Dan Worth takes a look at the IsoAcoustics Orea Pucks designed to help isolate your equipment from unwanted vibrations.  More »

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Californian brand Aesthetix’ Saturn Series of hifi components has had a range of  enhancements in the form of the Saturn Eclipse edition, which has just arrived on UK shores. More »

FLARE JET 1 and JET 2 in-ear headphones are £49 and £69 respectively, much less than the company’s very well received previous models. Janine Elliot checks them out.  More »

Some nights are not to be forgotten.  Like the first night I saw Elvis Costello and The Attractions here at The Playhouse, back in 1981, rattling through a setlist that included a mashup – way before anyone knew what a mashup was – of Watching The Detectives and Stevie Wonder’s Masterblaster and later a spine-tingling cover of Randy Crawford’s One Day I’ll fly Away.   Or the two night residency on The Spectacular Spinning Songbook tour where the content of the evening’s entertainment fell to the fates of a wheel of fortune.  Or the night in 1991 when seeing Elvis on his Mighty Like A Rose tour meant that I missed the first tiny steps of my first born son.  More »

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Nils Lofgren’s life as a touring musician. By the time he was 18 he had garnered enough of a reputation to be asked by Neil Young to play on his After The Gold Rush album, going on to be involved in the infamous Tonight’s The Night album and tour.  Lofgren went on to carve out a successful solo career – the support act on his 1977 UK tour was some guy called Tom Petty with his band The Heartbreakers – and when Bruce Springsteen needed a guitarist to replace Stevie Van Zandt in 1984, Lofgren got the call.  It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that after more than 30 years playing in what is almost certainly the hardest working band in the business, Lofgren might want to take some time out but that is obviously not the case; E Street down time is regularly filled by Lofgren’s solo shows. More »

Finalised just after this years’ Munich High End Show, SCV Distribution is very pleased to announce, with immediate effect, that it has been appointed the UK and Ireland representatives for Novafidelity’s comprehensive range of streaming and digital music storage-based products. This move accompanies the launch of several updated models. More »

Crosby, Young, Gifted and, er, not Black…John Scott hangs out with M2Tech’s Rockstar separates and finds himself helpless to resist their charms. More »

The RMB 40/4 Loudspeakers (£3000) are a distinctive and interesting design, Dave Robson takes a listen. More »

Now in its fifth year the North West Audio Show has risen to be what I consider to be the best show that we attend and we are phenomenally happy to be their media partners. This year the show, held at the Devere Cranage Estate in Cheshire, had an amazing buzz going on social media in the weeks running up the show and subsequently turnout was fabulous – even the Sunday when we expected a lull because of England having a game on in the World Cup. The vibe at this show is like no other you will experience and there were people saying it felt less like a Hifi event and more like a great big family party that just happened to have some great Hifi systems playing. Add to this that the show is free, there is loads of free parking AND you get welcomed at the entrance by Kris’s (the organiser) fantastic team of helpers with a glass of fizz and you will understand why we are so happy to be media partners. It was also great to see other media at the show with Alan Sircom and Paul Messenger both in attendance. NEXT YEAR’S SHOW IS – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019 at De Vere Cranage estate, in Cheshire.  More »

The Bakoon Satri DAC-21 D2A DAC is diminutive in size, but does it make up in sound quality what it is lacking in stature? Janine Elliot finds out.  More »

Dan Worth takes a listen to the Goldenear Triton 5 floorstanding loudspeakers which for £2300 looks at face value to be a lot of speaker for the money.  More »

Almost 20 years ago, AudioQuest introduced the first models of the Flat Rock Series of speaker cables: Slate, Bedrock, Granite and Gibraltar. Later AQ designed a series of similar concept models, but smaller and less expensive – using the in-house bridge name “Rockettes” for smaller Rocks. The series name evolved to simply Rocket, and in honour of a very famous Oldsmobile, Rocket 88 became the top model. Now AudioQuest have introduced a new line of cables. More »

The free e-mag of our coverage of this year’s High-End Munich is now uploaded and ready for download. Inside you’ll find show reports, but more importantly loads of pictures of some of the stand out kit at this year’s High-End. There are around 250 pages for you to download and we sincerely hope you enjoy them all. click the image to start you download.

Nordost have reintroduced their SuperFlatline Speaker Cable. SuperFlatline was one of the original cable options that Nordost created and that is easily distinguishable by its flat design. More »

David Robinson takes a listen to the new Gekko Cables Purple Haze interconnects that have a unique construction and cost £2499 for a one metre pair.  More »

David Blumenstein takes a listen to the Exogal Comet Plus DAC costing $3500 or £2500 in the UK for the DAC and £2950 with improved PSU. More »

I love Hifi shows and have attended the major and minor shows around the world since the 1970’s, but one show has always eluded me, until this year that is. It was time to pluck up my courage and German language O’level skills to make my way to Munich for the show that everyone is talking about these days. Whilst some major shows around the world have either closed-down, and others can’t decide whether to move to Birmingham or somewhere else, this show stays firmly rooted to the southern German town. And, like a scene from 28 Weeks Later, hundreds and hundreds of determined audio-infected humans marched from all directions with great determination into the venue holding the annual event. It was hard to believe that so many people had such a passion for audio let alone would traverse so many countries to all join-together with one simple wish to see and hear the best in audio, for Hifi is truly still alive and well. More »

Stuarts High End Munich 2018 wrap up part two. This is my final report from what has been the best Munich High End we have attended. We covered over 50 Km at the show and met some great people, heard some fabulous systems…and some not so. Hope you enjoy.  More »

This gig marks a first for me – I confess to having only recently discovered Scott Matthews when I heard, almost by accident, the track ‘Elusive’ (which has won an Ivor Novello songwriting award) from his debut album – which, as it turns out, was released some 12 years ago.  That’s correct – 12 years!! – and I’ve been blissfully unaware!  It turns out that Scott’s been pretty busy in the intervening period, having penned a further five albums, including his recently released ‘The Great Untold’, from which a number of tracks are included in tonight’s set.

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A truly great Hifi Show is as much about the amazing people you meet, often by chance. Here’s the lovely people we managed to snap during our visit; did we get you?  More »

From Serbia to the UK via Devon-based Timestep comes one very interesting turntable indeed and one that we reviewed here at Hifi Pig a few years ago.  Available individually or partnered with Timestep’s  T-09 high mass tonearm and T-01HS ebony headshell.  More »

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