Linn’s MD on the challenges of the ‘new normal’, why the past year has been a great one for interest in turntables, inventing the ultimate wireless speaker, why streaming is the future – and how the only way to keep things stable is to ensure you’re always moving forward.
Stan pays tribute to his contemporary, Tim de Paravicini, and recalls time spent together, major bust-ups, and doughnuts on an industrial estate lawn in a Subaru. “Tim could always wear you down by sheer persistence,” he says.
Having been mighty impressed with the bog Borg standmount from the Essen-based design-consultancy-turned-manufacturer, Martin Colloms finds himself totally beguiled by its more compact, more affordable standmount model. It may look unusual, but it’s also incredibly involving, he says, in an extensive in-depth review.
Chris Kelly loved the integrated amplifier from Italy’s Norma Audio – can the company’s modular preamplifier and matching power amp please him, too?
A TALE OF TWO PHONO STAGES
Having heard conflicting views on PS Audio’s Stellar phono stage, Kevin Fiske makes up his own mind; meanwhile Chris Kelly discovers a true bargain for vinyl lovers.
Handbuilt in Colorado, and rarely auditioned – hardly surprising, given there are only two pairs in Europe – Avalon’s massive floorstanding speaker has José Victor Henriques captivated.
Long-established cable manufacturer The Chord Company takes on Naim at its own game with replacement Burndy power cables. Martin Colloms listens to the £4000+ set for the NAP 500 DR power amplifier.
Can these closed-back headphones repeat the success of the classic HD800?
NEAT ACOUSTICS ORKESTRA
Drawing on the Ekstra floorstanding speaker and the little Ministra standmount, this new design aims to fill a niche in the line-up. Ed Selley conducts a thorough review
IFI AUDIO NEO iDSD
iFi Audio always seems to be adding models to its range, and one of the latest is the NEO iDSD. Andrew Everard wonders whether it could be all the DAC you’ll ever need.
ARGENTO AUDIO FLOW
Martin Colloms spotted these silver-based cables while reviewing the CH Precision electronics for the last issue. Loudspeaker and interconnect cables now get close attention
FYNE AUDI0 F703
Kevin Fiske finds much to like in this substantial Scottish-made floorstanding speaker, complete with IsoFlare main driver.
THE VIBRATION SHAKEDOWN
If you’re thinking of isolating your system from all kinds of mechanical interference, this is a must-read: Keith Howard takes an in-depth look, examining, experimenting and dispelling the odd myth, while Martin Colloms tests some isolation devices for electronic components and speakers.
CH PRECISION REVISITED
Think Martin’s marathon review of the Swiss-built CH Precision electronics in the last issue was chapter and verse? Think again: here he offers some more thoughts, including the importance of set-up and cables.
MEITNER MA1 v2
This Canadian-made DAC has an impressive pro audio heritage, says Chris Frankland
GRAHAM AUDIO LS5/9f
Chris Kelly finds great hi-fi close to home with this Devon-built floorstanding take on classic BBC speaker thinking
The latest classical releases, new jazz and more on DSD, plus vinyl finds.
There’s a shiny new version of the acclaimed Roon software – so why is Steve Harris wary?