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 »

Steljes Audio NS3 powered speakers have been designed to complement any room in your home say this British company.

The Inputs on the NS3 are 1 x Optical, 1 x RCA Analogue, 1 x 3.5mm stereo jack input and 1 x Bluetooth receiver. NS3 has the ability to charge devices via a USB output, and you can add a Subwoofer.

These little speakers require two cables, one mains cable and a speaker cable to connect both speakers and they come with a remote control. Available in 7 finishes the ones sent for review come in a rather dashing yellow.

They cost £199. Review to follow.  More »

The Lab12 pre 1 just arrived at Hifi Pig Towers and here it is being unboxed. We’ll be reviewing this valve preamplifier and you can WIN this very unit worth £1200 by visiting Hifi Pig’s stand at The Indulgence Show that takes place the 14th to 16th October at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith, London. All you need to do is pick up a postcard from our stand, or ask for one if you see us and follow the instructions to be in with a chance of winning! More »

You may remember that we had a sneaky peek at the Cyrus Lyric back in September 2013, at the Paris hifi show. Well look what arrived for us today, a rather superbly boxed Lyric for us to play with. Its an all-in-one DAC/CD player/streamer/amplifier/radio for people who want audiophile quality from a single box and it looks rather fabulous too.  More »

French manufacturer Trinnov claim that ‘The ST2-HiFi is today’s most advanced stereo processor, room optimizer & DAC. It offers Trinnov’s patented loudspeaker/room optimization technology in a package specifically customised for hifi enthusiasts.‘ We are looking forward to putting it through it’s paces! Have a look at what is in the box…review to follow. More »

A very smart cuboid package has just arrived at Hifi Pig Towers, looking forward to having a play with this, especially as it promises everything the Mu-So has and more bass….pass the Hardfloor, I feel a sub bass test coming on!

While you are waiting for the review, have a look at what John Scott thought of the original Naim Mu-So, earlier this year. More »

Most audiophiles, particularly those in the UK, will know the name Creek and it is indeed great to see the company doing so well for themselves.

The Creek Evolution 100P is a power amplifier offering up a healthy 100Watts whilst the CD is, surprisingly enough a CD player. Interestingly the CD has an inbuilt DAC with a volume control so that’s all you need to get yourself up and running.
The pairing arrived in a sturdy double box and completely undamaged…which was nice! More »

Audio Hungary are a relatively new name to Hifi Pig and we first met them at this year’s High End show in Munich where they had their wares on display. This, the Qualiton A20i, is their entry level integrated amplifier. It is very compact, runs 2 x 20 Watts of Class A power and is based on classic push-pull topology.

It arrived, with little help from DPD, in a sturdy double (and surprisingly heavy) boxing, with the amp inside being very well packed indeed. The first thing out the box was the remote…wow, that’s heavy and really rather beautiful! Off with the valve cover to expose the tubes and the gleaming chrome body-work and that’s it all unboxed. More »

We’ve had the version one of this amplifier in the reference system for a while now and on the back of its performance we ordered the version 2 a few months ago. Jonathan Billington at Music First has been building it, and i’m sure others, since then, giving us regular updates as to how the build was going.

The Baby Reference arrived in a sturdy outer suitcase style box made of tough plastic with everything inside having being kept nice and safe from the vagaries of the international couriers. We’d been asked to open the unit to look at the personal message written on top of the transformer housing…i love little touches like that! More »

The Avantgarde Duos were ordered at last year’s Munich High-End and after a few months of feverish anticipation they finally arrived on a huge pallet. The packaging of these loudspeakers is exceptionally clever and very well thought out, making what could potentially be a very tricky exercise in unpacking, really rather simple…though there were a few worried faces at Hifi Pig Towers when the lorry driver had them on the edge of his wagon…

These have been in the main system a good while now and a review will follow in a month or two.  More »

The Grandinote Proemio Preamplifier and Silva amplifier have just arrived at Hifi Pig Towers for review, but by way of a bit of a preview we’ve taken lots of lovely photographs of the unboxing of this Italian pairing. Prices in the UK for the Proemio Preamplifier is £6500 and £7995 for the Silva Stereo Amplifier.

The amplifier is a 37 W Class A dual-mono and the preamplifier is also Class A dual-mono. The pairing weigh in at a not inconsiderable 55Kg More »

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