Focal, the French loudspeaker manufacturer, has developed its first in-ear headphones starting from first principles. The result: Sphear breaks with conventions and proves that high-fidelity in-ear headphones can be used for hours without discomfort.Read more
Includes Bluetooth (aptX), DSD, BBC HLS playback and improved multiroom capabilities.
From today the Naim ND5 XS, NDX and NAC-N 172 XS network players will be shipped with Bluetooth (aptX) compatibility.Read more
I don’t like the hype around it, the software or the website but I do love the player itself.
I hear a level of sound quality and musical performance, from CD resolution and hi-res files, that I’ve not heard before from portable devices.Read more
Naim today confirmed the arrival of a new product, the NAC-N 272, in its core range: a performance upgradeable preamplifier including full network audio and zero S/PDIF jitter DAC.Read more
Today Naim revealed its new Super Lumina range of high-quality interconnects and speaker cables, developed in parallel with Statement, its flagship amplification system.
The brief was simple: design a range of cables that would complement and allow the maximum performance of Statement as well as Naim 500 Series and Classic products. Starting with a blank page, Naim’s engineers specified each element of the cables based on the results of thousands of hours spent in the listening room testing prototypes.
To reach their goal required a deep understanding of material science and the influence of cable and connector construction on sound quality.Read more
Keith Monks Audio today unveiled the new discOvery mini One Sapphire Limited Edition Record Cleaning Machine. This exclusive model takes all the benefits of the discOveryOne so successfully launched in 2013, and then improves on it. The Sapphire is the smallest ever Keith Monks and features a vacuum gauge, hinged lid cover and the Keith Monks Classic precision wash system built in. Each Sapphire machine and its accompanying certificate are individually numbered, and both display a reproduction Keith Monks original signature.
The discOvery mini One Sapphire is a limited edition of 45 production units worldwide.Read more
The QC 20i’s noise cancelling is superb, they take away most of the roar of the train, the clatter of the tracks and some of the noise of the louder passengers, however there is one small foible with the noise cancelling: on a train when another train passes in the opposite direction the QC 20i’s pop. The odd pop is a small price to pay for the amazingly good noise cancellation.Read more
The Amazon Fire TV arrived on Friday and immediately replaced both the Apple TV and the Sony network media player in my family room system. One box instead of two, one SMPS instead of two and one ethernet connection instead of one.
The beauty of the Amazon Fire TV box is that I can now easily watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video without changing inputs of my DAC or TV. Less chance for a macro to go wrong.Read more