The French powerhouse Devialet has announced a new pinnacle in sound engineering: Phantom Reactor. This miniature Phantom loudspeaker series promises to bring the same sound performance as the other Phantom speakers, at four times smaller.
Linn have announced they will no longer manufacture any DS models, instead opting to revitalise and prioritise the DSM range. What better way to do this than to introduce a new model? Introducing the Selekt DSM.
Get our Award-winning Chord Co Clearway RCA interconnect (worth £100) for free if you buy a Chord Hugo 2 DAC in any of our stores.
B&W release their 603, 606 and 607 loudspeaker range to replace the 680 speakers, and are predicted to have mastery over the value speaker bracket once more.
Klipsch arrive exclusively at Hi-Fi Corner, including the Forte III and Heresy III models. Our friend Joe took them home for a test; here is his review.
We are very excited to hear that Naim are launching a new top of the range streamer at this years Bristol Hi-Fi show, as well as a replacement to the ND5XS and NDX. I will update this page as I am allowed, but if you are interested in this product contact us to register your interest. We will be offering a generous trade in on your existing Naim streamer, finance options as well home demonstration. We are Edinburgh and Falkirk's exclusive Naim retailer with a full range of products on permanent demonstration.
Fresh from Wilson Special Audio Engineering, the TuneTot desktop mini speakers give all the hi-fi quality hallmarks of a full sized Wilson in a petite cabinet suitable for a huge range of environments.
Here we go again, Chord Electronics defining the performance level for digital audio products. Today Chord Electronics has unveiled the Hugo M Scaler, a highly advanced standalone upscaler capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio. And possibly most importantly, it works with other companies DACs! The world’s most advanced filter: WTA — a lifetime goal of >1,000,000 taps reached!
Many audio fans will be concerned with the news that Arcam was recently acquired by Harman International, and even more concerned that Harman International was acquired by Samsung. So when Arcam announced their new stereo HDA range, we immediately ordered them and powered them up to make sure they didn't burst into flames.
To create the ERA-1 planar magnetic headphones, Quad have developed their own driver to bring a fast, open and responsive reproduction of music. The sonic realism and fidelity is not dissimilar to the qualities present in their ESL's.
To celebrate Ken Ishiwata's Ruby anniversary with Marantz, they have announced two limited edition products; the PM-KI integrated amplifier and the SA-KI SACD/CD player.
Following on from the success of two of the better known Dynavector MC cartridges, The 10X5 has been upgraded to the 10X5 MKII and the Karat 17D3 is now the Karat 17DX.
After eight years without, we are once again one of the UK's exclusive Meridian dealers for their full Hi-Fi and AV range.
We have gotten our hands on a set of the D8000's - one of the most talked about pairs of headphones at the moment. With revolutionary engineering and technology, these are certainly a set to look out for.
Since manufacturing their first phonograph in 1922, and creating instruments from 1887, Yamaha have come a long way within the hi-fi industry. Their knowledge in musical reproduction is reflected in the build and sound quality of their latest flagship speaker, the NS-5000.
Devialet are offering a free Dialog with selected Phantom bundles this Summer - here is how to take advantage of this great deal.
For a limited time period, any purchase of a Naim streamer alongside a Mu-So or a Mu-So QB is applicable for a fantastic discount.
It's that time of year when all of the best audio companies from around the world descend on Munich to show off the absolute best in sound and engineering. This year, Struan will be out testing, searching and quizzing these manufacturers to bring the best selection of products back to Hi-Fi Corner stores.
This Spring, upgrade to any one of the 800 Series Diamond range and Hi-Fi Corner will buy your existing loudspeakers, regardless of their age, condition or brand. Ask here about what your old speakers may be worth when you trade up to 800 Series Diamond.
Technics has released their newest flagship turntable with direct drive, the SL-1000R. Surpassing the legendary SL-1200G, this newer model offers the optimum in pure sound reproduction for serious audiophiles.
At last, our demonstration sets of the P3ESR 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeakers are here. As Scotland's expert retailer for Harbeth loudspeakers, and two of our five Edinburgh-based team members using their speakers at home, we feel more than qualified to review the upgraded, limited edition standmount beauties.
Joining the current line up of the Iota, and award winning Iota Alpha, the Xplorer can be seen here to give you an idea of it’s relative size. Although in comparison to the other two models (which are tiny by loudspeaker standards) it’s still a very small loudspeaker which is going to fit into almost any room, and at a 88dB sensitivity should run easily from a half decent sounding amplifier.
What better time to delve into a new system than the start of a new year? We have three exclusive bundle deals while stocks last.
Here is how you can reach us at Haddington Place year round, as well as an update on parking.
With two Silver or Gold Phantom speakers in Duo, perfectly synchronised thanks to Dialog - Phantom’s Intelligent Hub - listening takes on a whole new dimension. The widest soundstage and twice the power for an unthinkably immersive experience.
Upgrade to a Linn network music player and receive a complimentary second system of exceptional sound, with love from Linn.
Spendor have outdone themselves again with the new Classic range, incorporating everything we love about Spendor with some new improvements. With meticulously refined crossover networks, enhanced cabinet structures, new elastomer panel damping and new style magnetic grilles, the new Spendor Classic loudspeakers deliver music with the captivating warmth and charm of the 70's originals. Refined and perfected over five decades, Spendor Classic offers the ultimate in pure listening pleasure for serious audiophiles.
The heavily anticipated Chord Poly streaming module for the Mojo is now available. Read our guide on how to get your wireless Poly working with ease.
