Sexier looks for Audio Research CD6 and CD9

April 30, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Just as you thought that the compact disc was dead, or at least dying, Audio Research has announced further enhancements to its CD6SE and Reference CD9SE CD player/DACs. Most obvious is the revised styling, which now closely resembles the aesthetics […]

New DACs and transport from T+A

April 9, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

High-end audio marque’s T+A has bolstered its product portfolio with the launch of two sophisticated digital-to-analogue converters, and a dedicated CD/SACD transport. The SD 3100 HV and SDV 3100 HV are two reference-standard D/A converters with streaming capability. Both feature […]

Arche and Stellia promise high-end heaven

February 19, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

French marque Focal has added a top-class headphone amp/DAC to its product line-up, and also announced the release of its second closed-back headphone. The Arche headphone amp/DAC is built by Micromega, and has been specifically designed to partner Focal’s burgeoning […]

Technics debuts high-end network disc spinner

January 22, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Technics has added a versatile digital player with disc-spinning and networking capabilities to its high-end Grand Class line-up. The newcomer features premium components, painstaking construction, and comprehensive noise and interference countermeasures, as well as innovative technologies. The SL-G700 combines a […]

Aqua La Voce S3: The art of digital

December 4, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Food, art, cars, music … regardless of the subject, the Italians have a way of turning even the everyday into something special. That’s true of audio equipment, too – and the Aqua La Voce is a good example Milan-based Aqua […]

PS Audio releases Snowmass firmware

November 27, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Owners of the PS Audio DirectStream D/A converter can now upgrade the unit’s firmware to the latest version. Dubbed Snowmass, the upgrade is the latest in a long line of ongoing firmware updates offering incremental performance improvements. The DirectStream uses […]

Sony’s latest DMP is no Walkman

September 18, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Sony might have pioneered personal stereo with its cassette-based Walkman players, and refined that concept with its more recent Walkman digital music players, but the new high-end DMP-Z1 digital music player isn’t exactly a shirt-pocket model. Instead, it has the […]