News

  • Mon, 28/11/2016
    Q-Acoustics has unveiled its most ambitious model so far in the Concept 500 floorstander. Previewed at the Munich High End show in May, this most advanced of Q-Acoustics loudspeakers is a culmination of work done by designer Karl Heinz Fink to build a high end speaker at a real world price, that being £3,599. The Concept 500 is a substantial 42kg design that incorporates dual layer Gelcore damping in between the three layers of its MDF cabinet to minimise vibration.read more
  • Thu, 17/11/2016
    Rega has replaced its Brio-R entry level integrated amplifier with a new Brio for 2017 with a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts. It now sits in a fully aluminium two-part case which boosts the Brio’s heat sinking capabilities. The new Brio has an integrated headphone socket specially designed to avoid interference with the audio circuit when not in use and as you would expect, a very high specification moving magnet phono stage is built in as standard.read more

How To

  • Thu, 17/11/2016
    A car’s suspension has a number of functions but one of them is to isolate the driver from bumps and irregularities in the road surface, to do this a suspension system consists of a spring and a damper (or shock absorber). The spring is selected on the basis of the weight it has to support and the damper stops it from bouncing up and down.read more

Latest Reviews

  • Fri, 25/11/2016
    There are a few different ways to get music streaming into your life, you can hook up a laptop to a DAC or you can connect a hard drive and a streamer to your network. The former approach is popular because many of us have laptops, but compromised by the electrically noisy nature of such devices. Streamers on the other hand can be built with audio sensibilities and controlled by apps on a phone or tablet. read more

Show Report

  • November, 2016
    Nestling in the Bavarian countryside, Hifi-bauernhof in Altusried is without doubt one of the most unusual audio dealers in the world. Once a thriving cattle farm, now owned by Dietmar Sutter who was born on the Allgäu estate, it boasts six studios... read more

Features

  • Tue, 08/11/2016
    With vinyl making a resurgence, to the extent that British supermarkets now stock LPs alongside the fruit and veg, a surge of specialist retailers dedicated to everything analogue is appearing. Trevor Butler has been to the Swedish capital to find out more about one and to meet its proprietor.