Not everyone needs a 5 input 2x250W, DAC integrated Class A amp weighing in at 40kg. Some are seeking an amp that keeps its simple, allows 1 or maybe 2 connections, as few knobs as possible, power efficient and in a compact size, with a price point to match… enter the SMSL A2 Class Amplifier costing less than £40. More »

Pro-Ject Audio Systems has announced the introduction of the Pick-IT S2 and Pick-IT DS2 cartridges. More »

Burson has announced the Playmate USB DAC with 2 W headphone amp and preamp, plus the Swing which is a USB DAC and preamplifier. Both will be available from January 1st, with pre-orders being taken now.  More »

Here is the revised version of Gold Note’s first stereo amplifier, which replaced the Demidoff Anniversary amplifier in 2015. Gold Note’s latest creation, again, features all the innovations that have always distinguished their designs, says their recent press release. More »

Leema Acoustics’  network music player is now available, with Tidal integration, a high-quality ESS Sabre DAC and support for USB drive playback for £1,295  More »

Now it’s over to the National Stadium in Warsaw for the final leg of the Audio Video Show 2018 and Hifi Pig’s last coverage of what was an absolutely fantastic show that we will certainly be back for next year. Congratulations to Adam and his team who have done a sterling job of organising the show, which is widely being touted as the best in Europe…and who are we to argue.  More »

Moving on from the Sobieski to the Golden Tulip, this is part six of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the fantastic Audio Video Show in Warsaw 2018. This is where the show gets decidedly high-end with lots of wonderfully esoteric equipment on show. More »

 

Part 5 of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the Audio Video Show Warsaw 2018.

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Part 4 of Hifi Pig’s coverage of the Warsaw Audio Video Show 2018 More »

So we’re still on the Radisson Blu Sobieski but we are making our way through the floors and now find ourselves on floor 3 where we pick up the latest from the Audio Video Show Warsaw 2018. More »

Part two of Hifi Pig’s coverage of what is fast becoming our favourite Hifi show in Europe – Audio Video Show Warsaw 2018. More »

Another journey East to what is to my mind perhaps the best audio show in Europe at the moment. Adam Mokrzycki and his team do a fantastic job running the show which is set over three days and three venues; two hotels and the National Stadium. It’s a short walk between the Radisson Blu Sobieski and Golden Tulip hotels and there’s regular and free shuttle busses between the hotels and the stadium. That said, Ubers and taxis are cheap as chips should you prefer to make your own way between venues, bars and restaurants.  More »

For Audiophiles using their phone for on the move sounds, Essential has announced that the Audio Adapter HD is now available to buy – currently, only in the US and Canada. More »

The KR Audio VA350i amp is hand-built, as are its enormous tubes, in Prague and it costs £11 500 in the UK and €12 900 in Europe. Stuart Smith takes a listen.  More »

The Roon Nucleus + is essentially a Roon specific dedicated network streamer costing £2500, but what does it bring to the whole Roon experience sonically? John Scott finds out.  More »

 Naim Audio and Focal, have got together to offer three exclusive system deals, including a free music system for a second room.  More »

I love hifi shows. Time to see old friends and new equipment, and of course some old favourites, too. It gave me the chance to meet both new faces and products at a new location for me, at a time when this hitherto fairly unknown show now wants to turn up the volume and make it really international and worthy of your trip on Ryanair. This is not a new show, having begun in 1992, and this year has been rebranded as the ‘Copenhagen High End Show’, emphasising the top-end brands manufactured in Scandinavian countries, having originally been known as the ‘HiFi and Surround Show’.  Starting modestly in a hotel the other side of Copenhagen, the capital and most populated city on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand, the event this year was the fifth time at the Clarion Hotel, conveniently located at the airport, meaning easy connectivity for those coming in via the airport or metro. For the previous eight years the show was at the Marriott in Copenhagen, around 25 minutes away by train away. Scandinavia should be really taken seriously for what they offer the audiophile and not just from majors such as Dynaudio, Gryphon, Dali and Densen. I guess with the prevalent winds and snow keeping the Danes sat indoors keeping warm for much of the year they really do need a good hi-fi system to keep them entertained.   More »

Audio Physic are a German manufacturer with a great reputation, Ian Ringstead takes a listen to the company’s Classic 5 floorstanders costing £1598. More »

Janine Elliot takes a listen the SweetVinyl SugarCube SC-1, a device aimed at removing the clicks and pops from your vinyl collection and costs £1500. More »

Janine Elliot attends Festival Of Sound and pops along to see Whispering Bob Harris and Chris Difford’s presentation.  More »

In part 2 of his report from this year’s Festival Of Sound held in Hammersmith, London, Stuart Smith takes a look around the static stands at the event and the headfi zone.  More »

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