Arcam Reference Home Cinema will be at Bristol Sound and Vision

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Arcam of Cambridge are reinforcing their “performance is all” message with their Reference High End Home Cinema at Sound and Vision Bristol 2017. More »

In case you are not familiar with the name Unison Research, it is an Italian company in business for some 20 years or so at Treviso, a municipality just to the north of Venice, with a well earned reputation for producing some excellent hifi components. Dominic Marsh hs a play with their Triode 25 valve amplifier. More »

Keyboard maestro Vangelis has personally overseen the remastering of Delectus,  a 13 disc retrospective collection comprised of a selection of his solo albums and those recorded with Jon Anderson of Yes.  More »

Designed with the active music lover in mind the NuForce Sport3 In Ear Monitors cost £80. Janine Elliot gets gets physical with them.  More »

I first saw Pixies playing live nearly 30 years ago at Manchester International supporting Throwing Muses (who were promoting their second album ‘House Tornado’ – still one of my all-time favourite albums).  I didn’t actually realise at the time, but it was to be one of those tours which people still talk about years later (‘You were there??!!  No way!!’).  I was – and still am – an avid 4AD fan, so I’d purchased Pixies’ album ‘Surfer Rosa’ on its release just over a month prior to the gig.  The album’s now well-documented ‘loud-quiet-loud’ songs made for an essential listen; Pixies didn’t sound like much else at the time – and certainly nothing on the 4AD roster.  I likely don’t need to tell you that bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead & David Bowie cited them as a huge influence.  It still amazes me how Pixies signed to a London-based label, despite originating from Boston, Massachusetts – and even 4AD themselves nearly passed on the opportunity had it not been for the girlfriend of then-chief Ivo Watts-Russell who managed to persuade him.

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The Chord Company has launched Sarum T, a new cable range that directly benefits from Chord’s proprietary Taylon® insulation, which to date, has been the preserve of its flagship ChordMusic range. More »

Onkyo has announced a firmware update that activates FireConnect™ wireless multi-room audio distribution from selected Onkyo audio-video and hifi components and systems to compatible wireless speakers. More »

From Greece, the Echo Diastasis PH-79 Phono Stage is a dual mono design using E-Core transformers and costs £2760. Janine Elliot gives it a whirl. More »

Karma-AV got in touch to tell us about what they are demonstrating at the 30th Bristol Sound And Vision Hifi Show this week.

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Karma-AV got in touch to tell us about what they are demonstrating at the 30th Bristol Sound And Vision hifi Show this week. More »

Father and son duo Rob and Dave Stevenson get tooled up and take a bash with this interesting single driver DIY loudspeaker project costing a total of £552 including VAT.  More »

Quad will be giving visitors to Bristol Sound And Vision 2017 the chance to hear the new…

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Quad will be giving visitors to Bristol Sound And Vision 2017 the chance to hear the new Artera One, a single-box CD player/DAC/amp/hi-res streamer with extensive wireless connectivity including UPnP Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. More »

TARA Labs Design Team (TLDT) has worked over a year to come up with their new cable series, The Muse, which they say is “specifically designed for audiophiles who crave “musicality” in their audio system’s sound performance”. More »

Air Audio got in touch to tell us about a new company called Cove Audio who they will be distributing in the UK.They will be starting with their first range of signal cables…

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Air Audio got in touch to tell us about a new company called Cove Audio who they will be distributing in the UK.They will be starting with their first range of signal cables, RCA’s and XLR’s initially, with a comprehensive  range of audio cable options to be launched over the coming months. More »

From Greece, the Echo Diastasis PH-79 Phono Stage is a dual mono design using E-Core transformers and costs £2760. Janine Elliot gives it a whirl. More »

Care Orchestra Srl, an Italian brand of high-end audio and design, has announced a new product of the Spiritual Line. Care Orchestra say: “The Spiritual Violet is the natural evolution of the younger “sister” Spiritual Blue, from which it inherits its peculiarities and best features. Depth, transparency and musical performance definition reach an excellent level, giving rise to a quality of precise listening, never tiring”.
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NIME Audiodesign of Italy, who’s very distinctive looking steel and aluminium loudspeakers, the Elite One, we saw at High End Munich a few years ago, have launched some new models. More »

Loewe, the German manufacturer will be demonstrating their flagship OLED TV and wireless speaker system at the Bristol hifi and home cinema show on…

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Loewe, the German manufacturer will be demonstrating their flagship OLED TV and wireless speaker system at the Bristol hifi and home cinema show on 24th to 26th February. More »

George Jones was the king of heartbreak. But with his demise in 2013, Jim Lauderdale, the crown prince, could very well take the throne. However, it’s not as simple as a mere coronation ceremony. It’s a test of mettle, of experience, and of the songs. With a solo career spanning from 1986 to 2017, Lauderdale has the experience, and as evidenced by London Southern, he has a firm grasp on the songs. However, the sceptre just about slips away.    More »

Pro-Ject Audio Systems is known as the world leading producer of analogue hifi audio equipment for more than 25 years. Producing a range of products. Now they are releasing The Beatles 1964 Recordplayer Limited Edition More »

