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 »

Talking of Hifi shows, places like Las Vegas, Munich, London and Bristol spring quickly to mind. I have to admit, though, that I had not heard of the Copenhagen show until I was asked to attend it in 2018. Yet Denmark itself is quite a big name in the Hifi manufacturing world.  Not only are there big names we all know such as Ortofon, Bang and Olufsen and Scandyna, but today Denmark plays a significant contribution to the market place with the major contingent including Copland, Dynaudio, Dali, Gryphon, Lyngdorf Audio, Densen, Vitus Audio, Gamut and Tangent, to name just a few. Add to that companies in the whole of Scandinavia and you can see just what a large effect this part of the world has played in the development of the audio and video industries. More »

Following on from Grant Birch’s show report from Can Jam London, here are more photographs from the event. More »

CanJam London 2018 was held at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge this year, just over the River from the Houses of Parliament. The hotel itself was very luxurious and a great setting for consumers, companies, designers and music lovers from the U.K, U.S, Canada, Japan, Singapore and many other countries to come together for this event.

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Chord Electronics has just unveiled, at CanJam London 2018, the Hugo M Scaler, a standalone upscaler which Chord say is “capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio”. Hugo M Scaler uses advanced filter technology to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed to a suitable DAC; Hugo M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DACs: DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2. More »

The North West Audio Show, or Cranage, as it is affectionately named after its location, has been growing steadily over the past few years.  From a bijou show with mainly local dealers and distributors to a major event on the international calendar. 2018 was the year when it all came together.  With exhibitors now flying in from as far away as Hong Kong and Israel, it had a truly cosmopolitan feeling. More »

The North West Audio Show at Cranage Hall 2018 has been proclaimed ‘the best Hifi Show there is’ by absolutely loads of attendees, press and exhibitors.  Make sure that you save the date for next year’s show….you really do not want to miss out! More »

Leema and Chord’s activity this weekend at The North West Audio Show 2018. More »

“This year at North West Audio Show, Auden Distribution are showcasing Amphion loudspeakers and CAAS Audio. The main system is a pair of Amphion Krypton3 driven by the CAAS e-pre, and 2 e-mono pre-power combination. Using the whole of the Bell Suite, this year we have plenty of space and will able to let the system really sing. CAAS Audio was recently reviewed in Hifi+ where Jason Kennedy wrote “The CAAS trio is one of the most musically engaging and resolving amplification systems around”, we wouldn’t disagree. More »

Stefan Whatcott from UK speaker kit supplier KJF audio will be hosting the Markaudio brand in the Watt room. The room will be much more hands on than previous years with Stefan has organising talks by two well known industry figures industry and doing his own kit demos. More »

Electromod at the North West Audio Show are showing, for the first time in the UK, the Schiit Hifi system comprising of Schiit’s Vidar Amplifier, Schiit’s Saga Preamplifier and the Bifrost Multibit Dac with a pair of Kudos X2 loudspeakers and using Audioquest entry level connections, the total price for the system not including source is under £3500. More »

David Jackson of High End Cable has been in touch to say that he will be bringing the following to this years North West Audio Show: More »

Malvern Audio Research will be showing several new products from Audio Detail at Cranage Hall. More »

Kerr Acoustic will be at this year’s North West Audio Show on the 23rd and 24th June in the groundfloor bedroom 6 where they will be partnering with Ammonite Audio. More »

MarkAudio Sota got in touch to tell us all about their new loudspeaker that they are exhibiting at the North West Audio Show. More »

Hull Hifi retailer Fanthorpes will be exhibiting at the North West Audio Show.  Fresh from High End Munich they will have the Innuos Statement vs Innuos SE music server demo (which Hifi pig thought was the best demo at the show) Innuos will be on hand to discuss the tech side of things. More »

British audio design brand, Studio19, will be exhibiting at this year’s North West Audio Show to showcase the newly launched Solo E500T and E500X-EQ speakers. More »

Wire On Wire will be demonstrating “how to explore the full potential of your existing Hifi system” with their new Experience880 tuneable interconnect, at this year’s North West Audio Show. More »

The North West Audio Show at Cranage Hall in Cheshire is one of our favourite Hifi Shows.  Fabulous Hifi in lovely surroundings, over the whole weekend so that you can really relax and enjoy the show. More »

High End Society’s press release summing up the facts and figures of the show, plus read on for the High End Munich 2019 date! More »

Adam Billingham checks out the exclusive Tape club in London and has a listen to their studio’s PMC monitoring system.  More »

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