New Reference series from Marantz is well worth the wait

New Reference series from Marantz is well worth the wait
It's been a while (about twelve years we think) since Marantz last launched a high-end range, but the new Reference 10 series has been well worth the wait. Comprising just two components; a digital player and an integrated amplifier, the 10 series is true world class hi fi. The quality of build and finish is exemplary and the copper chassis lends b...
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Bristol HiFi Show Report

Bristol HiFi Show Report
We made our annual visit to the recent Bristol HiFi Show and enjoyed listening to plenty of very exciting new kit – some of which will be appearing in the shop very soon.Highlights included the Devialet Phantom room which looked and sounded stunning. Elac's active AM200 speakers sounded great fed by the Discovery streamer and in the Harbeth room, t...
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Super DAC from CAD

Super DAC from CAD
We are delighted to have met Scott and Isabel from Computer Audio Design whose DAC has been on our radar for some time now. We quickly came to the conclusion after a day spent talking with them, and listening to their products, that their 1543 DAC is probably the most natural and 'undigital' DAC that we have ever heard! The CAD 1543 sounds fantasti...
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Elac Element Integrated Amplifier

Elac Element Integrated Amplifier
Elac have been somewhat prolific in the last year with the launch of the Debut speakers and marvellous Discovery network player. The new Element amplifier is, as far as we can see, a unique product in its price range. Ostensibly a compact integrated amplifier with a built-in DAC, the Elac has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. A superb sounding ster...
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Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 600 Integrated Amplifier

Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 600 Integrated Amplifier

The latest integrated amplifier from MF combines the smooth sound of valves with the power of a 200 watt per channel solid state output. It looks and feels like a true luxury high-end product and its sound could be described as "an iron fist in a velvet glove". Its tonality is warm and smooth, but the bass is strong and propulsive without any signs of the slow and turgid sound that you hear in some lesser amplifiers. Large scale classical works sound absolutely tremendous through this amplifier.

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