Tom takes a listen to the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier for his review for Hifi Pig. DDH-1-05_300

“The DDH-1 sells at $549 – about £340 before shipping and taxes (currently only direct from the manufacturer but local distribution deals is in the offing). This sub £500 area is a highly competitive sector in the UK and includes DACs with quite a following such as the Arcam rDAC and the Rega DAC. Double that budget you get to the M2-Tech Young and other avowedly ‘cutting edge DACs that push the envelope technologically – though to be honest some of the super-advanced DACs have left me cold in terms of the emption of musical reproduction, for all their technical prowess.”

Read the full review of the AMI Musik DDH-1 DAC and headphone amplifier.


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QED has announced the introduction of their ‘uPlay Stream’ wireless streaming station which is available now for QED_UPlay_Stream£149.

Talking about the new product, Jack Fox, QED’s Brand Manager stated:

“We believe the new uPlay Stream ‘moves the goalposts’. For the first time, users can experience genuine Hi-Fi sound quality from a product that is extremely easy to set up and use, and a fraction of the cost of its competitors.”

“It enables people to access all the high quality music they’ve stored electronically on their computer, tablet, smartphone or network storage, and enjoy it streamed wirelessly through their existing audio or home cinema system.”

Asked to expand on his claim that the uPlay Stream is a ‘breakthrough’ product, Jack Fox said: “QED’s design team has literally ‘thought outside the box’. Conventional hi-fi network streamers are large and have beautifully finished casework, knobs, buttons and exotic displays – all of which are very expensive and, more importantly, completely unnecessary in today’s ‘Smartphone’ age.”

The uPlay Stream boasts a ‘Wolfson’ DAC (compatible with files up to 24-bit/96kHz). It plugs into any available line level input of a hi-fi, audio system, soundbar, television, speaker dock or home cinema system. The uPlay Stream is DLNA and UPnP compatible and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC and Apple Lossless audio formats.

Up to eight uPlay Streams can be used together to create a multiroom system, in up to eight separate rooms.

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QNKTC was founded by Børge Strand-Bergesen, who is an expert on electronics filter design, circuit board layout and design for manufacturing. He believes the circuit board design contributes greatly to the sound quality of the DAC. Critical analogue signals are kept on short tracks and away from the digital section. The board design has an obsessive focus on controlled return currents and builds on Strand-Bergesen’s experience with radio frequency and analogue ASIC layout.  More »

Building on the success of their first-generation range of home cinema separates, Anthem (from Canada) has  Anthem MRX710_Front-medunveiled its next generation of their AVR range: the MRX 710 (Pictured), MRX 510 and MRX 310.

Remote control apps for Android and iOS (Apple) devices, improved ease of integration, a new version of the company’s proprietary Anthem Room Correction (ARC 1M) system and drivers for popular control systems are some of the improvements Anthem have made.

The new models come with more HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs, faster HDMI switching, more robust control (IP and RS-232 control drivers for full integration with automation), software updates via the USB port, larger, easier-to-read on-screen menus and improved status displays.

The MRX 710 and MRX 510 will be available in autumn 2013, while the MRX 310 is due out early 2014. Prices: MRX 710 £2,199/ MRX 510 £1,699/ MRX 310 £1,199.

MRX 710 and 510 feature seven channels of power whilst MRX 310 is a five-channel unit. Output power is as follows:

MRX 710 120W (2 channels driven), 90W (5 channels driven)


MRX 510 100W (2 channels driven), 75W (5 channels driven)

MRX 310 80W (2 channels driven), 60W (5 channels driven)


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Enter the new X1 from Alpha Design Labs (ADL), a division of Tokyo-based brand Furutech. The X1 is a X1 redsmall, discrete and high-spec’ portable headphone amplifier and digital to analogue convertor (DAC). It supports digital input from Apple iOS devices up to 16-bit/48kHz as well as 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution files from PC via USB. In addition, 4-pin 3.5mm line-level input allows for use with analogue source devices.

T   The 4-pin 3.5mm output will drive any headphones in the 12~600 ohm range and supports 3.5mm remote and mic earphones. A switch makes it easy to change from one brand of 4-pin headphone to another. A 3.5mm TOSLINK optical digital output delivers USB source signal up to 24/192. Does not draw power from connected iOS device’s battery. 

