Finnish prog outfit Kairon; IRSE! premiere new single and Announce new album ‘Ruination’ and reissue of debut album ‘Ujubasajuba’  More »

Alan Clark is the man behind the Yorkshire based loudspeaker manufacturer Kralk Audio. He speaks with Hifi Pig about his hifi career, his thoughts on the industry and Right Said Fred. More »

Late January 2017 sees the deluxe edition release of Fresh Cream, the debut album by British, blues power trio, Cream. 

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We recently spent a very good weekend as the guests of the Warsaw Audio Show and one thing that really stood out for us was how knowledgeable and passionate the people were about music and audio. This got me thinking as to why this should be and I formulated a couple of opinions and how this reflects on other countries way of consuming music.View_MFA_Spons More »

roksponsmallHi Fi Racks’ Bradley and Julie got in touch to let us know about their Christmas gift ideas. More »

roksponsmallThe Mojo DAC/headphone amp from Chord Electronics is being supplied with a free protective case* throughout the holiday season in store at participating retailers, internationally. The promotion offers the protective case (worth £65) with all new Mojo purchases bought in retail stores up until 14th January 2017.  More »

roksponsmallWe have just received the following press release from Monitor Audio’s PR company, explaining more about this exciting news: More »

roksponsmallDetails are scant at the moment but Monitor Audio have announced via their Facebook page that they have acquired London based Hifi manufacturer Roksan.  More »

Formed in 2006 and combining elements of classical, jazz and electronic with the urgency of math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Japanese instrumental trio Mouse On The Keys defy categorisation, says their recent press release. More »

These are in ears that cost around €100 but the packaging really is tremendously clever. I loved it. At first glance the box containing the actual in ears appears to be a book, but as you open it you are rewarded with lots of little things to open, to read and to enjoy. We all know that packaging isn’t the point of Hifi but these guys have got it right and the packaging connects you with the product and gives you that Christmas morning feeling.  More »

The £2800 Simaudio Moon Neo ACE is a versatile, all-in-one solution that you need only add speakers to…there’s even an on-board moving magnet phonostage. John Scott finds out just how ACE it really is.  More »

roksponsmallArcam of Cambridge have introduced several price cuts in time for Christmas. Arcam say that they “want to take a big bite of the Christmas market for quality home audio and the new prices are designed to do just that.” More »

Herbie Hancock rose to fame as a member of Miles Davis’s acoustic quintet, whose music helped define a new kind of Jazz. He’s perhaps best know for his record Canatloupe Island from the album Empyrean Isles and sampled on the Us3 tune Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) but he is known as being a crossover artist blending jazz with elements of funk and here he takes on the disco genre, infecting it with electronic jazz elements…and controversially at the time, vocoders. More »

This is a collection of six studio albums, plus some other related material, from the period 1963-1968 and covering the groups entire catalogue recorded for Transatlantic Records (whose first releases were a trio of sex education records). More »

A couple of things struck me when we started Hifi Pig and I got involved with going to Hifi Shows and talking to other like-minded people on the interwebs. Those things were that, firstly, there didn’t seem to be a lot of women around and secondly that everyone involved was ‘of a certain age’. That was five years ago and things are changing. Every show we go to I see more women and we are starting to see a younger audience in attendance. Which is how it should be. When it comes down to it, Hifi is about music and music is “a universal language, spoken and understood by all” (OK, that quote relates to House Music…but you get my drift).TQBIRDSSPONSOR More »

At £2500 the AVID Hifi Pellere Phono-stage borrows a lot of its make up from its more expensive sibling costing £4300, but does it cut the right kind of groove? Janine Elliot finds out.  More »

Raised in the claustrophobic backwaters of Hereford, young two-piece consuumer play a raucous set. Inspired by the sheer volume of Melvins, the raw power of the Stooges and the bleak doom of Sabbath, consuumer create a brutal, nihilistic sound, steeped in a raw energy and honesty that could shake even the most apathetic listener. With a huge string of UK live dates under their belt including a Birthday’s headline show and an acclaimed first single, the band are now ready to release their debut EP ‘Shattered Fruit’. More »

Electric Six is a six-piece band from Detroit, Michigan. Their style is a brand of rock music infused with elements of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal all forming a very unique and at times odd sound. The band hit the big time in 2003 with the singles “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”, and subsequently recorded eleven full-length studio albums. However, a twelfth was announced July 2016 with its name being ‘Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres’ and I just so happen to have been lucky enough to review said album! More »

roksponsmallIn 2014 Chris Sommovigo had a little side project called A.H.A or “After Hours Audio” where he made a few cables designs in extremely limited quantities and sold them to a small ‘membership’ for quite low prices. Power cords, loudspeaker cables, interconnects were among these. More »

The £2800 Simaudio Moon Neo ACE is a versatile, all-in-one solution that you need only add speakers to…there’s even an on-board moving magnet phonostage. John Scott finds out just how ACE it really is.  More »

Marianne Faithfull celebrates her 70th birthday on the 29th of December.  John Scott takes a listen to her 1979 album Broken English. More »

Continuing her excellent series focusing on vintage and classic hifi, Janine Elliot takes a look at the Meridian M2 active loudspeakers. FLAREBIRDSSPONSOR More »

At £2500 the AVID Hifi Pellere Phono-stage borrows a lot of its make up from its more expensive sibling costing £4300, but does it cut the right kind of groove? Janine Elliot finds out.  More »

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to Roksan’s £1250 K3 Digital to Analogue Converter.

