Black Rhodium used the 2017 Stylus show in Manchester to launch the two new high end Tone Arm cables. These join the Stylus and Stylus VS-2 Tone Arm cables to enable Black Rhodium to offer a choice of Tone Arm DIN terminated cables to high end turntable users. More »

SACD is currently experiencing what can only be termed as a renaissance all over the world. As the revival of Vinyl has shown, there is an undeniable charm in owning a tangible data medium with audiophiles particularly still wishing to play music from CD and SACD. For that reason, T+A has developed the MP 3100 HV multi-media player, featuring a new disc mechanism incorporating the latest decoder technology. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be hosting an open day with Scott Berry and Isabel Whitley of Computer Audio Design. More »

Formed 5 years ago but playing music together going back as long as 15 years ago, Miss Lucid have created their 5 track, self-titled debut record, due for release in April 3rd on Fat Hippy Records. The debut single, ‘The Beast’ was unleashed on March 6th and they will also have some live dates that will be announced imminently. Luckily I got my hands on the full album for review! More »

Atlas Cables, the engineering-led cable manufacturer of Kilmarnock, Scotland, has introduced the latest addition to its HDMI cable range, the Hyper 4K Wideband HDMI. Building upon its 1st generation Atlas Equator (active) and Element (passive) High speed with Ethernet HDMI, Atlas has introduced this new model that delivers the full bandwidth requirements of the latest HDMI specification for Ultra UHD with a bandwidth of 18Gbps over extended lengths up to 15m. More »

It’s the new record from Moshi Moshi signings Happyness, who are releasing the follow-up to their acclaimed cult hit debut album, ‘Weird Little Birthday’, on April 7th this year. This new album “Write In” was recorded in their studio, right above a now-demolished old book shop, and is said take in a much wider range of influences, highlighting many new sides to the band’s song writing style. With the band only gaining more steam and heading for promising things by all accounts, it was only right that this little piglet here got her hands on it for a listen to see what all the hype is about!

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Audeara, which the makers claim are the world’s first ‘full fidelity headphones’ with an in built hearing test to protect users ears, is currently a live project on Kickstarter. The project reached its funding target within the first 15 hours and has now more than doubled its original target. More »

The Tivoli ‘Model One Digital’ table-top radio refreshes the classic design of Tivoli’s original Model One with music streaming and multi-room capability. More »

Audio Physic have released their first new loudspeaker of 2017. The Avantera III are an upgrade to the Avantera plus+ loudspeakers. More »

Ian Ringstead visits the Stylus Show in Manchester. More »

The Chord Company will be demonstrating the benefits of its recently launched ShawCan headphone upgrade cables to the public at the headroom show, Metropolis Studios, London, 24th-25th March. More »

Rupert Neve is a name that will trip of the tongue of anyone who has been interested in or worked in recording studios; put simply he is a giant/demi-god in the industry. Neve has now put his name to a £469 headphone amplifier and who better to put it through its paces than Janine Elliot. More »

Read more about the Volya and High End Society fundraiser here

This year, loudspeaker manufacturer Volya GmbH in association with High End Society Service GmbH is launching a Charity Auction. The prize is a pair of the new model of Volya GmbH loudspeakers, NoLimits. More »

Luxman have announced the CL-38uSE and MQ-88uSE Special-edition valve preamplifier and power amplifier, with production limited to just 100 pieces of each. More »

From the first few lines of the opening anti-gentrification title track it was clear I was going to love this record and it just gets better the more you listen to it. My first time round was in the car and it was played three times in a row. I know little about the band, the CD came with no information and the band all have paper bags on their heads in the cover photo and as we listened on that drive we were second guessing who the band actually were. The singer has a quality to his voice that reminded me of Suggs out of Madness and I wrongly assumed that this was perhaps a side project of his. More »

A recording by Astor Piazzolla “the single most important figure in the history of tango” will be the first MQA recording to be released on compact disc in Japan. The album is “A. Piazzolla by Strings and Oboe”, recorded by the UNAMAS Piazzolla Septet and mastered by respected producer and mastering engineer Mick Sawaguchi. More »

James Fleming gets hit by a glitter-coated brick and finds he is not alone!  More »

TAGA Harmony have unveiled Diamond B-60, the brand’s flagship bookshelf model. More »

Stemfoort may not be a name that immediately trips off the tongue when speaking about amplifiers, but the companies heritage goes back to the mid eighties and they are owned by J.E.Sugden, who many will know for their Class A amplifiers. Lionel Payne takes a listen to their SF-200 Passive Line Amplifier costing £2135 for Hifi Pig. More »

Vista Audio has introduced an extension of their Phono-1 phono preamplifier. Phono-2 ($399) has no capacitors in the signal path and RIAA compensation is executed with high precision film capacitors and low noise resistors. More »

The 2017 ‘Tokyo International Audio Show’ (TIAS for short), which is now in it’s 35th year, will be held at the ‘Tokyo International Forum’, located in Yurakucho, Tokyo. It is organised by the International Audio Society of Japan. More »