AudioControl makers of audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has announced that Monitor Audio has been added to their Sound Partners Program (SPP). More »

Tom Vu, president of TraingleArt, got in touch to tell us more about their latest tonearms, the Osiris MK2 and the Horus. More »

Music technology company MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG), announced today that the two companies have entered into a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s extensive catalogue of master recordings in MQA’s technology, promising to make some of the world’s most celebrated recordings available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming.
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Channel Islands Audio, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary, have announced the release of their PEQ 1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier. More »

Myles Manley makes idiosyncratic folk music on guitar with rhythms and colours snatched from various places, most recently Eric B and Rakim, Micachu and The Shapes, Moondog, The Clash’s Sandinista, Jinx Lennon, Frankie Cosmos, etc. “I started listening to a lot of early hiphop for some reason and what I loved about it was the clunkiness of the sounds, and the excitement you can hear at a whole new world of opportunities. I bought an MPC and started making idiot beats late at night that I’d write songs to. I’ve always had an ear for weird rhythms and I was able to make stuff that you’d never come up with rehearsing in a room with a drummer.”

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“Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Wainwright connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance is a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality. In a one man show, Wainwright recites a selection of his father’s compositions interspersed with songs from his own catalogue. “Surviving Twin” has never been previously performed in the UK.

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Norwegian pop-punks “TAKING NAMES” share first single “Say Anything” More »

The Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters – have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ out April 21st. This will be the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records.  

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Ahead of the release of their forthcoming album “The Tourist”, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced a string of UK tour dates for September 2017. This will be the first time the band has toured in the UK since 2014, and the dates will follow on from the band’s huge US tour, which will take place across March, April and May 2017

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The Los Angeles based duo Tashaki Miyaki will release their highly anticipated debut album, ‘The Dream’, on April 7th via Metropolis Records and have just shared the first taste of the upcoming release via a new single entitled ‘Girls On T.V.’ “This track emerged out of observing fame culture,” explains vocalist Paige Stark. “Things like the emergence of reality TV stardom and social media celebrity have elevated fame culture to a new sphere. We are living in an Andy Warhol meets Orwellian vision of the future and I find it terrifying. It’s all about ‘likes’ and numbers, and now our country is being run by a monster who was created by this very machine. The title is playing on the perspective I’m singing from a media brainwashed girl that only wants to be famous like the girls on TV.” More »

Porshyne are an atmospheric rock five-piece hailing from Brighton. Formed in 2014, early releases from the band such as “Residue” and “Warp” have helped to cement their name within the Brighton music scene, leading to them playing shows alongside the likes of Black Peaks, Valerian Swing, Town Portal and many more. Now, after having burrowed away to record their debut EP “Environmental Music” with Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Broker, The Physics House Band), Porshyne are set to return with their most heavy, emotive and accomplished material to date. More »

Sweet Gum Tree’s first and heavily supported album by the likes of Mojo, Uncut and The Line Of Best Fit, came to fruition with the help of many prestigious collaborators such as Isobel Campbell -Belle & Sebastian, Earl Harvin -Tindersticks and Marty Willson-Piper -The Church. This time, Arno Sojo has reshuffled his cards and chosen to record this new album almost entirely on his own, except for the help of Irish producer David Odlum (long-time partner-in-crime of Gemma Hayes and Glen Hansard). More »

APURNA is a new brand of audio amplifier from France, but above all is a brand telling the story of one couple’s “passion for the purest technology and elegance”. After years of work and thought, Catherine and Franck Borne today are proud to launch their analogue amplifier that, they say “delivers not only on performance, but every bit as much on refinement and design”. More »

Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Jamiroquai, George Benson, Norah Jones, Laura Mvula and many more confirmed for North Sea Jazz Festival 2017 More »

Vandana is pleased to share the first single from her upcoming EP today, with Wonderland. More »

Los Angeles based Cambodian and American rock band DENGUE FEVER have announced that they are set to begin a deluxe reissue campaign to release the bands long out-of-print back catalogue via their own Tuk Tuk Records. More »

Janine Elliot takes a listen to the STS Digital reel to reel copy of Jazz Masters Volume 1 More »

Arcaydis are a Sheffield based manufacturer of loudspeakers that many will know the name of. The company has relaunched recently with new owners but with the same designs and here Ian Ringstead takes a listen to their £799 EB2S standmount loudspeaker.  More »

Father and son duo Rob and Dave Stevenson get tooled up and take a bash with this interesting single driver DIY loudspeaker project costing a total of £552 including VAT.  More »

SVS, USA based manufacturer of speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, have announced their 16-Ultra Series, its largest and most powerful subwoofer line ever. SVS told us: ‘The new sealed box SB16-Ultra and ported box PB16-Ultra subwoofers are the culmination of all SVS engineering advancements and loaded with innovations that establish the 16-Ultra Series as the reference standard for bass. More »

PMC is using Sound & Vision, The Bristol Show, to launch the AVM high-end electronics brand, which it is adding to its distribution portfolio, making this high-end brand available to UK audiophiles…

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