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REVIEW – Boenicke W5 SE Loudspeakers

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

Made in Switzerland the Boenicke W5SE are a very small speaker with a reasonably high price tag of £4595. Stuart and Linette Smith take a listen. 

When Ian Ringstead who reviews for Hifi Pig heard that we had got these diminutive speakers (they ae only 2.8L in volume) from Swiss manufacturer Boenicke, he was to say the least a little bit green with envy commenting that they were his favourite small speaker when he has heard them at shows and demonstrations.

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REVIEW – Audiovector QR1 Standmount Loudspeakers

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Audiovector are based in Denmark and produce a wide range of loudspeakers? Here Dominic March takes a listen to their £750 QR1 standmount with ribbon tweeter. 

“For those of you that are not familiar with the Audiovector brand, they are in fact one of Denmark’s leading speaker manufacturers, up there with the likes of Dali, Dynaudio and B&O, headquartered in Copenhagen.

Audiovector also provide what I think is a rare and rather unique service for it’s customer base and that is to offer a full upgrade service for your existing base level speakers to the higher specified version of the same model…”

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Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable High End Edition With Free Cartridge

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Intimate Audio recently sent this very different looking Italian turntable to Hifi Pig reviewer, Ian Ringstead.

Ian was highly impressed with it and to celebrate the great review, Intimate Audio are offering the first five customers to buy the Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable High End Edition, the same as the review unit (RRP £2700 + cartridge) a free Ortofon Quintet Bronze Cartridge.

The turntable will be supplied with the cartridge fully fitted & set-up free of charge. Just get in touch with Intimate Audio and let them know what colour you would like.

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High Fidelity Partners’ Airwave Cable Released

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chris Sommovigo’s latest addition to the High Fidelity Partners stable is the Airwave Cable.

Airwave cables have been named after a unique method that uniformly suspends signal conductors within an air-tube, such that air not plastic constitutes the major portion of the dielectric behaviour. This is said, by Chris, “to diminish the overall influence that the dielectric may have on the audio signal, and elevates performance parameters such that Airwave cables make very formidable high-performance competitors while being accessibly priced”.

“My intention was to deliver Airwave for regular-guy prices, and that’s what I’ve tried to do here,” remarked Chris Sommovigo, designer of the Airwave products.

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REVIEW – RDacoustic Evolution Loudspeakers

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

RDacoustic are based in the Czech Republic and we first came across them at High End Munich where their Evolution loudspeakers were being powered by KR Audio amplifiers being fed by a 440 Audio turntable…all Czech brands. The Evolution loudspeakers are a single driver design using a backloaded horn and cost from €9990. 

“The Evolutions are an imposing back loaded horn loudspeaker standing 180 cm high, weigh 75Kg a piece and come in a variety of real wood finishes, embellished on the front baffle with artificial leather; again the customer can choose the colour.

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REVIEW – Simaudio Moon Neo ACE

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , |

The £2800 Simaudio Moon Neo ACE is a versatile, all-in-one solution that you need only add speakers to…there’s even an on-board moving magnet phonostage. John Scott finds out just how ACE it really is. 

“Perhaps influenced by the ACE’s elegant looks, I started off my listening with nothing too raucous.  Shelby Lynne’s Just A Little Lovin’ is a first rate recording – a tribute to Dusty Springfield in a soulful and sophisticated style.  The ACE allowed all the dynamics and subtleties of the recording to shine…”

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REVIEW – AVID Hifi Pellere Phonostage

By | November 29th, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At £2500 the AVID Hifi Pellere Phono-stage borrows a lot of its make up from its more expensive sibling costing £4300, but does it cut the right kind of groove? Janine Elliot finds out. 

“Little sacrifice, because this phono-stage is by no means the economy edition. This is a serious piece of kit. Only that it is £1800 cheaper. By starting with the best and adapting it to the price point this is a Bentley, and not an Austin Allegro…”

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REVIEW – Roksan K3 Digital To Analogue Converter

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Dominic Marsh takes a listen to Roksan’s £1250 K3 Digital to Analogue Converter.

“Enter then the Roksan K3 Digital to Analogue Converter as the subject of this review and it is good example of how a set of compromises ends up as a positive entity bigger than the sum of its components.  Intrigued?  Read on….”

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REVIEW – Nord One UP NC500 DMST Power Amplifier

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

Class D is gaining a good deal of momentum in the audio world. Lionel Payne listens to the the Nord One UP NC500 DMST stereo power amplifier costing £1409.

“When I first received the Nord One UP it was in Revision B form and came to me with Burson V5 and Sparkos Labs SS3602 as alternative op-amps. These op-amps are interchangeable internally through an eight pin DIP socket and it takes literally a few minutes maximum to change over. I found the Burson op-amp very similar to my old feelings of Class D amplifiers; all being rather cold and clinical affairs , albeit with a fabulous tonality.

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REVIEW – Russ Andrews BMU3000 Balanced Mains Unit

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , |

Balanced Mains Units are used extensively in professional studios and are starting to make their mark in domestic audio situations. Janine Elliot gets her life in balance and plugs in the Russ Andrews BMU 3000 costing £3599.

“Reviewing cables, mains conditioners and balanced mains units is bound to irk some hifi addicts, particularly engineers.  I, like most reviewers, have suffered the displeasure of the few who believe all wire sounds the same and that travelling past your local Homebase for mains taming devices is quite simply a waste of money and petrol.

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