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NEWS: If portable is your thing, here’s something that’s super compact and amazingly affordable to boost the audio from your mobile device; it’s the first such product from Brainwavz.

Acurus Aries – Class D in the right direction

by Foo Marn Hing on 25/10/2014

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REVIEW: Acurus, a name from the last century, returns. And in its new iteration, our reviewer is surprised to find its new integrated amp to be very much a product of this century.

Post image for Tron Atlantic 300B tube power amp now shipping

NEWS: There are few things as defining of “fine-wine” hi-fi than a bespoke tube amp that will appeal to only a select group of audiophiles… like Tron’s new 300B offering.

SVS Sound goes Prime

by Editor on 19/10/2014

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NEWS: Not quite satisfied with conquering the realm of affordable high-end subwoofers, SVS Sound expands its range of loudspeaker to entice audiophiles.

Hurricane hi-fi…

by Lim Juan on 18/10/2014

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RANTS ‘N RAVES: Seeking refuge from an impending force of nature, our intrepid adventure stumbles into a house of sonic treasures instead.

Pangea’s Lightning cable for Apple

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NEWS: Fed up with the flimsy cable that comes in the box with your Apple mobile device? Pangea Audio has a solution, and a very affordable one at that…

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Sabrina is Wilson Audio’s new charmer

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NEWS: Anything from Wilson Audio should be awesome, right? And we’re thinking the company’s new Sabrina floorstanding speaker will sound as sexy as its name… come, bewitch us.

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GoldenEar Aon 2 – how pure the ribbons

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REVIEW: Small boxes can turn a few unexpected tricks and these pyramid-like Aon 2 speakers from GoldenEar, sporting ribbon tweeters, show exactly what happens when the mix is right.

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VPI Prime(d) for Christmas

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NEWS: Few turntable makers have been busier in recent years than VPI Industries… and the latest fruit of the US company’s efforts is a funky mid-end analogue spinner that takes no prisoners.

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Sony UDA-1/SS-HA3 – high-res on a desktop

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REVIEW: Desktop systems aren’t what they used to be and this Sony DAC-amp-speaker combo represents the state of things as they are today…

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Rega Elex-R – the hidden gem

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REVIEW: Another Rega product lands on our laps… and it may be the most rewarding yet, sonically. Here’s what we believe to be the first review of the Elex-R integrated amplifier.

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And quietly exits the iPod Classic…

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RANTS ‘N RAVES: So it’s goodbye to the iPod Classic, Apple’s portable music player that changed the world… well, okay, so the Sony Walkman was there first, but you get the idea.

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G2 – Cambridge Audio’s new Bluetooth speaker

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NEWS: Traditional names in hi-fi are keeping up to speed with trends in the mobile audio universe, as evidenced by this UK brand’s new wireless compact speaker.

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New headphones, slim-line power amps from McIntosh

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NEWS: Headphones are unexplored territory for the famed US brand McIntosh but its new power amps stay with the familiar look, right down to those blue meters.

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Bryston launches BDP-1USB player

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NEWS: Given up on CD and got lots of music stored in hard drives somewhere? Want to link them to your hi-fi system? Perhaps this Bryston USB offering will interest you…

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Chord’s Qute-ly EX-cellent DAC

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REVIEW: Looks and sounds a treat… and priced to match. Chord’s cute Qute EX offers just about everything a DAC can offer in these times… well, almost. But that’s nitpicking.

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X-LS Encore speakers – a bargain for bass heads

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REVIEW: Don’t be fooled by the plain vanilla looks of these speakers… the beast, as they say, is in the box. And a giant-slaying beast, at that!

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Infinite possibilities… McIntosh MB100 Media Bridge

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NEWS: Stream, store, synch… all possible, and in high-rez, via the new “media bridge” from your favourite all-American high-end manufacturer. McIntosh completists will be tempted, too.

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Rega Venus-R CD player, only for China

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NEWS: Don’t you love it when a manufacturers makes something you really want… then tells you it’s not for your market. Enter the Venus-R from Rega.

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PS Audio NuWave – feels so good

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REVIEW: Seen one DAC, seen ‘em all? Our reviewer doesn’t think so, this NuWave of the digital realm appeals to him in ways he never once imagined possible…

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PS Audio’s new hybrid power amp takes shape

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NEWS: PS Audio has been out of the amplification game for a bit, but its next sojourn will be a game-changing one, we hear… clear some space on the shelves, then!

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Triangle Theta Signature – French flair

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REVIEW: Sleek, sophisticated and clad in silky black… the costlier things in the hi-fi realm bear comparison to high fashion and fine wine… and the Triangle Thetas tick all the right boxes sonically as well.

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The Vinyl Types

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FEATURE: Ask yourself this if you’re into vinyl playback – how committed are you to the analogue cause? Find out here if you’re a passionate player or merely a pretentious poseur.

