Spendor A2: Does size matter?

April 24, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Spendor’s smart but diminutive A2 floorstanders are easily underestimated. But as it turns out, one shouldn’t always judge by appearances: these Brits deliver more than expected. Based in Sussex, Spendor is a quintessentially British loudspeaker manufacturer. Founded nearly a half-century […]

Pioneer VSX-LX302: More for the money

April 24, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Pioneer’s VSX-LX-302 AV receiver may be some way off the brand’s top-of-the-range models, but it offers a surprising level of features, with performance to match – all at a value-added price. Given how much circuitry has to be packed into […]

Stylish sound from Beoplay 6

April 24, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

B&O Play, the lifestyle audio division of Bang & Olufsen, has added another portable Bluetooth speaker to its line-up. Designed by Cecilia Manz, the newcomer promises 360-degree sound dispersion and a rich, powerful delivery, despite its compact dimensions. The stylish […]

Benchmark unveils THX headphone amp

April 24, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Benchmark’s latest release combines the functions of a headphone amp and a line amplifier in a single box. The new HPA4 also features THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier technology. The THX AAA system promises a reduction of between 20 and 40 […]

Apollo Extreme is latest from TARA Labs

April 24, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

US cable specialist TARA Labs has added a new model to its range of high-end cables. The Apollo Extreme line-up consists of interconnects in single-ended and balanced form, as well as speaker cables offered in stereo or bi-wire configurations. The […]

Paradigm’s new Monitor SE speakers now in SA

April 17, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Local Paradigm importer and distributor, Audio Specialists, has unveiled the all-new Paradigm Monitor SE loudspeaker range. The newcomers feature an array of advanced technologies usually associated with more expensive designs. Highlights include bass-reflex enclosures, tweeters fitted with pure aluminium phase […]

Sumiko unveils new phono cartridges

April 17, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Phono cartridge maker Sumiko will unveil six new models at next month’s Munich High-End expo. The newcomers include a quartet of moving magnet designs, and two new moving coil designs. The four new MM cartridges will be included in the […]