Marantz CD-7

“The first Bitstream players sounded dire”, a senior Marantz engineer once told me. Strictly not for publication you understand, but refreshingly candid all the same. At the time, others couched the phrase in rather more diplomatic language, but it’s worth

Marantz CD-7

“The first Bitstream players sounded dire”, a senior Marantz engineer once told me. Strictly not for publication you understand, but refreshingly candid all the same. At the time, others couched the phrase in rather more diplomatic language, but it’s worth

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Aiwa AD-2000

Apart from Nakamichi, few other Japanese names were so closely associated with cassette as Aiwa. Sony, JVC and Pioneer made some very fine examples of the breed, yet did other notable products too. Aiwa made a full range of equipment

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Aiwa AD-2000

Apart from Nakamichi, few other Japanese names were so closely associated with cassette as Aiwa. Sony, JVC and Pioneer made some very fine examples of the breed, yet did other notable products too. Aiwa made a full range of equipment

Sennheiser PXC-250

When Sennheiser’s PXC-250 portable headphone was launched back in 2005, noise-cancelling technology was nothing new, but here was an affordable, practical and elegant implementation of it. NoiseGard™ is the name that Sennheiser gives to its particular take on noise-cancelling. Essentially, the system

Sennheiser PXC-250

When Sennheiser’s PXC-250 portable headphone was launched back in 2005, noise-cancelling technology was nothing new, but here was an affordable, practical and elegant implementation of it. NoiseGard™ is the name that Sennheiser gives to its particular take on noise-cancelling. Essentially, the system

The Onkyo story

Although names like Sony, Technics and Pioneer are synonymous with specialist Japanese separates hi-fi here in the UK, Onkyo is something of a mystery to most British audiophiles. There are various historical reasons for this, not least the discontinuity of

The Onkyo story

Although names like Sony, Technics and Pioneer are synonymous with specialist Japanese separates hi-fi here in the UK, Onkyo is something of a mystery to most British audiophiles. There are various historical reasons for this, not least the discontinuity of

Terry O’Sullivan

One of the British hi-fi industry’s great characters, since 1990 this outspoken chap [pictured above left] has been fixing, recommissioning and remanufacturing classic Garrard turntables in Wiltshire, not far from the original factory in Swindon. Along the way, his company

Terry O’Sullivan

One of the British hi-fi industry’s great characters, since 1990 this outspoken chap [pictured above left] has been fixing, recommissioning and remanufacturing classic Garrard turntables in Wiltshire, not far from the original factory in Swindon. Along the way, his company

A Compact Cassette Revival?

Some people have been saying that cassette is due for a comeback for years. The thing is though, there are now some anecdotal – but actually quite telling – signs that the venerable Philips format, invented way back in 1963

A Compact Cassette Revival?

Some people have been saying that cassette is due for a comeback for years. The thing is though, there are now some anecdotal – but actually quite telling – signs that the venerable Philips format, invented way back in 1963