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Audio Video is proudly independent, and while we depend on income from banner advertising, we are in no way connected to our advertisers. Our reviews are subjective – we have neither the time nor the facilities to measure and verify specification. Reviews are conducted in a listening room emulating real-world conditions. We always contextualise reviews by highlighting the associated equipment, and the music/movies used in the process.

Wharfedale Crystal 4.3: Big AV sound, small budget

Wharfedale is one of the most famous names in the speaker business, with a heritage stretching all the way back to 1932. The Crystal 4.3 system draws on all that expertise, while promising a lot of home theatre bang for the buck. By Deon Schoeman ...
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Martin Logan Classic ESL 9: The best of both worlds?

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a pair of electrostatic loudspeakers. Much more unusual than their dynamic rivals, they can breathe life and soul into the music, albeit with some compromises. The Martin Logan Classic ESL 9 loudspeakers attempt to offer the best of both ...
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Quick review: RME Audio ADI-2 DAC/headphone amp – Let’s get serious

If you recognise the RME brand, you’re probably an audio professional. The German company specialises in digital audio solutions, primarily targeting the pro audio industry. However, there is a fringe of home audio enthusiasts that has discovered and started using RME’s products. Recognising that there ...
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Quick review: Dereneville Magic Mat – Clarity is the key

Some weeks back, we featured a turntable platter mat in our news section that promises to significantly enhance vinyl playback. The Dereneville Magic Mat is made in Germany and has found a ready following among vinyl enthusiasts in Europe. The Magic Mat’s makers claim that ...
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