Our first video review of 2020 with many more to come. This is my overview and thoughts of the Technics 1210 G Turntable costing £3000 in the UK.

You can read the full written review of the Technics 1210 G turntable here 

At Hifi Pig we only give out our Outstanding Product Award to those Hifi items that come in for review and have that certain something over and above the competition. In 2019 we gave away just ten of the awards and here you can see them all and revisit the reviews. More »

Audiovector is a Danish based loudspeaker manufacturer and we’ve been following them for some time as at many shows they seem to be used in lots of rooms and we’ve always enjoyed their sound, but obviously, it being show conditions we’ve not been in a position to review them in this system, so when we were approached, we naturally said yes.

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I’ve been wanting to get a hold of CAAS kit for a good while now as the company are based in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, and being a Yorkshireman born and bred myself my interest was piqued, so when Bill at Auden Distribution in the UK got in touch and offered them for review I jumped at the chance. The pairing of preamplifier and power amps is £18 000 with the pre costing £8000 and the amps £5000 per box.

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AVID HIFI is well known and respected for their high-end turntables, loudspeakers and electronics, but their INGENIUM PLUG&PLAY turntable is just £1250 (with the option of an upgraded platter at £350) and is, as its name suggests, Plug and Play, coming as it does with arm and cartridge ready to go. Janine Elliot plugs it into her system and lets it play.

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Fresh out of Florence, Gold Note’s new Streamer/DAC aims to bring versatility and sophistication to your digital setup.  John Scott sets out to see if it succeeds in this, the first English language review of this product. More »

Stuart Smith takes a listen to the $15 000 Element 114 Class D power amplifier from Merrill Audio. More »

In his second piece for the Hifi Pig, our other former DJs Paul Hoskin reviews the Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB turntable priced at £289 & provided by Henley Audio in the UK.

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There is something very special about the Audio Video Show Warsaw and that is self-evident in the sheer numbers of people that turn up for the event every year. We’re not talking about a couple of thousand of over fifty men (I’m in this category) bumbling around a series of rooms stroking chins and telling each other how they could make a better system for less money, no, at this show we have over 14000 (yes fourteen thousand) men and women of all ages attending. More »

Hifi Pig writer Ian Ringstead gives his views on the recent Copenhagen High-End Show 2019.

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Ken Stokes takes delivery of the Chord CompanyEpic and EpicX cables and puts them through their paces.

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The space rock group Hawkwind are back with another album called All Aboard the Skylark. Benjamin Tapper takes a listen to this old, but new to him band.

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Believe me, big doesn’t always have to be best. Whilst the Copenhagen High-End Show is petite compared with a number of the biggies out there, it still is one of my favourites and none the less entertaining, full of Scandinavian hospitality even if the Autumn weather is less than welcoming. The show is full of local products that deserve to be known across the world. Situated in Copenhagen, the capital and most populated city on the eastern coast on the island of Zealand, it has grown year on year since its beginnings in 1992. It has taken place at the Clarion hotel for six years now, a wise choice since it is situated right next to the airport and Metro links.

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The Technics 1200 series of turntables need no introduction given their now legendary status, but the Japanese company’s latest incarnation going by the name 1200 G is a whole new ball game. Stuart Smith gives this £3000 record player a spin.

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Kiran Ram takes a listen to the diminutive Adapt portable DAC from Dense and costing $209.99.

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Hifi Pig’s roving reporter Steve Crowe visits the UK Hifi Show Live and tells us what he made of the first Hifi Show to be held at Ascot.

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A preview of Hifi Pig’s coverage from UK Hifi Show Live with lots more to follow very shortly.

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Hifi Pig attended the Paris Audio Video Show this weekend in Paris, read the report and enjoy the photographs of some great audio gear.

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Auralic’s Aries G1 Wireless Streaming Transport costs £1899 in the UK and is, surprisingly enough, a wireless (and wired) streamer, Stuart Smith puts it into the Hifi Pig mid-priced reference system and gives it a listen. More »

Audion has a long history in producing well-received valve-based amplifiers. Here Stuart Smith takes a listen to the Silver Night Anniversary 300B Parallel Single Ended monoblocs costing £5750. More »

Esprit Audio has been handmaking audio cables in France for over 23 years but they are little known outside their home country. Could all this be about to change? Janine Elliot takes a listen to their Beta speaker cables and interconnects. More »

A new range of platter mats from Sonic Voice and with UK Distribution by HiFi System Components Ltd. has arrived so Janine Elliot takes a listen.

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Last weekend Hifi Pig’s Linette and Stuart Smith had the great pleasure to attend for the first time the XFi Premium Audio Show that was held in the wonderful surroundings of the NH Conference Center Koningshof, Veldhoven, near Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

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The fourth and final report from the fantastic XFI Hifi show in the Netherlands. If you would prefer to read the coverage in order then please click on the links below.

XFi 2019 Show Report Part 1

XFi 2019 Show Report Part 2

XFi 2019 Show Report Part 3

Bird’s Eye View Of The XFi Premium Audio Show 2019 More »

Hifi Pig’s third show report from the XFI Premium Audio Show 2019 in the Netherlands. More »

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