Leema Acoustics, the Welsh hifi brand founded by two ex-BBC sound engineers, will be at The Audio Show this weekend (September 22nd and 23rd) demonstrating the newly announced Sirius streaming music server and the Tucana II Anniversary Edition integrated amplifier. More »

Titan Audio, A relatively new company, starting out in 2013 and based in Northern Ireland with a passion for getting the best mains power to your HiFi equipment. Not only do Titan strive to construct the very best power cables and connections, they back their work up with a “Lifetime” guarantee too. Here Dave Robson will be be testing their Styx Power Distribution Block and the first three power cables in their line up. The Styx, Tyco and Helios power cables. More »

More good news for Fyne Audio. As part of Scottish Enterprise’s strategy to support ambitious Scottish companies in scaling more quickly, Glasgow-based loudspeaker brand Fyne Audio has secured significant funding from Scottish Investment Bank to drive business growth. This financing will allow Fyne Audio to grow its R&D facility, diversify product lines and increase production to meet rising international demand for its products. More »

Are you ready for the Festival Of Sound 2018 in London next week? Kicking off at 6pm on Thursday 27th September and running until 5pm on Sunday 30th September 2018 at the Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London. The show is much more than just a Hifi Show. As well as experiencing the latest products from many big-name audio brands, the show is a chance to hear performances and seminars from audio and music industry celebrities. More »

Titan Audio, A relatively new company, starting out in 2013 and based in Northern Ireland with a passion for getting the best mains power to your HiFi equipment. Not only do Titan strive to construct the very best power cables and connections, they back their work up with a “Lifetime” guarantee too. Here Dave Robson will be be testing their Styx Power Distribution Block and the first three power cables in their line up. The Styx, Tyco and Helios power cables. More »

Harbeth Audio Ltd. has announced its fourth and final release in its limited-edition 40th Anniversary series. More »

Audiolab launched the 8000A in 1983, thirty five years on they are launching the new 6000A. Outwardly, the 6000A bears strong resemblance to the 8300A with its rotary controls and large, central OLED display. But while the 8300A costs £899, the 6000A’s recommended price tag is just £599. What’s more, unlike its costlier, analogue-only sibling, it incorporates high-quality D/A conversion, enabling digital sources to be connected directly without an external DAC. More »

I love factory visits and so when an invitation to Linn in Glasgow dropped onto our virtual doormat I was really quite chuffed. I’ve known, as many of you reading this will have, Linn from my teenage days and reading the mags of the day and lusting after the LP 12, Isobariks etc. Needless to say I ended up owning aforementioned turntable having spent the majority of my first term at university’s grant on a second-hand one (afromosia plinth, no arm and no cartridge). That got swapped, along with my Musical Fidelity The Preamp and Crimson Electric amp, for a pair of Technics 1210s when the acid house craze kicked off and I started my Djing career. For many years I was Linnless (though many will have noticed the fact that the good lady wife is a Lin, though missing an n from the end of her name). I digress but Linn did play a major part in the rekindling of my love of Hifi when about 13 years ago Lin (Mrs Hifi Pig) noticed some Linn gear for sale on a local expat forum. So I was now fully kitted out with an LP12 (this time it had an arm and cartridge), a Karik CD player, Majik amp and a pair of Keilidh speakers. So, to say Linn are somewhat instrumental in the creation of what has become Hifi Pig is a bit of an understatement. More »

Last week we had a very pleasant visit up to Glasgow to Linn HQ to experience their new product. However, until midday today, we and the other selekt (see what I did there), few journalists from the British Hifi Press, were sworn to secrecy about what we had seen and heard. Finally we can reveal the launch of the Linn Selekt DSM, an all-new Linn network music player that promises, say the Linn team, “to bring the feeling back to digital audio”. More »

ECLIPSE, the Japanese loudspeaker manufacturer, will be at The Audio Show this weekend (September 22nd and 23rd) with the TD510zMK2. Birmingham-based ECLIPSE retailer, The Little Audio Company, will be demonstrating the speakers with a diverse range of music courtesy of an Innuos ZENith Mk. II music server with amplification from Hegel’s H190. More »

Mitchell & Johnson has launched the 800 Series, a new flagship range of hifi components, its first to be entirely designed, engineered and built in the UK. The new 800 Series represents a significant milestone for Mitchell & Johnson, as the company transitions towards a new era of entirely British built equipment for its customers, following a period of investment in the UK. More »

If you are familiar with the philosophy behind Akiko Audio’s tuning product designs, you won’t be surprised to hear that the new Minelli Power Conditioner is based on a design without electrical components. By doing so, Akiko say it can passively tackle high frequency noise. More »

In order to celebrate its first year of “life”, the Digital Sharing Converter, DSC1, the first device of Métronome’s new DS range, is becoming even more connected. More »

Chord Electronics has joined forces with The Chord Company to offer a free interconnect with the purchase of a Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, from ‘bricks and mortar’ UK retailers this Autumn. More »

Rob Hunt of REL got in touch to tell us more about their latest collaboration with House Of Linn Manchester owners, Brian and Trevor. “House of Linn (Brian and Trevors) have been longstanding believers in the use of REL within the Linn Akurate system for some time now”. More »

The Chord Company has launched SignatureXL, the latest evolution of a classic Chord speaker cable and one that introduces modern technology plus the new silver-plated ChordOhmic plugs. More »

Mr Araki, CEO of Melco Syncrets, the Hifi division of the Japanese IT company Buffalo Technology, has announced the launch of the Melco N10 ‘extreme performance’ Hi-Res digital Music Library and the more entry level N100. More »

Saxon, over the decades have gone from being pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, to becoming one of the most successful UK rock acts of all time. The truth, though, is that Saxon have always transcended trends and eras. From 1979’s ‘Saxon’ album to new album Thunderbolt, the band have enjoyed considerable success. Five Top 40 albums in the UK, with four Top 20 singles. And they were similarly successful in other parts of the world as well. It’s no wonder their influence spread across the globe, and played a crucial role in the way we look at hard rock and heavy metal today.

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Celebrating their 50th Anniversary as a band in 2018, Nazareth is marking the occasion with a hard rocking new album, “Tattooed On My Brain”. Scheduled for release on Frontiers Music srl on October 12, 2018the album will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. “Tattooed On My Brain” is their 24th full length album and the first to feature new vocalist Carl Sentance (ex-Persian Risk, Don Airey). More »

This Month I Have Been Mainly Reading… White Bicycles by Joe Boyd More »

With the release of recent single Silver Rabbit – the first to be taken from forthcoming album Diagrams – we find Smith conjuring a story of self-doubt and regret, setting it against the low-budget romance of the seaside, and channelling all of that through overdriven guitars. On an album which seeks to bind the obscure and the everyday, Silver Rabbit’s palpable tension is married to echoes of the grunge era, making the video’s bustling visuals and hazy, vintage hue a welcome accompaniment. More »

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