Chord Electronics today formally launched their Poly to the world’s press at the rather swanky Goring hotel in London’s Belgravia. But what is the Chord Poly and why would you want one? For live updates from the launch hop on over to our Facebook page  More »

Hifi Pig’s second and final report from The Indulgence Show 2017. Hundreds of pics from the show and minimal waffle…we know you want the pics.  More »

Now in just its second year The Indulgence Show, Hammersmith, London took place last weekend and what a great show it was. The team from Indulgence have improved massively on the first year with better signposting and more exhibitors.
For me personally the show felt buzzy but not over busy. One of my pet hates with some shows is that visitors get to rooms, find most of the seats are taken and then stand in the doorway blocking everyone else’s access…quite often when there are still seats available. The Indulgence Show, whilst still having a decent flow of traffic through most rooms, allowed visitors to get into the rooms and have a good listen. This is a good thing in my book and, having spoken to a number of people about this since the show, massively busy shows can be off putting for some. My one gripe about the venue is that is is oddly laid out and can get a little confusing for first time visitors, but you do soon get the hang of where things are.

The Show took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday but given the vagaries of transport connections from France we arrived late on the Friday evening, grabbed a drink and went out to dinner with Dan George of Dan George Communications and the good people from Chord Electronics…thanks guys. Saturday morning we grabbed a quick breakfast, set up our cameras etc and off we went to explore a few rooms before getting ready for our little event in the Cognac Suite where we had a live DJ (Adam Billingham AKA Fray Bentos) playing through a Chord Electronics amp, chord cables and a pair of Ophidian P2 loudspeakers.

Anyway, enough of my waffle, read the report part 1 including 3 Square Audio, Wire On Wire, Ophidian and Karma AV.  More »

Ian Ringstead recently reviewed the EB 2 from Arcaydis and now focuses on the smaller EB1S. Like the EB2 it is made in Sheffield in the UK. More »

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to two somewhat unusually designed loudspeakers from UK manufacturer RMB. The larger floorstanding 22/3 model costs £1850 a pair and the smaller 12/3 standmount costing £1200.  More »

Janine Elliot takes a listen to the SoundKaos LIBéRATION Loudspeakers that use an open baffle design along with ribbon tweeters in a package costing just over £17,000. More »

Poland is getting a bit of a reputation in the Hifi world for producing products at great prices. Here Dominic Marsh checks out the Pylon Diamond Monitor loudspeakers costing €899.75 to €999.75. More »

As children, when we lost a toy, we were taught to ‘retrace our steps’. To go back over the very recent past to find what we had lost. And Natterers are retracing hardcore punk’s steps to recover what has been lost in recent years. More »

In a world that is becoming ever more geared towards an online experience there are some people that are looking to take us back to a time when you could interact with real sales people and experience what you are looking to buy before actually handing over your hard earned. It’s refreshing then to see that David Brook (Of MCRU fame) has seen the potential in adding a bricks and mortar presence to his portfolio in the shape of his new shop Brook Audio on Brook Street (a coincidence David tells us) in the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. Asking David about the move he said that human interaction is still alive in the audiophile world and people of a certain age prefer the personal touch which a proper shop provides. More »

Next release on Black Pop Records is the EP “INC.” by Rick Ashtray from Oslo and Trondheim. You might already recognize the members from other Norwegian acts such as Mats Wawa, Blomst and Gold Celeste. Yesterday, the band premiered the first single from the EP entitled, “One Of These Nites”, with Northern Transmissions. More »

Dan Worth takes a look at the Innuos Zenith MK2 an all in one streamer, CD ripper and SSD storage unit costing from £2299 depending on storage capacity chosen.   More »

Audio Files take a standard Audio Technica AT-LP5 turntable, add a new arm and carry out other modifications and offer a stylus upgrade to the standard cartridge. Total costs including the stylus upgrade is £835, Ian Ringstead listens to see if this is a worthwhile route to take over the original AT-LP5, available at time of review available for £319.  More »

