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Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 - Traditional Tower Speakers Have A New Standard

Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 - Traditional Tower Speakers Have A New Standard

The new B&W 804 D3 speaker is the only “traditional” looking speaker in the new 800 D3 range. At a quick glance, it’s easy to mistake it for the previous D2 version. It is also easy for someone to mistake it as just another tower speaker, but don’t be fooled by its modest exterior. Internally there are technologies incorporated into its design that would make many speaker manufacturers envious.

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Harbeth Compact 7ES-3... Sweet Sweet Sounding Music

Harbeth Compact 7ES-3... Sweet Sweet Sounding Music

Last week a customer called up asking to listen to our set of Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 speakers. I happily arranged the demonstration for him. Truth be told, I often overlook the C7ES-3 speakers, but for good reason and at the same time, to my discredit.
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Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3 - Flagship Sound In Compact Form

Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3 - Flagship Sound In Compact Form

Bowers & Wilkins did some very clever thinking when they decided how to price the new 800 D3 series speakers in relation to the level of performance they would produce for the end user. Just a quick comparison – if I were to buy a new pair of B&W 803 D3 at £12,500, I could expect them to perform better than the old 802 D2 (£11,500) and moving to a level closer to the 800 D2 (£18,500). So in essence B&W have been able to create speakers, with the advancement of technologies, that now preform miles better than their predecessors without massive price hikes. For this alone, my hat is off to them.

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PrimaLuna Classic CD Player - Digital Playback Through Tubes

PrimaLuna Classic CD Player - Digital Playback Through Tubes

Some people think that the silver-disc is a dying playback format, but yet there are a lot of companies out there producing CD players from entry level to the very high-end. Why?

The use of CDs is still very prominent among audiophiles and music enthusiasts – especially with ever increasing price drops for albums on CD compared to its digital-download brethren and analogue (vinyl) cousin. There are a few shops here in Edinburgh where you can pick up a brand new album on CD for £3.00 – absolutely insane when you think how £30.00 will buy you ten albums; prices like this make CD players still very attractive to many people out there.

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Trichord Research's Dino Mk3 Phono Stage Review

Trichord Research's Dino Mk3 Phono Stage Review

Bringing Out The Beauty Of Vinyl Playback. There is something special about playing an album on vinyl. Anyone who enjoys music enough to invest in a hi-fi system, no matter the systems price point, cannot deny how personal vinyl …
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Spendor A5r Floorstanding Speaker Review

Spendor A5r Floorstanding Speaker Review

When companies like Spendor bring out a new speaker, a company who over the past forty plus years has built up a reputation in the hi-fi industry for setting standards in speaker manufacturing, a person should get excited. I must admit, I was excited …
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Harbeth Super HL5plus -  Harbeth’s Latest Masterpiece?

Harbeth Super HL5plus - Harbeth’s Latest Masterpiece?

Why fix something that isn't broken? This is a question that can be universally transmitted and asked in many industries. It is a question that every hi-fi manufacturer should be asking themselves on a regular basis without concerns to increasing sales of a certain product or product range. It seems as though Alan Shaw questions himself with this regularly and it could explain why it has taken almost a decade and a half to bring out the seventh generation of the Super HL5 - turning into the Super HL5 Plus.

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Hi-Fi Thoughts

Hi-Fi Thoughts

The New Year is upon us, and as I reflect on 2014 the word "inspiring" comes to mind. On a personal level 2015 is the year of amplification. My search begins with three integrated amplifiers from three of the industry's most regarded manufacturers …

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