roksponsmallMagico have announced the new S3 Mk II, floor standing, three-way (four driver)  loudspeaker. The S3 Mk II nestles in between the S1 Mk II and S5 Mk II and features all of the design elements of the S-Series Mk II models, including a new 9-inch bass driver born from the design and engineering theories applied to the limited-edition, 10th Anniversary M-Project. More »

The £280/m Experience 680 interconnect from British manufacturer Wire On Wire is an interesting concept in that is able to be ‘tuned’ by the owner. Dominic Marsh tunes in for Hifi Pig.  More »

In Italian Valore means value and at €1495 complete with arm the Valore Plus 425 turntable from Italian manufacturer Gold Note certainly looks to offer a good bang for your buck. Janine Elliot spins some tunes.  More »

roksponsmallAudio Consulting is launching a new three way dipole system with, they say, “unique features”, the Rubanoide Dvaijnoy with Rubabass 2 and Super Tweeter  System. More »

Japanese brand CEC’s belt driven CD transports are legendary in audiophile circles but have had traditionally been out of the reach of most people. The £2600 CEC TL5 CD Transport, sold by Definitive Audio in the UK, puts this exotica much more within the grasp of more people and Janine Elliot couldn’t wait to get her hands on it to review for Hifi Pig. More »

roksponsmallDirac, whose technologies optimise more than 200 million smartphones and who have partnered with Harman in the world of car audio, are exhibiting at CES 2017 and will be presenting the latest Dirac sound innovations for home, mobile, VR/AR, and automotive applications. More »

roksponsmallAudioControl, the Seattle based designers and manufacturers of audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has announced the availability of DTS:X and DTS Neural Surround for their Concert AVR-7 and AVR-9 home theatre receivers as well as their Maestro M9 theatre processor. These surround formats are available now and can be added to models already in the field via firmware update. More »

roksponsmallPureAudioProject have announced the release of the Trio15 PAP-Horn1.
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Trio15 PAP-Horn1 combines their Open Baffle design with a wooden horn. More »

roksponsmallOPPO Digital have announced that the new UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player is ready for release. It is the successor to the BDP-103 series universal Blu-ray Disc player, the UDP-203  More »

roksponsmallNord Acoustics got in touch to let us know they have launched a new case for their Hypex amplifiers in stereo and mono block version. More »

The Connoisseur Of Sound D1 is Taiwanese in origin and costs £8000 in the UK. Janine Elliot puts it through its paces in a truly international rig.  More »

roksponsmallThe original nano iDSD was aimed squarely at the US $200 price class. The new nano iDSD LE (Light Edition) in dark titanium is a $129 reboot. It features the same True Native’ Burr-Brown PCM/DSD chipset., headphone power output of 130mW with 10-hour battery life and RCA outputs on analogue volume control. More »

roksponsmallMcIntosh has introduced the new D1100 Digital Preamplifier and MP1100 Phono Preamplifier with the aim of integrating turntables and digital devices into home audio systems. The D1100 Digital Preamplifier includes the company’s most advanced DAC to date, featuring nine digital inputs, while the MP1100 Phono Preamplifier features 24-bit digital outputs to enable recording from vinyl sources. More »

roksponsmallLast year Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with a new, contemporary edition of the company’s first ever product, the Puccini integrated amplifier. Now, the Italian brand has given the Maestro the ‘Anniversary’ treatment. More »

roksponsmallDan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems are on the road this December with events showcasing their latest products. More »

roksponsmallCanon is a new Musiclink cable designed, say Black Rhodium, “to achieve very high sound quality when using portable music systems by using the latest Black Rhodium high end cable technology, Including the Graham Nalty VS-4 Vibration Stabiliser”. It is hand built at the Black Rhodium factory in Derby. More »

roksponsmallAt a meeting of exhibitors and would-be exhibitors held today at the Olympic Studios, London, the dates for The Indulgence Show 2017 were announced as 29 September – 1 October. More »

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake’s work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.

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roksponsmallBranko Glisovic’s career began in 1967 when he started his apprenticeship as a technical business manager. After various positions in retailing before becoming the co-owner of a hifi studio in Cologne, he switched to the audio industry, becoming sales manager of the “Pirol Audio Systeme” company (Rogers, Arcam, Chartwell, Sonus Faber, Systemdek, Richard Allen). More »

With the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP just around the corner, Irish artist LAOISE is pleased to share the first single from it. More »

Inspired by the sea-inspired James Joyce poem of the same name, ‘Noise Of The Waters’ is the second EP from Brighton folk duo, Hickory Signals. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, the pair combine strong vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and pulsing percussion; layering sounds carefully and minimally to create atmospheric folk. More »

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage October 2016 for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. More »

