‘Groovy’ and ‘Deeply Groovy’: The Audiophile Man reviews Transfiguration cartridges

Described as “the world’s most  musically natural phono cartridges,” Japanese Transfiguration have had all three of the models in their small but stunningly crafted range put to the test by reviewer Paul Rigby, aka The Audiophile Man.

Both the top-of-range Proteus and mid-range Phoenix S scored a ‘Groovy’ award, while the lower-priced Axia S earned a ‘Deeply Groovy’.

“In ultimate terms, of course, the company’s Phoenix and Proteus cartridges offer superior sound quality for obvious budget and design reasons but, somehow, with the Axia S, the company has succeeded in hitting a perfect price point/performance blend. Incredibly, then, I see the Axia S as the best Transfiguration cartridge in the range and one of the best designs in its price range currently for sale on the market,” concludes Rigby.

Read The Audiophile Man’s full reviews of the Transfiguration Proteus, Phoenix S and Axia S.

Find out more about Transfiguration cartridges, including details of stockists, from UK distributor Decent Audio.

Exposure adds DSD to 2010S2 DAC

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Exposure Electronics has just announced an upgrade to the 2010S2 DAC, enabling it to handle DSD music files.

The 2010S2 DAC is an affordable digital-to-analogue converter with excellent, engaging musicality and a surprisingly un-digital sound. The new upgraded edition, available now, is able to handle single-rate DSD (DSD x64 or DSD 2.8 mHz) through the USB input, as well as PCM support up to 24 bit / 192 kHz.

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North West Audio Show 2016: Sunday 26th June

No plans for this coming Sunday? Great! Then you’ll be free to head over to the North West Audio Show 2016.

Now in its third year, the Northwest Audio Show is quickly becoming one of the highlights in the audiophile calendar with great exhibitors, top brands and a superb venue. With free entry and free parking to tempt you northwestwards, spend a day surrounded by the best in audio amid the beautiful settings of Cheshire’s Cranage Hall and Wychwood Park.

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Scansonic M BTL-series loudspeakers: Raidho-inspired, wireless and active – the ‘next gen’ of hi-fi

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Danish Scansonic may be the sister brand of highly covetable Raidho, but its fabulously affordable ‘HD’ range of loudspeakers is starting to make waves in its own right. Now, it enters the Bluetooth arena with the new wireless active M BTL-series. 

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Join us for the UK launch of one of the world’s finest turntables… Clearaudio Statement v2 – Stone Audio – 1st & 2nd July 2016

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For the first time ever, the iconic Clearaudio Statement v2 turntable will be gracing the demonstration room of a UK audio dealer. Catch it while you can at Dorset-based Stone Audio’s very special Clearaudio event on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July. 

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Furutech introduce top-of-line NanoFlux NCF power cable & NanoFlux speaker cable

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Japanese cable experts Furutech’s recently-developed ‘Alpha Nano-Au-Ag’ OCC conductor is among the best that the brand’s engineers have ever conceived for sound reproduction. Not surprising, then, that it underpins the brand’s new top-of-line power and speaker cables.

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Hi-Fi News celebrates Audio Analogue’s Puccini Anniversary amp

Hi-Fi News June 2016

“What is it with the Italians?” asks James Parker in the latest issue (June 2016) of Hi-Fi News.

“Maybe it’s the connection with great music, but Italian-made audio has always had the ability to set itself apart,” he surmises.

The object of Parker’s affections is, in this case, the recently-launched Puccini Anniversary integrated amplifier from Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue. As the name suggests, its creation has been timed to mark a milestone: the twentieth anniversary of both the brand and its first product, the original Puccini amp.

Described as a ‘zero feedback integrated amplifier’, the original Puccini has gone through a number of iterations over the years, but Parker recalls its debut. “What really set the Puccini apart form its competition at the time was the sound: it was almost impossible to provoke the little Italian amp into sounding rough or harsh, and as a result it was soon acclaimed….”

So how does the new Anniversary edition measure up?

HFN Highly Commended“The Anniversary integrated amp not only lives up to its billing but goes beyond it, with an especially impressive dynamic power performance.”

“What is beyond a doubt is that the Puccini Anniversary keeps your speakers under strict control. It uses its power to ensure they start and stop in a precise manner, and thus enhances their ability to image and focus a soundstage, while at the same time keeping rhythm sections as tight as they are rich.”

Sounds good to us! Read the full review in the June 2016 issue of Hi-Fi News.

Find out more and pinpoint your nearest dealer via UK distributor Decent Audio.