Xtrememac Soma Stand – Majestic Pyramid, Eacan E-511C – Classy Balance Act

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Xtrememac Soma Stand – Majestic Pyramid Knowing XtremeMac, it has always been designing intriguing form factors. And then the XtremeMac Soma Stand appears, showing off a little bit of old school fashion. So for all you speaker dock lovers out there, let’s give this one a spin. Xtrememac Soma Stand Minimalistic Design XtremeMac takes the same approach with its Soma Stand following Apple’s minimalistic design. The speakers for this device Continue Reading →

Philips Gioco 278G4 – An Excellent 27-inch Screen

Philips Gioco 278G4 – An Excellent 27-inch Screen

It is an excellent 27-inch screen with outstanding image quality, but 3D performance could possibly be better. Philips Gioco 278G4 Philips Gioco 278G4 is a beautiful monitor. The frameless 27-inch IPS panel does not only look like a high-ranking monitor with a thin and shiny bezel, but it’s also a Full HD display that’s ready for 3D. Its height can’t be adjusted, but with 20 degrees of screen tilt available, Continue Reading →

Naim Unitilite One Box System – Lite source (Part 2)

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Naim Unitilite One Box System – Lite source (Part 1) One of the great benefits of the UnitiLite is the step-up to 24/192 from the Squeezebox world of 24/96 What Naim terms iRadio is obviously the now near ubiquitous and highly useful Internet radio. What’s nice is the way Naim has preconfigured its menus for less adventurous types like me who tend to stick with the good old BBC. The Continue Reading →

Naim Unitilite One Box System – Lite source (Part 1)

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We switche on to Naim Audio’s new ‘budget’ streaming all-in-one system… Towards the end of last year Naim was touting its range of network player hardware as ‘the future of Hi-Fi’, with some justification. There are a number of ways to approach ripping and streaming, and Naim has had most of them covered for a few years now, with its Uniti family of products including CD ripping machines and attractive Continue Reading →

Vintage Hi-fi : B&O Beogram 4000 Turntable (Part 3)

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Tim listen The Beogram 4000 has a smooth, silky, luxurious sound that encourages long listening sessions. No matter how late it is, there always seems to be time for one more side of an LP. Another quirk is that vinyl surface noise is unusually well suppressed, making quiet passages and the gaps between tracks sound almost CD-clean. Removing the top plate reveals the sheer complexity of both the mechanics and Continue Reading →

Vintage Hi-fi : B&O Beogram 4000 Turntable (Part 2)

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Full automation Given that all the deck’s major functions were controlled electronically, it was natural to include full automation. A second arm, running in parallel with the one supporting the cartridge, carried a lamp and a photocell which could detect the black ribs of the platter. This was used to detect the presence and size of a disc; so to play a record of any size the user simply had Continue Reading →

Vintage Hi-fi : B&O Beogram 4000 Turntable (Part 1)

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It was a technical tour-de-force in its time and can lay claim to being one of the most complex decks ever to enter mass production. But how does it measure up today? The Beogram 4000 is as much respected for its industrial design as it is for its audio performance. Launched in 1972 at a price of around $270.34, the 4000 was generally the preserve of wealthy music lovers rather Continue Reading →

Super Test Stereo Amplifiers – Sonic Boon (Part 2) : Audiolab 8200A, Cyrus 6a

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Super Test Stereo Amplifiers – Sonic Boon (Part 1) : Arcam FMJ A19 Audiolab 8200A The Audiolab 8200A has some rather big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the 8000A, was a landmark product, establishing Audiolab as a brand and, thanks to its excellent build quality and features, became an amp many aspired to having in their rack in the 1980s. The 8200A cuts a similar shape, albeit with a simpler Continue Reading →

Super Test Stereo Amplifiers – Sonic Boon (Part 1) : Arcam FMJ A19

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Your amplifier is the engine-room of your system. So if you’re serious about sound, it makes sense to invest in a serious amp. Like one of these, for instance… A good stereo amplifier is the driving force behind any hi-fi system, helping you to really get the most out of your music. Exactly what it is you want from your amp will depend on how you like your sound, and Continue Reading →

Angry Bird Space – They are back (Part 2)

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Angry Bird Space – They are back (Part 1) Ice Bird This ice cube colored and shaped bird is a brand new addition to the flock. Ice Bird is an extraterrestrial that seeks the aid of the flock in order to capture an item called the Eggsteroid. Not much else is said about this mysterious bird, and his background is kept a secret. Ice Bird has the unique ability to Continue Reading →