     Available now at £395

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Photographs taken at The Hifi SHow 2013 in Windsor. Photography by Mike Blackmore More »

Auden Distribution has announced the availability of the LUMIN audiophile network music player to UK retailers. Lumin-front-on-grey

LUMIN, from Pixel Magic Systems, is billed as a high-end network music player that supports the widest range of audio formats available, including native DSD and lossless recordings up to 384kHz/32bit studio masters. In lossless playback the player supports FLAC, ALAC, WAV and AIFF codecs along with all of the common compressed audio formats.. 

A wide range of output options include fully balanced XLR, RCA, SPDIF and HDMI. The latter can output 2.8MHz/1bit SACD files. The player also benefits from an outboard power supply housed in matching machined aluminium casework. 

Developed in tandem with the hardware, the LUMIN software platform and app-based remote control is sumptuous to look at yet dramatically speeds the music browsing and selection experience.

The suggested retail price is £4995.

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The Tuning Stick from Akiko comes in a variety of different models including the RCA, the AC and the ts XLRUniversal. They have now introduced the XLR Tuning Stick which plugs into a free XLR input, with the wiring in the plugcoming solely into contact with the grounding of the device.

The contents of a Tuning Stick are said to cause a “cleansing of the grounding near your hifi equipment”.

“We are pleasantly surprised by the incredible success of the Tuning Stick” says co-owner Marc van Berlo, who, together with his son Sander, is involved full time in the running of their Dutch company: Akiko Audio.

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Custom Cable, UK based reseller of headphones, cables and accessories, is launching the Resonessence Herus Herus_2personal headphone DAC. 

Small on form factor, at just 63mm long, 32mm wide and 19mm high, the Herus has Asynchronous USB Audio 2.0, DXD and DSD capabilities.

Designed and manufactured by Resonessence in Canada, Herus is crafted from a solid block of aluminium and has just two connections: a USB type ‘B’ socket at one end and a 6.35mm (1/4”) stereo headphone jack at the other end.

The latest high bit rate file formats are catered for, with PCM audio of up to 24bits and 352.8 kbps in addition to DXD and DSD64/128, ensuring compatibility with your preferred file format.

On connection to the computer, Herus will register itself as being able to control the volume internally, with the playback software sending control commands to the ESS 9010-2M DAC chip.

Phil Wannell, sales manager at Custom Cable, says, “The £299 Herus is the smallest of the Resonessence DAC products, but it has lost none of the high quality engineering that makes the range so sought after by users of computer based music systems.” He continues, “We are sure that its introduction is going to redefine the category, with Herus proving to be the lord and master of compact headphone DACs.”

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Kaito (Hiroshi Watanabe) hasn’t released a full length album since his “That Was the Way” and that was three years ago and so it was with a good deal of anticipation that I received his latest effort “ Until the End of Time” on the Kompakt label.

It kicks off with the massively uplifting “Sky Is the Limit”, a fabulous piece of floor friendly dance music with that 3am arms in the air loved up vibe that is just perfect. It’s nagging, it’s insistent, it’s dreamy, it’s beautiful and it’s right up my street with regards to techno dance music. “Until the End of Time” sets the scene for what has to be one of my favourite albums so far this year. More »

The Longdog Audio VDt1 DAC is a £3650 Digital to Analogue Converter that has been designed by well known valve MP_54921_300guru Nick Goreham and so expectations were high when Hifi Pig reviewer Jerry plugged it into his system for a proper evaluation.

Three regulated power supplies are provided;- for the digital board main supply, the output stage valve heater supply, and a valve-regulated high voltage supply using MOSFETs and an EF86 pentode valve.

Digital processing is handled by an Asahi Kasei AK4396 DAC chip, chosen by Nick Gorham as the best sounding device for the application.”

Read the full review of the Longdog Audio VDt1 Digtal to Analogue Converter.


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The Concept 20 loudspeaker from Q Acoustics is a smallish standmount speaker which comes with its own very attractiveQA2625-Concept20_White_300 support stand. It’s been getting rave reviews from all over the place and so we thought it about time that we had a listen to see if the praise they were receiving was justified.

“One of the more interesting things we read about with the Concept 20s was the use of something Q Acoustics’ call Gelcore, which essentially incorporates a cabinet within a cabinet, where the inner and outer “cabinets” are bonded with a special glue type material that never really “sets” – hence the gel name I presume.”

Read the full review of the Q Acoustics Concept 20 Loudspeaker.