Now in its fourth year at Cranage (North West Audio Show) has gone from strength to strength. The decision to keep it at one venue and over a full weekend was a wise one. The beauty of the show is that it is free to enter for the public and is set in a great country location near Jodrell Bank. More »

In the last four years the Cranage show has really become established. It is now a firm fixture on the Hifi show calendar with exhibitors and visitors alike loving the sumptuous surroundings, free parking and free entry and the general atmosphere of the show. It really is a breath of fresh air, Cranage Hall itself is the perfect mix of conferencing/event facilities and hotel, so there are rooms to suit all exhibitors. The layout also makes it easy to follow the flow of the show with exhibitors grouped into different areas. Being a two day show now takes the pressure off the exhibitors and has given it a very chilled out feel and the visitors certainly appreciated having more time to enjoy the ever growing list of rooms. This year there were over 40 exhibitors in total showing a wide variety of gear, from the more affordable to the higher end.

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I love the North West Audio Show at Cranage Hall which is now in its fifth year. Kris, the organiser of the show has done a brilliant job of putting together a show that about as good as it gets in my opinion, and judging by the smiling faces at the show this year, so do many others. Kris has listened to the public and as the years have gone by North West Audio show has evolved accordingly to what it is today. Hifi Pig is immensely proud to be exclusive media partner for the show.

The 2018 North West Audio Show will still be at the amazing Cranage Hall in Cheshire again, will again be over two days and promises to be bigger and even better than this year’s …if that is even possible. Dates are now confirmed as Saturday and Sunday 23-24 June 2018.  More »

Tannoy is a household name, and not just amongst audiophiles. Here Dominic Marsh takes a listen to their  £599 Revolution XT6 loudspeakers. More »

TAGA Harmony are based in Poland and offer a wide range of loudspeakers and other products to suit all pockets. Here Ian Ringstead tries out their TAV 616F SE floorstanders costing €735. More »

PS Audio have announced the availability of the revolutionary Huron Operating System upgrade for the DirectStream and DSJ DACs. More »

Spendor has applied key elements of the technology and materials developed for their multi award winning D7 and A6R loudspeakers to create three all-new Spendor A-Line loudspeakers. More »

High End Munich is as much about the people as it is about the gear and we have been lucky enough to meet some great people at all the shows we’ve been to. Over the next few pages you’ll get to see some of the wonderful people we met at Munich 2017 and a bit of a look behind the scenes when it’s all over. See you at High End Munich 2018 ! More »

Munich High End Show 2017 Report Part Eight including: GIK, Sugden, Innuos, Line Magnetic, Roksan, Orpheus Lab, Marten, Townshend, Bryston, Kostas Metaxas, Hegel, Quadraspire, Kharma, ReQuest Audio, Absolare, Torus Power, Atomh, Atoll, Vincent, Vienna Acoustics, AVM, Gauder Akustik, O2A Cables, Stenheim, Wadax, Fono Acustica, VTL, Soulutions, De Baer,  Rockport Technologies, Critical Mass Systems, Vandersteen, Harmonic Resolution Systems,  Brinkman, Bergman Galder, Thrax Audio, North Star, Kubala Sosna, Meitner, Emme Labs, Lanche Audio, CRTech, Vivid, Trinnov, Kronos, Goebel High End, Audio Exklusiv, FINKTEAM, Octave, esoteric, Bowers and Wilkins, Moon by SimAudio, Quadraspire, Wilson, Audiodata, Falkenohr, Soulution, Q Acoustics, Anthem, Paradigm, Audium, Furutech, fischer and Fischer, AVM, MudRa Akustik, Avantgarde Acoustic, AVID Hifi, T + A, Dali, Amphion, BMC, Live Act Audio, Dan D’Agostino, Sounus Faber, Audio Research, Meridian, Cabasse, Chord Electronics.  More »