Tellurium Q Ultra Black II Speaker Cable is the latest incarnation of this British company’s Ultra Black cable and costs £310 per metre. Ian Ringstead plumbs it into his system for Hifi Pig. 

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Cayin extend their range of N8 players by offering the N8 Brass Black, a new version of the N8 that includes all the N8 technology and a new chassis.

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For many years now, visitors to the High End Munich show have been able to experience music demonstrations of exquisite quality on an extraordinary Hifi system in conference room K1B. The independent “German Record Critics’ Award Association” Award is given by its “Quartet of Critics”, which for the third year on May 10th, at the exhibition, will be discussing excellent and exciting music productions, and in doing so, presenting the 2019 special awards to Eva Mair-Holmes (Trikont) (pictured) and Klaus Voormann.

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I was really pleased to receive a call from Italian brand Monrio a few months ago asking if we’d be interested in reviewing one of their amplifiers as I’d owned one of their preamplifiers many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here we take a listen to the company’s MC 201 integrated amp with onboard USB DAC and costing £1600.

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H.C Slim had amassed quite a catalogue of original songs he’s demoed on a tape recorder, deep in the Eastern Finnish countryside. Over the years cassettes and CDRs began to circulate with original copies selling for high prices before Svart Records drove out to his remote cabin to offer Slim a deal for his debut album.

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Midwestern songwriter/musician Steve Marino announces his honest and intimate “debut” album Fluff due out May 24th, 2019 via Darling Recordings. The lead single and title track premiered today via Paste Magazine who called Steve’s music “quote.” The accompanying music video is a charming look inside Steve’s Bloomington, Indiana home through a pair of canine eyes.

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Following 2018’s Exercise the Demon EP, The Cabin Fever have returned with a new video for single “B-L-S-H”, only they’ve also pitched the song down and overdubbed some more madness. We teamed up with The Big Takeover to share this elaborate creation, writing “Deep, narcotic vocals elongate with the sedate pace of the song, as a downtempo beat, soporific guitar lines, and strung out violins creep through the cut”.

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Norway’s newest power-punks Wet Dreams have revealed a brand new single called ‘Boogie’, the latest taster of their debut self-titled album which is due for release on March 29th via Black Pop Records.

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Jamie Freeman returns with perhaps his most startlingly honest and remarkably vulnerable album yet, with the release of ‘Dreams About Falling’, in May 2019 via Union Music Label.

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JBL’s modern take on its legendary L100 loudspeaker, otherwise known as ‘the one from the Maxell tape ad’,  is now available across the UK.

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Gold Note have redesigned two of their MC cartridges with new ultra light coils to permit a lower output level.

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One of the most colourful characters in the Hifi world has to be Kostas Metaxas. His work is art that plays music, and he has just launched some more of his ‘Disruptive Sculptures’, flamboyant and beautiful pieces that help keep the industry interesting.

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John Scott is introduced to the DIMD PP10 and falls a little in love with a Latvian beauty.

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Lehmannaudio of Germany launched the Linear headphone amplifier in 2004,  now the classic design gets a complete audiophile overhaul.

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At a penny shy of £1000 the Airpulse A300 are an active loudspeaker with onboard amps and DAC. Alan McIntosh puts them through their paces. 

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AKG and their UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd, now have three foldable headphone models available in the UK, the K175 is a closed-back design with 40mm drivers, the K245 is a semi-open design with 50mm drivers, and the K275 is a closed-back design with 50mm drivers.

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Onkyo has launched of three new home cinema products. They comprise the THX Select certified 7.2-ch TX-NR696 Network A/V Receiver, the 5.1.2-ch HT-S5915 Home Cinema Package, and the 5.1-ch HT-S3910 Home Cinema Package, all supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks.

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Louien, AKA Live Miranda Solberg, returns with new music in the form of latest single Be Forgiven. Taken from an album set to emerge later this year on revered Norwegian label Jansen Records.

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