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Everyone loves a freebie and we were really please to hear that Computer Audio Design (CAD), manufacturer of the CAD's Scott Berry & Isabel Whitley at Bath Audiofest 2013crop - 2CAD 1543 USB DAC, has created a number of free system set-up and optimisation guides, which are now available to download from their website. 

With computer audio destined to be the dominant source of high-quality music in the home, Computer Audio Design’s (Manufacturer of the CAD 1543 USB DAC) Proprietor and Chief Engineer Scott Berry (pictured here at the Bath Audiodest) has applied his knowledge of computer audio set-up and system optimisation, to create a series of free guides for anybody wishing to get the best sound from their Windows PC.

The guides were conceived during the exhaustive research and development phase of the 1543 DAC, where a comprehensive range of media playback packages, drives and even operating systems, were tested over a period of many months to find the best-sounding partnering equipment and software.

The PDF guides, which contain a wealth of free information, have now been uploaded to the CAD website and are accessible to anyone looking to optimise their PC’s sound quality. The guides contain recommendations on media playback software and optimisation, file formats and CD ripping, plus step-by-step information to help configure Windows systems for optimum playback performance.

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McIntosh Laboratory has introduced the latest version of its free AP1 Audio Player app and very cool looking it is too formc a freebie. Version 1.5 can be downloaded from the Apple Store, allowing iTunes® to be run with the classic look and feel of a full sized McIntosh component.

Featuring the ‘McIntosh Blue’ watt meters the AP1 app gives users access to their audio library through a simple interface, inspired by the iconic power meters that are globally recognised as a symbol of the McIntosh brand.

The latest version now includes AirPlay® technology, enabling users to wirelessly stream their music to an AirPlay®-compatible speaker system. Also included, is a mini product catalogue, a history of McIntosh, plus a dealer locator (US only).


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Commencing on the 1st November, Hi-fi and Custom Installation specialists Music Matters will be hosting a month long Music_matter_festseries of events based in their Midlands branches and London store showcasing a series of events for customers old and new – The Hi-Fi Festival!

“We’re delighted to be hosting this four week Hi-Fi Festival as its something we have wanted to do for quite some time. Many of our customers have enjoyed the events we have recently run both in our stores and at the wonderful Shakespeare Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. A festival event of this type, covering a wide range of topics will appeal to our loyal customer base and win us some new friends’ said company co-founder Rod Ardern.

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Aries Cerat got in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us all about the concept behind their latest preamplifier, the Incito.Incitofront

The Incito preamp comes about from the desire for Aries Cerat to find a high performance preamplifier that matched their latest tube amplifiers whilst keeping costs and size to manageable levels. The Incito has been developed for some time they say, but on l now ready to be launched to consumers.

Aries Cerat’s spokesman said they had a philosophy taken from Einstein to “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler” and so the Inito was born.

The heart of the Incito preamplifier is a zero feedback power gain stage, which consists of a transformer-coupled super-triode, using the ultra high trans-conductance  E280F made by Siemens and this is loaded with a step down transformer.

The power supply is built around the 5AR4 rectifier, with separate double pi filtering  for each channel, using oversized chokes, and high speed capacitors, along with an ultra low noise adjustable bias supply and doubled filtered heaters supplies.   

A high quality discrete relay-latched-resistor attenuator is used and true balanced outputs are standard but all inputs are custom configurable.


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“Hey there sugar with your eyes so blue, ridin’ around in your red HQ!”.  Haha, those lyrics… they warm the cockles of my rural Aussie heart!

After releasing a couple of well received EPs, the four Findlay siblings and best known band from the tiny rural town of Darraweit Guim if you can believe it, have finally launched their debut album. More »

Grace Slick’s “Dreams” was originally released on the RCA label in 1980 and here it rears its head again on Morello Records. Now, cards laid on the table I like Grace Slick a lot – who couldn’t fail to love someone who when invited, mistakenly, to the Whitehouse planned to spike then President Nixon with acid, or who when asked in more recently what her regrets were responded “Never having sex with Jimi Hendrix”. More »

AKG have announced its new K812 reference headphones  – a completely new open-back design.K812PRO

The K812 offers an oversized 53mm drivers and copper-covered aluminium voice coils partnered with adjustable headband and extremely soft ear pads which AKG say will ensure comfort in any application, for extended periods of time.

