• REL S/3 slight return

    REL S/3 slight return

    I finished my review of the £1,299 REL S/3 subwoofer (http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/rel-s3-subwoofer/), when two things happened. These happened soon after the review was printed, but are worth a revisit. First, while changing nothing on the system ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Linn Akubarik

    Linn Akubarik

    The original Linn Isobarik was once the top dog on the flat earth. If you had a pair, driven by a Naim six-pack and with a fully loaded LP12 at the front in the 1980s, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Electrocompaniet ECM 2

    Electrocompaniet ECM 2

    While we could spend our disposable income on family holidays or outings to restaurants, we audiophiles have a habit of diverting unreserved funds toward new bits of hardware to enhance our listening pleasure. And it ...
  • Westone W10 earphones

    Westone W10 earphones

    Over the past year or so, the Colorado Springs, CO-based firm Westone has worked steadily and methodically to revise, update, and improve its several ranges of universal-fit earphones and custom-fit in-ear monitors. For those unfamiliar ...
  • Focal Aria 926

    Focal Aria 926

    Focal’s Aria range sits between the Chorus 800 and Electra line-ups and faces the tricky challenge of replicating some of the technology of the former rather closer in price to the latter. The Electra and ...
  • 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 ...

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