Category Archives: systems

Sony HAP-S1

Sony found things difficult back in the late nineteen nineties, when MP3 files began to replace Compact Disc. The company’s instinct had always been to maintain control of the entire music recording and replay chain, from record company to format

Sony HAP-S1

Sony found things difficult back in the late nineteen nineties, when MP3 files began to replace Compact Disc. The company’s instinct had always been to maintain control of the entire music recording and replay chain, from record company to format

Denon D-90

There was a time, between the early nineteen seventies and late nineties, when a decent stereo system was part of every well equipped British home. Whether you were an audiophile or not, owning quality hi-fi equipment was a mark of your

Denon D-90

There was a time, between the early nineteen seventies and late nineties, when a decent stereo system was part of every well equipped British home. Whether you were an audiophile or not, owning quality hi-fi equipment was a mark of your

Aura Note Music Center

I first encountered April Music at Las Vegas CES in 2004. A young South Korean company, the people behind it struck me as interesting and imaginative. Under the Stello brand name, it made some fine sounding hi-fi separates, much in the

Aura Note Music Center

I first encountered April Music at Las Vegas CES in 2004. A young South Korean company, the people behind it struck me as interesting and imaginative. Under the Stello brand name, it made some fine sounding hi-fi separates, much in the

Naim mu-so

“A gateway drug” is how one Naim insider describes this one-box music machine. In truth, it is unlikely to be able to take on Bose and B&O at their own game, because both the aforementioned companies – especially the latter – plough so much

Naim mu-so

“A gateway drug” is how one Naim insider describes this one-box music machine. In truth, it is unlikely to be able to take on Bose and B&O at their own game, because both the aforementioned companies – especially the latter – plough so much

Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900

As nineteen seventies hi-fi became ever more dominated by the Japanese, the more gaudy it got. Although the mass market was awash with large, brushed aluminium fronted steel boxes – festooned with knobs and flashing lights – some more discerning buyers moved to Bang &

Bang & Olufsen Beomaster 1900

As nineteen seventies hi-fi became ever more dominated by the Japanese, the more gaudy it got. Although the mass market was awash with large, brushed aluminium fronted steel boxes – festooned with knobs and flashing lights – some more discerning buyers moved to Bang &

Sony HMK-80

In the nineteen seventies hi-fi boom, when every lifestyle magazine was telling people to buy large, unwieldy stereo separates, every self-respecting mass manufacturer offered the same thing in a single package. It was called a music centre, and admittedly the breed

Sony HMK-80

In the nineteen seventies hi-fi boom, when every lifestyle magazine was telling people to buy large, unwieldy stereo separates, every self-respecting mass manufacturer offered the same thing in a single package. It was called a music centre, and admittedly the breed

Meridian F80

Back in 1974, one of the most striking pieces of industrial design the world had seen surfaced in the shape of the Lecson AC1/AP1 preamplifier/ power amplifier combination. At a stroke, the two men behind it – Allen Boothroyd and Robert Stuart – marked themselves

Meridian F80

Back in 1974, one of the most striking pieces of industrial design the world had seen surfaced in the shape of the Lecson AC1/AP1 preamplifier/ power amplifier combination. At a stroke, the two men behind it – Allen Boothroyd and Robert Stuart – marked themselves