“The AKG K812’s are not only our newest reference headphones, but they are the very pinnacle of technological innovation to which we’ve aspired in our 65 years of innovation,” stated Kent Iverson, Director of Marketing and Product Development, AKG.  “K812 is the result of an intensive 5-year research and development program to achieve, as near as possible, the perfect headphone. The level of technology and engineering invested in K812 exceeds the industry standard, resulting in truly the best sounding headphones AKG has ever released.”

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Bath Audiofest was launched just four years ago and in that time has grown to become one of the highlights of the high-end audio industry’s calendar. The show is staged annually in October and is organized by high-end audio specialist Cool Gales, as an opportunity for customers to meet the select group of manufacturers they represents. More »

Seasoned readers of the Album review section of Hifi Pig will already be aware that you have a bit of a space-case fanboy of the undisputed kings of the spacerock genre in the form of yours truly and so it was with a good deal of excitement that I went and collected the latest release from Mr Brock and his boys from the mail box.

Essentially the “Spacehawks” album is a run through a few remixes of recent tunes and reworking of well trodden tracks and is released on the Eastworld label and kindly sent by Daz at Plastic Head Distribution. More »

Squeezed neatly on the fashionably cool Great Portland Street between food emporium Villandry and Regents Park’s Frieze Art Festival is “Ideaworks”, the venue for the preview of Anthems new AVR range, built on their two and a half year old MRX range and 30 years of research. Ideaworks is a stunning showpiece of conceptual sound and vision design, showing off 4K Black Diamond Screens and an interactive fish tank projection in the entrance alone. More »

There’s a huge problem with HD music today say Benchmark and recent advances in high-resolution digital formats haveBenchmark_power_amp well outpaced most existing amplifier technologies they say. Whilst recordings are possible that have dynamic ranges that exceed 120 to 125 dB Benchmark claim it’s hard to find a power amplifier that can deliver more than 100 to 105 dB of dynamic range. Benchmark’s AHB2 power amplifier approaches 130 dB, making it “10 to 30 dB quieter than the typical audiophile power amplifier”.

The frequency response of the AHB2 extends beyond 200 kHz, to “deliver the ultrasonic detail and fast transients captured by high-resolution recordings”. At the other end of the audio spectrum, the low-frequency response extends below 0.1 Hz. The AHB2 has a high damping factor that augments its extended low-end to deliver “solid, well-controlled bass”.

THX recently patented two new technologies that address crossover distortion, and Benchmark incorporated these innovations into the AHB2 design. These new innovations claim to virtually eliminate crossover distortion while offering opportunities to improve efficiency, damping, and dynamic range.


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Oppo, those of the famous DVD and BluRay players, have announced they will be launching a new Planar Magnetic Oppo_headphonesHeadphone (PM-1) and a headphone amplifier (HA-1).

The PM-1 headphones use an FEM optimised magnet system with very high energy Neodymium magnets. The headphones magnetic system and conductor patterns are said to be optimized for maximum sensitivity and consistency over the whole of the radiating area.

The Oppo PM-1 headphones are said to give a very open, transparent and very dynamic sound with balanced tone and very low distortion.

The HA-1 headphone amplifier from Oppo offers a Class A balances power amplifier section with the ESS 9018 Sabre 32 Reference DAC. In effect the headphone amp doubles as an asynchronous USB DAC, a stereo pre-amp, a digital audio dock for smart phones etc and a Bluetooth audio transport.

The control knob is motor driven so users can use the remote or turn by hand and they will have a choice of balanced XLR or quarter inch headphone jack. Line level inputs are given both RCA and XLR sockets.

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“The Cartridge Man is Len Gregory and he’s been making cartridges for a good number of years now. He used to Music Maker II Phono Cartridgeproduce a cartridge based on the AKG P8ES, but as AKG ceased production and were eventually bought  this eventually meant that Len’s supply of components dried up. Around the same time (twenty-ish years ago) Grado ceased production of their “Signature” range of cartridges and after speaking with John Grado, Len gained permission to build his own version of the “Signature” range of cartridges.”

Here we listen to the £750 moving iron cartridge from The Cartridge Man and see if it lives up to its music making name.

Read the full review of The Cartridge Man Music Maker III phono cartridge.


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Forming part of the bijou Chordette range, the new Qute EX adds a new chipset and circuit board which enables Chord QuteEX low greendecoding at up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 over USB (against the QuteHD’s 192kHz PCM and DSD 64). Existing QuteHD DACs can be upgraded with the new chipset and board at the factory for just £200 (plus shipping); the price differential between the two which seems very reasonable.

