• First Look - Burmester 101 amplifier

    First Look - Burmester 101 amplifier

    The Burmester 101 is the German company’s ‘entry-level’ amplifier product, although at £5,088 ‘entry level’ is possibly stretching things somewhat. Let’s say instead it is the cheapest way to get a new amplifier with a ...
  • Norma Revo DS-1

    Norma Revo DS-1

    The REVO DS-1 by NORMA is very much a ‘now’ product. It’s the link between the world of spinning discs and the world of computer audio. We’ve long considered computer audio to be an extra ...
  • Simple Audio Roomplayer+

    Simple Audio Roomplayer+

    There’s an elephant in the listening room. It’s called Sonos. In very short order, Sonos went from being the purveyor of one of the first streaming products on the market (alongside the late, lamented Squeezebox), ...
  • The Peter Principle and audio

    The Peter Principle and audio

    Do you remember The Peter Principle? It is the idea in management theory that people get promoted until they reach their position of incompetence, as coined by Laurence J Peter and Raymond Hull in the ...
  • HRT Music Streamer III

    HRT Music Streamer III

    The High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer was one of the first USB-powered digital converters, and the brand was one of the first in its field to be taken seriously by audiophiles. The latest Music Streamer ...
  • AMG Viella 12 turntable and arm

    AMG Viella 12 turntable and arm

    Yes, it may be German, but it is not that AMG. This one stands for Analog Manufaktur Germany and is the maker of an extremely nice all-aluminium turntable and arm called the V12 (technically the ...
  • Is size important?

    Is size important?

    In the audio world, the British are perhaps best known for making great sounding small loudspeakers. It may well be that we are experts in other audio fields (we have a number of excellent turntable ...
  • Nordost Valhalla 2 cable system

    Nordost Valhalla 2 cable system

    Nordost has put a lot of faith in mechanical tuning recently. The company discovered that a cable’s mechanical properties (including its physical length) are vital to in its sonic performance. The results of this investigation ...
  • Unplanned obsolescence

    Unplanned obsolescence

    A few years ago, at least one set of conspiracy theorists were proved right. After the reunification of Germany, historians were sifting through the archives of the Osram factory in the former East Germany, and ...
  • Stax SR-009 / SRM-007tII 'Kimik'

    Stax SR-009 / SRM-007tII 'Kimik'

    We have already touched upon the Stax SR-009. Our Publisher, Chris Martens, has a great deal of respect for the product, both when it is driven by Stax ‘energisers’ (Stax-speak for electrostatic headphone amplifiers) and ...
  • Conrad-Johnson MF2550SE

    Conrad-Johnson MF2550SE

    Most people associate conrad-johnson with amplification, specifically valve (tube) amplification. But the company has a long history of also producing good solid-state electronics; it just doesn’t do it that often. In fact, the last solid-state ...

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