Danish Scansonic’s MB series of loudspeakers has been upgraded by the company’s new chief designer – who also happens to be chief designer of sister brands Raidho and Gamut. The resulting MB-B series is an ‘all-embracing upgrade’ and a Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product. Continue reading “Outstanding”: Hi-Fi news gets hooked on Scansonic’s newly upgraded MB5-B floorstanders
“Aesthetix has developed an enviable reputation as a manufacturer of elite components at down- to-earth prices,” writes Don Saltzman in the May/June 2020 issue of US magazine The Absolute Sound, who finds that he brand’s Atlas Eclipse monos are true to that reputation.
“Max Townshend in not the sort of guy to make a product and then focus on marketing and selling it: he is an engineer to the core and cannot stop thinking of ways to improve his products,” writes reviewer Jason Kennedy, who thinks he knows what he’s getting with the new Allegri Reference – then thinks again! Continue reading “Intoxicating listening”: Hi-Fi Plus is enchanted by Townshend’s Allegri Reference linestage passive preamplifier
“The Aeon 2 is a timely update to the Aeon Flow, which proved to be so impressive back in [a review in issue 435],” says Hi-Fi Choice. It offers “impressive bass, detailed soundstaging and supreme comfort.” Continue reading “Open and shut case”: Hi-Fi Choice recommends Dan Clark Audio’s Aeon 2 Closed headphones
In which Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom “found the Kronos to be one of the quietest turntables he’d ever heard” and concludes that it “joins a very small, very illustrious set of turntables that do it all and do it well.”
“These speakers act as remarkable monitors,” says Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom. “Everything the artists and engineers recorded is presented with seemingly no attenuation. If this was the known benchmark both in and out of the studio, we’d never hear a compressed recording again, because that compression would be immediately and patently obvious.”
Townshend Audio has been making products that break the link between speakers and ground-borne vibration since the 1990s. The brand’s Seismic Isolation Podium adds just 2cm to the height of a loudspeaker, but adds considerably more to its sound quality. Reviewer Jason Kennedy “couldn’t quite believe the improvement in coherence and timing it wrought, and the extent to which the sound is able to escape the boxes. Then there’s the bass, which is suddenly incredibly articulate, three-dimensional and powerful.”
“Proof that big, high-end sound can come out of more affordable loudspeakers, just as long as they aren’t boxes!” says reviewer Eric Neff of Magnepan’s “innovative” Magneplanar panel design, which uses a two-way quasi ribbon drive unit configuration to make a loudspeaker that looks more like a screen than a speaker.
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.”