Yamaha NS-SW050: Small box, big bass

November 13, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Yamaha’s diminutive NS-SW050 is so unassuming that it’s easy to consider it inferior to those big, bad-ass subs. After, all bigger should be better in subwoofer terms, right? Well, the little Yamaha might surprise you … By Deon Schoeman In […]

Flagship amplifiers strike the right Chord

November 13, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Chord Electronics has unveiled an all-new statement pre-amplifier and power amplifier combination. The Ultimas feature the striking, chunky and slightly steampunk aesthetics typical of the Chord product range, while promising cutting edge performance. Created to commemorate the marque’s upcoming 30th […]

Mark Levinson previews new amps

November 13, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Mark Levinson will introduce two new integrated amplifiers early next year. The No.5802 features an all-digital input set, while the 5805 adds analogue inputs and an integrated MM/MC phono stage. The No.5802 features six digital inputs, comprising AES/EBU, coaxial RCA, […]

Quick review: Ocean Way Audio Pro2A

November 6, 2018 Deon Schoeman 1

Ocean Way Audio has been making sonic waves, so to speak, for some time now – albeit mainly among professional musicians and studio engineers, and increasingly, among music lovers. The California-based company is the hardware offshoot of Ocean Way Studios, […]

Quick review: Ascendo Immersive Audio System

November 6, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Ascendo Immersive Audio might be a relatively unknown brand in South Africa, but that’s set to change with The Audio Visual Boutique now representing the German marque locally. A recent demonstration of a dedicated Ascendo Immersive Audio (AIA) installation at […]

KEF adds LSX to wireless family

November 6, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

An all-new compact speaker system has joined KEF’s wireless line-up. The LSX fits in below the highly regarded LS50 Wireless in both size and price, and brings a fully wireless music playback solution to a wider audience. Like its illustrious […]

B&O selects Genelec for precise research

November 6, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

When high-end electronics brand Band & Olufsen designed its new acoustic research laboratory, it chose to equip it with Genelec’s SAM active monitors. The laboratory is being used for hyper-accurate simulations of what loudspeakers sound like in any given environment. […]

Grado goes wireless – finally

October 30, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

It’s taken a while, but headphone and phono cartridge maker Grado Labs has finally joined the wireless ranks with its GW100 Bluetooth headphones. The company is making no excuses for its delayed entrance into what has become a popular segment […]