For a limited time, KEF are offering discounts of over £400 on their new R Series when you trade in your previous loudspeakers with Hi-Fi Corner.
New Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series builds on the audio excellence of previous award-winning loudspeakers to produce the best-performing range in its class.
You could enjoy the comfortable on-ear M400's when you buy a range of KEF model speakers, at no extra charge, for a limited time.
We are happy to announce that our Falkirk branch will be open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm, where Paul, Pel, Armin and Gerry will be happy to help you. They are now open on Wednesdays as of August 2017.
Introducing the newly-announced Sky Soundbar, Devialet's first collaboration to date. Optimised for the Sky Q television system, it promises to revolutionise your viewing habits.
Our quest for audio perfection takes us to Wilson Audio's factory in Utah, where we heard the full range of Wilson Audio's finest speakers.
Wanting to make the change to a streaming-based hi-fi system? Save up to £2000 on your future Klimax, Majik or Akurate system with this fantastic Summer offer! With Linn announcing they will be ceasing service of CD players, we can announce The Great CD Player Exchange. See below for details.
So, the box containing your shiny new deck has been safely delivered and you're pretty anxious to enter the gates of audio Heaven. It's quite understandable, you're simply dying to hear your treasured Half Man Half Biscuit album like never before since the Hit Parade was a must listen. But as another combo of the period advised.... Relax, don't do it (although somehow, I don't think they were referring to over-eager turntable set-up).
The introduction of the Chord Hugo 2 has excited hi-fi enthusiasts everywhere. We got to try out this great little headphone amp and DAC, and put together this guide to help you get the most out of your Hugo 2.
For many people, the turntable deck is at the heart of their hi-fi setup. But what about those who want to get into the world of turntables, but don't know where to begin? We have compiled this comprehensive guide into getting the most out of your record deck.
Bowers and Wilkins showcased their new subwoofer range at this year’s Bristol Hi-Fi show. On display was an unbelievable 5.2 surround sound system consisting of the 800 D3, 802 D3, HTM1 D3 and two - yes, two - DB1D subwoofers. To process and power this neat system was the use of the Rotel RSP-1582 processor accompanied by the 6 RB-1590 power amplifiers and connected by Chord's Sarum range of cables. The results were spectacular.
This February was the Bristol Sound and Vision annual Hi-Fi show. Struan and Armin from Hi-Fi Corner met up with the Chord Electronics team during their time there to bring you the latest and greatest from Chord.
Are active speakers really worth investing in? We got our hands on a couple of pairs from one of the most respected manufacturers and took them for a spin. Suffice to say they are now on permanent demonstration in our Edinburgh store, and if you're looking for high quality sound without all the boxes, these should be auditioned. Interested in how these show down against the similarly priced KEF LS50 wireless? Contact one of our product specialists.
The world of hi-fi can be an intimidating, confusing place for a pure beginner if you don’t know what you’re really looking for, or how to start your own set-up. It can all be a bit overwhelming at first. For those of us just delving into the world of high quality sound systems, there is a lot of jargon and basic components you might not be familiar with.
Looking for an all-in-one wireless speaker that sounds ace, beautifully well-built and easy to use? The Naim Mu-so might just have you covered. From the moment you take it out of the box; to hearing it with your own ears, you will be surprised of what this speaker is capable of. This is all aided by a sweet accompanying application that is used to control the Mu-so, you will locate your way around it in no time and if you are seeking a sound as close to a separates system without having all of the boxes and separate speakers, you can't really go wrong.
It's not often we see a brand which defines a category, but that's exactly what we are seeing by Chord Electronics whom now have arguably the best digital to analogue converter range on the planet, and we have them all in our Edinburgh store for your delight. From the £399 Chord Mojo to the £7,950 DAVE and all the models in-between, these hugely impressive Rob Watt's designs have far more processing power than most Wolfson or Burr Brown chip sets.
On Monday I was invited to the Linn factory once again, to see and experience the latest and greatest Klimax level upgrades. After an introduction about new Linn technology from their technical director we moved onto the listening rooms, and sitting in a room with a number of other respected dealers and audiophiles I have never quite seen so many jaws hit the floor as soon as the music started playing.
Calling all of those out there that have small listening rooms and who want a floorstanding speaker. Neat Acoustics have recently released one of those speakers that can easily be overlooked by many hi-fi enthusiasts – I, myself overlooked them when they first arrived in the shop. The Iota Alpha is probably one of the smallest, if not the smallest, floorstanding speakers I’ve ever come across.
When Spendor made the announcement about adding another speaker to the well-received D series, my hope was for a large reference floorstanding speaker that happily competed with speakers like B&W’s 804 D3 (£6,750) and, maybe even the Focal Sopra No2 (£9,599). To my happiness, and the happiness of many, the D9 was finally announced. It was meant to surpass every modern tower-speaker that Spendor has ever manufactured.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now if I was asked about a year or so ago, what I thought would be one of Arcam's latest and greatest all around product, I most likely would have talked about their analogue integrated amplifiers. And guess what, I wouldn't have been too far off.
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.
When I heard that Classé Audio was bringing out a new component in their Sigma range, my hope was that it would be an integrated amplifier. A smile broke out over my face when in May they released to the public that they would be launching a new highly intelligent integrated amplifier called the Sigma 2200i. As a huge fan of the entire Sigma range (and Delta range for the matter), especially the Sigma Amp2, I had high hopes for this new addition.
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.
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.
Bowers & Wilkins did some very cleaver 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …