• 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 ...
  • Usher BE20 DMD Dancer loudspeaker

    Usher BE20 DMD Dancer loudspeaker

    The Usher Be20 DMD, the top of its Dancer range, cost £15,750 per pair. For a loudspeaker this powerfully built in today’s market, that’s chicken feed. This is a solidly built piece of equipment (123kg ...
  • Devialet 250

    Devialet 250

    I’ve had a Devialet D-Premier more or less since the get-go. Which, on reflection, is only about four years. In that time, it went from being a stylish, thought-provoking piece of audio technology, via genre-bending ...
  • CD’s comeback concert?

    CD’s comeback concert?

    In 2011, I spoke with one well-known US distributor who sells, among other things, a brand with a strong presence in the magneto-optical world. If you are considering a high-end CD or SACD player, this ...
  • OPPO BDP-105D Audiocom Signature

    OPPO BDP-105D Audiocom Signature

    The first rule of hot-rodding is “start from a good base.” Working with an already excellent donor product gives one a canvas upon which great things can be based. Sadly, that maxim seems entirely lost ...
  • Riggers with attitude

    Riggers with attitude

    Britannia Row Productions started life in 1975 as a permanent base for Pink Floyd’s tour PA and technical crew. It quickly became a business in its own right, hiring out lights, sound, staging, and crew ...

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