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JBL L16 Authentics – big, bold… and bass

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REVIEW: Right, the party has started, the food’s been served, your guests are pleasantly “spirited”… did someone say “dance”? Time to pump up the volume on your JBL…

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USA-made Krell Vanguard integrated amp available now

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NEWS: It’s a far cry from the Krells of yore and possibly much uglier, but the new Vanguard integrated amplifier certainly has today’s audiophile in mind.

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Primare Reference 60 Series offers streaming

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NEWS: It’s all going the way of the Internet… what’s a preamp these days without a digital offering or two on board. Primare’s new high-end aspirants look to be products of the times.

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KLIAV 2014 – through the lens

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NEWS: Another display of hi-fi and AV goodies to catch the eye, charm the ear and tempt the wallet… here’s KLIAV 2014 in photos.

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Calyx M high-rez player – beyond the ‘Pod

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REVIEW: Time to move the goalposts for portable digital audio players… and this South Korean beauty ensures that the competition has a lot of catching up to do.

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KL International AV Show 2014 – July 4-6

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NEWS: It’s show time! Yes, the KL International Audio Show is upon us again… time to take a break from the heat and haze, and feast your auditory and visual senses.

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McIntosh McAire – the ‘i’ life

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REVIEW: Who said money can’t buy you everything? If your life revolves around one of Apple’s mobile devices, here’s how you hear how good it can sound… and it does cost a lot.

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Q Acoustics BT3 – no strings attached

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REVIEW: A relative newbie Q Acoustics may be, but this Brit outfit certainly feels the pulse of the market… as proven with these Bluetooth-fired speakers.

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AIAIAI TMA-1 – Studio quality headphones

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REVIEW: If you like to spend your waking hours with your head strapped between two transducers, here’s at least a decent way to ensure sanity is retained.

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PS Audio launches Kickstarter campaign for Sprout amp

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NEWS: Crowd-funding is getting some serious attention from the hi-fi hardware people… first it was Neil Young’s Pono, and now, we have PS Audio’s Sprout.

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Going Active with Epos

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NEWS: Traditional British grit takes a big step into the 21st century with these upcoming “active” option for Epos’ new speakers… courtesy of stablemate Creek.

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Cary Audio’s SL-100 preamp now shipping

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NEWS: High-end at real-world prices, that’s Cary Audio, and the SL-100 solid-state preamp follows in the well-sold tradition.

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Magico announces M Project speakers… US$129K a pair

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NEWS: How much is too much? Well, even if you’re an extremely well-heeled audiophile, these extra special Magicos will make you pause for breath!

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Emerald Physics DAC 2 – ace in the pack

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REVIEW: A dilemma… to keep or to let go. That’s how persuasive this metal box of digital trickery has been. And when you factor in its tempting price…

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Munich High End Show in photos

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NEWS: Some photo memories of the just concluded High End Show in Munich. Look and drool… and hope.

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Creek Evolution 50A – a resolute amp

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REVIEW: Don’t let the plain-vanilla aura of this Creek amp fool you… under those clean lines is a creature ready to be outfitted to the max for modern-day applications.

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Three new “1s” from Constellation Audio

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NEWS: The Munich High End Show is around the corner, and Constellation Audio is taking the opportunity to unleash its beasts on a “budget”… relatively speaking, of course.

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Bankable power from Frank Acoustics

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REVIEW: We’ve always believed that power with good intentions can only lead to a better life for your hi-fi system. Here, a brute named Frank shows us how it can be done…gently

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Concept 20 – Q Acoustics’ best compact speakers

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REVIEW: Who needs big boxes when these stylish compact speakers, with a little help from their support group, achieve such great things. Take a bow, Q…

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Naim’s wireless Muso system coming this fall

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NEWS: Wireless everywhere, and hi-fi’s big boys are getting serious about it, too… Naim Audio promises its Muso system will be the goods. The only catch – you have to wait until September…

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Getting your LPs organised

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NEWS: Should The Beatles go under ‘T’ or ‘B’… A Flock of Seagulls under ‘A’ or ‘F’… Jimi Hendrix, ‘J’ or ‘H’…? Get these alphabetised LP dividers and devise your own system of categorisation!

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Wilson Benesch Endeavour – tribute to Captain Cook and Co

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NEWS: What do hi-fi and an 18th century explorer ship have in common? Nothing, you’d think… but UK’s Wilson Benesch finds a way to connect the dots across a quarter of a millennium.

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Mad Scientist BlackDiscus – out, damn noise

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REVIEW: If we sound quiet here, it’s because these things seem to be working well at keeping out noise and interference. Or is it just our imagination? You decide…

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A new Rega amp – Elex-R

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NEWS: Rega Elex redux! Only this time, it’s called the Elex-R, and has evolved into a sleek and sexy machine ready to charm you into submission. And yes, it does vinyl, too…

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McIntosh’s first dedicated head amp – MHA100

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NEWS: Fancy a compact version of the classic black-glass-and-blue-LED livery? The new McIntosh will have you licking your chops in anticipation, if your wallet isn’t protesting yet.

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Meridian launches Special Edition speakers

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NEWS: Think digital loudspeakers and Meridian comes to mind immediately… now, here’s a celebration of a quarter century of digital greatness from the UK high-end audio outfit.