The vinyl revival refuses to slow and as such more and more turntables are coming to market at the budget end of the spectrum and with more features that will appeal to a younger audience. The Elipson Omega 100 RIAA BT costing a penny shy of £500 comes with a built in phonostage, USB out to digitise your records and even aptX Bluetooth for wireless use. Janine Elliot gives it a spin for Hifi Pig. More »

Jay Garrett gets a first listen to the brand new Homage Tradition speaker range from Sonus Faber which were showcased at their UK launch held at Marylebone’s high-end Hifi store, KJ West One in collaboration with specialist distributor Absolute Sounds. More »

Based in Serbia, Trafomatic are well known in audio circles, not least for their £100 000 Elysium amplifiers, but they also produce more moderately priced products. However, £2350 is a serious commitment for a headphone amplifier, Janine Elliot takes a listen to the Audio Head 2 and tells us if it is worth the outlay.  More »

Audirvana Plus, the desktop music player for macOS, has released the latest version of its software which now integrates MQA audio technology.  The MQA Core decoder, contained within the new Audirvana Plus 3 player, enables the first origami ‘unfold’ and also authenticates the file using a blue or green light to confirm that the sound is identical to that of the source material. More »

London based ‘boutique’ hifi dealer Sonata, is showcasing the high-end Goldmund Telos ‘Reference’ DAC/Headphone Amp at the Headroom Show on the 24th and 25th March 2017. More »

The Fiio X1ii is a personal music player that costs just £99 but has great specs. Janine Elliot has a play. More »

T3TRA by Alienology Audio – Audio Designer Speakers – are 3D printed & digitally made for Bookshelf, Satellite and Desk-Top use. More »

High End Munich 2017 is presenting itself under a new theme…

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Rupert Neve is a name that will trip of the tongue of anyone who has been interested in or worked in recording studios; put simply he is a giant/demi-god in the industry. Neve has now put his name to a £469 headphone amplifier and who better to put it through its paces than Janine Elliot. More »

High End Munich 2017 is presenting itself under a new theme: “Let The Music Play”. The team from High End Society, who run the annual High End Munich Hifi show got in touch to tell us about their new theme for 2017. More »

Audio Hungary got in touch to tell us more about their Qualiton brand, their products, philosophy and their history. Audio Hungary Ltd., owners of the Qualiton brand, started off in 2012. This essentially came about when they purchased Univox Ltd, a manufacturer of industrial PA equipment. Without wanting to make this a lesson in economic history: the company started back in the 1940’s operating under the names of “Audio” “EAG “and BEAG until the 1990’s. That was when Univox was created from a manufacturing unit of BEAG (Budapest Electro-Acoustics Factory). BEAG used to be one of the largest players in the industry in the Eastern bloc, having also supplied the entire PA system for the Moscow Olympics back in 1980”. More »

Join KJ West One on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March for the first UK performance of the latest range of loudspeakers from Italian manufacturer Sonus Faber. More »

Trafomatic Audio of Serbia sent us over pictures of their new Evolution amplifier series. More »

As we featured in our Bristol Sound and Vision coverage, Melco have updated their original N1 series with their new MkII range which reflects both technical improvements and feedback from owners, with the aim to further improve sound quality and also to add ‘innovative new functionality previously not possible with this type of Audiophile Source Component’. More »

Jay Garrett visits high end hifi emporium, KJ West One in London, to experience a night of ‘Strictly Vinyl’ with Vertere. More »

The Hifi Pig Extra and GadgetyNews coverage of the recent Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show is ready for free download. More »

The Hifi Pig Extra and GadgetyNews coverage of the recent Sound and Vision, The Bristol Show is ready for free download.

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British cable manufacturer Tellurium Q got in touch to let us know why they have upgraded their Black speaker cable to the new Black II. More »

Linn are calling their new Klimax 350 ‘The ultimate intelligent loudspeaker’. They go on to explain further: “Taking a digital signal as their input, the Klimax 350 ensures zero transmission loss from the source. Then our Katalyst DAC Architecture retrieves the maximum amount of musical information from this digital signal”. More »

Danish manufacturers Densen have launched their brand-new Cast Amp Streamer, the first in their brand-new Dino range of products. More »

Peter Murphy was the vocalist of the renowned rock group Bauhaus and has also made ten solo albums, the most recent being the Youth produced ‘Lion’, released in 2014. More »

Following last year’s release of her critically acclaimed second album “Black Terry Cat”, NYC’s Xenia Rubinos has announced live dates in the UK and Europe for April / May. More »

Diet Cig will be releasing their debut album Swear I’m Good At Thison April 7th (Frenchkiss) and in advance of its’ release they share a new single in album highlight “Barf Day.”  The track, which was spun first by Zane Lowe on his Beats1 radio show, premiered via Stereogum who note, “The delightfully titled “Barf Day” (embodies) what makes the pair’s upcoming debut Swear I’m Good At This so enthralling: the featherweight garage grit, Luciano’s subversive sincerity, and bandmate Noah Bowman’s fist-pumping percussion…Against all odds, Diet Cig are coming of age on their own terms.”

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