The Connoisseur Of Sound D1 is Tiawanese in origin and costs £8000 in the UK. Janine Elliot puts it through its paces in a truly international rig.  More »

roksponsmallIfi got in touch to let us know about their new DAC. They claim that “the micro iDSD ‘Black Label’ is the world’s most powerful DSD/PCM/DXD battery-powered DAC.”. They go on to say, “Perhaps ‘Double Black’ is a more apt description because it is different on the outside as well as the inside”. More »

The efficacy of cables, and in particular USB and digital cables, is a much debated subject in the audio world. However, Dan Worth, Hifi Pig’s resident computer audiophile is convinced of different cables’ bringing benefits to the overall system. Here he tries out The Chord Company’s Signature Tuned Array USB cable costing £400 for a 1m length.  More »

roksponsmallDespite our best efforts we were unable to find the first person we drew for the VPI Player Turntable prize, so we have redrawn.  The winner is Aaron Tate.  Aaron, can you please send me your JustGiving confirmation of donation email, along with your shipping address by midnight (UK time) December 20th 2016 to linette@past.hifipig.com . If you are reading this and you know the winner then please let him know! More »

The efficacy of cables, and in particular USB and digital cables, is a much debated subject in the audio world. However, Dan Worth, Hifi Pig’s resident computer audiophile is convinced of different cables’ bringing benefits to the overall system. Here he tries out The Chord Company’s Signature Tuned Aray USB cable costing £400 for a 1m length.  More »

roksponsmallFor over 40 years, Supra have been a hifi and AV cable manufacturer, designing their own products and making them in Sweden. To help celebrate this anniversary, Supra are launching a limited edition version of the award winning LoRad 2.5 shielded mains cable: The LoRad 2.5 SPC. More »

CALLING PUNKS OF ALL AGES! Gather your favourite pair of pogo-worn Doc Martins, best ripped, studded and patch covered denim jacket and slick up that Mohawk, because punks not dead and the 111 track long Action Time Vision Boxset is here to remind us of that. So get on board or get left behind! Still not sure? Well I have been lucky enough to get my anarchy loving paws on the boxset to review it, so let’s dive in! More »

roksponsmallMUTEC, German manufacturer of professional and audiophile consumer audio equipment, is proud to release a utility app for firmware updates of the MC-3+ Smart Clock USB on Apple Macs. Since the release of the Windows update utility in July MUTEC say they have received “a tremendous positive response from customers who have eagerly updated their devices”. More »

From the somewhat sparse, yet unique catalogue of adventurous, high-quality rock music coming out of Scandinavia in the late 60’s, the sole album ‘Get Dreamy’ by The Dream has been one of the most hunted treasures.

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At £299 a pair the Tannoy Eclipse Three loudspeakers certainly look like a lot of speaker for the money. Dave Robson takes a listen.  More »

roksponsmallAfter 16 years, Swiss loudspeaker manufacturer, PIEGA has presented the second generation of their Coax loudspeaker. The second generation of the Coax series comes with the compact bookshelf loudspeaker Coax 311 and the two slightly over one metre high floor-standing speakers Coax 511 and Coax 711. More »

At £299 a pair the Tannoy Eclipse Three loudspeakers certainly look like a lot of speaker for the money. Dave Robson takes a listen.  More »

roksponsmallWell November was a very busy month. Hifi Pig went to Poland for the first time to attend the amazing Warsaw Audio Video Show 2016 , we launched our new look Music section and we brought you all the latest Hifi news and Hifi reviews…check out what we covered below, just in case you missed anything!

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roksponsmallLamm Industries got in touch to tell us about the two extremely high end systems they are exhibiting at CES 2017. They are presenting two distinct systems, each unique in its own right, at the Venetian Towers, suites 35-305, with a system worth nearly half a million US dollars, and 35-307 with a system worth over one million US dollars. More »

roksponsmallABC records has partnered with RecordingTheMasters (MULANN Group) to offer tape recording services.  More »

roksponsmallMeters Music is the creation of Ashdown Engineering, makers of musical instrument amplifiers for many of the world’s biggest music stars. The likes of U2, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, System of a Down and many other artists use Ashdown amplifiers on stage and in the studio. More »

roksponsmallNoble Audio has collaborated with the community-driven commerce site, Massdrop, to create an exclusive IEM. The new Noble X, which is available for a time-limited period on Massdrop, features Noble’s new proprietary drive units for $249 (around £200), a price point not seen before in a Noble product. More »

roksponsmallCyrus has today released a mobile app for its ONE amplifier, bringing app control convenience to users of the new compact amplifier. More »

roksponsmallKEF has announced that it is to partner with Twentieth Century FOX for the theatrical release of Assassin’s Creed, the movie. This will involve KEF retailers displaying promotional material including point of sale items, large format posters, graphic boards and the competition entry postcards. All will include the official film artwork. More »