Linette Smith gives her final round up of what a Bird’s Eye View of the Hifi world has been like in 2016. 

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Cheerful as ever Stuart Smith makes a list of musicians that have died in 2016 and asks, was this the year that the music really did die? More »

BD Audio have announced that they have been appointed UK dealer for Kii Audio Three, a new stand mound loudspeaker which really impressed Hifi Pig at the Warsaw Audio Video Show back in November. More »

Zanden Audio has announced the launch of their new model 3000mk2 preamplifier at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More »

You can now enjoy Hifi Pig’s monthly magazine in the highly readable and fabulous ISSUU format right here on the Hifi Pig website.  More »

The Beat’s brand new single, SIDE TO SIDE, taken from ‘Bounce’ is currently A-listed on BBC Radio 6 and the band have released it as double A-side 7” vinyl with a track from label mates and life-long friends The Selecter. The two bands played live from Maida Vale on 13 December for Steve Lamacq’s Christmas Ska Party on BBC Radio 6 with other guests David Rodigan and Mungos HiFi and have announced a co-headline tour in 2017. More »

Janine Elliot charts the rise and fall and rise again of the Thermionic Tube/valve in this fascinating and informative article.  More »

The Chester Group has announced they will be moving the dates of their 2017 New York Audio Show to the weekend of November 10th-12th 2017, and the same weekend – November 9th-11th for 2018. More »

1More is a  Chinese brand that make a range of headphones and in-ears. Here Stuart Smith tries out the £89.99 dual driver C1002 and the three driver E1001 costing ten pounds more from their UK website.  More »

Chris Pope & The Chords UK have released a new single from their recent album ’Take On Life’. Entitled ‘Dreams Of Yesterday’, it is an edited version of the final song on the record, a Mott-esque remembrance of London and its chequered musical history from the 1970’s to the present.

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Split between Atlanta and the remote northern parts of Sweden – commonly known as Sápmi, the hip-hop meets electro-pop trio Blänk are currently getting ready to release their third album ‘Weary Soul’. More »

Tom Paxton returns to the UK in 2017, with very special guests Cathy & Marcy.

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Never one to avoid an obvious cliché, John Scott takes a walk on the wild side and reacquaints himself with Lou Reed’s 1972 hit album. More »

roksponsmallYG Acoustics will debut their “super speaker” Sonja XV and their new Rack at CES 2017, next month in Las Vegas. The YG Acoustics suite is on the 35th floor of the Venetian (Suite 35-207). More »

roksponsmallBryston has announced the introduction of the BCD-3 CD player. The BCD-3 joins the family of digital products in the Bryston lineup, including the BDA-3 DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter). More »

roksponsmallMasterBuilt Audio say in a recent press release that they are pleased to announce the official debut of its high-resolution audio cables with the unveiling of four complete product lines – Performance, Reference, Signature and Ultra. More »

roksponsmallAs the demand for vinyl grows at an extraordinary pace, the VPI team continues to develop its turntables to produce, they say, “a revelatory level of audio reproduction”. After the success of their award-winning Prime, VPI has launched the new Prime Signature turntable. More »

At just £200 the funky yellow Steljes NS3 powered speakers offer a whole lot of connectivity including Bluetooth, but can they cut the mustard?  More »

roksponsmallPMC is enhancing its top of the range SE loudspeakers with a new selection of veneers to complement the latest trends in interior decoration and customer requirements. More »

Father and son team David and Rob Stevenson review the entry level Pro-Ject Primary turntable costing £189. More »

roksponsmallCadence Group has just announced it has taken ownership of British engineering and Hifi specialist SME Limited.  Cadence, which already has major controlling interests in other prestigious audio brands, will bring a new level of investment to SME, allowing the company to extend its research and development activities whilst continuing to produce the class-leading products it is globally acclaimed for. More »

roksponsmallQ Acoustics has announced its ‘7000i’ 5.1 Style Home Cinema Speaker package is to benefit from a subwoofer upgrade. Q Acoustics is a brand of Armour Home Electronics. More »

roksponsmallMcIntosh’s new MP100, the first dedicated phono preamplifier from the legendary US brand and one featuring USB outputs for (24-bit) ‘rips’ from vinyl collections has arrived in the UK . More »

roksponsmallPMC is has announced the winners of its 2016 UK Retailer Awards, which recognises those retailers that have made a substantial effort with both their PMC business and the development of their own businesses.

