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A Sophisticated Power-House Of Pure Analogue - PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier

A Sophisticated Power-House Of Pure Analogue - PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier

The thing that always strikes me about PrimaLuna, without singling out any particular product, is how good of performance it offers in relation to how much it cost. If you’ve ever been interested in getting into valve based amplification (and CD players for that matter) – then look no further than PrimaLuna; this company makes owning a tube amplifier as easy as owning a solid-state amp.
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Quad Artera Play & Stereo - A Legacy Reborn For Today's World

Quad Artera Play & Stereo - A Legacy Reborn For Today's World

There is no mistake when it you see the new Artera Play (£1,399) and Stereo (£1,499) that they are a product of Quad – especially with the company’s iconic logo on the lower right side of the front facia. From the CNC machined heatsinks to the top glass panel insert, and with the textured aluminium front facia (available in silver or black) this series of Quad kit has to be the most modern looking kit it has produced in recent times.
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Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 - The Benchmark for Standmount Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 - The Benchmark for Standmount Speakers

If there was a standard for high-end standmount speakers, then Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 would surely be one that benchmarks were fashioned after. Like the rest of the range the 805 D3 have gone through an entire makeover even if on first glance it looks exceptionally similar to the previous D2 version.
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Harbeth Monitor 30.1 - From The Studio to Your Listening Room

Harbeth Monitor 30.1 - From The Studio to Your Listening Room

In 1997 Alan Shaw and his team at Harbeth decided to launch a speaker based off the BBC LS5/9 for use in the BBC studios, the Monitor 30 (or “M30”) – fifteen years later, the year of the company’s 35th anniversary, Shaw and his team would launch one of the most well received speakers Harbeth has ever produced, the Monitor 30.1.
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Naim SuperNait 2 - Visually Understated But Musically Brilliant

Naim SuperNait 2 - Visually Understated But Musically Brilliant

When you see the Naim SuperNait 2 in person, its modest exterior design is relatively soft spoken and understated with its two large rotary dials (volume and balance) on the left side of the facia and the single line of input buttons taking up the right side of the facia. However, once the Naim badge in the middle is illuminated in green as the rear power rocker-switch is clicked into the on position, the SuperNait 2 transforms into a whole another beast.

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So Much For So Little - PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

So Much For So Little - PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

It is said that the preamplifier is the brains behind any system – I tend to agree with this manner of thinking. However, it is also the one component that can be a fool’s golden nugget. What do I mean by this? Well, I’ve come across some preamplifiers in my time that when you look beyond the fancy casework, it doesn’t seem to be much to it and looks like very little thought and even worse, money went into creating it – but yet they sell for top-dollar, as we say in the states.
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Harbeth P3ESR is Small And Mighty

Harbeth P3ESR is Small And Mighty

There is a reason why Harbeth’s P3ESR speaker has won multiple awards from hi-fi critics around the world. This shoebox size speaker has the amazing ability to sound like a much larger speaker. It also works incredibly well in many rooms as its sealed cabinet design makes this one of the less fussy speakers that Harbeth produces
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Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3

Listening to the B&W 802 D3 speakers I immediately struck by how they present the music. To my ears they are better than the previous 800 Diamond (or “D2”). The midrange is the first aspect of the 802 D3 that I notice. Its effortlessly reproduces vocals as if the singer(s) were sitting in the listening room with me – very natural sounding to my ears.

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Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Is More Than Meets The Eye

Harbeth Monitor 40.2 Is More Than Meets The Eye

When Harbeth decided to update their flagship monitor, the M40.2 (£10,595+), it was the talk of the town among hi-fi enthusiasts. Recently, I've the ultimate pleasure of listening to the M40.2 with an exceptionally good Naim system, which consisted of the NAP 300 (£7,295) and the NAC-N 272 (£3,400). Utilizing the streamer in the 272 made for a clean and tidy system. The Naim had no difficulty in driving the Harbeth speakers and was at ease moving their 300mm bass driver.

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Poweramplifier

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Poweramplifier

I read somewhere once that it isn’t necessary to have an overabundance of power unless your speakers require it. However, after spending time with the PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Poweramplifier (£2,998) that school of thought might just be disproven.

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