Norma HS-IPA 1 is a modular (but in this case, fully loaded) integrated amplifier from Italy that includes a DAC, phono-stage, and headphone amplifier. The unit costs £3650 as tested and here Janine Elliot takes it for a whirl.

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Atacama is a well known UK-based manufacturer of Hifi racks and furniture, in this review for Hifi Pig Dan Worth places their Special Edition 2 rack, costing £199 per level, into his system. More »

The Clarity System from MasterSounds is an all in one loudspeaker and amplifier package costing £4,495. Paul Messenger takes a listen for Hifi Pig. More »

Costing €3198 the UltraDAC from Berlin-based brand BMC Audio is an unusual design both inside and out; Dan Worth takes a listen for Hifi Pig.

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Priced at $17500 in the US or €13000 in Europe the Ø AUDIO Icon loudspeakers are designed in Scandinavia by Sveinung Djukastein Mala and come with a 12” woofer and horn-loaded 3” tweeter; Stuart Smith sees what they are made of.

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Janine Elliot takes a listen to the latest release on the Chasing The Dragon imprint, Quentin Collins’ All Star Quintet “A Day in the Life”, presented here on reel to reel.

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The HEXMAT Yellow Bird Isolator is a record mat, but a record mat with a difference given its’ unusual design. It costs £115 including delivery and Alan McIntosh was keen to give it a whirl.

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Janine Elliot takes a listen to the iFi Zen DAC that boasts a whole load of features in a diminutive package and is priced at just £129. More »

Leema Acoustics’ Elements High-Resolution Streamer is the Welsh brand’s mid-level streamer. Here Alan Mcintosh puts it through its paces.

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The people at Quadraspire have a great little tool to show you how their big stuff works.

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Costello’s last visit to Edinburgh saw him deliver a two-and-a-half-hour tour de force that will be hard to forget.  It’s a night that Elvis himself has good reason to remember.  Having decided not to go public about a recent cancer treatment he had thrown himself back into public performance a little too soon. Edinburgh saw him at the top of his game but by the following night in Newcastle he had overstretched himself and later tour dates were cancelled.  Happily, a brief respite saw him return to active service and, following a double-header tour with Blondie and further Imposters’ dates in the U.S and U.K, he is back in front of an Edinburgh audience once again.  Billed A Tour To Trust, the shows are not intended to lean heavily on Costello’s 1981 album Trust, but to indicate that we should trust Elvis and The Impostors to deliver the goods.

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Fink Team, headed up by Karl-Heinz Fink may be a new name to you, but it’s likely you will know speakers they have a hand in making. Now they are making their own speakers and here Stuart Smith checks out their two-way floorstander, Borg.  More »

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Lee Taylor is the founder of Leema Acoustics, the lead designer and the ‘Lee’ in Leema.
A BAFTA winner, Lee has had an incredible career in music and audio, and following what is (still) the most valuable of audio educations, sound engineering at The BBC, Lee went on to work on some of the BBC’s most popular TV shows including Casualty, Blue Peter and Panorama.
Lee set up Leema Acoustics in 1998 with fellow BBC engineer Mallory Nicholls as a means of further exploring their fanatical interest in audio reproduction. Starting with loudspeakers, the company progressed into electronics, hand-building everything from the Welsh factory. Even its PCBs are made in Wales.

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Will Binks is based in the North East of England and has been chronicling the regions vibrant punk music scene for a number of years through his photographs which capture the heart and soul of the scene.
Here Hifi Pig talks to Will about his photographs and what motivates him to document the North East punk movement.

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American brand Krell is a name synonymous with big and powerful amplifiers. Here Janine takes their £8998 (including digital board) K-300i Integrated, distributed in the UK by Absolute Sounds, and puts it through its paces.

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Russ Andrews is the founder of the well known and well loved UK based retailer selling upgrades, cables and accessories and bearing his own name. Hifi Pig catches up with Russ and asks a few questions of him.

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Distributed in the UK by Russ Andrews, the Kimber Carbon 8 and 16 loudspeaker cables use a carbon polymer in their construction and cost from £861 and £1634 for a terminated 1m pair. Ken Stokes takes a listen. More »

Lukasz Fikus was a cult figure on the audio scene long before the launch of his wildly successful commercial brand Lampizator. Previously he was known as THE guy that modified common or garden audio products and elevated them to giant-killing stature, now he makes what some believe to be the best audio available right now. Hifi Pig speaks to him. Interviewed in 2019…

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Hifi Pig chats with Kris Sawicki, the man behind the highly popular North West Audio Show which takes place Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June at De Vere Cranage Hall Estate in Holmes chapel in Cheshire, England.

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The AVID HIFI INTEGRA represents this British company’s entry-level integrated amplifier, yet costs £7000. Janine Elliot takes a listen to assess if this represents a solid investment. More »

Kevin Kelly is the Managing Director of Kilmarnock (Scotland) based cable manufacturer Altas Cables. Here we visit their headquarters, take a tour, have a demonstration of their cable range and talk to Kevin about the history of the company, the company’s design philosophy, a teensy bit of football and we avoid studiously the subject of Brexit.

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REL Acoustics S/510 Subwoofer is the latest in their current line up and interestingly is stackable. Dan Worth dials the S/510 into his system to hear what this £1799 subwoofer can do.

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Hegel is a name that many will know well with this Norwegian company being very well established and much loved. Here Alan McIntosh tries out their H190 Amplifier with onboard DAC costing £3200 and distributed in the UK by Auden Distribution. More »

American brand Martin Logan are famed for their electrostatic and hybrid designs but the Motion 40i use a Folded Motion tweeter allied to more conventional drive units. Ian Ringstead tries out this interesting speaker costing £1995 and distributed in the UK by PMC Distribution.

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