Oppo Headphone Amp HA1
The Oppo HA1 headphone amplifier is a quite astonishing piece of equipment, and just the job for getting the very best out of digital music on your PC, and presenting it to you via your headphones. Naturally, it is designed to compliment the Oppo PM1 headphones, but principally this means that

Oppo HA1 Insides
Every year new and exciting technology is launched, some of it is technology that people talk about, and some of it is technology that is widely bought and used. Here’s a small selection of things that have caught our attention, and we think might be of interest in the forthcoming

SPECIAL SCREENING OF “KAJAKI. THE TRUE STORY”   A small unit of soldiers is dug into a ridge overlooking the Kajaki dam. A three man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. In a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, one of the patrol detonates

August Newsletter
Come to our Sweet Streams Event Friday 1st August Once more Linn have encouraged us to hold a Sweet Streams Event to cover all things Digital Streaming, and to demonstrate the possibilities of the Linn Digital Streaming Systems. Sessions will run from 4pm, 6pm and 8pm:                       Upgrade offer for Linn

DALI Mentor Menuet - cherry
The DALI Mentor Menuet is one of those products that just does what you expect… and then some. This diminutive little loudspeaker punches well above it’s weight, producing a soundstage that can be truly breath-taking. We love it! Available in the gorgeous Cherry (right), Satin White, or Satin Black, this

Linn Akurate Exakt system
The Linn Akurate Exakt system redefines the way that HiFi is connected and works. It consists of a pair of the Akubarik Exakt speakers and an Akurate Exakt DSM. The result is a superb sounding, flexible system.   The major difference between a conventional HiFi and the Linn Exakt system

OK GO in June newsletter
Now that summer is here… We thought we’d celebrate the summer with a combination of music, video and the outdoors by sharing the wonderful OK GO Needing/Getting music video with you. These guys clearly have vivid imaginations and way too much time available! New Loudspeakers from DALI Last week we

AK240 - 24 bit audio capable player
Though not specifically a product, there is a growth in 24 bit audio capable digital music players, and that growth is there for a reason: it sounds more real. And isn’t that the aim of any music system? – the ideal is that you can close your eyes, and you’re

  Many people know that the latest in flat screens produce a great picture, but the sound leaves them a bit, well, flat. The popularity of soundbars is a great demonstrator of the desire for a better sound experience to enhance our viewing pleasure, and these can be a great

May Newsletter
Ella Fitzgerald in 24 Bit A couple of the many new albums available from Linn Records have caught our attention:  Ella Fitzgerald sings The Cole Porter Songbook album, and also Ella Fitzgerald sings The Jerome Kern Songbook both Licensed from Decca. We’ve not actually heard these yet, but can’t wait!

Oppo PM-1 Headphones
The Oppo PM-1 Headphones promised to be something interesting, and when our first pair arrived today, we eagerly dug them out of the box to have a look and listen. First impressions were, well, impressive! – the headphones are nestled in a beautiful looking presentation case, which sits in a

April News
View this email in your browser DALI Wireless Speakers                             Whilst not completely wireless (they need a mains connection) they still have Bluetooth wireless connectivity, together with Optical, and 3.5mm jack connections. Use as a single unit, or connected to a Kubik Xtra for a stereo pair. The DALI Kubik speaker

Don’t forget the government’s streaming levy (12.5p/minute of  streamed music or video) comes into effect today. You should get a warning about this cost each time, but the mobile and broadband operators are behind with the technology, so beware of running up large bills without realising you are doing so.

We are frequently asked to help advise on positioning of equipment in a TV room or home cinema. This is generally straight forward if the room is dedicated, however where the room is to have  shared use for example as both a general sitting room , and as a home cinema. This

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Our March Newsletter is out now:   24 Bit portable audio                              The Astell & Kern AK120 is a little marvel of a portable music player. Doubly so, as when you connect it to your HiFi it’s easy to appreciate it as a  fully grown high end Music player. This

Astell and Kern AK120
The Astell & Kern AK120 is a little marvel of a portable music player. This diminutive device is capable of storing and playing music files up to 24 bits and 192KHz resolution, and has superb internal DACs to get the best out of your music. The AK120 can act as a

Harmony Ultimate
The Harmony Ultimate Touch remote control is the latest device in a series of remote control products that Logitech have created over the years. This one however is simply great. Those clever chaps at Logitech have created a remote control that is easy to use and flexible enough to cover

Subwoofer setup
We have come across a number of installations (not performed by us!) where bass is a bit of an issue – either far, far too much of it, mismatched compared to the other speakers, or just uninspiring.  As with many systems there are a number of different ways to connect subwoofers,

We featured this as product of the week early last year, before we had even heard one. However now we have had a chance to listen to one installed on a top-end LP12, and we are quite frankly amazed at the job Linn have done. Linn Say: “This is the

Home Cinema audio
Following on from last weeks Elephant Traps in Home Cinema Setup, it got us thinking about the various audio modes that the average AV receiver is capable of decoding and generating, and that there is a generally poor understanding of what these audio modes do (or don’t do) for you.