The Qute EX offers a range of bespoke DAC technologies taken from the flagship QBD76 HDSD (£4,995), which forms part of Chord Electronics’ Choral range.

Ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality (DXD – Digital eXtreme Definition) music files, the Qute EX can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM).

The Qute EX benefits from an asynchronous USB input (up to 384kHz) and has to two additional digital inputs: coaxial and optical.

In addition to 384kHz PCM files, the QuteEX can also process DSD 128 data using the latest DSD-over-PCM standard (DoP). Whether using Mac OS or Windows OS, Chord Electronics’ own proprietary driver software is provided, removing the restrictions of current operating system audio playback.

Price: Qute EX £1,195

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JoSound Cartouche loudspeakers use a Voxativ driver and an innovative bamboo construction that makes these €22 000 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAloudspeakers really stand out from the crowd.

“We first came across the JoSound range of loudspeakers twelve months or so ago when we attended the Paris Hifi and Home Cinema Salon and were very impressed with what we heard. Later at Munich we again made the effort to go and have a listen and were equally impressed and asked if it would be possible to get a pair of one of the range in for review.”

Read the full review of the JoSound Cartouche loudspeakers.


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Norwegian-based manufacturer and quirkily named QNKTC (Quantization Noise Killed The Cat!)  has unveiled its new QNKTC_DAC_Front_medcompetitively priced DAC, the £110 AB-1.2.

The device has is roots in an open source project, as a hardware implementation of the Audio Widget venture. The project was started by an online group who wanted to develop the very best solution for a USB DAC. AB-1.2 is the third (counting from 1.0) Analogue Board from the project. The AB-1.2 lets you play high-resolution audio (up to 24-bits at 192kHz) from Windows, Linux and OSX computers.

The analogue section of the DAC design puts equal focus on three areas with a fundamental influence on audio quality. The AKM4430 DAC chip comes from Asahi Kasai, the clock is made from two precision crystal oscillators from Golledge and the power supply uses low-noise regulators from Analog Devices. The DAC generates its own negative power supply, something that QNKTC say makes the whole design less complex and easier to implement. The asynchronous USB protocol (available in both USB Audio Class 1 and 2) makes the DAC the timing reference which is said to minimize jitter errors and further improves on the sound quality.


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Brand new to me but a staggering forty five years old Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera’s eponymous album is enjoying a re-release on Grapefruit Records and it’s a really entertaining listen indeed.

Starting out as an R&B/Soul band called the Five Proud Walkers, EGVO took a pretty dramatic change in direction in 1967 after supporting Pink Floyd at a gig on the legendary Eel Pie Island in London. They seemingly got a good deal of airplay but failed to transfer this into record sales. More »

Hifi Pig announced the launch of these new loudspeaker cables from Atlas way back in June and here Jerry takes a listenAtlas_Ascent_3.5_mkII to them and gives his impressions of how they perform in his system.

“The cables appear well made and very easy to use – the “Z-plugs” (4mm banana) on the set of cables provided for review were a miniature marvel.  I usually find expanding / locking banana plugs to be a right pain in the fundament, but these are superbly thought out and a pleasure to use.
Apparently, the plugs are custom made for Atlas and feature solder-free connections.  They certainly are impressive.”

You can read the full review of the Atlas Ascent 3.5 Mkii speaker cables here.


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At the top of the Tellurium Q range the Black Diamond USB cable comes in at £636 for a 1 metre length. Dan gives it a BD-USB 3 P300serous listen and see if it reaches muster.

“The Black Diamond, as all other Tellurium products, doesn’t come accompanied with a huge white paper of techno-babble, it simply comes with a suck it and see label.

The cable is of a substantial build quality, firmly thick and solidly terminated with male A to B connectors. The cable is a little stiffer than many on the market but in no way too stiff to manage with the 1.5m cable I demoed being very easily routed throughout my rack and around my equipment”

Read the full review of the Black diamond USB Cable from Tellurium Q.


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“So much to see here in the darkness…” 

Australia (and indeed the world) is enjoying a wealth of heavy music right now.  Metalcore, new-school thrash, death and progressive metal are all thriving and our newsfeeds are chock full of new releases, gigs, tours, mind boggling arrays of sub-genres and all manner of heavy goodness. Yep, metal is alive and well.

