Hi-Fi Plus & Hi-Fi World review Riva Turbo X Bluetooth speaker

“What musically satisfying yet highly cost effective choices are available to today’s newcomers to the world of high-performance audio?” asks Chris Martens in the March issue of Hi-Fi Plus.

Pondering the question further, Martens reaches the conclusion that “perhaps the best starter system might not be a traditional system at all, but rather a compact, affordable, yet surprisingly capable single-chassis device such as the Riva Turbo X Bluetooth speaker.”

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Backs to the wall: Swedish Larsen loudspeakers come to the UK – and win fans at The Bristol Show

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Most loudspeakers are designed for, and tested in, an anechoic chamber – an echo-free room with absorbent material on all surfaces, hence one without sound reflections. But in reality we neither live nor listen in such a room, so to get optimal sound from conventional speakers requires precise placement well away from walls – leaving us with a lot less ‘room’ for living and listening.

Larsen is a Swedish loudspeaker brand whose models are specifically designed to resolve this conundrum by working with, rather than fighting, sound reflections.

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Bristol Show 2016 exclusive: Kudos Audio flagship Titan 808 loudspeakers to run ‘Actif Avec’ Devialet Expert system

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In 2015 The Bristol Show saw the preview of Kudos Audio’s new flagship loudspeaker, the Titan 808, incorporating ground-breaking active Linn Exakt technology. Now Kudos are ready to unveil yet another exciting development: active operation with Devialet’s Expert audiophile system.

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Audio Analogue Puccini Anniversary zero feedback integrated amplifier

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20 years ago Audio Analogue introduced to the world the original Puccini integrated amplifier. It rapidly developed a reputation as one of the finest sounding and superb value amps on the market, delivering high-end performance at a fraction of the cost normally associated with such hi-fi components. It was Audio Analogue’s very first product; the Puccini launched the brand and put the company’s name firmly on the high-end audio map.

To celebrate this anniversary Audio Analogue have created the Puccini Anniversary, a genuine zero feedback design developed by the specialist AirTech R&D department within the Audio Analogue family.

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New Scansonic HD M-series loudspeakers to make Bristol Show debut

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Do you covet the sweet sound of Danish brand Raidho’s stunning loudspeakers, but lack a couple of zeros off the price tag?

Then you’re in luck, as sister brand Scansonic brings its fabulously affordable Raidho-inspired ‘HD’ range to the UK, including the new and deliciously affordable M-series.

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Computer Audio Design unveils 1543 MKII DAC

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The world’s finest dedicated USB digital-to-analogue convertor has been upgraded. Computer Audio Design has announced a refit to its unique CAD 1543 DAC, now using proprietary EMI/RFI reduction materials, improved DAC circuit boards, single-crystal UP-OCC internal wiring and refined power supply filtering, to create the CAD 1543 MKII DAC.

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Fosgate Signature headphone amp to make UK debut at Headroom 2016

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“The Fosgate Signature headphone amplifier is one of the very best-sounding amps I’ve ever used,” wrote Steve Guttenberg in his CNET.com review. Already firmly established in its native USA, the Fosgate Signature is now available in the UK and will be demonstrated at this weekend’s Headroom show in London.

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