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Franco-Serblin speakers descended on Joppa from Heaven.
A moving-coil battlefront. Dynavector Karat 17DX vs. Hana ML.
Dynavector Karat DX17 vs Hana ML.
Oh my Lord, two little black boxes with little Hi-Fi gems within. I was at Hi-Fi Corner and these two tantalizing mites were sitting on the table before me. I recognized the boxes as containing similarly priced moving-coil cartridges, both I think it's fair to say, belonging on the first couple of rungs of the “high-end” ladder. I knew the two models as I had been contemplating buying another cartridge myself and had researched a few possibilities. I couldn't in all honesty justify this other than just fancying having another cartridge to hand, and in any event, can one ever have too many of them? Anyway, it's cheaper than collecting cars! Struan, MD of Hi-Fi Corner, saw my eyes drawn to the boxes and suggested I take them home and compare the two, maybe anticipating a sale. How could I say no?
Welcome Franco Serblin
Arriving shortly at Hi-Fi Corner, the beautiful range of Franco Serblin speakers.The pedigree is impeccable. Franco Serblin was the designer of the acclaimed Sonus Faber loudspeakers before branching out to produce this stunning line-up. With a similar philosophy to his previous creations, the design of these speakers is aligned to that of musical instruments, with great emphasis on materials and craftsmanship beyond compare. Coupled to this is the sheer elegance of the innovative designs and, common to the entire line-up, the ability to produce concert hall dynamics from a relatively modest sized enclosure.
Four designs are available. Two are 2-way designs – the Lignea and
Arcam Launch ST60 Network Streamer
Better late than never, Arcam join the streaming party with the new ST60. Enabling audio streaming from all of the major services – including Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, Spotify, and TIDAL – the ST60 is the perfect companion to a stereo amplifier, including one from ARCAM’s own HDA series of award-winning two-channel audio engines. Delivering the absolute best experience from your digital music files is the ST60’s raison d’etre, hence it also works with AirPlay 2 and Google Cast; fully decodes MQA; is Roon Ready, and handles UPnP sources.
Choosing the right cartridge
Audio Research Ref 6SE pre-amplifier review
Why are white, large, sealed boxes with Audio Research Corp. printed on the side irresistible audiophile nectar? It's sad really but I was uncontrollably drawn to such an item sitting on the carpet of huge Hi-Fi Corner store in Joppa. A closer look revealed the label on said box. “Reference 6SE pre-amplifier” ….now that's not ordinary nectar. When MD Struan said I could take it home until they needed it for demonstration in their main listening room, it was a forgone conclusion that it was facing a short journey. The box would just fit in my MX-5 on the passenger seat with the roof down, but the gear stick couldn't be moved if I needed to drive with the passenger door shut. This was a slight drawback until the kindly MD said he would bring it over to my flat. Was this just another example of “working from home?” Not really as it was pure indulgence, but what the heck. Have a read as to how I got on...
Harbeth P3ESR XD Arrive
Audio Research Arrives at Hi-Fi Corner
Audio Research lands at Hi-Fi Corner, and I couldn't be more excited! Founded in 1970 in Minneapolis with one goal in mind: "to advance the state-of-the-art in music reproduction". Today, Audio Research remains a performance-oriented company by philosophy and design. New product introductions are driven only by genuine advances in technology and performance — the HIGH DEFINITION that is the hallmark of the company’s products. Lots more Audio Research info to be posted, but we are really proud and excited to be representing this line in Scotland.
You can see the full range of products here
If you're interested in upgrading your existing Audio Research system we offer a fantastic part exchange programe, or if you're new to the world of AR get in touch to arrange a demonstration and see what 50 years of reasearch creates.
Technics SL-1210GAE 55th Anniversary Turntable - Coming Soon
It's been a very welcome return for Technics here at Hi-Fi Corner, going from zero to one of our best selling turntable lines since returning to the market in 2008.
For their 55th Anniversary they are releasing a Limited Edition SL1210GAE, Incl. new, specially designed Nagaoka JT-1210 pickup cartridge system.
The New Audiolab 6000A Play
Looking for something great without breakig the bank?
Today Audiolab have launched the "6000N Play", a combination of our favourate sub £1000 integrated amp, and 6000N streamer. Just add speakers, (the Dali Oberon 7 will sound great with this), and you have an absolutly wonderful sounding music system for £1700. What's not to like?
The amp that does it all–and does it brilliantly. From hi-res Wi-Fi streaming to pure analogue audio, Audiolab’s 6000A Play integrated stereo amplifier delivers the best of all worlds. Now available for pre-order.