In which I take a look and listen to some of the more esoteric systems and products at North West Audio Show. I’ll be doing a more general overview of the show too and there’ll be write-ups from a fabulous weekend of audio and music from Linette, John and Ian too.

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iFi Audio say they are pleased to announce that Miles Roberts is joining the team as Business Development Manager EMEA on 1 July 2019.

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I love Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon album.  I love reggae, especially with an added dollop of dub.  When the Easy Star All-Stars released Dub Side Of The Moon In 2003, I approached it with a slight sense of trepidation; would it be great or would it be a terrible gimmick?  Fortunately it was the former, managing to retain the atmosphere of the Floyd original while standing up as an authentic piece of reggae/dub in its own right.

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Kent-based digital and analogue audio specialist, Chord Electronics, who is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be demonstrating its latest digital front end, the new Hugo M Scaler (upscaler) and DAVE DAC/pre/headphone amp, at The North West Audio Show 2019.

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Xuanqian Wang, the President and CEO of Auralic speaks to Hifi Pig about the company’s innovative products and what goes into them.

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Phil Wannell has been in the industry for some time and is a well-known face at Hifi shows and events throughout the UK. Recently he has decided to take the leap into self-employment and has founded Audio Concierge, a bespoke service offering portable audio and headfi products to a discerning clientele.

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Angela Cardas is Chief Awesome Officer (yep, you read that right) at Oregon (US) based Cardas Audio. Many will know the company for their cables but they also produce turntable accessories and much more besides. Hifi Pig has a chat with the awesome Angela about the company’s history, what it’s like to be a woman in the Hifi industry and much more.

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Hif Pig speaks with the organiser of the North West Audio Show, Kris Sawicki. More »

Whether it is measured in pounds and ounces or pounds and pence, John Scott finds that Audio Note’s Jinro is a heavyweight champion that doesn’t pull any punches.  More »

The Eva Minuet’ is a British built integrated valve amp with onboard phono-stage and costs £3250. Janine Elliot takes it for a whirl.

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SYD by Kanto is a standalone speaker that you can connect a turntable, CD Player, TV and even by bluetooth. It costs £289.99 and here Harry Smith puts it through its paces. More »

Designer Noriyuki Miyajima has earned a worldwide following for his artisan phono cartridges. The new Saboten L (‘L’ denoting its line-contact stylus) is a low-output moving-coil (MC) design. It also happens to feature a cactus-spine cantilever, ‘Saboten’ being the Japanese word for cactus.

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In which John Scott confronts a philosophical pachyderm, feeds it a bun, pats it gently on its trunk and sends it on its way. Or John Scott takes delivery of the Micromega M150 Integrated amp/DAC/streamer costing £5499.

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By Night is the brand new record by the Californian four-piece, Plague Vendor. They bring a hard, fast and loud sound which is very enthralling. The album has 10 songs on it and not one is a disappointment. Their sound could be described as punk or garage rock but ultimately they are an impressive hard rock outfit with punk attitude thrown in for good measure. More »

The Mediterraneo from Italian brand Gold Note is their top-level turntable and it’s certainly a bit of a looker, but how does it perform. The UK price for the Mediterraneo in Italian Walnut is £5,445.00 and this includes the B 5.1 Tonearm. Stuart Smith finds out how it performs. More »

The word genius is much overused in the world of music.  In truth there have been no more than a handful of people that the term can accurately be applied to since the birth of rock and roll.  We could spend all day arguing about who those people might be, but the fact that Lee Perry ranks amongst them is unarguable.

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Paul Messenger takes a listen to the Eclipse TD510Z Mk2 Loudspeakers with matching stands and costing £3840 a pair. More »

Welcome to this years Hifi Pig At Munich High End 2019 Free 190 page E-Magazine. We’ve gone for a stripped down look that we hope you enjoy but of course we’ve also included links back to the full reports where you can find many more photographs.

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Thank you to all involved including Ian and Heather Ringstead, Janine Elliot, Paul Messenger and not least Andreas Schlösser and Kirsten Eghardt who kindly stepped into my shoes and took photos at the HifiDeluxe Show on our behalf.

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