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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

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Aiwa XD-S1100

Hi-fi formats come and go just like fashion. When on the ascendent they seem magnificent and unstoppable, set to take over the world. On the way down, no one really cares. In the case of Sony’s Digital Audio Tape format,

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Ken Ishiwata leaves Marantz

Surprise news comes that Ken Ishiwata has left Marantz after forty one years at the company. Parent company Sound United has issued the following press release: May 16th, 2019 – Following 41 years as a leading light at Marantz, the number

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audio Technica AT-OC9X

Behold the new Audio Technica AT-OC9X, the fourth update of this evergreen moving coil in thirty two years. It sports a choice of stylus types including Bonded Elliptical (AT-OC9XEB, £210); Nude Elliptical (AT-OC9XEN, £300), Microlinear (AT-OC9XML, £480), Shibata (AT-OC9XSH, £570), and Special

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

Audiolab 6000CDT

While affordable DACs are ten-a-penny, there’s a relative scarcity of decent Compact Disc transports around. Given that – although new music sales are tumbling in this format –  there are gazillions of CDs in circulation, you’d think that there would

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

Mola-Mola Makua/Kaluga

Ah yes, Class D. I am not a fan, but that’s only “so far”, because I don’t have any philosophical objections to it. Experience has taught me that it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Mola-Mola Makua/Kaluga

Ah yes, Class D. I am not a fan, but that’s only “so far”, because I don’t have any philosophical objections to it. Experience has taught me that it’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Ken Ishiwata

“Saul B Marantz was a great hi-fi pioneer,” says Ken Ishiwata, “and along with McIntosh arguably made the high end hi-fi scene we have today – maybe we wouldn’t have home hi-fi systems at all, as we know them? So

Ken Ishiwata

“Saul B Marantz was a great hi-fi pioneer,” says Ken Ishiwata, “and along with McIntosh arguably made the high end hi-fi scene we have today – maybe we wouldn’t have home hi-fi systems at all, as we know them? So

Reloop Turn5

German brand Reloop has been making pro audio equipment since 1996, and duly formed a specialist hi-fi division two years ago. The £650 Turn5 is the top model in the company’s turntable range, and is – to all intents and purposes

Reloop Turn5

German brand Reloop has been making pro audio equipment since 1996, and duly formed a specialist hi-fi division two years ago. The £650 Turn5 is the top model in the company’s turntable range, and is – to all intents and purposes

Bob Ludwig

Whereas many professional music producers and engineers seem woefully disinterested in their home hi-fi hardware. Bob runs a Well Tempered turntable, custom modified Manley Steelhead phono stage and EMM Labs (Ed Meitner modified) Switchman preamplifier, various power amplifiers and Eggleston

Bob Ludwig

Whereas many professional music producers and engineers seem woefully disinterested in their home hi-fi hardware. Bob runs a Well Tempered turntable, custom modified Manley Steelhead phono stage and EMM Labs (Ed Meitner modified) Switchman preamplifier, various power amplifiers and Eggleston

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Sony NW-A45

Since smartphones took over our lives, five or so years ago, there has been relatively little interest in something that once – just ten years before that – seemed the very future of technology itself. Apple’s iPod was once thought

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Sony NW-A45

Since smartphones took over our lives, five or so years ago, there has been relatively little interest in something that once – just ten years before that – seemed the very future of technology itself. Apple’s iPod was once thought

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Thank you again for frequenting this little enclave of the internet! In the past year we’ve seen ever more visitors come to zStereo for advice on classic hi-fi old and new, from all around the world. Thanks for all your

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Thank you again for frequenting this little enclave of the internet! In the past year we’ve seen ever more visitors come to zStereo for advice on classic hi-fi old and new, from all around the world. Thanks for all your

Sony CDP-911E

It’s often said that the nineteen sixties didn’t start until half way through that decade, and didn’t fully end until the mid seventies. Perhaps you could say the same about the eighties, because the Sony CDP-911E is very much a

Sony CDP-911E

It’s often said that the nineteen sixties didn’t start until half way through that decade, and didn’t fully end until the mid seventies. Perhaps you could say the same about the eighties, because the Sony CDP-911E is very much a

Hadcock GH 242 Export

One of the most popular tonearms that most audiophiles have never heard of, many hundreds of thousands of Hadcocks have been sold since its inception over half a century ago, in over one hundred countries. It is a classic unipivot

Hadcock GH 242 Export

One of the most popular tonearms that most audiophiles have never heard of, many hundreds of thousands of Hadcocks have been sold since its inception over half a century ago, in over one hundred countries. It is a classic unipivot

Cyrus ONE

First seen at the 2016 Munich High End Show, Cyrus Audio’s ONE integrated amplifier is a Class D design using the third generation of the company’s hybrid Class D technology. It puts out a claimed 100W RMS per channel into 6 ohms,

Cyrus ONE

First seen at the 2016 Munich High End Show, Cyrus Audio’s ONE integrated amplifier is a Class D design using the third generation of the company’s hybrid Class D technology. It puts out a claimed 100W RMS per channel into 6 ohms,

Simon Freethy

Simon Freethy has one of the hardest jobs in hi-fi. As the Managing Director of Cyrus Audio, he’s got the corporate equivalent of making “that difficult second album” – the one that fans have great expectations for, demanding that it

Simon Freethy

Simon Freethy has one of the hardest jobs in hi-fi. As the Managing Director of Cyrus Audio, he’s got the corporate equivalent of making “that difficult second album” – the one that fans have great expectations for, demanding that it

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Chord Hugo 2

When Chord Electronics’ first Hugo portable DAC/headphone amplifier was launched at CES in January 2014, the world knew it was special – it was so good that many bought it to use as their main digital converter, rather than a

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Chord Hugo 2

When Chord Electronics’ first Hugo portable DAC/headphone amplifier was launched at CES in January 2014, the world knew it was special – it was so good that many bought it to use as their main digital converter, rather than a

Videotone Minimax

The Videotone Minimax is the great little loudspeaker that history forgot. The story is all the more intriguing by the fact that Videotone was not – unlike about ninety nine percent of speakers back then – British. “Videotone” was the name

Videotone Minimax

The Videotone Minimax is the great little loudspeaker that history forgot. The story is all the more intriguing by the fact that Videotone was not – unlike about ninety nine percent of speakers back then – British. “Videotone” was the name

Peter Comeau

It’s been a long journey for someone who started off reading Electronic Engineering at Plymouth University back in the early seventies. Now, four decades later, Peter Comeau is running a large engineering department with many staff, supervising a wide range

Peter Comeau

It’s been a long journey for someone who started off reading Electronic Engineering at Plymouth University back in the early seventies. Now, four decades later, Peter Comeau is running a large engineering department with many staff, supervising a wide range

Cyrus CD t

Launched in 2011 for £699, the Cyrus CD transport filled a much-needed gap in a hi-fi world that was suddenly beginning to see a decline in the number of silver disc spinners being made. By this time, Linn had already announced it would

Cyrus CD t

Launched in 2011 for £699, the Cyrus CD transport filled a much-needed gap in a hi-fi world that was suddenly beginning to see a decline in the number of silver disc spinners being made. By this time, Linn had already announced it would