Linn Press Event Sept 23 2014, The Hospital Club, London WC2
Demonstrating the benefits of the Exakt system, a low loss path bringing the final digital to analogue conversion to individual amplifiers feeding the loudspeaker drive units, LINN showed their latest digital speaker the Akudorik, where to our surprise it was literally unveiled as a stand mount but where the substantial Exakt electronics was integrated in the elegant alloy stand.
Smaller than last year but convivial and relaxed, this weekend show somehow continues and was enjoyable. Most rooms were well attended, this partly reflecting the modest number of rooms. HFICRITIC sold many back numbers, saw many friends and subscribers and dished out advice where appropriate. Download the full show report.
By Yasuko Everard
Released yesterday on vinyl were the remasters of The Beatles’ mono albums, and to celebrate the event a listening session using some of the best High End gear was held last week in Abbey Road Studio 2, where many of their famous recording were made.
With a replay system comprising a Vertere turntable with Ortofon 2M Mono cartridge, Naim SuperLine phono preamp, Naim Statement preamp and power amps and Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers, tracks from the newly-released discs were played and discussed by a panel including writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen (who also acted as host for the event), Beatles engineer Ken Scott, and Sean Magee, who worked on the remastering.
Panasonic has resuscitated the famous Technics brand in time for IFA Berlin, 2014
First products due in December
Andrew Everard reports
Technics is back, and it’s aiming high: its new ‘Reference Class’ R1 system is expected to have a price of around £32,000, and comprises the SU-R1 network music player/preamplifier, the 150Wpc SE-R1 stereo power amplifier, and the floorstanding SB-R1 speakers. These have a coaxial mid treble driver.
UK company Flexson have announced a superior one box record player deck clearly based on trusted UK Rega components, for what seems a competitive £330. Flexson currently make some decor accessories for the wireless speaker brand leader SONOS.
This could well be the best sounding and best engineered all in one turntable of its type, currently populated by confections of tinny plastic which frequently cannot even be relied upon to rotate. Flexson note that vinyl sales are set to rise 40% in 2014.
Martin Colloms has a passion for audio and music and has written for many of the key hi-fi magazines worldwide.