Enter Circles.  Hailing from Melbourne, their debut 2010 EP ‘The Compass’ was released to universal acclaim and (willingly or otherwise) immediately had the mark of “progressive” stamped upon it.  The band seemingly has a most promising future.  ‘Infinitas’, their self produced full length album has been (to use a hackneyed cliche) ahem… highly anticipated. More »

Kathryn Williams is Liverpool-born but resides in the fine city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Crown Electric, the company Elvis used to drive for before finding fame, is her tenth album and her first solo record in four years.

The album is the distillation of over sixty songs that were narrowed down to the thirteen we hear on Crown Electric. The album was recorded live in three days at Bryn Derwen Studios in Snowdonia with Neill MacColl as guitarist, bandleader and producer, Lamb’s Jon Thorne on double bass and Cinematic Orchestra’s Luke Flowers on drums. It was mixed by David Wrench with sumptuous strings added later at Ray Davies legendary Konk Studios, arranged and recorded by cellist Ben Trigg (Dexys, UNKLE, Arctic Monkeys). There are collaborations on the record with Ed Harcourt appearing on three of the tunes and James Yorkston on another. More »

Keith Monks today announced that the new discOveryOne Record Cleaner had started production in the UK. Jon Monks, son MK_RCMof the founder, Keith, will be demonstrating the discOveryOne Record Cleaner during the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.

Cleaning is a simple process of applying cleaning fluid and cleaning brush manually in the case of the standard model or using the Mini Cooper washer pump and classic Keith Monks wash system in the discOveryOne Classic. In both cases the cleaning fluid is fresh and previously unused for each record and the contact with the record during the vacuuming process is by a virgin piece of thread ensuring no contamination from previous records. It’s also very quiet at 37dB, C weighted, 1 metre.

The discOveryOne and discOveryOne Classic will be available from selected specialist retailers for £1295 and £1595 respectively.

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The next generation of Motive speakers from Neat Acoustics, the SX series, will be demonstrated for the first time in Neat_motive_SxAtrium Room 422 of the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel at RMAF.

The first and most obvious change from original to SX is to the tweeter. A newly designed, aluminium dome that is black anodised for added stiffness has replaced the original titanium dome, which Neat say  now delivers a more natural and cleaner tonal balance.

The simple three-element crossover has been revised using Mundorf components, more akin to those used in Neat’s more upmarket models. The SXs will be single wired as standard but bi-amp terminals are available as a chargeable option on order.

The internal bracing and damping have been upgraded and the LF tuning optimised and the HF units now operate in their own enclosures to minimise driver crosstalk.

The Motive SX series comprises three models: the SX1, a two and a half way floorstander; the SX2, a two-way floorstander and the SX3, a two-way stand mount. The bass reflex port on the two floorstanders is fitted to the bottom panel of the cabinet and is vented through an outlet in the MDF plinth.

A matching centre channel the Motive SXC will be available in black oak finish only.

The Motive SX will be available in four finishes and prices are as follows:


Motive SX1: $2,995.00 per pair

Motive SX2: $2,395.00 per pair

Motive SX3: $1,795.00 per pair

Motive SXC: $1,195.00


Motive SX1: £1885.00 per pair

Motive SX2: £1395.00 per pair

Motive SX3: £1085.00 per pair

Motive SXC: £705.00

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If you’re new to Drugstore (and I am) then here’s a brief history lesson. They’re labelled as a dream pop (whatever that is) band who formed in 1993 and debuted with an eponymous album which reached 31 in the UK charts…their second album from 1998, “White Magic for Lovers”, reached number 45. In total they’ve released four albums and had a top twenty single with “El President which was a duet between the band’s Brazillian singer-songwriter and bassist Isabel Monteiro and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. “The Best of Drugstore” takes, not surprisingly, songs from these albums. More »

Big Sexy Noise is made up of Lydia Lunch, James Johnston and Ian White of Gallon Drunk fame they offer an all out brutal attack on the senses with this double album    – the band’s last studio album from 2011 and a live recording made in Italy.

The studio album “Trust the Witch” is proper rock and roll as it should be – dirty, raunchy and sleazy. The opening track “Ballin’ the Jack” has heavy guitars riffing away in the background, touches of Velvet Underground, soaring saxophone and all topped off with Lunch’s seedy vocals laid over the top – OK, I’m not sure she’s gonna win any prizes for delicacy but that’s not really the point here – she’s menacing, disturbing and absolutely perfect for the music playing in the background. More »