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Bristol Sound & Vision 2017

For the 2017 Sound and Vision show Bristol City Council put on its own show of road works and Hurricane Doris had managed to block off the usual access road to the Marriott Hotel, so it was a wonder anyone managed to set up at all. But it takes more than that to stop the dedicated and the halls…

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Added by Jason on February 28, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Chord Co moves the goal posts

At the Bristol show earlier this year I got an idea of what Nigel Finn at the Chord Company had been up to with the new Sarum Super ARAY cables, it was enough to lure me to Amesbury to hear more precisely what he has been up to. Sarum Super ARAY replaces Sarum Tuned ARAY at the top of Chord’s current…

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Added by Jason on July 30, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Focal at High End 2015

There was quite a large price and performance gap between Focal’s Electra Be and Utopia ranges, but not anymore, at the Munich High End show they unveiled Sopra, Italian for ‘above’. Sopra consists of a bookshelf No.1 and the No.2 floorstanding models, both built around the same core design. The cone drivers…

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Added by Jason on May 20, 2015 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

Naim at High End 2015

Naim’s display at the High End show in Munich focussed on its NAP power amplifiers, most of which have benefitted from Statement tech trickledown. This comes in the form of the NA009 transistor developed for the range topping S1 mono power amps, which is quite a serious slice of silicon. Naim’s engineers took a…

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Added by Jason on May 19, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Making a (Naim) Statement

Last month I went over to Salisbury for the launch of the NAC-N 272, Naim’s latest preamplifier/streamer. While at the factory Naim showed myself and some other journalists the production area for the Statement NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 power amplifiers, Naim’s most ambitious electronics to date.

This…

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Added by Jason on March 3, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Bristol Sound & Vision 2015

Bristol, so much to answer for. Not Morrisey’s exact line of course but he clearly wasn’t in the audio industry, if he were he’d know that this city is the only place to be for hi-fi enthusiasts on the third weekend of February.

Derek Gilligan of Kudos fame has completely revised his Titan range topper,…

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Added by Jason on February 23, 2015 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Naim mu-so review

As Tom Tom Club members will appreciate mu-so is not A N other Naim product, it doesn’t follow the purist, separates in black boxes path that has been the norm since the seventies. Mu-so is a whole other box of tricks, a box of many tricks in fact, most of which hadn’t even been dreamt of in Julian…

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Added by Jason on October 17, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Naim mu-so in action

The first samples of mu-so, Naim’s wireless audio system, have been making a whistle stop tour of reviewer’s homes and last week I had my 15 minutes (well two days, but that’s still quick). It’s a lovely bit of kit in the flesh, very solid at 13 kilos and beautifully finished with the aluminium over MDF wrap and…

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Added by Jason on October 2, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

The Statement effect

I have heard the Naim Statement at two shows now but the opportunity came up to listen to it in a more relaxed environment so naturally I jumped at the chance. The fact that I could play some of my own music was the icing on the audio cake. Statement was sitting between an NDS with twin power…

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Added by Jason on June 4, 2014 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Giant slayers from Southend

If either of the new Rega turntables cost 10x what they do the hi-fi world would be thronging with their praises. As it is the entry level nature of Rega’s best known turntables and the relative affordability of the RP8 and RP10 mean that they have not been taken as seriously as they deserve.

Both are built on a skeletal foam cored chassis that is lighter and stiffer than any turntable has ever been. This is virtually ultimate realisation of Roy Gandy’s theories about turntable design…

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Added by Jason on May 30, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Tom Tom People @ The High End, Munich 2014

Gérard and Doug look on as Jeff lets rip via Statement and Grande Utopia

Naim

Paul Stephenson announced that the company now employs over 150 people and expects turnover to reach £25M this year. Moral has also been boosted by a Queen’s Award for Innovation, which should help…

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Added by Jason on May 21, 2014 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Naim Muso launch

Paul Stephenson presents six times 75 watts at the launch

Naim chose the Vinyl Factory in café cultured Soho to launch their first foray into real-world audio. This ensured a good turnout of mainstream press alongside dealers and even a few forum members, spreading the word as wide as possible is where…

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Added by Jason on April 25, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Bespoked Handmade bike show 2014

For a couple of years now James and I have been seriously considering making the journey to Bristol to see the Bespoked Handmade bike show, but for various reasons the pilgrimage was never made. When the event came to London this year we were all out of excuses and went up to the velodrome in the Olympic Park near…

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Added by Jason on April 22, 2014 at 15:15 — 5 Comments

Tom Tom people at the Bristol Show

Rega

Rega’s Phil Freeman told me that they were trying to stop visitors from taking the system too seriously this year. His reasoning being that trying to appreciate its finer points in a hotel room with high ambient noise is akin to test driving a Ferrari in a car park. As a distraction Simon Webster had brought along a variety of turntable components to illustrate the differences between models. They played an RP10 with its shiny RB2000 arm and the Apheta MC through…

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Added by Jason on February 25, 2014 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Saturnalia

I have been listening to Rega’s Saturn-R CD player/DAC for the purpose of a review in a certain audio journal and the experience has been so thrilling that I thought I’d share my impressions. To be honest I don’t know how they do it, how can you make a CD player that’s so engaging and exciting at such a reasonable price (£1,598). OK it’s not the prettiest of devices, in fact it’s finish is borderline agricultural, and the sound lacks the refinement of some competitors but its ability to…

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Added by Jason on February 10, 2014 at 11:43 — No Comments

Naim Statement

Naim had hinted that they were going to unveil something special at CES in Las Vegas but not in my wildest dreams did I expect an amplifier of this magnitude. The Statement is the most outrageous product of the show and at CES that's saying something, it consists of one horsepower (746 watt) monoblock power amps and…

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Added by Jason on January 8, 2014 at 3:30 — 5 Comments

Vertere's Magic Bus

I paid a visit to the Vertere HQ in Chiswick recently, Touraj Moghaddam, a man with a mission to convert the world to great sound, had said that I could hear his fresh from the oven turntable. I don’t normally jump on a train when someone makes this sort of offer but Touraj is a bit different, he has…

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Added by Jason on October 15, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Naim DAC-V1, NAP 100, Astell & Kern AK100, Vertere DFi

Naim’s DAC-V1 is something of a game changer for the brand because it’s the first product from Salisbury that can be used to harness the audio potential of a computer. Naim is of the opinion, and I have to agree with them, that network streaming is the best way to play music files but with the DAC-V1 it…

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Added by Jason on August 13, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Tuned ARAY at home

A couple of months back I went to see Chord and had the full Tuned ARAY (TA) dem courtesy of in-house music nut Nigel Finn. The experience was enthralling enough to warrant getting some cables to try at home, a pursuit I generally avoid like the X Factor because after all how can a cable enhance your musical…

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Added by Jason on June 14, 2013 at 11:06 — No Comments

Naim & Focal at High End 2013

At Europe's biggest and arguably the world's best hi-fi show, High End in Munich, Naim took the opportunity to tell us about forthcoming product and software changes as well as giving an insight into how the business is shaping up in today's changing market. MD Paul Stephenson says that Naim now has 150 plus…

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Added by Jason on May 16, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

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