Monitor Audio Bronze 2 Bookshelf speakers
Bookshelf speakers Monitor Audio Bronze 2
A towering achievement in every sense, Monitor Audio has just established the most high-priced speaker in its 44-year history. Perhaps inevitably, Platinum PL500 II raises the £15,000 that largely unfathomable question introduced by so many high end loudspeakers before it : how much does ‘the...
Dynaudio XEO 2 Bluetooth Speakers
Bluetooth Speakers Dynaudio XEO 2
A script some like to follow suggests that premium audio manufacturers have already been found sleeping while the remaining world wakes around lively, instant, simple-field, multiroom loveliness, therefore allowing Sonos, Bose, Bluesound et al grab a drive on the highway towards a wireless world. But...
Elac Debut F5 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Elac Debut F5
German loudspeaker maker of many years’ standing hires speaker design that is British wunderkind Andrew Jones. Once of latterly of TAD, and KEF, Jones is tasked to supply serious speakers to Elac in a component of the marketplace where the German company has weak. Built in China and designed in Cypress,...
Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones
Headphones Sennheiser HD 800 S
Among the problems of being a long-established stalwart of any industry is that you become risk averse and conservative. We don't have any insight into what occurs in the Sennheiser boardroom, needless to say, but as external observers it appears that this is what occurred to the business in the noughties....
Denon AVR-X1200W AV-receiver
AV-receiver Denon AVR-X1200W
The £300 price tag implies Denon’s latest entry level AV receiver should be a no frills affair, but that’s not the case. This can be a budget attribute-seeker’s dream, with more badges on the front than a Cub Scout’s jumper. The largest bonus only at that price is the inclusion of Dolby...
Yamaha RX-V679 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Yamaha RX-V679
It is not complete support across the board. That is undoubtedly enough for now, but perhaps not in the future. The receiver is a seven-station layout, with electricity rated at 90W per channel (8 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, two channel measurement). As one of the Absolute Purity Theory layouts of the brand,...
Roland RD-700GX Digital Stage Piano
Digital Stage Piano Roland RD-700GX
Pros perpetually seek the best re-creation of the experience of playing a real piano, which is why the 88-note stage piano market has become so competitive. Roland has just raised the bar another notch with the RD-700GX A new action and realistic-feeling key surface are melded with a fresh piano sound...
Dali Opticon 6 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Dali Opticon 6
This DALI uses an uncommon looking Hybrid Tweeter Module, which combines a typical dome tweeter using a ribbon to cover a broad range of frequencies from the midband (2,200kHz) to treble manner beyond human hearing. They both use uncommon wood fibre cones whole with the SMC magnet motor system of the...
Epos K3 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Epos K3
This really is the bigger of the two found Epos is relatively streamlined by the standards of this group, and floorstanders. A two-and-a-half way design, it sports a 25mm silk dome tweeter with short horn faceplate, which hands over to two 187mm mid/bass drivers polypropylene cone and bullet-shaped dust...
Tannoy Revolution XT 8F Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Tannoy Revolution XT 8F
The first Dual Concentric speaker of Tannoy goes back to 1946, and since then the design has been refined by the firm up to the new XT series. The notion of putting a coaxial speaker joining mid/bass and treble units into one drive unit is an exceptionally great one. We've reviewed and liked the smaller...
KEF R500 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers KEF R500
The tiniest floorstander in KEF's latest mid-cost speaker range, its standmounting R300 little brother, so expectations are quite high. As with its sibling, the R500 isn't just another 'me too' layout and features some fascinating technology, not least of which is the Uni-Q driver array that shares some...
Wadia di122 DAC
DAC Wadia di122
As one of the original purveyors of high end digital, Wadia has been connected to the rarefied ending of the market. Lately, but at least a few of its products has moved back into territory that was more affordable and dispensed with optical drive products. The di122 sits towards the low end of Wadia's...
Tannoy Revolution XT 6F Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Tannoy Revolution XT 6F
All of us know just what a good loudspeaker should do, but how to do it's another issue altogether - there are a variety of methods for attempting this. Moving coil drive units in a wooden box are the most straightforward and most common type to make, but arguably the most flawed. However, as the concept...
Pioneer U-05 DAC
DAC Pioneer U-05
For anyone with a sizeable digital music collection - including Compact Discs, possibly SACDs and DVD-As, and music files from MP3s to hires FLACs - 2015 is a harvest year. Never have a lot of multi-tasking DAC preamplifiers come out, and nor have they been so affordable. It all began in 2007, almost...
Sonus Faber Chameleon B Bookshelf speakers
Bookshelf speakers Sonus Faber Chameleon B
There can't be many readers unfamiliar with the work of Sonus faber. This iconic loudspeaker brand from Vicenza, Italy has made distinctive-sounding products for a number of decades - showing outstanding attention to detail in the design and an exceptional finish. It is not entirely unfair to state that...
Monitor Audio Bronze 5 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Monitor Audio Bronze 5
As any good restaurant owner understands, you don't stint on your house wine. Whereas something decent creates a durable impression of the positive kind, cheap plonk just makes an unpleasant aftertaste. It makes good business sense and it is an approach that pays dividends across a wide range of product...
Sony MDR-Z7 Headphones
Headphones Sony MDR-Z7
As the brand that pretty much introduced the world and personal listening using its Walkman in the late seventies, Sony has a long and revered heritage among private sound buffs. The MDR-Z7 is the flagship in its extensive Hi-Res Audio headphone variety, and has a sophisticated feel thanks to its brushed-metal...