Judging against five awards categories, the management team at PMC have chosen a group of winners who have demonstrated consistent levels of expertise and service during the year. The five categories and winners are: More »

The SOtM sMS 200 streamer is an unassuming little unit costing $450 plus taxes. John Scott puts it to the test.  More »

An album that took three years to make, with over 180 collaborators from 12 different nationalities, of which include Grammy award winners and critically acclaimed artists, ‘Passport’, by Omar Rahbany, unfolds over 59 minutes. The forthcoming album, ‘Passport’, breaks down barriers between cultures and countries, having travelled across world to complete it. Heavy jazz and classical influences are fused with Arabic and Lebanese overtones throughout the album, meeting in a place where there are no divisions, culturally, linguistically or artistically. More »

Cambridge Folk festival has announce the first names for the 2017 festival.  More »

roksponsmallPro-Ject Audio Systems ha been a producer of analogue hifi audio equipment for more than 25 years. Pro-Ject say: ‘We have been producing a range of products with excellent sound and finish with an impeccable price-performance proposition. With the same principles in mind we started to create budget friendly yet high end audiophile electronics”. More »

1More is a  Chinese brand that make a range of headphones and in-ears. Here Stuart Smith tries out the £89.99 dual driver C1002 and the three driver E1001 costing ten pounds more from their UK website.  More »

At just £200 the funky yellow Steljes NS3 powered speakers offer a whole lot of connectivity including Bluetooth, but can they cut the mustard?  More »

Lehmann are a German manufacturer headed up by Norbert Lehmann and make a range of widely respected electronics. Here Janine Elliot pops on her cans and takes a listen to the Linear D Headphone amplifier and DAC costing £1050.  More »

roksponsmallOrtofon have launched some new vinyl accessories including a new Test Record, which they say “is designed to allow you to verify your Hifi system in the most natural audio surroundings at home”. The Test Record contains special test signals developed for analysing cartridge performance as well as its interaction with your tonearm and turntable.  More »

Tallisker is the DIY solo project of French artist Eléonore Melisande, 28. A former cellist and guitarist with a classical and folk background, she is now a full-time DJ, producer and performer with electronic, post-folk & rave aesthetics. Winning the Inrocks Lab Award (2014), the Booster Award (2015) and performing every weekend helped her take off pretty quickly and now she’s pleased to celebrate the release of her debut EP ‘Heliotrop’. More »

The Molochs have released the video for their second single You And Me . Talking of the single, lead singer Lucas Fitzsimmons said, “You And Me” is about losing the struggle to control one’s emotions.” The sentiment is accompanied by a nice Hammond organ. You And Me is the second single from the band. It follows their first single No More Cryin’. Both tracks will be released on America’s Velvet Glory out Jan 13th via Innovative Leisure.  More »

The £280/m Experience 680 interconnect from British manufacturer Wire On Wire is an interesting concept in that is able to be ‘tuned’ by the owner. Dominic Marsh tunes in for Hifi Pig.  More »

roksponsmallTAGA Harmony, a European manufacturer of speakers and audio electronics, today announced the launch of a new premium floorstanding speaker models in the Audio Video series: TAV-616F SE (Special Edition). More »

Making noise is a bit like making a mistake: any fool can make a mistake, but it takes skill to cause a fiasco. More »

James Fleming asks that crucial question: Is it the singer or the song?  More »

Father and son team David and Rob Stevenson review the entry level Pro-Ject Primary turntable costing £189. More »

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The SOtM sMS 200 streamer is an unassuming little unit costing $450 plus taxes. John Scott puts it to the test.  More »

In Italian Valore means value and at €1495 complete with arm the Valore Plus 425 turntable from Italian manufacturer Gold Note certainly looks to offer a good bang for your buck. Janine Elliot spins some tunes.  More »

Japanese brand CEC’s belt driven CD transports are legendary in audiophile circles but have had traditionally been out of the reach of most people. The £2600 CEC TL5 CD Transport, sold by Definitive Audio in the UK, puts this exotica much more within the grasp of more people and Janine Elliot couldn’t wait to get her hands on it to review for Hifi Pig. More »

roksponsmallAmadeus importer Source Systems, Ltd. will demonstrate the new Amadeus ‘Philharmonia’ loudspeakers at CES 2017 January 5-7 in Las Vegas. The new Amadeus speakers were co-designed by architect Jean Nouvel and Michel Deluc, Director of Research & Development at Amadeus. More »

Lehmann are a German manufacturer headed up by Norbert Lehmann and make a range of widely respected electronics. Here Janine Elliot pops on her cans and takes a listen to the Linear D Headphone amplifier and DAC costing £1050.  More »