Clearaudio’s vinyl scrubber goes silent

March 5, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

The latest record cleaning machine from turntable marque Clearaudio goes about its business with minimum fuss, and minimum noise. The Smart Matrix Silent has been designed to make keeping vinyl collections pristine as conveniently and unobtrusively as possible. The machine […]

Benz Micro LP-S MR: Heart and soul

February 19, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Being the delicate instruments they are, and dealing with even more delicate music signals, moving coil cartridges represent an eclectic mix of advanced technology, painstaking craftsmanship and emotive art. In the case of the Benz Micro LP-S, the result is […]

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 […]

Latest Rotel combo links tradition to convenience

February 12, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Digital or analogue, CD or vinyl, wired or wireless, the new Rotel A11 integrated amplifier and CD11 compact disc player cover the bases. The A11 is a sleek integrated amplifier featuring Rotel’s sleek, no-nonsense aesthetics. Round push-button switchgear, a rotary […]

Anthem ups the room correction ante

February 12, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Anthem Room Correction (ARC) has been generally acknowledged as a leading room correction and calibration system, blurring the lines between home and professional audio applications, and offering both precise results and meaningful enhancements. At last week’s ISE 2019 expo in […]

Cambridge Audio debuts turntable with Bluetooth

February 5, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

Traditionalists may blanch at the mere thought of a turntable that digitises the resolutely analogue content of the vinyl record it’s spinning. But that’s exactly what the new Cambridge Audio Alva turntable does. Why? Because the brand’s first turntable is […]

A turntable that does it all?

January 29, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

McIntosh has given new meaning to the all-in-one concept by creating a self-contained turntable that includes a phono stage, pre-amp, power amp, DAC and headphone amp – all in a compact form factor not much bigger than a regular disc […]