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M2Tech HiFace DAC – all in a flash

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REVIEW: If you’re the type that doesn’t take the small stuff seriously, you’ve got a lesson coming by way of the Italians. Here’s a cracking over-specified USB thingie for high-rez audio heads.

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Emotiva Control Freak – when volume matters

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NEWS: Finally, a single knob with no distractions! Emotiva’s volume control is just what you think it is, sans the frills – minimalism to the core is the theme here.

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Neil Young’s PonoPlayer has Ayre inside

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NEWS: Famed Canadian rocker Neil Young aims to change the quality of audio being pumped into your ears, and his PonoPlayer Kickstarter programme has already overshot its goal. FLAC rules!

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Pathos Converto – DAC, head amp and more

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REVIEW: The bridge between traditional hi-fi and computer audio has a scenic view, as this Italian purebred shows…

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SVS Ultra – bookshelf dynamics

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REVIEW: A subwoofer specialist takes on the higher frequencies and masters them with flair… or how SVS is expanding its conquest of the home theatre domain.

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GoldenEar Aon 3 – dazzling with ribbons

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REVIEW: A relief for our hard-working reviewer, then, to set his eyes on something that’s not quite in the traditional mould… like these odd boxes from GoldenEar.

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Geneva’s Model M goes wireless

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NEWS: There are few things as cool as Bluetooth-ing your music collection from your iDevice to a proper sound system… or something like the Geneva Model M wire-free, all-in-one box.

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Rega RP8 among “18 best designs”

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NEWS: Rega and Apple… who would’ve thought! But it’s not what you think… the RP8 has just been picked by the Big Fruit’s design chief as among the coolest designs he’s set his eyes on…

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Rega Saturn-R… not just CD player

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NEWS: A CD player can’t be just a CD player any more these days, so Rega makes sure the new Saturn-R has what it takes to grab the attention of a fickle-minded market. This one lacks only a volume control…

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Meridian Prime-d for headphones

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NEWS: If listening through headphones is your thing, you want to ensure you’re getting the best all the way from source to your ears. Here’s a Prime example of how you can make this happen…

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Thorens TD209, TD206… unlikely twins

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NEWS: Our romance with vinyl has no end in sight, especially with these new turntables from Thorens which come in a choice of colours and shapes – be radical, be traditional, but get down to the groove.

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Back to CD with Emotiva’s ERC-3

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NEWS: Yes, laugh if you will, you computer audio types, but here comes a CD player that promises to lay to waste everything digital that challenges its raison d’être… well, you get the point…

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Lyric by Cyrus

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NEWS: Quite smart, naming a music centre Lyric, but just how ready is the audiophile world to tackle such a thing from a traditional hi-fi manufacturer. Well, we know we’re always good for any such gizmo.

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Cambridge Audio’s sexy Minx Xi

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NEWS: You don’t need much gear these days to access a great amount and variety of music… this little Minx from Cambridge will open the doors to boundless virtual worlds.

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Aries Cerat Incito preamp… for tube-heads

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NEWS: If you have a yen for some exotic high-end hi-fi gear built around the glow of glass, cast your eyes on Cyprus, home of Aries Cerat… yeah, who would have thought it!

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More curvy ATC speakers

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NEWS: What’s it with the curves and all? ATC, so traditional thus far, has been lending a more feminine demeanor to its models of late. Ah well, so long as they don’t lose sight of the… er, sound…

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Magico adds S3 floorstander to range

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NEWS: Some things, most of us can only drool over in photographs. Like these tasty-looking pair of towers from Magico, known the world over by now for its somewhat esoteric loudspeaker offerings.

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SVS SB-1000 – high-class lows

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REVIEW: How low does it go for bass that gets to your gut without rendering you unconscious? SVS Sound shows the way with this extremely pleasing and friendly sub…

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Cambridge DacMagic XS is tinier than a matchbox

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NEWS: Good sound is getting to be impressively more affordable… and portable. Cambridge Audio’s latest digital offering lets you extract maximum sonic performance from the machine while on the move.

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Pro-Ject DAC Box DS – middle ground

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REVIEW: There is a plethora of small DACs vying for your attention these days, so how to pick what suits you best? Our long-suffering reviewer finds something from Pro-Ject that may do it for some folks.

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JBL Flip, Charge – wire-free and portable

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REVIEW: We take the occasional break from high-brow high fidelity to check out how the other gazillion music fans enjoy their fave tracks… and surprise, they’re doing it without tripping over wires!

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Blue Horizon Promat – corker of a TT mat

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REVIEW: Things that you put under your LPs to make them sound better… or not. The trouble these vinyl addicts take just to squeeze that extra ounce of detail… but it’s all good fun, right?

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Rogue Audio Sphinx – hybrid pleasures

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REVIEW: Occasionally, something comes along that makes you smile at the simpler pleasures. Rogue Audio’s Sphinx amp is one such thing… old-fashioned and modern in different parts, it is more than the sum of its parts.

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