• CD Rock Review

    Ronnie Lane: Life’s A Circus

    Title: Just For A Moment: Music 1973-1997 Label: UMC Ronnie Lane may best be known for being the bass player, songwriter and occasional vocalist for the Small Faces and the Faces.…

  • CD Rock Review

    Strawbs: Prog in 1977? Phew!

    Title: Deadlines Label: Esoteric The Strawbs were a strange group – which was an immediate attraction to many future fans. They emerged from a folkie tradition, more bluegrass to be honest,…

  • CD Player review

    6000CDT CD Transport From Audiolab

    A basic, simple, stripped CD transport? In this day and age? Isn’t Audiolab reading the script? Paul Rigby reviews, salutes and offers live sacrifices to this incredible machine   I never…

  • Turntable Review

    RT83 Turntable From Fluance

    A belt-drive design featuring an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, Paul Rigby reviews this budget turntable I recently reviewed Fluance’s RT81 turntable, priced at the bottom end of the budget sector. Despite…

  • Amplifier Review

    SA3 integrated amplifier From IOTAVX

    A 2-channel integrated design with an optional Bluetooth dongle, Paul Rigby reviews this diminutive amplifier It’s good to see a budget amp priced under £500 on the market. We need more…

  • Hifi News

    Festival of Sound 2019 Show – Cancelled

    The organisers of Festival of Sound are cancelling the show for this year and looking towards 2020 to pick up the reigns once more The Festival of Sound organisers intriguingly declared…

  • Hifi News

    X1 Belt-Drive Turntable From Pro-Ject

    The X1 moves onwards from the 1 Xpression Carbon and features a “heavyweight” MDF structure, DC/AC generator board with speed control board (for automatic switching between 33 and 45rpm as well…

  • Vinyl News

    MATRIX TAPES COMPLETE: THE VELVETS

    Pressed on vinyl for the first time. This new box set features eight pieces of vinyl plus an 18 page booklet, all contained in a drop-top box The Velvet Underground toured…

  • Hifi News

    S800 CD player From Mitchell & Johnson

    The S800 is based upon the ESS Sabre DAC chip, optimised for 44.1kHz replay apparently. Also, alongside the RCA outs are balanced XLR outputs. The S800 features a solid aluminium fascia…

  • Hifi News

    Music Library Free Update From Melco

    The Melco Intelligent Music Library will soon be available as a free firmware update for existing Melco users, in addition to being pre-installed on all new machines leaving the factory The…

  • Hifi News

    Select USB Cables From Kimber

    Kimber Kable has announced the launch of the Kimber Select USB cables in a three-model range The Select USB-Copper provides silver-plated copper with low-density PTFE insulation. Pure copper conductors are used…

  • Amplifier Review

    PA3 Power Amplifier From IOTAVX

    Set within a relatively small footprint, Paul Rigby reviews this budget power amp Unlike audiophiles, hi-fi equipment is quite anti-social. We humans might enjoy lumping components together under the same chassis…

  • Jazz & Easy Review Vinyl

    Newman And His Jazz Thing

    Title: Ray Charles Presents David Newman Label: Speakers Corner Although Ray Charles’ name is on the front of the sleeve and his piano is heard within, this album was a launch…

  • Speaker Review

    YU4 Powered Speakers From Kanto

    These powered, stand-mount examples also feature a built-in phono amp. Paul Rigby reviews. They’re very useful things. There’s no doubt about it. The basic notion is crazy and would appear to…

  • Rock Review Vinyl

    Kansas: Wearing a Prog Masque?

    Title: Masque Label: Music on Vinyl  Moving onwards from any successful and accepted genre can be difficult. Hard core prog bands like Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer did well in…

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