Hardware Reviews

network streamer
Sep 2022
Auralic is a small company with plenty of ideas, especially with regard to adding functionality to their range of streamers, DACs and associated components. They have been making these since launching the compact, curvy...
DAC preamplifier
Sep 2022
It must be tough to introduce audio electronics into such a crowded market, especially in the circa £2,000 DAC sector where there are a lot of strong contenders. Nuprime emerged from Nuforce in 2014 and have been making an...
standmount loudspeaker
Sep 2022
Australia is not a country that’s often associated with high-end audio, I imagine that most of us would struggle to name a single manufacturer based there without the aid of a search engine. I first read of Serhan Swift a...
audio cables
Sep 2022
Tiglon’s 47-year-old founder, Kentaro Okino, became fascinated with the sonic properties of magnesium during his mechanical engineering studies and, after using it to suppress vibrations in loudspeaker stands and component...
network switch
Sep 2022
It seems a little strange that a relatively new company that specialises in streaming audio should be taking the same approach that Naim Audio did nearly 50 years ago, but it’s a sonic and business model that has served them...
equipment rack
Sep 2022
Since purchasing my first dedicated audio rack in the late ‘80s I have never underestimated the influence of support systems on the equipment they support. I still recall the impact of taking the system from a wobbly cabinet...
wireless headphones
Aug 2022
More than one fellow reviewer has suggested that I find some noise-cancelling headphones to use on my travels. Goodness knows who’s previously used the ones supplied on long-haul aircraft and, as far as European travel is...
floorstanding loudspeakers
Aug 2022
The Coppice X1 gave me considerable pleasure with both the beauty of its English oak cabinet and also a highly-competent application of Peerless drive units when I reviewed it earlier in the year. Those same drivers feature...
standmount loudspeaker
Aug 2022
Seeing that Monitor Audio is celebrating its 50th birthday, it seems an ideal opportunity to look at one of the brand’s most popular models which has just has just been updated and relaunched. First launched back in 1999,...
FM tuner
Aug 2022
Goodness, I can’t recall the last time I was able to put an FM tuner through its paces and yet there was a time when I used to undertake group tests, there were so many coming to the market. Having recently enjoyed the...
MC cartridge
Aug 2022
For an inveterate tinkerer, playing with turntables, cartridges and pick-up arms has given me countless hours of pleasure. In many ways there’s nothing more satisfying than tweaking and easing settings to wring the very best...
preamplifier/DAC power amplifier
Aug 2022
I’ll not beat about the bush. Until recently, I’d not heard any full-range Class D amplification that I felt to be on a level with what’s possible from well-executed Class AB or Class A amplification. While the Class D that...

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