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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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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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