail service, offering a collection of carefully selected and matched brands.
In this interview, Cameron explains his career journey and shares what the pro world has taught him about home audio – and vice versa. He also shares some insights into what is was like working with John Cale, his views on the relative mindsets of audio engineers and audiophiles, his ‘secret sauce’ for designing the perfect hi-fi system for a client, and his views on the main weakness of any hi-fi system – and how to solve it.
Discover more about Stranger High Fidelity at www.stranger.info
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