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roksponsmallHifi Pig is delighted and incredibly proud to announce our partnership and support for the most excellent charity Nordoff Robbins for the coming year.

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

They support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. More »

roksponsmallBlack Cat Cable’s resident artisan, Chris Sommovigo says that there is much more to hear. After nearly a decade of experimenting with a concept that he had codenamed “Superleggera” due to it’s lightness, it seems he’s ready to release the first fruits of his unreasonably long development cycle: Indigo “Silverwave”. More »

roksponsmallNoble Audio,has announced its Black Friday/Cyber Monday event: 15% off all IEMs and CIEMS, plus a free BTS Bluetooth adaptor with its new co-flagships, Kaiser Encore and Katana. Noble will be offering the 15% discount on all models: both its universal-fit and custom-fit in-ear monitors for a four-day period. More »

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to Roksan’s £1250 K3 Digital to Analogue Converter.  More »

The new Shinola Runwell turntable will be manufactured in the US and is a partnership between VPI and Shinola. Hifi Pig talks to Mat Weisfeld of VIP.  More »

The new Thom Hell video, ‘1985’.

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roksponsmallNo one could ever accuse Kostas Metaxas of creating something “boring”. Yet again, this eccentric artist has presented us with his unique take on a very utilitarian subject, the headphone amplifier. Combining a historic art oeuvre – “memento mori”, contemporary sculpture and technology, his latest Marquis “Memento mori” is a minimalist Preamplifier-Headphone amplifier designed, says Kostas, “for music-loving audiophiles who require few functions but insist on the purest sound”. More »

I only came across Sarah Jarosz a couple of weeks ago when I heard her excellent cover of Bob Dylan’s Simple Twist Of Fate from her album Build Me Up From Bones but I quickly fell in love with both the track and the album.  A quick Google revealed that she was playing here and so I had to go see her. More »

I hadn’t heard of Ezra Furman prior to last year’s Perpetual Motion People album which I described as my album of the summer.  I’m glad to say that its appeal has not waned and it still gets regular plays. I haven’t heard much about Ezra since the album’s release either, so I was quite surprised to learn that his gig here at The Liquid Room had sold out and I’m very grateful to Ezra’s management company for supplying a ticket at the last minute.  I was even more surprised to see that once Ezra and his band The Boy-Friends hit the stage that the majority of the audience were word perfect with not only the songs from Perpetual Motion People but with his earlier material as well.  More »

roksponsmallTAGA Harmony, a European manufacturer of speakers and audio electronics, has unveiled a new flagship hybrid amplifier HTA-2000B v.2. TAGA Harmony HTA-2000B v.2 is a 150W high-end hybrid integrated amplifier utilising a 12AX7 tube preamp section with a cathode type amp circuit and a 12AU7 SRPP stage serving as a buffer amplifier. More »

Beachheads have unveiled the first single from their upcoming debut album. “Moment of Truth” is an honest and soulful track, perfect for cold days in Oslo, and the rest of the world says the band’s recent press release. Beachheads will release their debut on Fysisk Format on February 3rd.
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roksponsmallVinyl Passion got in touch to let us know that The Vinyl Passion Music Room is the very first  UK Audio Technica Excellence retail centre, and one of only three dealers in the UK to be selected to demonstrate and stock the ART-1000 flagship cartridge. More »

roksponsmallAlong with Bristol, the National Audio Show, which we covered extensively in 2016,  is amongst the longest running shows of its kind in the UK: and having spent 7 years in London then 7 years in Northamptonshire it’s now ready for another relocation. More »

Class D is gaining a good deal of momentum in the audio world. Lionel Payne listens to the the Nord One UP NC500 DMST stereo power amplifier costing £1409. More »

roksponsmallAudio Research has introduced the latest component to the Foundation Series, the VT80 Power Amplifier. From the same engineering and design team responsible for the Reference Series, the Foundation family of vacuum tube components has been created, say Audio Research “to provide incredible musical experiences. Spatial definition, dynamics and detail abound while providing the most natural musical experience”.  More »

Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Narada Michael Walden join Jennifer Saran in an Inspiring World Peace Anthem “Wake Up” with all Proceeds from Sale of New Track to Benefit the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. 

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Having kicked off their latest European tour with four UK shows earlier this month before heading off to the continent, Electric Six return this week for another 13 UK/RoI dates as they continue to promote their brand new album, ‘Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres’ on Metropolis Records. More »

Balanced Mains Units are used extensively in professional studios and are starting to make their mark in domestic audio situations. Janine Elliot gets her life in balance and plugs in the Russ Andrews BMU 3000 costing £3599. More »

roksponsmallKJ West One, the West London Hifi shop, be hosting a weekend showcase of the brand new Tangerine Audio Stiletto one piece aluminium LP12 plinth/top plate which was designed with their own ‘turntable expert’, Derek Jenkins. More »

SYSTEM-1 from Code Acoustics is a high quality 3-way active speaker, with off-board electronics module including crossovers and amplifiers. It is UK made and costs £6350 direct from the manufacturer. Ian Ringstead turns up the volume and puts the SYSTEM-1 though its paces.  More »

roksponsmallA movie charting the history of Denmark’s Street’s Tin Pan Alley now has the backing of PMC, which has donated to a crowd-funding campaign aiming to raise the £28,000 needed to get the film made. PMC say they are helping out because they are “passionate about preserving Britain’s hugely important musical heritage”. More »