REVIEWS

REVIEWS

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.

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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Record of the Week: Miles Davis – In A Silent Way (Sony Legacy 180g LP)

Arguably one of ace trumpeter and jazz legend Miles Davis’ most iconic albums, In A Silent Way is the kind of set that demands repeated, rapt listening. And even then, each encounter reveals something new: intricacies, subtleties, musical dialogues, elusive details that all too easily ...
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Review: Vivid Audio Kaya 45 – The whole, musical truth

Vivid Audio has a reputation for fearless innovation, both technically and aesthetically, linked to beguilingly honest musicality. The new Kaya range is Vivid’s third loudspeaker line, and pushes the sonic boundaries while introducing an all-new design language By Deon Schoeman It’s easy to forget that ...
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