• Roy's Round Up

    Roy's Round Up

    We live in a world that seems to treat the terms “high-end” and “high-priced” as interchangeable. But they’re not, and nor should you ever accept that they are. High-end is all about attitude and thinking, ...
  • New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions

    New Year is the time of making resolutions that you are destined to break by mid January. The longest I managed to stick to my resolutions was back in my college years, when I vowed ...
  • Naim 'DR' power amps and upgrades

    Naim 'DR' power amps and upgrades

    In the wake of the ambitious NAC S1 and NAP S1 Statement project, Naim Audio has recently revised its ‘classic’ amplifier line up to incorporate some of the more significant advances resulting from the exhaustive ...
  • Breaking the wrong record?

    Breaking the wrong record?

    There are some valuable records out there. Earlier this month, Ringo Starr’s ‘No. 0000001’ copy of The Beatles (also known as the White Album) achieved $790,000 at auction, and a copy of The Sex Pistols ...
  • The L-Word

    The L-Word

    The high-end audio world can be an odd place. It makes products that should be unashamedly in the luxury market, yet seems afraid of ‘the L-word’. While people who actually buy audio today seem perfectly ...
  • The Rules Of The Road

    The Rules Of The Road

    Audio reviewers just love car analogies, the perfect shorthand for the cost/performance/benefits curve. Often it’s just laziness or a mistaken impression that they’re actually audio’s answer to Jeremy Clarkson (same shape, just without the audience ...
  • The sound of seven million

    The sound of seven million

    Seven million for an audio system? OK, so it’s seven million Polish Zloty, which only works out at about $1.75m, but even so… it’s hardly chicken feed. This system was one of the highlights of ...
  • Exposing the ‘Good for Classical’ myth

    Exposing the ‘Good for Classical’ myth

    We all do it. We tend to pigeonhole systems (especially transducers like headphones and loudspeakers) as having specific characteristics that ally themselves to a particular genre. We often hear of loudspeakers being ‘good for rock’ ...
  • Choosing and using standmount loudspeakers

    Choosing and using standmount loudspeakers

    The English have an affinity with standmount loudspeakers (especially two-way stand­mounts), as evidenced by the evergreen BBC-designed LS3/5a. This is understandable given the size of the typical English listening room, but with that affinity comes ...
  • In praise of challenging music

    In praise of challenging music

    As a gaijin living in England, my experience of sushi has traditionally been very ‘western’: recognisable bits of fish (tuna, salmon) or seafood (crab, prawn, maybe octopus) with rice, seaweed, and wasabi. OK, so there ...

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