Post image for Wilson Benesch Endeavour – tribute to Captain Cook and Co

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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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…

A new Rega amp – Elex-R

by Editor on 10/04/2014

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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…

Post image for McIntosh’s first dedicated head amp – MHA100

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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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.

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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Cyrus adds Stream X Signature to premium line

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NEWS: If a high-end streamer that doubles up as a digital centre is what you’re looking for, Cyrus would like to introduce you to the Stream X Signature, its latest esoteric offering…

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PS Audio DirectStream DAC – converting PCM to DSD

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NEWS: Never one to be shy of heralding its achievements, PS Audio looks set to shake the digital music world with its take on DSD which, as you know, is what the alternate future is…

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Double Illusions from Krell

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NEWS: The revamp of the Krell stables continues with the introduction of these sleek, er, Illusion preamps… don’t you sometimes wish for the more brutish designs of yore?

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The Essence of B&O

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NEWS: When the world’s premier lifestyle audio brand announces a new product, it’s bound to be something as exciting as it can be mystifying. But Bang & Olufsen will always have its takers.

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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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Bowers & Wilkins upgrades 600 Series

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NEWS: Even if something isn’t broken, you need to refresh it periodically to keep punters keen… Bowers & Wilkins’ popular 600 Series gets a mild makeover for the new year.

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Soundsea Bora 20 – Bluetooth amp and more

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NEWS: If you dream of having the music on your Bluetooth-equipped devices streamed wire-free to a high-end amp, this new Slovenian manufacturer has something to interest you.

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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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Vinyl essentials

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FEATURE: Buying a turntable and some LPs is a good start to going vinyl… but you need to keep those black discs as clean as possible. Here’s the vinyl doctor!

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Velodyne vPulse – the right beat

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REVIEW: There should be more comfortable ways of listening to music than shoving tiny speakers covered in rubber foam into your auditory canals.

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IsoTek Evo3 Solus – evolution of soul

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REVIEW: Gremlins got your mains? Craving cleaner power for your electronics? Lusting for another cool-looking gadget on your hi-fi rack? IsoTek has a solu(s)tion for all…

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Emotiva XPS-1… phono price buster

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NEWS: Hey you, out there in the corner, missing record player, can’t you see (with apologies to Pink Floyd)… that vinyl will finally get you… one day?

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Monitor Audio A100… a network amp

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NEWS: All-in-ones are a great way to go if you have no space and thrive on simplicity. Monitor Audio’s A100, additionally, gets you the music from everywhere!

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A Naim Statement… coming in July

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NEWS: One of the most revered, er, names, in the UK hi-fi industry is about to unleash the beast… but Naim Audio is keeping things under wraps for now.

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CES 2014 – Cambridge expands Azur 851 range

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NEWS: Cambridge finally gives its flagship Azur 851 range the treatment it deserves, adding some power heft and digital versatility.

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CES 2014 – many thrills ahead

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NEWS: It promises to be another exciting Consumer Electronics Show this year… check out some of the new gear expected at CES 2014.

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CES 2014 – YG Acoustics to launch Hailey

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NEWS: Another metal-clad world-beating loudspeaker from YG Acoustics to give the competition nightmares…

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Rega does Elicit-R(ight)

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REVIEW: It’s a name that refuses to surrender to history, the Elicit as conjured by Rega in 1991 and now in its third iteration. Will the latest be a keeper or sleeper?

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Hello, 2014

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NEWS: Happy New Year, welcome 2014! Stay tuned to great sound and music!

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CES 2014 – Chord to unveil Hugo DAC/headphone amp

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NEWS: More cute boxes of electronics from Chord… and this one, like other compact Chord jewel cases, means serious high-resolution business.

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CES 2014 – Krell, Audio Research and Naim to launch new products

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NEWS: Another CES is around the corner and as you celebrate Christmas, here’s some interesting stuff to look forward to in the new year…

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Creek adds 50CD to Evolution range

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NEWS: What, no future for the CD player? Somebody forgot to tell Creek Audio, which has just launched a sleek and sexy machine to prove there’s life in the old dog yet…

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XTZ 99.26 MkII – ribbon sweetness

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REVIEW: A weakness for ribbons is what drove our reviewer to distraction when he listened to these XTZ speakers. Try as he did, he couldn’t find anything other than nice things to write about them…

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Rega RP10, RB2000 coming in 2014

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NEWS: The revamp and upgrade of Rega’s turntable line-up continues with this high-end player and tonearm… but you’ll have to wait just a bit more to get your hands on one.

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Audiolab Q-DAC – tweaker’s delight

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REVIEW: One great side-effect of the modern hi-fi era – it has united the preamp and DAC into a single box, as seen on the Audiolab Q-DAC. Now, if only we could get the loudspeakers out of the way…

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Pro-Ject Tube Box DS – heart of glass

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REVIEW: All things valve and vinyl please us no end, more so when they’re both found on one product… as they are on this little gem from Eastern Europe.

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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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Chord QuteEX offers 384 PCM, DSD128 decoding

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NEWS: “Bejewelled” hi-fi products are a rarity, with Chord Electronics seemingly having cornered the market these days with its extensive Chordette line. Here’s one more to up the tally… and it is cutting edge

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What is Cyrus planning?

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NEWS: Now, what exactly does Cyrus have up its red satin sleeves? We’ll find out next week… meanwhile, here’s a teaser.

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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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Antelope’s Zodiac Platinum DAC offers DSD upsampling

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NEWS: DSD is the “it” factor in the digital realm these days, and Antelope Audio shows how it is done. Get ready to lighten your wallet, then…

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Pro-Ject CD Box DS – big performer

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REVIEW: Persisting with archaic things like CD players in these modern times? Here’s good stuff for you from Pro-Ject, then…

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Parasound Zdac – price buster

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REVIEW: The small stuff gets more popular with each year and why not? Given real estate prices, it’s more profitable to rent out a room than use it for the hi-fi system, which can be put on a desk. Like this Parasound DAC.

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Monitor Audio updates Silver line

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NEWS: As the saying goes in the hi-fi realm, if it ain’t broke, make it better. Thus, an acclaimed line of speakers from a UK stalwart gets updated and expanded… with a bit of a price bump.

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McIntosh’s new MA8000 – an amp of the times

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NEWS: There’s something special about the blue glow of analogue meters in a darkened room. It tells people you’ve got both money and tastes… why else would you own a McIntosh… ?

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