January 2012

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    TBi Majestic Diamond 1R loudspeaker review

    You’ve probably heard of Thorough Bass Inc. (TBi).  They’re the American guys that make the widely revered Magellan subwoofers.  Did you know that they also make standmount loudspeakers?  Until recently, I didn’t.  Their Majestic Diamond 1 and 1R are both portable micro-monitors.  The base model MD-1 sells for US450/AU$520 per pair whilst the higher-carat MD-1R […]

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    Anedio prep D2 DAC and U2 USB-S/PDIF converter

    It’s been a long while in development but Anedio will finally ship their D2 DAC in early February 2012.  Improvements over the D1 DAC include an XMOS receiver chip to enable asynchronous 24/192 over USB, balanced outputs and a redesigned chassis (fewer blue lights!).  The complete revision list can be read here.  Those keen on […]

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    Skogrand SC Air loudspeaker cable review

    Nope, I’ve not switched hats.  Nor am I losing my marbles.  I didn’t review cables in 2011. And I’m not reviewing cables in 2012. I just don’t review cables. I’m happy to have a quick listen (perhaps) and maybe offer a few comments if time permits. Here, I’m repaying a loaner debt (as a blog […]

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    Epos ELS-8 standmount loudspeaker review

    A meta-review of a discontinued loudspeaker from Epos whose presentation isn’t as bold as the language used to cover it… Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity.  Every music fan should read the book AND see the film.  For its translation to the big screen, the story’s heart was transplanted to Chicago where Rob Gordon (John Cusack) owns […]

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    Weston Acoustics amplifier build process in pictures

    Who better to visit over the Christmas break than the Australian Santa Claus of tube amplifiers, Earle Weston? Weston lives on the edge of the world, on the very lip of the Mornington Peninsula, where he hand-builds a range of tube-infused boxes. You could not meet a nicer, more humble fellow (which makes a refreshing change […]

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    REDGUM RGi120ENR integrated amplifier review

    Luke Skywalker [on seeing the Millenium Falcon for the first time]: What a piece of junk! Han Solo: She’ll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. I’ve made a lot of special modifications myself. Many hi-fi buffs agree that changing speakers yields the most […]

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    Cambridge Audio launch DacMagic 100 at CES 2012

    I don’t think anyone saw this coming.  Having recently released the DAC + head-amped DacMagic Plus, the Cambridge Audio fellas have gone and made a stripped-backed version called the DacMagic 100.  It will launch this week at CES 2012.Essentially this new 100 version is an update of the (2008) DacMagic that sparked the outboard DAC’s […]